Rogers Sports & Media ceased the News/Talk format of “City News 1310/101.1” CIWW Ottawa and CJET-FM Smiths Falls ON at 1:00pm today.
Rogers intends to turn in the license of 1310 CIWW, while 101.1 has flipped back to the “Country 101.1” CKBY-FM identity that it had until flipping to a simulcast of CIWW in December 2020. The Country format simultaneously moved to 92.3 Smith Falls that day and will now move back to the frequency that it was based at from 2004-20. Rogers states a new music-driven format will launch on the 92.3 frequency later this year.
A Rogers spokesperson told the Ottawa Chronicle-Journal that less than ten newsroom staffers at CIWW were let go with the format change. The company will retain a local digital news team for its web platform and two reporters on Parliament Hill. They said, “Today was an incredibly difficult day and we sincerely thank all the employees and contributors to 1310 AM for their commitment to delivering important journalism and talk programming in the nation’s capital to our listeners. They have all made a positive contribution to the community and should be proud of their work.”
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2023-10-26)