Acadia Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of “News 91.9” CKNI Moncton, New Brunswick and flipped the station to AC. “91.9 The Bend” is branded as “Metro’s Perfect Music Mix”. CKNI’s airstaff includes Josh McLellan in the morning from 6-10am, Leo Melanson from 10am-2pm and Jeannie Mac from 2-7pm.
The CRTC has approved Rogers Media’s sales of “News 88.9” CHNI Saint John and “News 91.9” CKNI Moncton, New Brunswick. Both purchase applications requested new formats for the stations. With both companies citing economic difficulties with the current News/Talk formats, Newcap will acquire “News 88.9” CHNI Saint John and will flip the station to an Adult Contemporary format “appealing to listeners between 25 and 54 years of age”. Acadia Broadcasting is receiving “News 91.9” CKNI Moncton and will flip it to “light rock or easy listening music format targeting adults 36-64 years of age, with a strong commitment to community and local news”.
Rogers Broadcasting has sold its two stations in the Province of New Brunswick. Newcap Radio has acquired News/Talk “News 88.9” CHNI Saint John, while Acadia Broadcasting will purchase “News 91.9” CKNI Moncton. Terms of both sales have yet to be disclosed. Both companies state they plan on petitioning to the CRTC to change the licenses of the stations to allow a format change to a music based format. Newcap does not own any stations in Saint John, but owns two in Moncton and Fredericton and one in Miramichi, NB. Acadia is new to Moncton, but owns two stations in Saint John and one in St. Stephen, NB.
Update 5/30: Rogers announced today that CityNews will debut as a local cable network serving the Toronto area in October. â€œWeâ€™re taking the number one news radio format in Canada, 680 News, and bringing it to television under the brand of CityNews Channel,” said Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. â€œBy incorporating our trailblazing and trusted news brands from CityNews, 680 News, and publishing â€“ including Canadaâ€™s most trusted news magazine, Macleanâ€™s â€“ CityNews Channel is poised to be the destination local news channel,â€ Moore said. Toronto will presumably be the first of a network of CityNews outlets covering Canada. Rogers has come up with an integration program to merge its radio, television, and publishing divisions on a local basis. Should it succ...[Read More]