We just celebrated our sixth month with over 1 Million plus page views per month, over 30% of them from Cornwall; with almost 75% of our total traffic coming from the Kingston, Ottawa, Cornwall, Montreal corridor.
That’s not accidental. We had Seaway Radio for one year and that drew over 30,000 listens in that time and was a lot of fun, but frankly the future of Radio is probably just ahead of the curve of print media.
TV was always the present and future. Newer technology offered opportunities that we’ve explored for over a year and we were ready to go, but I made a team decision; that if we were going to make the investment in this community we had to be met part way.
Creating content is expensive as is contracting for it. Even a modest Online TV station requires investment and resources.
However the Mayor and his little clique have had a boycott on CFN now since December. Some would say even before that, but according to the city’s high powered lawyer it started around December.
For example Seaway Tourism should be all over us as we serve the region and can attract outsiders to our area, but after their board fired the previous manager, just about after she bought her first ads from us, they installed one of their board members, the wife of a Corus radio announcer whose near first act was to cut our ads.
This type of thing has happened across the board and some of our sponsors were intimidated as well. It’s high school and frankly a form of conspiracy. It’s not even competition. It’s just a small group, as one city councilor put it, “Think they are more important than they really are” trying to lean on something because they don’t have “Control” over it.
We’ve had two lawyers even offer to take the city to court on our behalf, but frankly I think the taxpayers of Cornwall are bleeding enough already paying for CAO Fitzpatrick’s adventures. Adventures that in most other cities could never have cost a city as much if certain politicians didn’t support and cover them up. The taxpayers of this city are our viewers; they’re our clients, our contributors. Why should they have to pay for the abusive tactics of an alleged corrupt regime?
The support and comments we’ve received have been overwhelmingly supportive, but sadly we will not be able to flip the on switch for September as planned. We were supposed to announce our surprise Local News Anchor this week, but felt that we simply could not until all our ducks are in a row.
The impact of this delay? A landlord now has an empty space. About six employees don’t get to start their jobs when they hoped and we may lose some of them. The city ends up not having a local TV news cast and of course the sponsors ready to move forward don’t benefit. This isn’t how to grow a community now is it?
So now we’re at a Crossroads. It really is up to the business community of this city to make some magic happen. We need people like Gerry Benson to step forward and say that Cornwall needs a TV station to call its own just as much as it needs a University. We need business leadership to put their stamp of approval on Seaway TV instead of worrying what the clique might say or do.
In the meanwhile we’re kicking the tires of a few ideas to help fund raise and move forward.
My promise to you Cornwall is that as long as I’m running this ship we will move ahead and keep bringing you the News, Views, and Reviews that you want and that we will continue supporting this community and working with those that want to work with us.
It’s not rocket science; it’s the internet. It’s today and our future.
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