A product of MODERN CASTING and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazines, MCTV
applies the editorial philosophy of the print publications into the digital medium.
MCTV commenced its broadcasting service on 8th July 2000.
MCTV is keen to provide variety of programs for different customer segments and gives them more choices.
We're almost making it up as we go along," says Huckerby, who has been championing for a return to community-based television news broadcasts since MCTV announced in late 2001 it was consolidating its operations for northeastern Ontario from Sudbury.
With his initial investment of $5,000, Huckerby partnered with his sister Angela Pezzoti and Jere Devlin, a former MCTV employee.
The station added some credibility by luring well-known sportscaster Jim Fitzpatrick away from MCTV and naming him news director along with local broadcasting personality Lou-Anne Young as on-air talent.
The Company's MCTV
division, created in June, 1997 through the acquisition of the preeminent business video communications company, Corporate Television Group, Inc.
This latest expansion, includes as many as 18 new exciting channels such as Fine Living - the ultimate resource to help people live like they mean it; MCTV
- great local programming for areas including northern Ontario; and CBC Winnipeg as well as the CBC Northern service.
In an era where escalating media convergence has created monopolies and alienated viewers, a former MCTV employee in Sault Ste.
The Algoma Broadcasting Group, comprised of Huckerby and like-minded colleagues, including recently laid off MCTV workers with retired broadcasters who are lending a hand, began in January researching, gathering support and organizing a local campaign in preparation to file a broadcast licence application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
In taking a cue from community-led stations like Toronto's CITY TV, Barrie's New VR and the CHUM Television Group, Huckerby wants to recapture the atmosphere of the old Huron Broadcasting days before MCTV took control in the early 1990s.
The company also won an engineering Golden Trowel Award for pouring the flattest concrete floor possible for MCTV
in Sudbury in 1993.