New Local TV Station set to launch in the Sault!

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Lou-Anne Young and Tim Murphy will kick off your day with "Mornings with Lou-Anne & Tim"

SaultOnline’s parent company, Superior Media, is excited to announce that local television is returning to Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.

ONNtv (Online News Network) pronounced “OnTV” will commence operations this Spring 2018 and be one of the first local television stations in Canada delivered via streaming technologies also known as Over The Top (OTT). In the 1950’s when television service began in Canada, broadcasters would transmit “over the air”. Today, online streaming is quickly becoming the next generation of broadcasting, allowing viewers to access content across a wide variety of platforms such as smart tv’s, streaming players connected to more traditional TV’s as well as mobile devices and personal computers.

Superior Media President, Bruce Clement, explains how viewers can access the new local station, “Our goal is to make ONNtv available on quite a wide variety of platforms. Initially viewers will be able to simply browse to SaultOnline.com or myAlgoma.ca from a PC, tablet or smartphone where they can stream ONNtv much the same way you would a YouTube or any other video.” Clement said.  “ONNtv will also be launched on both TIKILIVE and ROKU as channels which can be viewed on regular tv’s (Internet & ROKU Player Required) and ROKU embedded Smart TV’s like LG, Sharp, RCA, Insignia and Hisense. We also have applications under development to extend ONNtv for viewing on other platforms like Samsung Smart TV’s, android and iOS devices.”

ONNtv is headed up by long time broadcaster, Craig Huckerby who pioneered online media here in the Sault back in 2003 with LTVnews.com, a VOD platform with local news, weather and sports and community programming. That site evolved into SooNews.ca and later Local2.ca. In 2014 Huckerby joined forces with Superior Media to reboot SaultOnline.com.

After experiencing explosive growth of viewers to SaultOnline.com over the last four years, the company decided to explore further enhancing its platform to include local television service for Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.

“We’ve been focused on developing ONNtv for more than a year, filling a void in the local media market”, Huckerby said, “the format will be live breaking news along with other locally produced programming.”

ONNtv will be similar to other familiar cable news channels, featuring live news and panel discussions.

“The bulk of the programing will focus on the bigger news stories of the day, diving further in depth to get to the heart of each story.”, Huckerby said.

ONNtv will begin each day at 8 am with a new local morning show, featuring two well known personalities, Lou-Anne Young and Tim Murphy. “I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in broadcasting over my career. Television is my first love and I can’t wait to be part of the ONNtv team! Sault Ste. Marie and area has been without a local television station for far too long and I’m looking forward to bringing that back to you! See you ONNtv!” said Young.

Lou-Anne Young anchored the 6 pm news for over a decade at CTV and also anchored LTVnews in 2003. Since then Young hosted a popular morning show on local radio. Tim Murphy, will co-host the morning show with Young as well as a prime time show, “ONN Point with Tim Murphy”, Tuesday through Friday.

ONNtv will also be home to some of television’s favourite classics such as the Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, The Lucy show and more along with classic movies to round out the schedule.

ONNtv will operate much like a traditional tv station, supported primarily by local advertisers.

The project is expected to create over 20+ new jobs at Superior Media in a variety of positions such as Client Marketing Specialists, Reporters, Creative and Production.

“We really want ONNtv to be as community driven as our team and we have reached out to form a number of partnerships with groups and organizations to help us put Sault Ste. Marie back on tv screens, and all screens for that matter!”, Huckerby said.

When ONNtv launches, the station will hit the ground running with non-stop coverage of the upcoming Provincial Election and then ramp up to the Municipal Election this fall. Viewers can also expect live coverage of important events each and every day.

Superior Media is currently putting the final touches on two state of the art studios, production facilities, a newsroom and offices that will house ONNtv with an expected launch date announced within the next couple weeks.

 

 

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Good to know that we may be able to get it on our normal tv. We in our elder years and not very used to internet.

  2. a place to get community events advertised will be a godsend. Especially if we’re informed beforehand!!!!

  3. I am excited to see our new local coverage. Thank you for doing this for us Saultites. Although, That is all very good but your headline says TV. It is not. Not for my 89 year old mother who does not have computer or internet to get this. It would be wonderful if we did have this today still for TV viewers. Not everyone is technologically advanced, there are some old timers and new agers out there that live simple lives. I look forward to seeing Lou-Anne back on the screen!!

    • Sharalyn, it is actually tv, it’s just being distributed in the most modern way. That said, SuperiorMedia does have the seniors in mind and will have a solution to hook them up to get ONNtv…those details coming soon.

      • That’s great, Craig. My parents do not have a computer and I know they would really like to be hooked up to ONNtv.

      • Thank you Craig for your reply. My mom would really like to hear local news. It is much appreciated and needed here!. Good luck.

  4. I am a firm believer in the development and promotion of local news media and content. Hats off to this group for adapting to the times and best of luck.

  5. Congratulations to Craig Huckerby and the ONNtv team !!! Sounds like a very exciting plan to bring true local viewing to Sault Ste. Marie. MCTV has been very disappointing, with its very poor coverage of local news and events that matter to us most. In fact, I would say it has been so bad, most of the time, that I would rather watch Global News then this Northern Ontario channel.
    Much success Craig !!! You’ve worked hard to get here and I hope all goes smoothly.

  6. Congratulations, should be able to spend advertising money in the Soo, instead of out of town.
    Good Luck.

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