Shaw Media announced today that it has filed an application with the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission for a regional, Global BC-driven all-news specialty channel. Shaw Media is expected to launch B.C.'s first all-news channel by the summer of 2012.
Building on the 50-year legacy of news and community service at Global BC, the yet-to-be-named news network will provide viewers across the province with the day's top local, national and international headlines 24-hours-a-day. Using the most advanced news-gathering technology, coupled with Global BC's award-winning news and production team, the channel will feature more live event coverage and more in-depth, original local reporting than any other in the market. The channel will also feature a primetime talk show hosted by veteran Global BC anchor Jill Krop.
"The creation of an all-news channel in B.C. demonstrates our commitment to help grow and develop Global News in new and exciting ways," says Paul Robertson, Group Vice-President, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media. "This all-news network will build on Global BC's proven success and represents a major step towards expanding Global News' reach and accessibility province-wide."
Global News' all-news network will be made available on-air as well as online at GlobalNews.ca and users will also be able to access the channel using mobile platforms.
"Global News is proud to provide viewers with an even greater opportunity to catch the biggest news anytime they want from the province's most-watched and most-trusted news brand," says Troy Reeb, Vice-President, Global News. "With a 24-hours-a-day focus on B.C. issues and B.C. communities, our multi-screen format will provide a tremendous showcase for the communities we serve."