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CBC Affiliates In Eastern Ontario Switch To CTV, Leaving Some Without Access To Public Broadcaster

05/20/2015 04:17 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT
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TORONTO - A new programming agreement at three local TV stations in Eastern Ontario will leave viewers who watch over-the-air television in the area without access to CBC programming.

Longtime CBC affiliates CKWS-TV in Kingston, Channel 12 in Oshawa and CHEX-TV in Peterborough will each begin carrying an array of CTV shows beginning on Aug. 31.

The move bumps CBC programming, including "Dragon's Den" and "Rick Mercer Report," off the schedule in favour of CTV's "The Amazing Race Canada" and "MasterChef Canada."

CBC's nightly news broadcast of "The National" will be replaced by "CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme."

The change means that some viewers will not have access to CBC programs if they pick up their signal with an over-the-air antenna in the affected communities.

All three local stations are owned by Corus Entertainment, which struck the new pact with CTV's operator Bell Media, a division of BCE Inc.

Fred Mattocks, the CBC general manager of media operations and technology at CBC English Services, said the impact will be "essentially nil" for viewers, though he wasn't able to immediately provide estimates of how many people access CBC through antennas in the three areas.

In an announcement, the CBC said some viewers may be able to pick up over-the-air CBC signals from nearby stations in Toronto or Ottawa or access some CBC programming through the broadcaster's website.

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