Pattison Group takes Rogers programming

Stations will air 'The Office,' 'The Jay Leno Show'

TORONTO -- As Canada's E! network fades to black, three affiliate TV stations run by the Jim Pattison Group have secured an alternative program supply deal with rival Rogers Broadcasting.

Pattison's CFJC-TV, CKPG-TV and CHAT-TV stations in western Canada from September 1 will exchange U.S. series from sub-licensee Canwest Global Communications Corp. for 40 hours a week of new Rogers fare, including "The Office" and "The Jay Leno Show."

CanWest Global has sold two of its E!-branded TV stations in Montreal and Hamilton to an indie broadcaster, and is seeking buyers for another three in Alberta and British Columbia.

The decision to sell or shutter its E! network forced Vancouver-based Pattison to secure a new pipeline of U.S. series for its TV stations.

Rogers Broadcasting, a division of cable and wireless phone giant Rogers Communications, became a major buyer U.S. network series at the recent Los Angeles Screenings after it acquired the Citytv network.