Rogers launches 24-hour news channel

Bell Media’s CP24 is about to get some competition. Rogers has now officially announced the launch of its own, brand new 24-hour news channel.

Dubbed CityNews, and set to debut in October, the station will combine digital, publishing, radio and television resources: 680 News, Maclean’s and Citytv.

“We’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 of Rogers Broadcasting, in a release. “By incorporating our trailblazing and trusted news brands from CityNews, 680 News, and publishing — including Canada’s most trusted news magazine, Maclean’s — CityNews Channel is poised to be the destination local news channel.”

Details of what this mash-up will look like will be revealed closer to the launch date. The venture was approved by the CRTC in December.