We may not see such large changes in the Ottawa media market in 2011, but with the approaching expansion of the CTV Ottawa facilities and growth in digital and online media at the Ottawa Citizen and Open File Ottawa, the future is friendly.
Here are the shifts that we saw in Ottawa media:
1. Ottawa receives a new francophone radio station
Radio de la communauté francophone d’Ottawa received permission from the CRTC to operate a francophone radio station on the 94.5 MHz radio frequency on February 4, 2010. Also known as CJFO FM, the station was officially launched on November 15, 2010 at 6am.
2. Ottawa Citizen undergoes change in ownership
With the bankruptcy of Canwest Global Communications, the newspaper publishing arm, including the Ottawa Citizen, was sold to a new ownership group, Postmedia Network, on July 13, 2010 for $1.1 billion dollars. Postmedia has promised to transition to a "digital-first strategy" which will affect how the Ottawa Citizen will deliver its product in the future.
3. CTV makes Byward Market its permanent home
After losing its original studio in a fire, CTV announced on July 14, 2010 that it would make the Byward Market its permanent home. They hinted at a possible expansion of their facilities including possibly moving their National Bureau from the World Exchange Plaza to the George Street building. These plans were reiterated in early December and are slated to include office space, 13 edit suites, five production edit suites, three TV studios and two control rooms. The expansion will accomodate staff from the Merivale and World Exchange Plaza sites.
4. Ottawa Business Journal returns to local ownership
Founder and former publisher, Mark Sutcliffe, along with current publisher, Michael Curran, and former executive Donna Neil acquired the Ottawa Business Journal from Montreal-based Transcontinental, Inc. Also included in the deal were its spin-off publications and events including Ottawa Technology Magazine, Meeting in the Capital, Ottawa at Home magazine, Forty Under 40, and CEO of the Year. This transaction will add OBJ to Great River Media's existing portfolio which includes The Kitchissippi Times, their national magazine iRun, and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce magazine The Voice. The deal was made final on August 18, 2010.
5. 1310 Oldies becomes 1310 News
On October 18, 2010 Ottawa became the latest city, after Calgary, Vancouver, Moncton, St. John, Halifax, Kitchener, and Toronto, to receive a Rogers all-news radio station when 1310 Oldies underwent a format change to become 1310 News.
According to Wikipedia, with this format change Ottawa is now the largest Canadian market with no AM music stations.
6. Open File brings open and participatory journalism to Ottawa
In November Open File brought its open and participatory model of journalism to the capital. This model allows participants to open a news file which is then assigned to an experienced reporter. With the growing popularity of open and participatory websites like YouTube people want to participate in how information is shared. This has led to a growing concern about the truth and integrity of information sharing and new reporting. Open File bridges that gap.
Open File Ottawa has already created awareness on issues such as intensification, retail in the downtown core, and the environment.