SCN Update

We received a press release today that announced that SCN, the former provincial education broadcaster that the Wall government privatized in its first term, had signed an affiliate agreement with CityTV. Here’s an excerpt from the release explaining what it means:

In an aggressive pursuit to increase its presence in key markets across Canada, Citytv has signed an affiliate agreement with Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN), the two networks announced today.

Beginning January 2, Citytv programming [which includes shows like Terra Nova, New Girl, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Alcatraz] will air from 3 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. CST every day, at which time the network will officially be called ‘Citytv on SCN’.  Throughout the remainder of the day, the station will be referred to as ‘SCN’, and will continue to air educational and children’s programming, commercial free.

“Early on, we identified Saskatchewan as one of the key markets in which we sought to expand our footprint.  This deal allows us to deliver our world-class programming to the entire province and extend the popular Citytv brand,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media.  “Having a dedicated Citytv presence in Saskatchewan gives viewers a more consistent and reliable viewing experience.  It also offers the people of Saskatchewan great Canadian programming, which cannot be found on U.S. networks.”

With the move, SCN is signalling its intention to join the big boys (CTV, Global and CBC) in the Saskatchewan television market. It also serves as a strong statement from corporate Canada that Saskatchewan is now perceived as a desirable market where there’s money to be made.  As an entity that’s been operating in Regina for almost 19 years, prairie dog is pleased that we’re suddenly looked upon with such favour by the big players on Canada’s media landscape.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

36 thoughts on “SCN Update”

  1. I’m all for it, as long as they don’t dump Cheers and Frasier to accommodate these other classics.

  2. So what happens to Saskatchewan made shows like the Neighbour’s Dog? I believe it’s shown between 3pm and 5:59am….

  3. This was also included in the press release:

    In addition, local Saskatchewan programming will air post 3 p.m. on Citytv on SCN in mid-2012 leading into the prime Fall television season, and will feature such hit favourites as The Neighbors Dog, 15 Minutes of Fame, and documentaries.

  4. I’m pretty sure I saw porn on SCN at 3 a.m. last night followed by Full House, Evening Shade, and then a 1980s Jane Fonda jazzercise workout, though I may have just been dreaming.

  5. Thanks, Talbot.
    So THAT’S where he got it.
    Those standup comedians’ll steal anything!!

  6. I’m a fan of both Yates and softcore pornography. This shift to CityTV is a bit strange, mainly because the CityTV brand (ick “brand”) is sort of a shell of what it used to be. Maybe this will allow SCN to continue to keep some semblance of an identity in its post-revamp state.

  7. Oh … YOU’RE the guy.
    He kept braggin’ about how he had a fan.
    But he’d never tell me who it was.

  8. Whatever happened to Yates, anyway?
    He was planning to have a stripper on his podcast … and that’s the last I heard of him.
    Yates, I mean. Not the stripper.
    As far as I know, the stripper, at least, is still working.

  9. Yates is currently writing at the Western Producer and serving as the contract negotiation liaison between Yu Darvish and the Blue Jays. That last one may no longer be relevant.

  10. Farm?!
    He dumped the poor thing?!
    Just like that?!
    I admired the man is so many ways, but the fact of the matter is, he has trouble with the word “commitment.”

  11. I’d say he’s pretty good at keeping commitments that involve liveblogging wrestling events.

  12. Did you actually SEE the cat at the farm, or are you merely taking his word on that?
    I’d hate to think he disposed of it in, well, you know … some OTHER way.
    The man is known for his homemade soup.

  13. I never thought a press release
    Could trigger such elation;
    But I was wrong, at prairie dog,
    it’s cause for celebration.

  14. “’m all for it, as long as they don’t dump Cheers and Frasier to accommodate these other classics.” – Gone.

  15. I’ll be damned.
    Thanks Underscheduler. I didn’t think reverse psychology actually worked.

  16. Good Move by the way
    To all I agree with Merry Christmas
    To all I dont agree with Enjoy the Holidays

  17. You’re missing the point, Talbot. It’s not what it “means,” it’s what it conveys. All the best to you this holiday season, my friend.

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