CBC launching digital Hamilton news service
Hamilton will be the home of a new CBC online only news service, launching in the spring of 2012.
“We’ve wanted to be a part of Hamilton for many years,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief of CBC News in a release announcing the service.
Limited space on the dials has been one stumbling block to CBC establishing a TV station in Hamilton in the past; an online-only format bypassest that problem.
“We’ve explored many options for how to best serve the community. We’re happy that, beginning next spring, we’ll be establishing a digital CBC station that will put everything Hamilton has to offer in one place.”
According to a CBC press release, the new station will only be available via smartphones, desktop/laptop computers and tablet devices.
The CBC quoted Mayor Bob Bratina in their announcement: “This decision properly reflects our City’s place among great Canadian Cities. The CBC has been a building block of our country and the new presence in Hamilton will help us in the 21st Century renewal of our City.”
Councillor Brian McHattie told thespec.com’s Emma Reilly that the station will likely be downtown and with five full-time positions.
"We're very excited," said McHattie, who has been pursuing a CBC station for Hamilton since 2004.
Last month the CBC announced enhanced radio and internet services in Waterloo and London.