Radio & Television

The Cartt.ca Interview: Rogers Media Television CEO Leslie Sole, on Citytv’s present and future

ALMOST 60 PEOPLE working for Citytv across Canada lost their jobs last week as two news shows were cancelled.It’s not something Leslie Sole, president of Rogers Media Television, had envisioned doing when Rogers Communications bought the five Citytv stations in 2007.He and the company had envisioned taking Citytv back to its “fiercely local” roots, he told Cartt.ca on Monday in an exclusive interview. The company’s leadership was hopeful back then that the CRTC would reduce or eliminate its priority drama obligations so that the broadcaster could concentrate on local news in the cities it operates. Sole launched Citytv’s five o’clock...