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George Stroumboulopoulos to host ‘Hockey Night in Canada’

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 10th, 2014

Talk-show host George Stroumboulopoulos is joining the Hockey Night in Canada lineup, Rogers Communications confirmed Monday.

Stroumboulopoulos, Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek will be the “cornerstones” of the broadcaster’s NHL coverage, Rogers said in a statement.

Coach’s Corner will remain virtually unchanged with Cherry alongside MacLean.

“George is one of the smartest and most versatile broadcasters in the business,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet & NHL Properties for Rogers, said in a statement.

“Ron and Don are icons in the hockey world.  Along with Daren and Jeff, our new broadcast team brings a tremendous amount of talent, expertise and personality – and most importantly, they all possess a supreme passion for hockey.”

Stroumboulopoulos, a passionate Habs fan, spoke to the Montreal Canadiens magazine about his love for the team. Click here to read the interview.

MacLean is the current host of Hockey Night in Canada.

Stroumboulopoulos will host not only the marquee Saturday night show but also other broadcasts on City, Sportsnet and other platforms, Rogers announced.

The NHL and Rogers signed a $5.2-billion broadcast rights deal last fall. Under the contract,Hockey Night in Canada will remain on the CBC for at least the next four years.

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Stroumboulopoulos’s current program on the CBC, will end after this season, the broadcaster announced Monday.

The program has run for 10 years.

“Hockey is one of my deep-seated passions and I’m thrilled to be going full circle, returning to my roots in sports broadcasting,” Stroumboulopoulos said in a statement.

“It’s a dream for me to work with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, as well as my old friend Jeff Marek who I started my career with. I’m also looking forward to working with Daren Millard and the entire team at Rogers.”

Rogers Media is the parent company of this station and this website.

What do you think of the decision? Let us know in the comments.

With files from The Canadian Press

Week of March 10, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Stephanie Joanne is in on Monday with the latest to get you back in shape!

On Wednesday, it’s the cast of Mirvish’s American Idiot! They’ll be in to preview the latest to hit the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

And to close off the week, Jenn and the Live Eye crew are in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day! Tune in for the highlights from her trip.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!


‘CityNews at 6’ wins Best Local Newscast at Canadian Screen Awards

CityNews | posted Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

City took home a major honour on Tuesday night when CityNews at 6 was awarded Best Local Newscast at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.

City won for its coverage of the dramatic protest march through downtown Toronto following the fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim. Yatim, 18, was shot by police on an empty streetcar on July 27, 2013 — an incident that was caught on video.

An officer faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the case.

The Canadian Screen Awards honour achievement in homegrown television, film and digital projects, and replace the previously separate Gemini and Genie Awards.

On Tuesday, the awards in the documentary, reality, lifestyle, news, sports, and digital media categories were handed out.

CityNews at 6′s Avery Haines, Josef Fazio and Shayla Vize were nominated in the category of Best Reportage (Local) for the Inside Story: Kayla Baker, while Amar Sodhi, Kathleen O’Keefe, Katia Del Col, Dave Budge, and Gord Martineau were the winners in the Best Local Newscast division.

Haines and Vize, along with Chris Dunseith and Daniel Frechette, were also nominated for Best News Information Segment for Inside Story: Matthew Sagodi.

In the Best Local Newscast category, CityNews was competing with the CBC News: Toronto, CTV News Toronto at 6 with Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé, Global News Calgary and CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six.

CBC News: Here & Now, CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six, CBC News: Toronto and CBC News: Winnipeg were among the nominees for the Best Reportage, Local, with CBC: Here & Now taking it home.

Other Rogers Media properties and City shows were also nominated, including Cityline for its Ultimate Holiday Guide. The sitcom Seed received eight nominations, including an acting nod for Laura de Carteret.

Denis Villeneuve’s surreal mind-bender Enemy’ leads the film nominations while Space’s sci-fi clone saga Orphan Black tops the television contenders.

Enemy — featuring Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles as a paranoid teacher and as a cocky amateur actor who looks just like him —  dominates the film categories with 10 nominations, ahead of Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm with eight and Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle with six.

The competition for best national news anchor pits CBC’s Peter Mansbridge of The National against Global National anchor Dawna Friesen and Lisa LaFlamme of CTV National News.

Other notable nominees this year include Juno Awards host Michael Buble for best host in a variety, lifestyle, reality/competition, performing arts or talk program or series. The crooner is also named in the best writing in a variety or sketch comedy program or series category and best performance in a variety or sketch comedy program or series.

Click here for a full list of nominees.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television unveiled the list at a news conferences in Montreal and Toronto on January 13.

The main Screen Awards event will be in Toronto with comic Martin Short returning as host on Sunday, airing on CBC-TV.

With files from The Canadian Press

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