CHAN-DT

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CHAN-DT
Global BC logo.jpg
Brand Global BC
City of License Vancouver, British Columbia
Market British Columbia
Channel 22 digital, 8 virtual
Formerly: 8 analog (1960–2011)
Network Affiliation Current: Global TV
Historic: Independent (1960–1961),
CTV (1961–2001)
Founded October 31, 1960
Company Corus Entertainment
President
Current Popular
Non-Network Shows

CHAN-DT is a Canadian local station in Vancouver, British Columbia, owned by Corus Entertainment and affiliated with the Global Television Network. It broadcasts on digital channel 22, displaying on tuners as virtual channel 8.

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History

Following the passing of the Broadcasting Act of 1958 by the Progressive Conservative government of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker which led to the creation of the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG, which superseded the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as Canada's broadcasting regulator), as its first act, the BBG held public hearings in 1960 to request applications for second television stations in eight major Canadian cities, including Vancouver. Five applicants, Vantel Broadcasting, Metropolitan Television Ltd., British Columbia Television Broadcasting Corp., Pacific Television Company Ltd. and Coast Television Ltd. all filed applications for the Vancouver second station licence during BBG hearings in Vancouver in early 1960. An intervention filed during the hearings by the British Columbia Federation of Labor demanded that all five private applicants be denied in favor of a second Vancouver TV outlet for the CBC (which already owned local CBC Television station CBUT),[1] but the BCFL's demand was rejected by the BBG in favor of granting the Vancouver licence to winning applicant Vantel Broadcasting.

CHAN was the first privately-owned independent station in British Columbia when it first signed on the air on October 31, 1960 under Vantel ownership. It was originally located in downtown Vancouver, in temporary studios at 1219 Richards Street, until it moved to its current facilities at 7850 Enterprise Street in neighboring Burnaby in early-1961. Also in 1960, Vantel purchased Victoria CBC affiliate CHEK-TV, making CHEK a sister station to CHAN. CHAN became a charter affiliate of CTV when the network began operations on October 1, 1961.

Frank Griffiths, the owner (through his Western Broadcasting Company) of New Westminster radio station CKNW, bought an ownership stake in Vantel in 1963, bringing CHAN, along with CHEK (which became a dual CBC-CTV affiliate in September that year), under majority ownership of Western Broadcasting. CHAN's current flagship supper-hour newscast, News Hour, debuted in 1968. Beginning in 1969, CHAN began extending its reach to the rest of British Columbia with the construction of retransmitters in the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan, the Cariboo-Chilcotin, the North Coast and the Kootenays regions of the province. CHAN began using the unofficial name British Columbia Television (later abbreviated to BCTV) on-air and in print media in 1971, and BCTV became CHAN's official on-air brand in 1973. In 1979, CHAN began transmitting its signal via the Anik B satellite to all of British Columbia, the Yukon and the Mackenzie region of the Northwest Territories.

In 1989, the Griffiths family's Western Broadcasting Company, the owner of CHAN and CHEK, established Westcom TV Group (which became WIC Television in 1997) to operate the stations. In 1999, WIC Television parent Western International Communications was split up in a sale that saw Canwest acquire WIC's broadcast television assets (including CHAN), while Corus Entertainment received the WIC radio and cable-TV assets. The Canwest purchase of CHAN and its sister TV stations was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 2000.

CHAN logo during its branding as BCTV. It was used from 1973 to 1994, when a modified version of the logo was introduced and used until 2001

CHAN switched affiliations to Global TV on September 1, 2001, as one of several TV stations in the Vancouver/Victoria market to switch their network affiliations that day as a result of the WIC breakup. At that point, the BCTV brand was dropped in favor of Global BC for most shows on CHAN, but the BCTV name was retained for its local news shows (originally as BCTV News, then BCTV News on Global) until February 2006. CHAN's digital signal, CHAN-DT, went on the air on April 11, 2008. On October 27, 2010, CHAN and the other broadcasting assets of Canwest were acquired by Shaw Communications upon Canwest ceasing operations as a media company, after which Shaw reorganized the former Canwest assets as Shaw Media.

On August 31, 2011, as part of the transition of Canadian television broadcasting from analog to digital, CHAN's channel 8 analog signal went off the air while CHAN-DT's digital signal remained at its pre-transition channel, 22. On January 11, 2012, CHAN parent Shaw Media filed for a licence with the CRTC to operate a regionally-oriented news channel utilizing CHAN's news staff. The news channel, Global News: BC 1, was approved by the CRTC on July 27 and went on the air on March 14, 2013.

On January 13, 2016, Corus announced that it planned to purchase Shaw Media, including Global TV, its stations (including CHAN) and its specialty channels, from Shaw Communications. The Shaw Media acquisition, which was to help fund Shaw Communications' purchase of wireless telecommunications company Wind Mobile (now Freedom Mobile), required regulatory approval from the CRTC as well as approval by Corus minority shareholders.[2] The sale was closed on April 1, 2016 as Global TV and its owned-and-operated stations (including CHAN) were acquired by Corus.[3]

In-Depth

Current Prime-Time Schedule

Note: Schedule is subject to change due to special programming.

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00
Monday Entertainment Tonight The Neighborhood 9-1-1 NCIS NCIS: Hawai'i Global News at 11
Tuesday FBI: Most Wanted FBI FBI: International New Amsterdam Global News at 11
Wednesday Entertainment Tonight Canada Entertainment Tonight Survivor Big Brother Global News at 11
Thursday Entertainment Tonight Canada Entertainment Tonight Big Brother The Neighborhood United States of Al Bull Global News at 11
Friday Entertainment Tonight Canada Entertainment Tonight Big Brother Family Law Crime Beat Global News at 11
Saturday Border Security
Canada's Front Line
ET Canada Weekend Border Security
Canada's Front Line
Family Law 48 Hours Global News at 11
Sunday 60 Minutes Big Brother The Equalizer NCIS: Los Angeles Global News at 11

References

  1. Canadian Broadcaster Magazine, February 4, 1960 (page 8)
  2. Corus prepares for shifting TV market with Shaw deal at the Globe and Mail
  3. Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media

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