|Rogers Sports & Media|
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Rogers Media Inc., operating as Rogers Sports & Media, is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications that owns the company's mass media and sports properties, such as the Citytv and Omni Television terrestrial television stations, Sportsnet, the Rogers Radio stations, and these properties' associated digital media outlets.
The company previously owned a number of magazines under the Rogers Publishing banner, including the former Maclean-Hunter magazines (such as namesake Maclean's). In 2019, Rogers completed its divestment of the unit's remaining properties to St. Joseph Communications.
Current television brands owned by Rogers include the English-language Citytv and multicultural Omni television systems, and the Sportsnet family of channels, which began as a group of regional sport channels and now serves as the de facto sports programming brand and division for Rogers. Through Sportsnet, Rogers also distributes the linear version of WWE Network; as part of a larger program rights agreement with WWE, in which Sportsnet 360 carries WWE's main programming. Other television brands include TSC, and Canadian versions of FX, FXX, and OLN.
The Rogers Radio unit owns 55 stations across Canada.
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Rogers Media was established in 1960 when Ted Rogers and Joel Aldred acquired CHFI. The origins of Rogers can be traced to 1925 when Edward S. Rogers Sr. launched a radio station that would eventually become CFRB. Rogers and Aldred formed Baton Aldred Rogers Broadcasting (a forerunner to present day competitor Bell Media) when it acquired the license for CFTO-DT which launched the following year. In 1962, Rogers bought Aldred's shares of CHFI which changed its name to CHFI-FM Limited then Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. By 1964, CFTR went on the air.
In June 2007, as part of CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM Limited, Rogers announced its intent to acquire their Citytv stations. CTV had originally intended to sell CHUM's A-Channel stations and several other specialty channels to Rogers, but the CRTC required the Citytv stations to be divested to comply with major-market ownership restrictions. CTV maintained ownership of flagship Toronto station CITY-TV's local news channel CP24, prompting Rogers to establish its own short-lived CityNews Channel in 2011 as a substitute, in cooperation with CITY-TV and sister news radio station 680 CFTR. The network folded in 2013.
On January 16, 2008, the CRTC rejected an application by Rogers to establish a new rock radio station in Parry Sound, citing that it would have an undue negative impact on its North Bay stations and local competitor CKLP-FM/.
On August 25, 2012, Rogers Media acquired Score Media's broadcast business (including The Score Television Network) for $167 million, including a 10% stake in its digital business. The channel has since been rebranded to Sportsnet 360.
On November 26, 2013, Rogers announced that it would become the exclusive national media rightsholder for the National Hockey League beginning in the 2014-15 season, under a 12-year contract valued at $5.2 billion. This gave Rogers rights to broadcast national telecasts on the Sportsnet networks and CBC Television (the latter as part of a sub-licensing agreement to maintain Hockey Night in Canada), and handle distribution for the NHL's out-of-market packages.
In October 2014, Rogers announced a $100 million joint venture with Vice Media to establish a production studio in Toronto, and launch Vice-branded television and digital properties in 2015. On November 5, 2015, Rogers and Vice announced that it would launch Vice's upcoming specialty channel Viceland in Canada on February 29, 2016, replacing the existing Biography Channel Canada.
In September 2016, Rogers acquired Tillsonburg Broadcasting Company's CJDL-FM and CKOT-FM in Tillsonburg. In January 2018, Rogers announced its acquisition of CJCY-FM in Medicine Hat, Alberta from Clear Sky Radio.
After Rogers pulled out of its venture with Vice, Viceland shut down on March 31, 2018. In March 2019, Rogers announced that it would sell its remaining print publications, including Maclean's, Chatelaine, Hello! Canada, Today's Parent, and the digital operations of former magazines Canadian Business and Flare, to St. Joseph Communications.
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