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CityNews launches tonight, putting an emphasis on local content

Last Updated Sep 1, 2018 at 9:47 pm PDT


Be sure to catch CityNews Vancouver's official launch of its 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. broadcasts tonight

You can stream CityNews at 6 and 11 p.m. on NEWS 1130

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Get ready for even more local news content.

The wait is over, and tonight’s the night CityNews Vancouver goes live with its 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. broadcasts.

“We’re really excited about being local,” Kyle Donaldson, supervising producer for CityNews Vancouver, says. “I think that City has always been the station and the voice of the people and we’re looking forward to continuing that as CityNews launches its 6:00 and 11:00 seven days a week.”

He says things are ready to go, and calls this a brand new chapter, not just for City, but also for Metro Vancouver and British Columbia.

“It’s an unprecedented move where we’re seeing local news programming being added on television, and it’s happening tonight. We’re really excited about what’s going to happen tonight.”

The CityNews Vancouver team has been tirelessly working to prepare and rehearse for this launch. Donaldson says the excitement is felt across the board. “And we’re pretty happy with how things have been going,” he adds.

“The thing that’s really interesting about this, as well, is that when you watch newscasts that are currently out there, when you watch the competition that we’re going up against, a lot of the news that you watch is usually the first block is local and then after that you’re getting a lot of American content, a lot of content that is sort of outsourced. A large majority of [our] content is produced here in Canada, it’s produced that day in Canada.”

“You’re going to see a lot of interesting stories from right across the country that you probably aren’t going to get by watching the other teams out there.”

And a lot of this content has already been running on Breakfast Television, and even on NEWS 1130.

So, there’s a big emphasis on local news — that he’s told us.So what else can we expect when City goes live?

For one, it’s an anchorless format.

“There’s no person sitting behind the desk,” Donaldson says. “It’s modular storytelling with the way these newscasts are presented, so you’re not having someone sitting behind a desk who is telling you the news of the day… Our newscast is also told from outside the studio — that’s one thing that we’re trying to get out there is, having our people out in the community, telling stories that matter from the community.”

He says it’s almost like a YouTube playlist, and adds it’s working in other markets with CityNews across the country.

You may have already heard some of CityNews Vancouver’s reporters on our airwaves. As sister stations, we work together closely. You’ll likely hear more from their reporters through us, but you’ll even get to see some of NEWS 1130’s reporters on their shows, too.

“NEWS 1130 is a really important partner with us as we continue to tell stories that matter to viewers and listeners across Metro Vancouver,” Donaldson adds.

If you can’t make it home to watch the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. broadcasts from your TV at home, you can catch the live stream on our website.

Rogers is the parent company of both CityNews and NEWS 1130.