Looks like you're out of luck (unless CITY can figure out how to make your loonies fly over an OTA antenna.)The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Introductory statement – Licensing of new digital pay and specialty services
CTVgm also expressed concern that, because Rogers is the dominant cable distributor in Southern Ontario, its proposed service would receive carriage and priority channel placement, making it more widely distributed than CP24, which could have a substantial negative impact on CP24’s distribution. In response, Rogers pointed out that, unlike CITY New (Toronto), The Weather Network and CP24 both enjoy mandatory carriage, low channel placement, high brand awareness and are authorized to collect a basic wholesale rate.
Last I checked, channel plasement of stations was at the sole descretion of the BDU. By no means does Rogers Cable HAVE to have CP24 on channel 24. They could put it on channel 125 if they wanted as long as it met all the other requirements of it being a mandatory analogue station on the basic tier. They could then put the new CityNews station on 24 if they so pleased. I doubt this will happen but its always an obtuse option...CityNews Channel will probably be mapped to Channel 1 on Rogers Digital Cable, i have a funny feeling or they'll pull a jerk move and put it on either Channel 23 or 25 ...
Well that would be the kicker to the entire thing, but if that isn't there then they could do as they see please...Not to mention the carriage agreement between CP24 and Rogers may even specify channel 24, which could open them up to legal action from CTVglobemedia (just speculation)
This refers to the 'old' TV environment (see Analogue), in the new digital universe neither of those channels has mandatory carriage (as far as I know). I have a list of all mandatory channels, as authorized by the CRTC, CP24 is not on the list- if you like I can post it.The Weather Network and CP24 both enjoy mandatory carriage, low channel placement, high brand awareness and are authorized to collect a basic wholesale rate.
This is a Regional news channel for the GTA, so the only other carrier that might have any interest is Cogeco which serves Halton region. Bell or Star Choice probably won't carry it since it is designed to serve a specific audience in a specific part of the country (Greater Toronto area).Rogers will probably try and get carriage for the channel on other services, but not sure if anybody will bite.