Calgary community television station Shaw TV will close effective Aug. 15, Shaw Communications announced Wednesday, though the cable giant pledged to demonstrate its commitment to local coverage by injecting funds into Global News instead.
Local Shaw TV stations will also be closing in Vancouver and Edmonton, affecting 70 positions between the three cities, the company said. It declined to disclose how many of those job losses would take place in Calgary.
The move is in response to the evolving news consumption habits of viewers, said Shaw spokesperson Chethan Lakshman. Increasing online competition and other economic factors have made the production of local news and stories more difficult, he said, while the ability of Canadians living in larger cities to access many more media sources has made the community channel less relevant in metropolitan areas.