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The CHUM-City Building, the building is also known as the MuchMusic World Headquarters to avoid references of CHUM or Citytv.

The CHUM-City Building, the building is also known as the MuchMusic World Headquarters to avoid references of CHUM or Citytv.

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The CHUM-City Building is the main studio complex of CTVglobemedia (CTVgm) in downtown Toronto, Canada. It previously served as the headquarters of CHUM Television, which CTVgm acquired in 2007. It is located at 299 Queen Street West at the intersection of John Street. With its 1914 neo-Gothic terra cotta facade, the building is one of the most recognizable in the Queen Street West neighbourhood.

The building houses various CTV-owned media outlets previously owned by CHUM, such as CablePulse 24, MuchMusic, Star!, and Bravo! and Space. (CTVglobemedia’s flagship headquarters, where CTV Toronto, and other channels such as CTV Newsnet, TSN, The Comedy Network and Discovery Channel Canada are based, remain at the 9 Channel Nine Court in Scarborough near Highway 401 and McCowan Road.)

Studios for 104.5 CHUM FM and 1050 CHUM are based at 1331 Yonge Street just south of St. Clair Avenue. Business News Network is based at 720 King Street East and The Globe and Mail is based at 444 Front Street West. MTV Canada is based at the Masonic Temple at Davenport Road and Yonge Street.

In addition to these CTV-owned outlets, the building also houses the studios of Citytv Toronto, the former flagship of the CHUM Television group of stations now owned by Rogers Media. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered that CTVgm could not retain ownership of the Citytv stations across Canada, as they already own CTV affiliates in the same markets. The main Citytv signage where the truck has smashed has been removed, although the Citytv signage remains in use at the front of the building where Citytv’s Breakfast Television, Cityline, CityOnline and CTV’s eTalk are based to identify that the station itself will remain at its present location as a tenant of CTVglobemedia until Citytv moves to 35 Dundas Street East at Dundas Square around March 2009.

In October 2007, Rogers announced an agreement to acquire 35 Dundas Street East, the former Olympic Spirit building on Dundas Square. to house Citytv Toronto along with its new sister stations CJCL (The Fan 590), CFMT-TV (OMNI 1) and CJMT-TV (OMNI 2). [1].

CTVgm has also suggested that BNN may move into the building when Citytv’s move out has been completed.[citation needed] CTV has issued a speculation that the CP24’s newsroom will most likely to be relocated at 9 Channel Nine Court in Scarborough when BNN’s move has been completed.[citation needed]

Rogers Media’s primary broadcast headquarters where OMNI Television’s OMNI 1, OMNI 2 and the other channels such as The Biography Channel Canada and G4techTV Canada remain at the CFMT Building at Bathurst and Fleet Streets.

Since the CTVgm takeover, several broadcasts from various CTVgm channels have referred to the building as the MuchMusic World Headquarters, avoiding reference to either CHUM Limited or Citytv, however, many of the CTVglobemedia channels websites, such as Muchmusic and Bravo, refer the building as the CTVglobemedia Building [1].

No official name change has yet been announced.

History and architecture

The five-storey building was originally constructed as the headquarters of the Methodist Church of Canada in 1913 by Burke, Horwood and White. The Methodists joined with two other denominations to form the United Church of Canada in 1925. The building served as the United Church’s headquarters until 1959. By this time the Ryerson Press, originally the publishing arm of the Methodist Church, had grown to occupy the entire building. The building was purchased by CHUM in 1985, and was re-opened in May 1987 as the new headquarters for the company and its various outlets. (Citytv Toronto’s previous studio was located at 99 Queen St. East.)

The building’s east wall is decorated with an actual older style Citytv news truck seemingly bursting out of the building. The front tires of the truck can be seen spinning from time to time. CTVglobemedia has decided to retain the truck along with the Citytv signage at the front of the building while Citytv Toronto is still based at the CHUM-City Building, however the old CityPulse logo has been relabled with a CP24 logo along with the former LiveEye logos on the truck have been replaced by “Breaking News” signs.

On the northwest corner is the former Speakers’ Corner videobooth, where for a dollar anyone can record two minutes of oneself. Citytv says it receives over 50 hours of video per week, which its staff edits into short vignettes and a half-hour show. Speakers Corner has since been relocated to Rogers Centre, although CTV plans to make future use of the video booth for their portfolio of channels.

Tours of the facilities are also held regularly.

While the outside facade has been restored and remains intact, the building interior has been modernized into one of the world’s most innovative media complexes. CHUM-City has no TV studios: the entire building has been rigged for audio and video. The building has been engineered so that public space, working areas, offices, and even the parking lot may all be used as optimal shoot locations. Many television shows produced by the various outlets operating our of the building, such as Breakfast Television, CityLine and the former Electric Circus, are filmed live on the ground floor. The ground floor features giant glass sliding partitions so that the building can be open to the street. The annual MuchMusic Video Awards show is held as a street party that takes place in the CHUM-City parking lot, rooftop, as well as Queen and John Streets adjacent to the building.

The CHUM-City Building has been the national broadcast headquarters for the Live Earth Concerts to Canada, which collaborate several CTVgm-owned media outlets, CTV, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, MuchVibe, Bravo!, Star!, and personalities to broadcast the live event nationally for 28 hours. From September 6-15, 2007, the CHUM-City Building was CTV’s Festival Headquarters, with multi-platform coverage of the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival. CTV’s Festival Headquarters acted as the launching pad of red carpet coverage, galas, film parties, film premieres, festival breaking news, and other related events. Coverage was collaborated through various CTV assets, such as eTalk, Star!, MuchMusic, MTV, Bravo!, FashionTelevisionChannel, Canada AM, and select personalities.

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