CBC spokesperson Chris Ball explains that the new service will be "more thana website. It will provide weather, local business information/listings and news (and more). At street level, you'll be able to know what's happening not just in your city, but in your neighbourhood, on your street."
News reporting will "cover a wide spectrum" of topics of local interest.
The site will have a dedicated Hamilton staff who will publish stories daily, seven days a week. Some stories will include audio/video segments, but the service will not run as a live-streamed 'broadcast'.
According to Ball, the CBC is looking to hire staff "with a connection to the city/region" and "there will also be ample opportunity for Hamiltonians to contribute. We want to collaborate with the community, asking them to contribute to our coverage through news tips, photos, video, commentary and conversation" around the issues.
Due to its proximity to Toronto, Hamilton is the largest city in Canada not to have its own CBC station, and our city has been at the top of CBC's expansion list for several years. However, in 2008 the Federal Government rejected a funding increase to pay for more local stations that was recommended by the Heritage Standing Committee.
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