It’s been two years since the CRTC approved the acquisition of Canwest Global’s television assets by Shaw, endorsing a plan that would involve millions of dollars in spending including the creation of new morning shows in Montreal and other markets that didn’t already have them. Montreal and the Maritimes, Global’s weakest markets, were the last to get local morning shows, set to launch in fall 2012.
Now Global and its parent company Shaw Media are taking a big step toward launching a morning show here, posting six full-time jobs:
- Senior Producer
- Weather Reporter
- Photojournalist (i.e. cameraman/VJ)
- Camera Editor
- Automated Control Room Director
The job postings don’t list a start date either for the job or the show itself, but do say it would be weekdays from 7am to 9am. The number of jobs is quite low (Rogers says it would need at least 20 for its morning show on a Citytv CJNT). I’m waiting to hear back from Shaw Media, but the last word was a morning show would launch some time in late fall.
UPDATE (Oct. 5): Ran into Global Montreal station manager Karen Macdonald last night. She said she’s been flooded with applications for the new positions. No start date for the show has been established yet, but we do know that technical functions will still be handled remotely.
Global uses Mosart, a Norwegian system that automates many control room functions. The evening newscasts are directed out of Edmonton, with only editorial staff and a technician in Montreal.
The job posts don’t include any deadlines, but Macdonald tells me they’ll come down next week.
Its nice to see that they are finally moving on the morning show i thought they forgot about it. 2 hours falls short of Global BC’s 4 hour morning show but considering how weak of a market Montreal is for Global i guess 2 hours is all they want to do for now. If Global Montreal`s morning show does alright I could see it getting expanded to 3 hours.
Based on the size of their likely audience, they could probably call each viewer in the morning to wake them up without increasing staff.