Rogers Media


OMNI Regional

2017 - On May 15, the CRTC approved, in part, an application by Rogers Media Inc. to operate a national, multilingual multi-ethnic discretionary service to be known as OMNI Regional for a licence term of three years, beginning 1 September 2017.

CityNews Channel

On December 10, 2008, Rogers Media received CRTC approval for a specialty channel licence for CityNews Channel, and the operation launched on October 3, 2011. The channel cut live broadcasts in May of 2013 due to the bad economy. CityNews Channel continued to operate its news ticker, traffic camera feeds and weather maps. On October 1, 2013, at the request of Rogers, the CRTC revoked the licence for the channel.

TSC - The Shopping Channel

Owned by the Rogers group of companies, it was launched in 1997 as the Canadian Home Shopping Network. In 2000, the channel was renamed The Shopping Channel. TSC launched an HD feed in 2011.

Sportsnet One

On March 3rd 2010, Rogers Broadcasting Limited (Rogers) was licenced by the CRTC to launch a second sports specialty channel, to be called Sportsnet One.

Programming would include extensive coverage of NHL hockey games involving Canadian teams, Major League Baseball games as well as Union of European Football Associations soccer and other mainstream sports.

Sportsnet One was  launched on August 14th 2010.


Sportsnet 360

Sportsnet 360 was originally known as Sportscope, and operated an alphanumeric service beginning in 1994. In 1996 the CRTC licensed Sportscope Plus as a national specialty channel devoted to “video highlights of sports events, as well as text and graphic displays that provide sports scores and schedules”.  The owners were Headline Media Group and Western Co-Axial Limited. Sportscope was specifically excluded from carrying live sports events.


With CTV as majority owners, Sportsnet was launched in October 1998, but was acquired by Rogers in 2001 and renamed Rogers Sportsnet when CTV had to sell off the specialty channel on acquiring control of TSN.   The program service of live and recorded sporting events, documentaries and specials, scores and statistics was delivered on four channels for separate time zones, and was also available in high definition.

Saskatchewan Communications Network

In 1991, the CRTC granted a licence to the Saskatchewan government to operate the Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN), a non-profit satellite-to-cable channel to deliver cultural and educational programming in Saskatchewan. It would later be available via direct-to-home satellite services.


In November 2000, the CRTC awarded Craig Broadcast systems a licence for a specialty channel to be called Connect, planned to target what was perceived as an underserved segment of the viewing public, aged between 12 and 24 years.

Pet Network, The

Stornoway Communications Ltd., received a licence from the CRTC in November 2000 for a cable specialty channel to be called The Pet Network, to be dedicated to pets and ‘working animals’.

OLN - Outdoor Life Network, The

Owned by CTV, Rogers Media and Comcast, OLN was licensed in 1996 and began its service in the following year. The channel offers factual entertainment with an emphasis on series and OLNdocumentaries under six main categories: Adrenaline, Road Warriors, Survival, True Grit, Adventure and Rough Stock, plus an anthology block, OLN Big Screen, as well a live events such as The Tour de France., the Dakar Rally and the Iditarod Dog Sled Race.  OLN’s target audience is men aged 25 - 54.


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