RTNDA Canada and Ryerson School of Journalism present LOCAL TV NEWS UNDER SIEGE!

Sep 8, 2009

TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - How are you going to get your news? Across
Canada local television stations today face harsh economic realities. Stations
are going dark, others are on life support, and still others are moving their
news programs to new times and experimenting with new formats to try to keep
their audiences. Local TV news is the heartbeat of most communities. It
reports what matters to local businesses and your families.
Join a panel of leading TV managers, anchors and reporters to debate the
crisis facing local television news. Be a part of this candid discussion of
the issues facing television journalists on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m.
at Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Room RCC 204

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THE PANEL:
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Adrian Bateman - Managing Editor, Farah Nasser - Anchor/Reporter, CITY
CTV Windsor. This summer the CTV Toronto. Over the past few months
affiliate was given a reprieve CITY TV has changed owners and set
and is still producing a local up its newsroom at Dundas and Yonge
newscast. What does it have to do Street. What impact have the changes
to stay on the air? had on an anchor/reporter filing
day in and day out?

Sophia Hadzipetros - Managing Mike Katrycz - News Director, CHCH
Editor, CBC Toronto. On August 31 Hamilton. One of Ontario's oldest
CBC evening newscasts moved to a television stations was headed to
new time - 5:00 p.m. and a new black until Channel Zero stepped in.
90-minute format. What are the Can the new ownership save the
challenges for CBC's new local station and its local newscast?
news strategy?

The moderator for the evening will be Omar Sachedina -
Anchor/Reporter at CP24.

Special thanks to the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada.
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For further information: Media Contact: George Hoff, (416) 538-9551, georgejhoff@gmail.com


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