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'Canada's Got Talent' won't return next year due to 'current economic climate'

Canada's Got Talent judges pictured left to right, Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio in Toronto on March 1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO - After only one season on the air, "Canada's Got Talent" won't be back next year.

Citytv has confirmed that the reality talent competition isn't returning for the 2012-13 season.

The TV network, owned by Rogers, cited the "current economic climate" in a release.

The show launched on March 4 and featured a star-studded judging panel including Hamilton-raised funnyman Martin Short, Grammy-nominated soprano Measha Brueggergosman and songwriter Stephan Moccio.

Manitoba dance troupe Sagkeeng's Finest was crowned as the show's inaugural winner on May 4, earning a prize package that included $100,000.

But the show, the latest instalment of the British "Got Talent" franchise, never gained a foothold in the ratings during its two-month run.

"After careful consideration of all factors, including the current economic climate, Citytv has refocused its programming strategy and will not be producing 'Canada's Got Talent' for the 2012-13 season," Scott Moore, Rogers Media's president of broadcast, said in a statement.

"Citytv remains extremely proud of 'Canada's Got Talent' and the national platform it provided to showcase our diverse and eclectic homegrown talent from across the country."

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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