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Omni News

Omni News
Genre News
Starring Jasdip Wahla & Dilbar Kang (Anchors, Punjabi National Edition)
Vincenzo Somma & Dino Cavalluzzo (Anchors, Italian Edition)
Bowen Zhang (Anchor, Mandarin Edition, BC)
Grant Guo (Anchor, Mandarin Edition, Ontario)
Kenneth Li (Anchor, Cantonese Edition, Ontario)
Karen So (Anchor, Cantonese Edition, BC)
Theme music composer Steve D'Angelo
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) Punjabi (National)
Italian (Ontario)
Mandarin (BC & Ontario)
Cantonese (BC & Ontario)
Location(s) Ontario
British Columbia
Original channel Omni Television
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release September 3, 1979 – Present
External links
Omni News Website

Omni News (styled as OMNI News) was the name of national and local newscasts in various languages on the Omni Television system in Canada.

In most cases, while the spoken language is as indicated below, graphics and headlines are shown only in English.


Omni launched half-hour national newscasts in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi in November 7, 2011.[1] The Cantonese and Mandarin broadcasts originate from Toronto, while the Punjabi broadcast is produced out of Vancouver. In addition, Omni News: Mandarin Weekend also airs on Omni.2 Toronto (CJMT-DT), Omni BC (CHNM-DT) and Omni Alberta (CJEO-DT/CJCO-DT).

As of June 3, 2013, the only remaining national newscast is the Punjabi edition. The news operation ceased on May 6, 2015, but staff will remain with Omni News to host other programming.

  • Omni News: Mandarin National Edition - weeknights at 8:00pm
  • Omni News: Mandarin National Weekend - weekends at 8:00pm


File:Omni News opening.png
Intro to OMNI News: Cantonese Edition; newscasts in languages have the English names of their languages replacing the "Cantonese" in the intro.

Omni News in Ontario began as the local newscasts seen on Toronto's CFMT-DT. Before the station was renamed "Omni.1" in September 16, 2002, CFMT aired newscasts in Cantonese, Italian and Portuguese on weeknights. In addition, the station also aired weekly magazine programs Weekend Wide Angle Lens and South Asian Newsweek.

The station's news operation was restructured into Omni News in conjunction with the September 16, 2002 launch of CJMT-DT ("Omni.2"). The Cantonese newscast was moved from CFMT to CJMT, and new Mandarin[2] and South Asian[3] weekday newscasts were also launched on.

The two Omni stations formerly aired the following newscasts:



  • Omni News: Mandarin Edition - weeknights at 5:00pm, 7:30pm and 9:00pm.


Omni News in Alberta was launched in September 15, 2008 in conjunction with CJCO-DT in Calgary and CJEO-DT in Edmonton. The two stations produced three nightly television newscasts aimed at the Cantonese, Mandarin, and South Asian communities across the province. While there were news gathering teams in both Edmonton and Calgary, the newscasts were presented from the Citytv/Omni studios in Downtown Edmonton.

Omni Alberta ceased production of its local newscasts on September 15, 2011 as part of a reorganization at Rogers Media. National newscasts in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi, as well as Omni News: South Asian Edition produced from Toronto are now seen on Omni Alberta; these newscasts feature one or two stories from Alberta per day.[4] Production of local content at Omni Alberta ended in May 31, 2013.[5]

Omni Alberta's local newscasts are as follows:

British Columbia

CHNM-DT in Vancouver, British Columbia produces the following newscasts:

  • Omni News: Cantonese Edition - weekdays at 9:00pm and 11:00pm with Karen So (蘇嘉欣)
  • Omni News: Punjabi Edition - weekdays at 8:00pm with Jasdip Wahla (ਜਸ੍ਡਿਪ੍ ਓਹ੍ਲ)

CHNM's newscasts were known as Channel M News from June 30, 2003 to September 14, 2008. During those years, the station also had a reciprocal agreement Vancouver's CTV station CIVT-DT, which allowed the two stations to share news resources.[6] The station's newscasts were rebranded Omni News in September 15, 2008 following the approval of its sale to Rogers, and its news sharing agreement with CIVT also ended.

The station also used to produce newscasts in Korean and Tagalog. Following the station's acquisition by Rogers, production of those newscasts were handed over to independent production companies.

See also


  1. ^ "OMNI TV Launches National Newscasts". Broadcaster. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  2. ^ "OMNI.2 Introduces New Half-Hour Mandarin Language Newscast Every Weeknight". Omni Television press release. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ "OMNI.2's New One Hour South Asian Newscast to Air Daily in Prime Time". Omni Television press release. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Rogers Closes OMNI TV Edmonton and Calgary Studios". mediamag blog. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Calgary’s immigrant community dealt a blow with loss of OMNI programming". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Multi-TV". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 

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