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CHCH is Whole Again

By Trey Shaughnessy
Published July 27, 2007

A special presentation by CHCH took place last night at the Theatre Aquarius. The well-attended function featured local television celebrities - Matt Hayes, Dan McLean, Bob Cowan, Annette Hamm, Connie Smith and a selection of media buyers and advertising executives.

CHCH is part of the Global Network and is being rebranded this Fall as E-Channel. Most of the prime time lineup will be similar to the current programming from Global with a few new Hollywood gossip-type shows and a show hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

Don't be too worried when you see the E-Channel brand, because it will be interrupted from time to time by a resurrected CHCH brand when it airs its own local programming: programs like Morning Live, Noon News and Live @ 5 are staying put.

The viewer numbers for these three local programs are huge - Morning Live's viewers are greater than all the competing morning shows combined - so it's no wonder Canwest Global has chosen to keep them.

The CHCH News will have a new set and a new co-host for Dan McLean. Let's hope this one stays and doesn't flip to CBC for greener pastures, because she looks to be a valuable anchor who also does investigate reporting.

The 6:00 News will also feature a new helicopter to report on news events and traffic - much better than the Skywards Traffic we hear now from other local news sources who have outsourced their traffic.

This is strong evidence of a commitment from the parent company that we will keep our local television station.

In a city that is underrepresented by our national mass media, I'm happy to report that CHCH will remain and have boosted local coverage.

Trey lives in Williamsville NY via Hamilton. He is a Marketing Manager for Tourism and Destination Marketing in the Buffalo-Niagara Metro.

His essays have appeared in The Energy Bulletin, Post Carbon Institute, Peak Oil Survival, and Tree Hugger.

And can't wait for the day he stops hearing "on facebook".

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By A Robot (anonymous) | Posted July 27, 2007 at 19:35:20

"The CHCH News will have a new set..."

This shouldn't be too tough. The set is fake, computer generated and chroma keyed in.

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By beanmedic (anonymous) | Posted July 27, 2007 at 19:45:39

Will they be keeping the 11pm news?

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By trey (registered) | Posted July 28, 2007 at 11:00:08

Yes they are keeping the 11PM news.

I think what they mean is a new 'look' to the set, whether parts of it are virtual or concrete is irrelevant. News sets are almost all 'supers'. The only thing 'real' are the people and the desk. The ONTV virtual set hasn't been used for years and only was only useful for pan shots, which was during the intro and running credits.

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By windchimes68@porchlight.ca (anonymous) | Posted July 29, 2007 at 00:43:41

We don't need any more hollywood gossip shows

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By jason (registered) | Posted July 30, 2007 at 08:59:40

CH became irrelavent years ago (except during blizzards apparently). They already spend an insane amount of time telling us about the drug addicts in hollywood. Now they have to. Can't wait.

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By pi (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2007 at 12:47:12

I know a local entertainment business that is occasionally involved with international events. I've tipped CH off a couple of times to the Hamilton connection to international entertainment stories that they were covering anyway. I figured they'd love to have the scoop on the Hamilton angle, but they never bit. Yet they have no hesitation when it comes to slavering all over foreign celebs. Figures. I imagine it will be even worse now.

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