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CBWT-DT

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CBWT-DT
CBC Television 2009.jpg
Brand CBC Television
City of License Winnipeg, Manitoba
Market Manitoba and part of northwestern Ontario (excluding the Thunder Bay region)
Channel 27 digital, 6 virtual
Formerly: 4 analog (1954-1958)
3 analog (1958-1964)
6 analog (1964-2011)
Network Affiliation Current: CBC Television
Historic: CBC/Radio-Canada (1954-1960), Paramount Television Network (secondary, 1954-1956)
Founded May 31, 1954
Company Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
President
Current Popular Non-Network Shows

CBWT-DT is a Canadian local station in Winnipeg, Manitoba, owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and affiliated with CBC Television. It broadcasts on digital channel 27, displaying on tuners as virtual channel 6.

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History

CBWT first went on the air as Winnipeg's first television station on May 31, 1954. It was to have signed on as western Canada's first TV station in 1953, but sign-on was delayed by several months, allowing CBC Television's Vancouver outlet, CBUT, to claim that distinction when it began operations on December 16 that year. CBWT began as a bilingual station, airing programs from CBC Television and the French-language Radio-Canada during its first six years of operation. During its early years, it was also a secondary affiliate, and one of two Canadian affiliates, of the American Paramount Television Network. [1]

On September 30, 1956, CBWT was linked to the Trans-Canada Skyway microwave relay system, allowing Winnipeg TV viewers to watch shows from CBC Television on the same day as audiences in Toronto and Montreal. In April 1958, CBWT moved from channel 4, its original over-the-air channel in Winnipeg, to channel 3 to settle an issue over potential signal interference with Fargo/Valley City, North Dakota station KXJB-TV, which also broadcast over channel 4. On October 20, 1959, a weekly local current affairs show called Eye-To-Eye debuted on CBWT, airing on Tuesday nights from 10:15 to 11 p.m.

CBWT began broadcasting in English only on April 24, 1960 when French-language sister station CBWFT went on the air on channel 6. Later in the year, the CBC's monopoly on the Winnipeg TV dial ended when the independent CJAY-TV (now CTV owned-and-operated CKY-DT) was put on the air on November 12. In 1962, CBWT debuted a local version of the high school quiz show Reach for the Top, hosted by Bill Guest (who was also quizmaster for that show's national finals from 1969 until his death in 1985). CBWT and CBWFT switched channel positions on November 16, 1964, and CBWT expanded its signal with the installation of a new transmitter in nearby Starbuck, Manitoba. 24Hours, CBWT's original flagship supper-hour newscast and current affairs show, debuted on October 5, 1970. A semi-satellite of CBWT, CBWAT in Kenora, Ontario, originally offered a separate local news show for the Kenora area, but this ended around 1980 when local CTV affiliate CJBN-TV signed on.

Production of 24Hours was temporarily halted in the spring of 1981 by a NABET strike which affected all operations of the CBC, including those at CBWT. Two rounds of budget cuts, the first in 1984 after the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney took power and a second in December 1990, negatively affected the production of local programming at CBWT and other CBC radio and television stations. The station's long-running noon-hour newscast, News at Noon, ended in January 1985 when the CBC handed the noon hour slot on all its owned-and-operated (O&O) stations to its national midday show, Midday.

CBWT became known on-air as CBC Manitoba with CBC Television's on-air reimaging on January 1, 1986. CBWT expanded its studios and newsroom with construction of an expansion to the CBC Winnipeg facility at 541 Portage Avenue, which began operations on September 21, 1998 with the first shows to originate from the new studio. All local and regional non-news programming ended on CBWT with the budget cut round of 2000 when the program Breakaway, a show profiling various Manitoba towns, was cancelled. At the same time, 24Hours ended production and was replaced by the national/local hybrid news program Canada Now (which has since been cancelled and replaced with a local edition of CBC News at Six, now known as CBC News: Winnipeg). Since 2002, CBWT, in line with other CBC O&Os, has used the generic CBC Television network branding on-air. On January 15, 2007, Living Winnipeg, a local version of CBC Television's Living regional lifestyles program franchise, began production on CBWT, marking the return of local and regional non-news programming to the station for the first time since 2000. Living Winnipeg, along with all other Living programs airing on CBC Television regionally, ended production at the end of the 2008-2009 season due to a new round of budget cuts by the CBC.

On December 9, 2011, CBWT's channel 6 analog signal went off the air while CBWT-DT's digital signal signed on at channel 27. The late sign-on of CBWT-DT, which occurred over three months after the official switchover of Canadian television signals from analog to digital on August 31 that year, was a result of delays involving the erection of the CBWT-DT antenna.

Current Prime-Time Schedule

Note: Schedule is subject to change due to live sports coverage and special programming.

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
Monday George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Coronation Street Mr. D The Ron James Show Murdoch Mysteries CBC News: The National CBC News: Winnipeg at 11/The Lang & O'Leary Exchange (11:10) George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Tuesday George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Coronation Street Rick Mercer Report This Hour Has 22 Minutes Cracked CBC News: The National CBC News: Winnipeg at 11/The Lang & O'Leary Exchange (11:10) George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Wednesday George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Coronation Street Dragons' Den Arctic Air CBC News: The National CBC News: Winnipeg at 11/The Lang & O'Leary Exchange (11:10) George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Thursday George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Coronation Street The Nature of Things Doc Zone CBC News: The National CBC News: Winnipeg at 11/The Lang & O'Leary Exchange (11:10) George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Friday George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Coronation Street Marketplace Rick Mercer Report CBC News: The Fifth Estate CBC News: The National CBC News: Winnipeg at 11/The Lang & O'Leary Exchange (11:10) George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Saturday Hockey Night in Canada (Game 1) Hockey Night in Canada (Game 2) Hockey Night in Canada: After Hours (11:40)
Sunday Heartland Dragons' Den Republic of Doyle CBC News: The National CBC Manitoba Weekend News/The Lang & O'Leary Exchange (11:10) CBC News: The Fifth Estate

References

  1. "Television". Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, MB): p. 12. August 21, 1954.

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