Omni Television

Omni Television (corporately styled as OMNI Television) is a Canadian television system and specialty channel that is owned by the Rogers Media subsidiary of Rogers Communications. It currently consists of all six of Canada's conventional multicultural television stations, which are located in Ontario (two stations), British Columbia, Alberta (two stations), and an affiliate in Quebec. In addition, Rogers also briefly operated religious television stations in the Vancouver and Winnipeg television markets under the "Omni" brand before divesting them in 2008.

In September 2017, Omni began to be distributed throughout the remainder of the country, as a group of specialty channels with mandatory carriage, corresponding to the four general regions where it operates. This group is licensed under the blanket name Omni Regional; Rogers argued that revenue from mandatory carriage was necessary to restore and sustain the stations' local programming. Although the CRTC did not believe that Rogers' proposal adequately addressed the provisioning of programs for regions of Canada not currently served by an Omni broadcast station, or was financially sustainable, the Commission granted Rogers a three-year interim licence term, and began the process of soliciting proposals for a national multicultural specialty channel.

Omni Television
TypeBroadcast television system
Country
AvailabilitySemi-national terrestrial coverage
National mandatory cable/satellite distribution through Omni Regional
SloganDiversity Television
OwnerRogers Media
Launch date
September 3, 1979 (independent Toronto station)
September 16, 2002 (launch of the Omni system)
Former names
Channel M (current Vancouver station only; 2001-2004)
Sister channels
Official website
www.omnitv.ca

Etymology

Derived from the Latin word "omnis" meaning "all", "Omni" is not an acronym, although the name is written all in capital letters.[1]

History

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Omni Television at 545 Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Toronto's CFMT launched in 1979 as Canada's first multilingual/multicultural television station, owned by Multilingual Television (Toronto) Ltd. The station was originally referred to as "MTV" before using its call letters to identify on-air in 1983 due to confusion with the American music video channel. As its initial format was 100% ethnic, the station experienced financial difficulties, and was on the verge of bankruptcy when Rogers stepped in and purchased it in 1986. Rogers then attempted to launch a similar multicultural station in Vancouver in 1996,[2] 1999[3] and 2002,[4] but all three attempts were rejected by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). It was, however, given a second multicultural licence in Toronto to provide room for additional multicultural programing,[5] and launched CJMT as a sister station to CFMT in fall 2002. It was at this point that the "OMNI Television" brand was introduced, with CFMT and CJMT branded as "OMNI.1" and "OMNI.2" respectively.

The Omni brand was expanded in 2005, when Rogers acquired two religious TV stations, CHNU in the Vancouver market and CIIT in Winnipeg, from Trinity Television. CHNU was rebranded from "NOWTV" to "OMNI.10" in September 2005, while CIIT went on air as "OMNI.11" on February 6, 2006.

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Omni Television logo used until late 2018

2007 realignment

Several proposed changes to the Omni system were announced, either by Rogers or by the CRTC, during a one-month span from June to July 2007. First, on June 8, the CRTC granted Rogers licences to operate new multicultural stations in Calgary and Edmonton, beating out a competing proposal from Multivan Broadcast Corporation (which won the bid for the Vancouver multicultural licence in 2002 against Rogers and launched CHNM-TV).

On June 28, Rogers made public its offer to sell the religious-licensed Omni stations in Winnipeg and Vancouver as part of its contemporaneous purchase of Citytv (which the CRTC ordered CTVglobemedia to sell them off as part of the CHUM Limited takeover deal). Rogers indicated, however, that it viewed retaining the multilingual licences in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton (effectively creating twinsticks in those three markets) as compatible with CRTC policy, since they are licensed to serve a different programming niche than the general interest Citytv stations.[6]

On July 7, Rogers announced an agreement to purchase the aforementioned CHNM, finally securing a true multicultural television licence in Vancouver.[7] The fact that Rogers had acquired the Calgary and Edmonton multicultural licences, beating out Multivan's competing applications, was cited as a major reason for the sale.

On September 28, the CRTC approved Rogers' takeover of the Citytv stations, giving the company one year to divest itself of the religious Omni stations. A tentative deal to sell the stations to S-VOX, owner of VisionTV, was announced on November 6. On March 31, 2008, the CRTC approved both Rogers' acquisition of CHNM[8] and its sale of CIIT and CHNU to S-VOX.[9] CHNU was rebranded as "CHNU 10" on October 31, 2007, a year before the Omni brand was transferred to CHNM. CIIT was rebranded "CIIT11" in July 2008, after S-VOX took control of the station. Both stations rebranded as Joytv on September 1, 2008; CHNM rebranded as "Omni BC" on the same date. The two new stations in Calgary and Edmonton launched on September 15, 2008 under the call letters CJCO and CJEO.

Recent developments

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Omni Television-Citytv building in Toronto

Rogers announced an agreement to acquire the one Canadian multicultural television station it did not already own, CJNT-DT Montreal on May 3, 2012,[10] from Channel Zero, after having passed on the opportunity when the station was previously put up for sale in 2009 by Canwest during its financial difficulties.[11] While intending to relaunch it as a Citytv station, Rogers did not rule out the possibility of requesting that CJNT be re-licensed as an English-language station,[12] but in the meantime CJNT aired Omni programs (including Omni News) to fulfill much of its ethnic programming requirements after it became affiliated with Citytv prior to the sale.[13] As part of the sale, Rogers requested that the CRTC convert CJNT to an English-language station, on the condition that both Channel Zero and Rogers provide services and resources to CFHD-DT, a newly proposed, locally owned multicultural station. Both were approved by the CRTC on December 20, 2012.[14][15]

In recent years, the Omni stations have struggled financially; Rogers Media president Keith Pelley explained that between 2011 and 2014, advertising revenue had fallen from $80 million to $35 million. On May 30, 2013, Rogers announced the shutdown of production facilities at CJCO and CJEO, ending the production of local programming and news content from the Omni Alberta stations, and as a result, the discontinuation of the South Asian newscasts.[16] On May 7, 2015, Rogers announced further cuts affecting Omni, including the re-structuring of the Omni News programs, the cancellation of V-Mix and Bollywood Boulevard, and the elimination of redundancy in technical staff between the Omni and City stations.[17][18]

Programming

All Rogers-owned Omni stations are licensed to air programming in no less than 20 languages to communities encompassing at least 20 cultures—ethnic programming comprises 60% of the Omni stations' schedules. The Toronto-based Omnis are differently licensed with respect to the languages and communities they serve: CFMT airs programming for European and Caribbean language communities, while CJMT airs programming for the Pan-Asian and Pan-African audiences.

Omni stations also once aired a small amount of English-language entertainment programming aimed at mainstream audiences during part of their weekday lineups; in the past, these have included syndicated sitcoms, talk shows, and game shows. In essence, these English-language programs served to attract advertising revenue, which could then be used to finance the multicultural programs. As of the 2015-16 television season, all of these programs have been dropped in favor of additional multicultural shows and documentary programs. The Omni stations do not normally air primetime programming simulcast from U.S. networks, but may do so in the event of scheduling conflicts with sister network Citytv, allowing Rogers to maintain their simsub rights in its duopoly markets. Omni regularly simulcasted the CBS late-night talk shows Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show under hosts Tom Snyder[19] and Craig Ferguson until their conclusions. When hosted by Craig Kilborn, and for a brief period under Ferguson, The Late Late Show aired on Global, while the current incarnations of the programs with Stephen Colbert and James Corden air on Global and CTV respectively.

While under Rogers ownership, CHNU and CIIT aired many of the same types of programs as CFMT and CJMT, despite the difference in the nature of service of multicultural and religious stations. CHNU and CIIT had previously aired many of the same types of syndicated sitcoms and multicultural programs shown regularly on the Omni stations in Toronto, and the Toronto stations carried some religious teaching programs. The common brand allowed cost savings for promotions and for the acquisition of the general-entertainment programs that all of the Omni stations had used to generate most of their revenues. However, due in particular to Vancouver multicultural station CHNM (while under Multivan ownership) and Toronto religious station CITS, which both opposed Rogers's acquisition of Trinity's religious stations, the Omni stations' core formats remained intact.

Sports

Omni Television stations have occasionally aired sporting events in minority languages, and in English as an overflow for Citytv or Sportsnet. Prior to their move to Citytv and the eventual acquisition of late games by CTV, the Omni stations aired late-afternoon NFL games for a period, and in the 2014 season, simulcast selected Thursday Night Football games with CBS and Sportsnet. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Omni stations broadcast coverage of the games in minority languages, and on June 27, 2013, Omni.2 in Toronto broadcast Mandarin-language coverage of a Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball game started by Taiwanese player Chien-Ming Wang, marking the first ever Canadian MLB broadcast in the language.[20][21]

Rogers acquired national media rights to the National Hockey League in November 2013.[22] Beginning in the 2014-15 NHL season, the Omni stations added Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition, which broadcasts Punjabi-language telecasts of NHL games on Saturday nights, and selected playoff games. The Punjabi broadcasts are a continuation of CBC's past digital coverage of games in the language.[23][24][25][26]

Beginning in the later half of the 2018 season, and expanding into the 2019 season, Omni has carried a regular schedule of Sunday-afternoon Blue Jays games in Tagalog.[27][28][29]

News

Omni produced a national newscast in Punjabi. In addition, the Omni stations in Toronto and Vancouver produce regional newscasts in the following languages five days a week:

Omni Alberta (CJCO/CJEO) also produced newscasts in Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as an English-language South Asian newscast, from its launch in 2008 until 2011.

The programs featured coverage of Canadian news stories in the language, along with stories from foreign broadcasters in countries in which the language is natively spoken (or the Indian subcontinent, in the case of the Punjabi edition).

On May 7, 2015, Rogers announced a restructuring of Omni News programs as part of cutbacks that led to the loss of 110 jobs across the company. The existing newscasts would by replaced by new public affairs-oriented programs produced in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi. The new programs feature in-depth discussion of local issues, and do not feature original news reporting.[17][18][30] Colette Watson, Rogers' vice president of television, explained that the decision to drop the newscasts was financially motivated; the newscasts only brought in $3.9 million in advertising revenue per-year, but had production expenses of $9 million.[31]

Rogers' decision to drop ethnic newscasts resulted in criticism by Julian Fantino, Member of Parliament for Vaughan, who described the loss of Italian-language news coverage to be "devastating"; Vaughan has a notably large population of Italians,[32] Following an unsatisfactory response by the company, Fantino called upon Rogers representatives to appear before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.[31] As part of the Omni Regional service, Rogers stated that it would restore half-hour national newscasts in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin and Punjabi languages.[33]

Rogers subcontracted production of Omni's new Chinese-language newscasts to Fairchild Media Group, owner of the Cantonese Fairchild TV and Mandarin Talentvision channels. This decision was criticized by community groups and Unifor, who asserted that this reduced the diversity of media voices, and noted that Fairchild had historically been conservative in its news output. It was also suggested that the arrangement violated Omni Regional's CRTC licence, as it states that the service would "produce and broadcast" half-hour national newscasts in multiple languages, but leaving it unclear whether they must be produced in-house by Rogers, as with the Italian and Punjabi newscasts. Rogers defended the partnership as being in compliance with its CRTC licence, and stated that it had editorial control over the newscasts. Unifor stated that it would file a grievance and a complaint with the CRTC over this agreement.[34][35][34] In April 2018, the CRTC dismissed these complaints and ruled that Rogers was in compliance with the licence. The commission argued that Rogers' leverage over the subcontracted newscasts, including editorial control and limits on content sharing with newscasts on Fairchild's own channels, were sufficient as to not reduce the diversity of media voices. The commission also held that the word "produce" was broadly defined, as not necessarily meaning the newscasts had to be produced in-house by the licensee.[36]

Omni Television stations

Owned-and-operated stations

City of licence/market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Calgary, Alberta CJCO-DT 38.1 (38)
Edmonton, Alberta CJEO-DT 56.1 (44)
Toronto, Ontario CFMT-DT 47.1 (47)
CJMT-DT 69.1 (51)
Vancouver, British Columbia CHNM-DT 42.1 (20)

Secondary carriers

City of licence/market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Year of
affiliation
Owner
Montreal, Quebec CFHD-DT 47.1 (47) 2013 4517466 Canada Inc. (Norouzi Family)

High definition

In the fall of 2004, Omni launched high definition simulcasts of both Toronto stations, CFMT and CJMT. However, at the time both stations were only available through digital cable. In the summer of 2008, both stations began broadcasting digitally over-the-air. In December 2009, CHNM began broadcasting an over-the-air digital signal and broadcasts in standard definition.

Omni Regional

Omni Regional
ICI Quebec
LaunchedSeptember 1, 2017
Owned byRogers Media
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNational, through regional feeds
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario

On June 14, 2016, Rogers announced that it had submitted an application to the CRTC for a new, national specialty service known as Omni Regional. The service would consist of four feeds; "Pacific", "Prairies", "East", and "ICI Quebec". These channels mirror the programming of the corresponding Omni Television O&O and affiliate stations in their respective regions (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal).[33] Rogers received a provisional a 9(1)(h) must-carry status for the service, which requires it to be offered on the basic service by all Canadian digital television providers. In regions where Omni already operates terrestrially, providers may be relieved from carrying the Omni Regional version of the service on their lineups, or vice versa.[37]

The East feed specifically mirrors CJMT (Omni.2), which primarily focuses on the south and east Asian communities. CFMT (Omni.1), which focuses on European and Latin American communities, retains its existing distribution in southern and eastern Ontario.[37]

Colette Watson, Rogers' vice president of television, stated that Omni Television was "not sustainable in its current state"; the company stated that must-carry status for the Omni Regional channels would result in an additional $14 million in annual revenue from carriage fees, which it planned to mostly invest into the production of daily half-hour national newscasts in the Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, and Punjabi languages—programming that had been cancelled in 2015 in the previous round of cuts. Omni also pledged to increase its investments in original domestic content.[38] The CRTC approved Rogers' application and must-carry status for Omni Regional on May 15, 2017, with reservations. It launched on September 1, 2017.[34]

In its approval, the CRTC felt that the service's business model was financially unsustainable, as there were no significant plans for new original programming beyond newscasts, and that Rogers did not sufficiently demonstrate that the service would "ensure a sufficient reflection of Canada's third-language communities", as its structure does not sufficiently serve regions not currently served by an Omni station (such as Atlantic and Central Canada).[33] As such, the CRTC recognized that there was "[an] exceptional need for a national, multilingual multi-ethnic programming service that can provide Canadians with news and current events programming in multiple languages from a Canadian perspective", and made a formal call for a national, multicultural specialty channel that would receive must-carry status. In the meantime, the CRTC granted a three-year, provisional must-carry status to Omni Regional.[39][33]

The CRTC announced the eight applicants on April 17, 2018, which included competing proposals by companies such as Bell Media, the Corriere Canadese, and Ethnic Channels Group. Rogers proposed expansions of the Omni Regional service, including the addition of Arabic, Hindi, and Tagalog-language newscasts, local newscasts on the East, Pacific, and Prairies feeds in Mandarin and Punjabi, and in Italian on East (replacing the Italian national newscast, due to the concentration of Italians living in the region), and increased investment in original scripted and factual programming,[40][41]

In May 2019, the CRTC approved Rogers' proposal to expand Omni Regional, with a new three-year license term taking effect September 1, 2020. Changes will include that at least 70% of the broadcast day and 70% of primetime must be devoted to Canadian productions, and at least 12 hours of programming per-week must be acquired from independent producers (including at least two hours per-week of programming reflecting the Atlantic provinces, and two hours reflecting Manitoba and Saskatchewan). The number of daily national newscasts will expand to six, and there will be six hours per-week of local news programming for Calgary/Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver. Programming must be governed by advisory panels for each region, and Rogers must maintain the over-the-air Omni stations during the services' license terms. The service must also be operated on a break-even basis, with all additional profit re-invested into its operations.[42]

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33 Dundas Street East

33 Dundas Street East is a studio complex located in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The building was acquired by Rogers Media in 2007 as the new home of its four Toronto television stations: CITY-DT (Citytv), CFMT-DT (OMNI.1), CJMT-DT (OMNI.2) and formerly CityNews Channel. CITY-DT moved into the building on September 8, 2009, followed by the Omni stations a month later on October 19. First built in 2004, the building was home to Olympic Spirit Toronto, an Olympic-themed entertainment attraction, until 2006 and before that a three storey Salvation Army building.

The building features three floors of television studio space for City and Omni.

The building is located east of Yonge Street on Dundas Square, near the Toronto Eaton Centre and 10 Dundas East (formerly Toronto Life Square). It was previously known as 35 Dundas Street East, but the street number in the address was changed to 33 in 2009.

CITY-TV's previous headquarters were located at 299 Queen Street West, which continues to serve the operations of CHUM Limited's former speciality channels, such as CP24, MuchMusic, MuchMore, E!, and Space, all of which now owned by Bell Media (previously CTVglobemedia). CFMT and CJMT were previously located at 545 Lake Shore Boulevard West, which continues to serve the operations of its Rogers-owned specialty channels such as OLN, The Biography Channel Canada and G4 Canada.

The Rogers Communications headquarters, where the company's other radio stations remain as well as Sportsnet and Sportsnet One, are located at the Rogers Building at Bloor and Jarvis Streets.

In keeping with the layout of Dundas Square, 33 Dundas Street East is notable for its large billboard, usually used to advertise City and OMNI's programming, along with a Jumbotron-style TV screen which relays City broadcast programming to those in the square below.

545 Lake Shore Boulevard West

545 Lake Shore Boulevard West was a media studio complex located along the harbourfront of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West.

The Art Deco building was designed by Toronto architects Chapman and Oxley, and was completed in 1927 as the Crosse and Blackwell Building for its namesake food products manufacturer. It has been listed as a heritage property by the City of Toronto's Heritage Preservation Services since 1973, and following restoration became the CFMT Building in 1979 to house Toronto multicultural television station CFMT-TV; it was joined by sister station CJMT-TV upon its launch in 2002. The two stations (now part of Omni Television under Rogers Media) moved to a new studio location at Yonge-Dundas Square (33 Dundas Street East) on October 19, 2009, although the Omni Television signage remained until August 2018 on the building.

It was also the original home for YTV when the service began its operations on September 1, 1988, with YTV moving out of the building, to 64 Jefferson Avenue, in November 1990.

Until recently the building housed the offices and on-air operations for Rogers Media. The building has never housed the main studios of Citytv Toronto, despite featuring Citytv signage on its exterior, but did house the master controls for the station.

Sportsnet is based at the Rogers Building located at Jarvis Street and Bloor Street, where most of the Rogers-owned operations such as its other Toronto radio stations are based. The Shopping Channel is also based at a separate studio in Mississauga.

On April 13, 2017, it was announced that Rogers had sold the property to developer Canderel.

Blood and Water (TV series)

Blood and Water (simplified Chinese: 血与水; traditional Chinese: 血與水; pinyin: Xuè Yǔ Shuǐ) is a Canadian television crime drama series, which premiered on OMNI Television in November 2015. The first television drama series produced for a Chinese Canadian audience, the show mixes dialogue in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.Set in Vancouver, British Columbia, the show centres on police detective Josephine Bradley (Steph Song). After Charlie Xie (Osric Chau), the son of billionaire real estate developer Li-Rong Xie, is found murdered, Josephine is brought into investigate despite having just been diagnosed with cancer.The cast also includes Fiona Fu as Weiran Xie, the matriarch who holds the Xie family together; Loretta Yu as Charlie's widow Teresa; Elfina Luk as his sister Anna, who is plotting her eventual takeover of the family business empire; Simu Liu as his brother Paul, a guardian of many of the family's shady secrets; and Peter Outerbridge as Detective Al Gorski, a police colleague of Josephine's.

Eight episodes were produced for the show's first season. A second season, also consisting of eight episodes, first aired on November 13, 2016. The series has been renewed for a third season.

CFHD-DT

CFHD-DT is an independent multicultural television station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It broadcasts a digital signal on channel 47.1 from a transmitter located at Mount Royal Park, near Downtown Montreal. Owned by Sam Norouzi and his family, it maintains studios located on Christophe Colomb Avenue in Montreal's Ahuntsic district, at the home of the family's production company Mi-Cam Communications.The channel, which operates under the branding ICI Montreal (a bilingual abbreviation of "International Channel/Canal International"), is a de facto successor to CJNT; the station had started as a multicultural station, but its ethnic output decreased significantly in favor of commercial, English-language programming after it was sold to Western International Communications (WIC), and in turn, Canwest and Channel Zero. ICI was announced in parallel with a proposal by Rogers Media to purchase CJNT (which had since affiliated with its Citytv network) and change its license to make it a conventional, English language station. Both Rogers and Channel Zero also planned to provide resources to the new channel. As part of Omni Regional—a distribution of Omni Television stations as a must-carry specialty channel, the network is fed province-wide as ICI Quebec.

CFMT-DT

CFMT-DT, UHF channel 47, is a television station that is the flagship of the Canadian multi-lingual network Omni Television, licensed to and serving the Toronto, Ontario, Canada television market. It is owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications as part of a triplestick (the only conventional television triplestick operated by the company) with sister Omni station CJMT-DT (channel 40) and City flagship owned-and-operated station CITY-DT (channel 57). All three stations share studio facilities located at Yonge-Dundas Square on 33 Dundas Street East in downtown Toronto; CFMT maintains transmitter facilities located atop the CN Tower in downtown Toronto.

On cable, the station is available on corporate sister Rogers Cable channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 520; on satellite, the station is also available on Bell TV channel 215, and on Shaw Direct classic lineup channel 343 and advanced lineup channel 42, and in high definition on Bell TV channel 1055.

CHNM-DT

CHNM-DT, virtual channel 42 (UHF digital channel 20), is an Omni Television owned-and-operated television station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The station was originally established in 2003 as Channel M, under the ownership of Multivan Broadcast, a consortium of local investors. Their proposal beat a competing bid by Rogers Media (owner of Toronto's CFMT-TV and CJMT-TV) for a new multicultural broadcast television station in Vancouver. However, in 2007, after losing bids for multicultural stations in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta to the company, Multivan sold CHNM to Rogers, who re-branded the station under its Omni Television brand.

Under Rogers ownership, CHNM operates as part of a twinstick with Citytv owned-and-operated station CKVU-DT (channel 10). The two stations share studios on West 2nd Avenue and Columbia Street (near False Creek) in Downtown Vancouver, CHNM maintains transmitter facilities located atop Mount Seymour.

On cable, the station is also available on Shaw Cable channel 8 (in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland) or 10 (in Victoria and Vancouver Island), and Telus Optik TV channel 9119 in Vancouver, Victoria, Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon. On satellite, CHNM is also available on Telus Satellite TV channel 254 and Bell TV channel 254. There is also a high definition feed on Shaw Cable digital channel 214, Telus Optik TV channel 119 and Telus Satellite TV channel 1155.

CJCO-DT

CJCO-DT, UHF channel 38, is an Omni Television owned-and-operated television station located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications, as part of a twinstick with Citytv owned-and-operated station CKAL-DT (channel 5). The two stations share studios located on 7 Avenue and 5 Street Southwest in Downtown Calgary, CJCO's transmitter is located near Old Banff Coach Road/Highway 563.

This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 214; it is also available on Bell TV channel 645 and in high definition on channel 1135.

CJEO-DT

CJEO-DT, virtual channel 56 (UHF digital channel 44), is an Omni Television owned-and-operated television station located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications, as part of a twinstick with Citytv owned-and-operated station CKEM-DT (channel 17). The two stations share studios with Rogers' local radio stations on Gateway Boulevard, and its transmitter is located near Yellowhead Highway/Highway 16A.

This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 11 and in high definition on digital channel 214. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 647. It is not currently carried by Shaw Direct and on Telus Optik TV channel 119 (HD) and channel 9119 (SD).

CJMT-DT

CJMT-DT, virtual and UHF digital channel 40, is a Omni-affiliated television station located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications as part of a triplestick (the only conventional television triplestick operated by the company) with sister multicultural station CFMT-DT (channel 47) and Citytv flagship owned-and-operated station CITY-DT (channel 57). All three stations share studio facilities located at Yonge-Dundas Square on 33 Dundas Street East in downtown Toronto; CJMT maintains transmitter facilities located atop the CN Tower in downtown Toronto.

The station was launched on September 16, 2002 as a sister to CFMT; at the same time, Rogers launched Omni Television as a blanket brand for the stations by branding the new station as Omni.2, followed by re-branding CFMT as Omni.1. The two stations are distinguished by their service of different cultural groups; CJMT caters primarily to Asian cultures (including programming in South Asian and Chinese languages), while CFMT focuses on European and Latino cultures.

On cable, the station is available on corporate sister Rogers Cable channel 14 and in high definition on digital channel 530; on satellite, the station is also available on Shaw Direct classic lineup channel 395 and advanced lineup channel 43, and on Bell TV on channels 216 (standard definition) and 1056 (high definition).

CKAL-DT

CKAL-DT, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Citytv owned-and-operated television station located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by Rogers Media as part of a twinstick with Omni Television outlet CJCO-DT (channel 38). The two stations share studios located on 7 Avenue and 5 Street Southwest in Downtown Calgary, and its transmitter is located near Old Banff Coach Road/Highway 563.

CKAL also operates a rebroadcast transmitter in Lethbridge, broadcasting on UHF channel 46 (or virtual channel 42.1). This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 213. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available on 328 (Classic) or 018 (Advanced), and in high definition on channel 017 (Classic) or 517 (Advanced). This station is also available on Bell TV channel 246 and in high definition on channel 1133.

CKEM-DT

CKEM-DT, virtual channel 51 (UHF digital channel 17), is a Citytv owned-and-operated television station located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications, as part of a twinstick with Omni Television outlet CJEO-DT (channel 56). The two stations share studios with Rogers' local radio stations on Gateway Boulevard. CKEM's transmitter is located near Yellowhead Highway/Highway 16A; CKEM also operates a rebroadcast transmitter in Red Deer on VHF channel 4.

This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 7 and in high definition on digital channel 213. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available on 347 (Classic) or 022 (Advanced), and in high definition on channel 014 (Classic) or 514 (Advanced). This station is also available on Bell TV channel 241.

CityNews Channel

CityNews Channel was a Canadian English language Category B specialty digital cable television channel from 2011 to 2013. It was owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications, and primarily focused on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The channel was only available in Ontario and broadcast a single feed in high definition which was also accessible through standard definition televisions.

The channel's branding was shared with its Rogers-owned conventional television network, City (formerly Citytv), and its news brand CityNews. The channel broadcast from 33 Dundas Street East in Downtown Toronto which also houses studios for City flagship CITY-DT, and Omni Television flagships CFMT-DT (channel 47) and CJMT-DT (channel 40).

List of television stations in Ontario

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the Canadian province of Ontario. Note: Due to the mandatory digital television transition on August 31, 2011, most of these stations are broadcasting in digital only.

Mohawk Girls (TV series)

Mohawk Girls is a scripted comedy-drama series developed by Tracey Deer based on her 2005 documentary Mohawk Girls. The program premiered on OMNI Television and on APTN in the fall of 2014 and entered its fourth season in 2016.

Deer describes the series as a "Sex and the City for the Native set".

Omni Broadcasting Network

The Omni Broadcasting Network was a small over-the-air broadcast television network in the United States (not to be confused with the Canadian broadcast system Omni Television). The company's motto was "Less Edge and More Entertaining". Omni's flagship station was a low-power station.

Omni News

Omni News (styled as OMNI News) is the name of local and national newscasts in various languages on the Omni Television system in Canada.

In most cases, while the spoken language is as indicated below, graphics and headlines are shown only in English.

Second Jen

Second Jen is a Canadian television sitcom that premiered on City on October 27, 2016. The series is produced by Don Ferguson Productions and stars Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan as Mo and Jen, two young Asian Canadian women experiencing the ups and downs of being independent after moving out of their parents' homes for the first time. Joy and Wan are also co-creators and writers for the series.Following its release in 2016, the series received mixed reviews. In 2018, Omni Television announced it had commissioned a second season. It premiered on August 4, 2018. On February 8, 2019, the second season was nominated for Best Comedy Series by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

South Asian Veggie Table

South Asian Veggie Table is a cooking show first produced for the Omni Television, an Ontario television network in Canada. It is a half-hour TV show of Indian and South Asian vegetarian cooking hosted by Karen Johnson and Ronica Sajnani. The show has been syndicated internationally for the past 13 years.Johnson and Sajnani started a new cooking show called "South Asian Tasting Table" which is not a vegetarian show.

Television system

In Canada, a television system is a group of television stations which share common ownership, branding and programming, but which for some reason does not satisfy the criteria necessary for it to be classified as a television network under Canadian law. As the term "television system" has no legal definition, and as most audiences and broadcasters usually refer to groups of stations with common branding and programming as "networks" regardless of their structure, the distinction between the two entities is often not entirely clear; indeed, the term is rarely discussed outside the Canadian broadcasting enthusiast community. In the latter regard, however, a group of Canadian stations is currently considered a "network" if it satisfies at least one of the following requirements:

it operates under a network licence (either national or, in the case of Quebec where the majority of Canada's francophones reside, provincial) issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Four such networks currently operate: CBC Television, Ici Radio-Canada Télé, TVA, and the Quebec provincial network V. (The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, APTN, was reclassified as a specialty channel by the CRTC in 2013, although it continues to operate broadcast transmitters in certain rural areas.)

it has at least near-complete national over-the-air coverage (or equivalent mandatory cable carriage) in Canada's major population centres. Three additional station groups meet this criterion: CTV, the Global Television Network and City.If the group of stations does not match at least one of these criteria, it would then be classified as a "system".

In current practice, a television system may be either:

a small group of stations with common branding, such as CTV Two or Omni Television, or

a regional group of stations within a larger network, such as CTV Atlantic, CTV Northern Ontario or CBC North, which are legally licensed as multiple stations but effectively act as a single station for programming, branding and advertising sales purposes.Systems are differentiated from networks primarily by their less extensive service area – while a network will serve most Canadian broadcast markets in some form, a system will typically serve only a few markets. As well, a system may or may not offer some classes of programming, such as a national newscast, which are typically provided by a network.

Finally, with regards to "primary" systems, the amount of common programming on participating stations may be variable. While CTV Two (and previously City, the Baton Broadcast System (BBS) and Global) generally maintains programming and scheduling practices similar to networks (with variations required for specific stations licensed under educational or ethnic formats), the programming and scheduling of stations part of Omni and the Crossroads Television System often differs greatly between stations, with the system sometimes serving mainly as a common format and brand positioning, but providing limited common programming.

Television systems should not be confused with twinsticks, although some individual stations might be part of both types of operations simultaneously. Moreover, a single originating station serving multiple markets within the same province or region is neither a network nor a system; it is merely a station (although it might still be described as a system by its owner, as was the case with Toronto multicultural station CFMT during the 1990s, prior to the formation of Omni Television). For example, independent station CHCH-DT in Hamilton has rebroadcasters in various parts of Ontario but broadcasts the same newscasts, entertainment programming and advertising, which target Hamilton and surrounding areas in the Golden Horseshoe region, across all of these transmitters province-wide.

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