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.