The CTV Television Network (commonly referred to as CTV) is a Canadian English-language terrestrial television network launched in 1961. Since 2000, it is owned by the CTV Inc. subdivision of the Bell Media division of BCE, Inc. It is Canada's largest privately or commercially owned network, and has consistently been placed as Canada's top-rated network in total viewers and in key demographics since 2002, after several years trailing the rival Global Television Network in key markets.
Bell Media also operates additional CTV-branded properties, including the news specialty channel CTV News Channel and the secondary CTV 2 television system. Bell announced plans in 2018 to rebrand a number of its other specialty services under the CTV brand in the future.
There has never been an official full name corresponding to the initials "CTV"; however, it is generally assumed to mean "Canadian Television", a branding used in a promotional campaign by the network in 1998, and also in pre-promotion for the network prior to its launch in 1961. However, that branding was dropped before the network's launch when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation objected to it, claiming exclusive rights to the term "Canadian".
|CTV Television Network|
|Type||Terrestrial television network|
northern United States (via cable or antenna)
|Slogan||Get into it.|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
President, Bell Media
President, CTV News
Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming
|October 1, 1961|
|Canadian Television Network (CTN) – pre-launch name|
In 1958, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's government passed a new Broadcasting Act, establishing the Board of Broadcast Governors (forerunner to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, or CRTC) as the governing body of Canadian broadcasting, effectively ending the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) dual role as regulator and broadcaster. The new board's first act was to take applications for "second" television stations in Halifax, Montreal (in both English and French), Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver in response to an outcry for an alternative to the CBC's television service. Calgary and Edmonton were served by privately owned CBC affiliates; the other six markets by CBC owned-and-operated stations (O&Os).
The nine winners, in order of their first sign-on, were:
The first eight stations were privately owned; the Edmonton station was a CBC O&O, meaning that the existing station in that city, CFRN-TV, would lose its CBC affiliation once CBXT signed on.
Even before his station was licensed, John Bassett, the chief executive of the ultimately successful Toronto applicant Baton Broadcasting, had expressed interest in participating in the creation of a second television network, "of which we see the Toronto station as anchor". Indeed, Baton had already begun quietly contacting the successful applicants in other cities to gauge their interest in forming a cooperative group to share Canadian programming among the stations. This led to the July 1960 formation of the Independent Television Organization (ITO), consisting of the eight newly licensed private stations and CFRN. Each station would have a single vote in the ITO's operations, regardless of the size of the station's audience (CFTM, being a French-language station and therefore having little reason to collaborate with the other stations, would soon withdraw from the group; it would later emerge as the flagship of the first private French-language network, TVA). The ITO soon resolved to apply for a network licence to link these second stations.
However, the ITO faced opposition from Spence Caldwell, a former CBC executive and one of the unsuccessful applicants for the Toronto licence, who had first approached the BBG in April 1960 to pitch a second-station network proposal of his own. Under his plan, at least 51% of the shares of the network would be owned by various prominent Bay Street investors who had previously backed his Toronto station bid; only 49% would be reserved for the network's affiliates to purchase, if they wished. The BBG – and particularly its chair Andrew Stewart (who at the time also served as the president of the University of Alberta) – was not in favour of a station-owned network, fearing that the Toronto station would eventually come to dominate it. Although it did not immediately approve Caldwell's proposal, it soon set several conditions on such a network that effectively made Caldwell's group the only feasible applicant.
That fall, the Caldwell group (now named the Canadian Television Network, or CTN) and the ITO faced off in a series of meetings with the BBG. The ITO decided not to follow through with a formal network application, but the stations – particularly Baton, which said it had no interest in participating in CTN, and believed it could still be successful without one – continued to indicate various concerns with the viability of Caldwell's proposal. Ultimately, the BBG granted a licence to CTN, conditional on securing the affiliation of six of the eight ITO stations.
Baton's opposition to the CTN reversed in early 1961, soon after CFTO won the broadcast rights to the Canadian Football League Eastern Conference for the 1961 and 1962 seasons. Baton's original plan was to operate a temporary network to distribute the games incorporating CFTO, other independent stations, and CBC affiliates in smaller markets (assuming the public network released its affiliates to carry the game). Although the plan was never officially rejected (or approved), various uncertainties eventually led John Bassett to decide to sign an affiliation agreement with CTN instead to ensure the games would air. Most of the other second stations followed suit, with the exception of CHAN in Vancouver, which agreed to carry several network programs but never officially signed on as an affiliate for the duration of the Caldwell era, yet nonetheless would later claim to have been a "charter member" of the network.
The network finally launched as the CTV Television Network on October 1, 1961.[nb 1] The CBC had objected to the network's initial name, apparently claiming it had exclusive rights to the term "Canadian", and therefore the letters "CTV" have no official expanded meaning.
CTV's initial 1961–1962 season began with the following programs, five of which were Canadian productions:
At first, flagship CFTO was the only station that carried programming live. During CBC's off-hours, CTV used CBC's microwave system to send programming to the rest of the country on tape delay. Eventually, a second microwave channel opened up, enabling live programming from coast to coast.
The Caldwell-led management team immediately ran into financial trouble, and relations between the network and its stations were not smooth at first since CTV had essentially been the product of a forced marriage. For example, most of the rights to American programming rested with the ITO, not CTV. In many cases, CTV found itself competing with its own stations for the rights to programming.
Caldwell's departure in 1965 did little to alleviate the situation, and CTV soon found itself on the verge of bankruptcy. In 1966, the network's affiliates (which by this time included CJON-TV in St. John's, CKCO-TV in Kitchener, CHAB/CHRE in Moose Jaw/Regina, and the network's first and only U.S. affiliate, WNYP-TV in Jamestown, New York) sought permission to buy the network and run it as a cooperative. The BBG was initially skeptical of the proposal. Since CFTO was by far the largest and richest station (it was more than double the size of the next-largest station, Montreal's CFCF-TV), the BBG feared that CFTO would dominate CTV if the stations were allowed to buy the network. To alleviate these concerns, the affiliates promised that each station owner would have one vote regardless of its audience share. The board readily approved the proposal, and by the start of the 1966-67 season, the stations owned their network. The network also began broadcasting in colour on September 1, 1966.
By the mid-1970s, CTV had expanded its footprint across Canada, mostly by twinstick arrangements in smaller cities, and with CBC affiliates switching to CTV once the CBC opened its own stations or added rebroadcasters of nearby O&O stations. In a unique twist, the original Saskatchewan affiliate, CHAB/CHRE, was bought by the CBC in 1968 (and eventually changed its calls to CBKT, with the Regina station as the main station), allowing Regina's original station, CKCK-TV, to join CTV. Its attempt to expand to the United States ended when Buffalo's three network affiliates threatened legal action, forcing WNYP off the air.
CTV made a name for itself in news coverage when it convinced star CBC news anchor Lloyd Robertson to switch networks in 1976. (Robertson served as the network's main anchorman until 2011). The network also has the country's longest-running national morning news show, originally titled Canada AM, (now called Your Morning since 2016). Its weekly newsmagazine series, W-FIVE, has been a fixture on the network since 1966, predating the similar American program 60 Minutes by two years.
In the 1970s, CTV often bought rights to pop and rock songs to serve as theme music for its programming, rather than commissioning original themes. Most notably, W5 used an instrumental portion of Supertramp's "Fool's Overture", Canada AM used an instrumental version of The Moody Blues' "Ride My See-Saw", the game show Definition used Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" (later seasons of Definition used another theme), and the CTV Movie used the Keith Mansfield instrumental "Statement" from the KPM Musichouse library.
For most of its first four decades, CTV did not have what could be considered a main schedule outside of news programming. The differences were enough that Ottawa's CJOH used a rebroadcaster in Cornwall to feed cable systems in Montreal from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s despite the network also having an affiliate in Montreal; that rebroadcaster reaches the western portion of the Montreal area.
In the mid-1980s, Baton Broadcasting, owners of flagship CFTO in Toronto, began a drive to take over CTV by buying as many affiliates as possible. Having already bought CFQC-TV in Saskatoon in 1971, Baton purchased the following stations between 1986 and 1990:
One caveat, however, was the "one owner, one vote" provision of the cooperative's bylaws. Any acquisition of one station by an existing station owner triggered an automatic redistribution of the acquired station's shares among the other owners. As a result, even though it owned 11 of CTV's 24 affiliates, Baton still had only had one vote out of eight.
In 1993, CTV converted from a cooperative to a corporation. Each owner had a 14.3 percent stake in the network. However, Newfoundland Broadcasting, owner of CJON, decided to effectively relinquish its vote, reducing the number of active voting members to seven.
In 1996, Baton acquired CFCN from Rogers Communications. Significantly, Baton also acquired Rogers' CTV vote. It also started a joint venture with Electrohome, owner of CFRN and CKCO. As part of the deal, Baton was allowed to vote Electrohome's. The following year, Baton acquired both Electrohome's share of the joint venture and CHUM Limited's CTV-affiliated system in the Maritimes, ATV. This gave Baton a 57.2 percent controlling interest in the network, triggering a put option allowing the remaining affiliates to sell their CTV shares to Baton without selling their stations, which they did. Baton was now full owner of the CTV network and immediately began plastering the CTV brand across its stations, even on non-network programming, and dropped its secondary Baton Broadcast System (BBS) brand. The company changed its name to CTV Inc. in 1998, and eventually acquired two of the final three large-market stations, CKY and CFCF (it replaced the third, CHAN, as discussed below).
CTV has attracted some controversy in the past because of cutbacks to its small-market stations. In the late 1990s, cuts were made to the news staff and productions at CTV's two small-market Saskatchewan stations, CICC-TV in Yorkton and CIPA-TV in Prince Albert. These stations currently simulcast supper-hour and late-night news from CKCK and CFQC respectively, placing local inserts into the newscasts. Similarly, the four Maritime stations, known collectively as CTV Atlantic (then known as ATV), and the four Northern Ontario stations, known collectively as CTV Northern Ontario (then known as MCTV), each had their local news production cut back in the early 2000s to one single centrally produced newscast for each region, with only brief inserts for news of strictly local interest. This was a controversial move in all of the affected communities, especially in Northern Ontario where MCTV's newscasts were the only locally oriented news programs in those markets.
In 2000, typical of the ownership consolidation trend at the time, BCE Inc. acquired CTV, NetStar Communications and The Globe and Mail newspaper, combining them into a media division known as Bell Globemedia. BGM also subsequently acquired a minority share in the French-language network TQS, which broadcasts in Quebec.
CTV has legally been a "television service" in the eyes of the CRTC since 2000, when it allowed its network licence to expire. CBC, Radio-Canada, TVA and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network are the only official television networks in Canada (CTV was issued a separate network licence in 2001 in order to continue to provide programming to CHFD Thunder Bay, CJBN Kenora and CITL Lloydminster.)
CTV lost significant coverage in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador at the beginning of the 21st century, starting with a major television realignment in Vancouver. In 2000, Canwest Global bought the television stations of Western International Communications, which owned longstanding CTV affiliates CHAN in Vancouver and CHEK-TV in Victoria. A year later, after its CTV contract ran out, Canwest made CHAN the Global owned-and-operated station for British Columbia, taking advantage of CHAN's massive network of repeaters that cover 97% of the province. CTV shifted its programming to CIVT-TV, an independent station it already owned. Unlike CHAN, CIVT has only one transmitter covering the metropolitan areas of Vancouver and Victoria, and has to rely on cable and satellite to reach the rest of the province. CIVT is either carried on a higher channel number or unavailable altogether in the Mountain Time Zone portion of British Columbia, where CTV relies on CFCN or CFRN as its main carriers.
Meanwhile, in 2002, CJON-TV (known as "NTV") in St. John's dropped its 38-year CTV affiliation after the network attempted to alter its affiliation agreement in a way that Newfoundland Broadcasting found unfair. Since joining CTV, CJON had aired the base network schedule essentially for free since CTV paid it for the airtime. The station then bought additional CTV programming and sold all advertising. However, CTV tried to make CJON pay for the base schedule as well, with no possibility of airtime payments. It also increased the fees for additional CTV programming beyond what CJON claimed it could pay. Newfoundland Broadcasting also did not want to continue to carry CTV's national advertising during these programs. At the start of the 2002-03 season, CJON became an independent station and dropped most CTV programming except for national newscasts; in exchange, it provides news coverage of Newfoundland and Labrador events to CTV. In recent years, all of CTV's non-news programming has disappeared from the station, and since then virtually all primetime programs aired on that station are from rival Global. CTV does not currently have a de facto affiliate in that province, with most Newfoundlanders having to rely on cable and satellite (usually from CTV Atlantic) for its programming.
In July 2006, CTV parent Bell Globemedia announced plans to acquire CHUM Limited, itself a former partner in CTV (via ATV), and at that point one of Canada's largest broadcasters. While CTVglobemedia kept CHUM's radio stations along with the A-Channel television stations and most of CHUM's specialty channels, the Citytv stations were sold off to Rogers as required by the conditions the CRTC placed upon CTV when approving the CHUM purchase. Bell Globemedia was renamed CTVglobemedia on January 1, 2007. In March 2009, CTV became the first Canadian television network to offer its programming online in high definition.
CTV affiliate CHFD in Thunder Bay, Ontario left the network on February 12, 2010 after being unable to reach an agreement on new affiliation terms; CHFD instead became a full-time Global affiliate. CFTO was offered as part of the basic package to Thunder Bay cable subscribers for the duration of the 2010 Winter Olympics; the station had otherwise been available only on the digital cable timeshifting package, leaving CTV without a presence on basic cable in the market.
On September 10, 2010, BCE Inc. announced it would purchase the remaining shares of CTVglobemedia for $1.3 billion (CAD). On April 1, 2011, CTVglobemedia was officially renamed Bell Media. On December 1, 2011, CJBN-TV in Kenora, Ontario dropped all CTV programming and became a full Global station, adopting a schedule similar to nearby Global station CKND-DT in Winnipeg. The move left CITL-DT in Lloydminster as the sole remaining CTV affiliate not owned by the network until 2014. It was announced in June 2014, that CKPR-DT in Thunder Bay, Ontario would change affiliations from CBC to CTV on September 1, 2014, resulting in Thunder Bay having a CTV affiliate again.
On May 20, 2015, Corus Entertainment announced an agreement with Bell Media to switch its three CBC affiliates in Ontario to CTV: CHEX-DT Peterborough, CHEX-TV-2 Oshawa, and CKWS-DT Kingston. The affiliation switch went into effect on August 31, 2015.
The network's programming consists mainly of hit American series (such as The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Castle, CSI, Dancing with the Stars, Grey's Anatomy, The Mentalist, The Michael J. Fox Show, Unforgettable and The X Factor), but it has also had success with Canadian-made shows such as Due South, Power Play, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Corner Gas, Instant Star, The Eleventh Hour, Flashpoint, The Listener, Canadian Idol and MasterChef Canada. CTV also regularly produces and airs Canadian-made television movies, often based on stories from Canadian news or Canadian history, under the banners CTV Signature Series or CTV Movie.
News programming consists of the nightly CTV National News, national morning program Your Morning on CTV stations in Eastern Canada, local morning program CTV Morning Live on CTV stations in Western Canada, local newscasts branded as CTV News, and newsmagazines W-Five and Question Period, which interviews politicians and recaps political events during the week.
As well, in recent years, CTV has purchased Canadian broadcast rights to a number of American cable series, such as The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, Punk'd, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Osbournes. In many cases, CTV has been one of the few conventional broadcast networks in the world to air these series in prime time, which has attracted some controversy from Canadian media watchdogs and parents groups who object to the profanity, violence and sexual content of Nip/Tuck, The Sopranos and The Osbournes – which, unlike originating broadcaster MTV, CTV aired uncensored. It has broadcast MTV programming live, starting with the MTV's New Year of Music special during New Year's 2005/2006.
In late 2003, CTV started broadcasting select American programmes in 16:9 (widescreen) high definition. It later began airing Canadian programs in this format, such as Degrassi. Currently, only CFTO and CIVT have dedicated HD feeds (sometimes marketed as CTV HD East and West respectively), but both are available nationally via cable and satellite, and do not differ otherwise from their analog counterparts.
On July 2, 2005, CTV broadcast 20 hours of the Live 8 concerts, which was watched by over 10.5 million people – nearly one-third the country's population – at some point during the day; however, the average audience was much lower. According to at least one source, it was the most-watched program by this standard in Canadian history.
On June 27, 2007, CTV and The Comedy Network gained exclusive Canadian rights to the entire Comedy Central library of past and current programs on all electronic platforms, under a multi-year agreement with Viacom, expanding on past programming agreements between the two channels. Canadian users attempting to visit Comedy Central websites are redirected to The Comedy Network's website, and vice versa for American users. The Canadian channel kept its own brand name, but the agreement is otherwise very similar to the earlier CTV/Viacom deal for MTV Canada.
Historically, CTV Sports existed as a stand-alone division; with CTV's purchase of cable network TSN in 2001, TSN has assumed responsibility for all sports output on CTV since.
In early 2005, CTV was part of the consortium that won the Canadian broadcast rights to Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics hosted by Canada itself and the London 2012 Summer Olympics. CBC had consistently won Olympic broadcast rights from the 1996 Summer Olympics through to the 2008 Summer Olympics. CTV and V (formerly TQS) were the primary broadcasters, with TSN, RDS and Sportsnet providing supplementary coverage. CTV promised to broadcast 22 hours per day of event coverage during the 2012 Olympics, regular CTV programming was reallocated to CTV's secondary television system CTV Two during the Olympics.
On May 22, 2007, it was announced that CTV had acquired the broadcast rights to the National Football League early-afternoon Sunday games, the full NFL playoffs, and the Super Bowl, starting with the 2007 NFL season, effectively ending a lengthy association between the NFL and Global. TSN, a sports channel co-owned with CTV, airs primetime NFL games and produces the CTV broadcasts in tandem with CBS and Fox
The Super Bowl was also aired on CTV until 1987 and Once again until 1996.
CTV carries its high-definition feed broadcasting at 1080i. The following CTV stations are available in HD on digital terrestrial television (DTT):
|CFTO||Toronto||40 (9.1)||2005||40 (9.1)||November 19, 2003||Nationally on satellite|
|CIVT||Vancouver||33 (32.1)||2006||32 (32.1)||June 1, 2004||Nationally on Bell TV|
|CFCN||Calgary||36 (4.1)||January 8, 2009||29 (4.1)||Shaw: January 8, 2009||Also available on Bell TV|
|CFCF||Montreal||51 (12.1)||January 28, 2011||12 (12.1)||Vidéotron: December 1, 2009||Also available on Bell TV|
|CJOH||Ottawa||─||2011||13 (13.1)||Vidéotron: December 1, 2009|
|CFRN||Edmonton||─||2011||47 (3.1)||MTS: January 2010||Also available on Bell TV|
|CKCO||Kitchener||─||September 1, 2011||13 (13.1)||Rogers: September 2011||Also available on Bell TV|
|CKY||Winnipeg||─||September 1, 2011||7 (7.1)||Telus TV: February 2011||Also available on Bell TV|
|CJCH||Halifax||─||September 1, 2011||48 (5.1)||Eastlink: May 12, 2011||Also available on Bell TV|
On November 19, 2003, CTV launched an HD simulcast of its Toronto station CFTO, with the free-to-air feed launching in 2005. CTV has since launched HD simulcasts of CIVT Vancouver on June 1, 2004 (the terrestrial feed followed suit in 2006), CFCN Calgary on January 8, 2009, CFCF Montreal on December 1, 2009 (the free-to-air feed followed suit on January 28, 2011), CJOH Ottawa on December 1, 2009 (BDU only), CFRN Edmonton in January 2011, CKY Winnipeg in February 2011, and CJCH Halifax on May 11, 2011.
On May 12, 2009, Toronto's CFTO-TV became the first station in the CTV network to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition (the first station in Canada to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition was fellow Toronto station CITY-TV). CTV-owned CIVT-TV followed, becoming the second station in the CTV network to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition as of November 23, 2009. CFCN-DT in Calgary began broadcasting its local newscasts in HD in October 2011, while CFRN in Edmonton upgraded its local news production to HD in October 2012.
As of mid-October 2005, all CTV-owned and operated stations have adopted a single on-air brand of "CTV", rather than use their official callsigns or channel numbers on-air (although some stations, most notably CIVT, promote their cable channel number). When further differentiation is needed, for example during regional programming, the city or region they serve (for example, "CTV Ottawa" or "CTV British Columbia") may be used as well. Under CRTC regulations, however, the callsign is still the station's legal name.
|City of license||Station||Channel
|Calgary, Alberta||CFCN-DT||4.1 (29)||1961||1996|
|Edmonton, Alberta||CFRN-DT||3.1 (12)||1961||1997|
|Halifax, Nova Scotia||CJCH-DT||5.1 (48)||1961||1997|
|Kitchener, Ontario||CKCO-DT||13.1 (13)||1964||1996|
|Lethbridge, Alberta||CFCN-DT-5||13.1 (13)||1968||1996|
|Moncton, New Brunswick||CKCW-DT||29.1 (29)||1969||1997|
|Montreal, Quebec||CFCF-DT||12.1 (12)||1961||2001|
|North Bay, Ontario||CKNY-TV||10 (analog only)||1971||1990|
|Ottawa, Ontario||CJOH-DT||13.1 (13)||1961||1988|
|Prince Albert, Saskatchewan||CIPA-TV||9 (analog only)||1987||1987|
|Red Deer, Alberta||CFRN-TV-6||8 (analog only)||1973||1997|
|Regina, Saskatchewan||CKCK-DT||2.1 (8)||1969||1986|
|Saint John, New Brunswick||CKLT-DT||9.1 (9)||1969||1997|
|Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||CFQC-DT||8.1 (8)||1971||1986|
|Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario||CHBX-TV||2 (analog only)||1977||1990|
|Sudbury, Ontario||CICI-TV||5 (analog only)||1971||1990|
|Sydney, Nova Scotia||CJCB-TV||4 (analog only)||1972||1997|
|Timmins, Ontario||CITO-TV||3 (analog only)||1971
(as rebroadcaster of
|Toronto, Ontario||CFTO-DT||9.1 (9)||1961||1961|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||CIVT-DT||32.1 (32)||2001||1997|
|Winnipeg, Manitoba||CKY-DT||7.1 (7)||1961||2001|
|Yorkton, Saskatchewan||CICC-TV||10 (analog only)||1971||1986|
As CTV does not presently operate as a de jure television network using a CRTC-issued network licence, these stations acquire CTV programming from Bell Media by way of program supply agreements, not network affiliation agreements. Although they currently carry the vast majority of CTV programs and generally use a similar schedule to CTV-owned stations, the stations retain all advertising inventory, and have final authority over carriage and scheduling of CTV programming.
|City of license/market||Station||Channel
|Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan||CITL||4.1 (4)||1976||Newcap Radio|
|Thunder Bay, Ontario||CKPR||2.1 (2)||2014||Dougall Media|
|City of license||Station||Year of affiliation||Year of disaffiliation||Notes|
|Jamestown/Buffalo, New York, United States||WNYP-TV||1966||1969||Left the network after legal action from the Big Three U.S. network affiliates; now a TCT owned-and-operated station with the call sign WNYB.|
|Kenora, Ontario||CJBN-TV||1980||2011||Left the network after its affiliation agreement with Bell Media ended; subsequently owned by Shaw Communications as a Global affiliate; left the air on January 27, 2017.|
|Kingston, Ontario||CKWS-DT||2015||2018||Left the network after its affiliation agreement with Bell Media ended; currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global O&O.|
|Oshawa, Ontario||CHEX-TV-2||2015||2018||Left the network after its affiliation agreement with Bell Media ended; currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global O&O.|
|Pembroke/Ottawa, Ontario||CHRO-TV||1991||1997||Swapped by Baton for CHUM Limited's stations in Atlantic Canada; currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV 2 O&O.|
|Peterborough, Ontario||CHEX-DT||2015||2018||Left the network after its affiliation agreement with Bell Media ended; currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global O&O.|
|Thunder Bay, Ontario||CHFD-DT||1972||2010||Left the network after an affiliation dispute with CTVglobemedia, became an affiliate of Global; currently operated by Dougall Media as Global affiliate. As noted above, in 2014 Dougall Media readded a CTV affiliation on its other station in the market, CKPR-TV, after disaffiliating that station from CBC Television.|
|St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador||CJON-DT||1964||2002 (primary)||Left the network after an affiliation dispute with Bell Globemedia, still airs news programming from CTV; currently operated by Stirling Communications International as an independent station.|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||CHAN-DT||1961 (secondary)
|2001||Originally owned by WIC, sold to Canwest Global and became a Global O&O; currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global O&O.|
|Victoria, British Columbia||CHEK-DT||1963 (secondary)
|2001||Originally owned by WIC, sold to Canwest Global and became a CH O&O; currently owned by CHEK Media Group as an independent station.|
Following the 2007 acquisition of A-Channel by CTVglobemedia as part of the takeover of CHUM Limited, media analysts had speculated that CTV may potentially extend its market-leading CTV brand to that television system. It was first rebranded as "A" in 2008, then as "CTV Two" on August 29, 2011. CTV Two currently consists of four over-the-air O&Os in Ontario and three in British Columbia, as well as regional cable-only channels in Atlantic Canada and Alberta, providing complementary programming which have smaller audiences than those on the mainline CTV network.
In June 2018, Bell Media announced plans to rename four of its existing specialty channels under the CTV parent brand, expected to take effect in 2019. Bravo, The Comedy Network, Gusto, and Space will be respectively rebranded as CTV Drama, CTV Comedy, CTV Life, and CTV Sci-Fi. In December 2018, Bell launched two new ad-supported video on demand services, CTV Movies and CTV Throwback, respectively offering second-run feature films and archival TV series (in particular, Sony Crackle shut down in Canada on June 28, 2018, with its content being assumed by the two services). All CTV-branded entertainment services will be accessible digitally through updated versions of the network's existing mobile and streaming-player apps, which Bell has dubbed the "super-hub".
The network's original logo was an oval-shaped letter "C", the inside shaped like a television tube. Contained within the C were the initials "CTV". In 1966, colour programming was ushered in with a new logo, depicting a red circle containing the initial "C", a blue square with a "T", and a green inverted triangle with a "V". This logo has been used, albeit with minor variations along the way ever since. For the 1967–68 season, the letters "CTV" were rounded and easier to see, with the "base/TV" graphic added later.
In 1998, CTV introduced a new "ribbons" identity that has remained in use, with various minor adjustments, ever since. Initially, CTV used the three coloured ribbons and shapes of its logo to represent its different divisions. In network branding, the red ribbon and sphere represented entertainment programming, the blue ribbon and cube represented news programming, and the green ribbon and cone referred to sports programming. For a period, the identity featured bumper idents featuring CTV personalities manipulating the logo's shapes as physical objects.
In September 2018 for the new television season, CTV unveiled a refreshed logo with a flatter appearance, as well as a new promotional campaign, "Get into it". The updated logo and imaging was designed to be "digital" in appearance, with the new slogan serving as a call to action for viewers to engage with the network's programming.
CTV Anchors from across the country are in Ottawa to celebrate the network's 50th anniversary
Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney (born March 9, 1976) is a Canadian television host. He is the oldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.CFL on CTV
CFL on CTV was a presentation of Canadian Football League football aired on the CTV Television Network from 1962 to 1986. CTV dropped coverage of the CFL after the 1986 season. CTV's coverage was replaced by TSN and the newly created Canadian Football Network.CHBX-TV
CHBX-TV is the CTV owned-and-operated television station in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada that is part of the network's CTV Northern Ontario sub-system. Owned by Bell Media, it broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 2 from a transmitter near its studios on 6 Line East (just east of Peoples Road) in Sault Ste. Marie. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 11.
The station's signal also reaches the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and can be seen over-the-air as far south as Gaylord, Michigan. It is carried on Charter in St. Ignace on Channel 2, however, it is not seen on Charter in Sault Ste. Marie. CHBX essentially operates as a de facto semi-satellite of CICI in Sudbury, running the same programming as that station at all times (except for certain commercials and regional news inserts during its newscasts).CICC-TV
CICC-TV (branded on-air as CTV Yorkton) is the CTV owned-and-operated station in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter adjacent to Highway 52, west of Yorkton, and also operates rebroadcast transmitters in Norquay, Hudson Bay, Carlyle Lake, Wynyard and Humboldt.
Owned by Bell Media, its studios are located on Broadway Street East and 6 Avenue North in Yorkton. This station can also be seen on Access Communications channel 4 and Sasktel Max channel 6.
In 2002, CTV parent company Bell Media sold CICC's former CBC Television-affiliated twinstick sister station, CKOS-TV, to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which then made CKOS-TV a rebroadcaster of CBKT-DT in Regina.CITL-DT
CITL-DT is a privately owned television station serving as an affiliate of CTV in the city of Lloydminster, located on the border of the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. It broadcasts a digital signal on VHF channel 4 from a transmitter located near Highway 17 and Township Road 512, near the Saskatchewan provincial line.
Owned by Stingray Digital Group, it is sister to Global affiliate CKSA-DT and both stations share studios located on 50 Street and 51 Avenue on the Alberta side of Lloydminster. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available in high definition on channel 020 (Classic) or 520 (Advanced). This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 3.CITO-TV
CITO-TV is the CTV owned-and-operated television station in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 3 from a transmitter near Highway 101 (just west of Connaught Road) in Timmins with rebroadcasters in Kapuskasing (channel 10), Kirkland Lake (channel 11, also serving Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec), Hearst (channel 4) and Chapleau (channel 9).
Owned by Bell Media, it is part of the network's CTV Northern Ontario sub-system and its studios are located on Pine Street North (near Hendry Avenue) in Timmins. This station can also be seen on EastLink TV channel 4.
Effective November 29, 2012, Bell TV customers will also be able to view CITO-TV on channel 589.CKLT-DT
CKLT-DT is the CTV owned-and-operated television station in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 9 from a transmitter located near Whitaker Lake in Petersville and also operates rebroadcast transmitters in Woodstock and Boiestown.
Owned by Bell Media, it is part of the CTV Atlantic regional system in the Maritimes. Although separately licensed, the station (along with its two rebroadcasters) is considered a full-time satellite of CKCW-DT in Moncton. Its studios are located In Brunswick Square in Saint John co-located with the local Bell Media community access channel, though nearly all operations are handled at CKCW's studios on Halifax and George Streets in Moncton. This station can also be seen on Rogers Cable channel 8 and Bell Aliant TV channel 6. There is a high definition feed offered on Rogers Cable digital channel 518. CKLT was the CTV Atlantic station carried by Bell TV until 2011.
Its programming is the same as that of CTV Atlantic flagship CJCH-DT in Halifax, with commercials provided from Moncton.CKNY-TV
CKNY-TV is the CTV owned-and-operated television station in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter adjacent to Ski Hill Road (southwest of Highway 534) in Nipissing.
Owned by Bell Media, it is part of the network's CTV Northern Ontario sub-system and its studios are located on Oak and Wyld Streets (near the shoreline of Lake Nipissing) in Downtown North Bay. This station can also be seen on Cogeco Cable channel 9 and digital channel 909. Effective November 29, 2012, Bell TV customers will also be able to view CKNY-TV on channel 588.CTV Atlantic
CTV Atlantic (formerly known as the Atlantic Television System, or ATV) is a system of four television stations in the Maritimes, owned and operated by the CTV Television Network, a division of Bell Media. Despite the name, it is not available on basic cable or analog in Newfoundland and Labrador even though that province is part of Atlantic Canada.
The CTV Atlantic stations are:
CJCH-DT – Halifax, Nova Scotia (flagship station)
CJCB-TV – Sydney, Nova Scotia
CKCW-DT – Moncton, New Brunswick/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
CKLT-DT – Saint John, New BrunswickAll four stations refer to themselves on air as CTV, not by their call letters. CJCB and CKCW simulcast CJCH for most of the day, but air separate commercials and local telethons. CKLT is a full repeater of CKCW. However, all four stations are separately licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Station information and history is discussed in each station's own article.CTV Northern Ontario
CTV Northern Ontario, formerly known as MCTV, is a system of four television stations in Northern Ontario, Canada, owned and operated by the CTV Television Network, a division of Bell Media.
These stations are:
CICI - Greater Sudbury (flagship station)
CKNY - North Bay
CHBX - Sault Ste. Marie
CITO - TimminsSince 2005, all four stations refer to themselves on air as simply CTV instead of their call letters; however, they remain legally licensed as separate stations, and continue to have common local programming. Station information and history is discussed on each station's own page. These stations are also available on Bell TV as of November 2012.
CICI (CTV Sudbury) on Ch. 221
CKNY (CTV North Bay) on Ch. 588
CITO (CTV Timmins) on Ch. 589
CHBX (CTV Sault Ste. Marie) on Ch. 590Canada's Next Top Model
Canada's Next Top Model (sometimes abbreviated as CNTM) is a Canadian reality show in which female contestants compete for the title "Canada's Next Top Model" and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry. The winner receives a modeling contract from Elmer Olsen Modeling Agency, a $100,000 beauty contract from Procter & Gamble, and an editorial spread in Fashion magazine.
CNTM is based on the successful American franchise America's Next Top Model. It is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with CTVglobemedia and CBS Paramount International TV. Three cycles have been produced and aired.List of Canadian Idol finalists
Canadian Idol was a Canadian interactive reality game show series. The series premiered their first season in 2003 on CTV and was on air for six seasons. Based on the American version of the show, American Idol, it is part of the Idol series. Canadian Idol was the most-watched Canadian English-language television series of 2008. The show began with a tour across Canada, in which singers audition in front of four judges: Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Zack Werner, and Farley Flex. The show was cancelled due to the slowing economy.The show's age requirements allowed people to enter only if they were between 16 and 28 years of age. During every season, the final round of competition featured ten singers, except for season one when it had eleven finalists. 61 contestants have reached the finals of their respective Canadian Idol season. Out of the contestants listed, 26 of them were under the age of 20, including three winners and four runners-up. Seventeen finalists came from the province of Ontario, while British Columbia and Alberta each had nine. Alberta had the most Canadian Idol winners with three—Kalan Porter, Melissa O'Neil, and Theo Tams; Newfoundland and Labrador had the most runners-up with two—Rex Goudie and Craig Sharpe. Prince Edward Island was the only province to never have had a finalist. There has never been a Canadian Idol finalist from a Canadian territory. Toronto, Ontario was the hometown for the most Canadian Idol finalists with five, followed by Abbotsford, British Columbia with four. Rob James, Dwight d'Eon, and Drew Wright were 28 at the time their season's final round began, making them the oldest finalists to have performed; Emily Vinette, Daryl Brunt, Craig Sharpe, and Martha Joy were 16 at the time their season's final round began, making them the youngest finalists to have been in the finals.List of programs broadcast by CTV and CTV 2
This is a list of programs broadcast by the CTV Television Network and the CTV 2 television system in Canada. The list consists of television programs currently broadcast, programs formerly aired, and programs that are soon to be broadcast by the two Bell Media-owned networks. Former listings for CTV 2 include programs aired by the system under its former brands ASN, A-Channel, NewNet, Access and A.Neon Rider
Neon Rider is a Canadian drama television series which first aired between 1990 and 1995. Created by Winston Rekert and Danny Virtue, the show was about the title character, a man named Michael Terry (Rekert) who quits his job as a therapist to become a mentor for troubled kids which he brings to his ranch. The series was filmed and set in Vancouver, and British Columbia's Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
Other cast members included Sam Sarkar, William S. Taylor, Peter Williams, Suzanne Errett, Antoinette Bower, Barbara Tyson, Alex Bruhanski, Philip Granger and Jim Byrnes.
Neon Rider was produced by Alliance Atlantis and broadcast on the CTV Television Network on Saturdays at 10 PM then moved to 8 PM in 1991. CTV cancelled the series in 1992 after which original episodes continued to air on the youth-oriented cable network YTV and in syndication.
The series was also popular in Gibraltar where it aired on GBC TV.
SciFi veteran David Winning directed the third-season episode "Straight Home" guest-starring Martin Cummins.OWL/TV
OWL/TV is a children's educational television series from Canada that aired on CBC Television, and then later on CTV, from 1985 to 1994. Its focus is nature and science discovery, emphasizing to viewers how they can affect their own environment. PBS, BBC, ITV and Showtime also aired the show for a brief period. Reruns of the show have aired on YTV, and CTV. A French translation of the series also aired as Télé-Hibou on youth channel Canal Famille, today known as VRAK.TV.
Each half-hour program contains segments from several recurring features:
Mighty Mites are three kids who possess the magical ability to shrink in size in order to explore microscopic environments.
Animals Close Up explores various aspects of animal life. Kids meet the animals first-hand and conduct on-the-spot interviews with zoologists and experts on animal behaviour.
Tomorrow Today looks at the future from a kid's point of view, brings children into working laboratories.
Real Kids features young people who are actively involved in trying to improve their environment. These are kids who are not afraid to try. Real Kids nurtures the idea that individuals of any age can make a difference.
You and Your Body: kids learn about themselves with the aid of a wise and witty skeleton named Bonapart.
Bonapart shares his enthusiasm for individual action on behalf of the environment.
Dr. Zed explores the connections between nature and science and shows kids exciting experiments.
The Hoot Club kids set up and work through a project, solving production/performance problems, experimenting with materials, interacting with their community and environment.This series was based on OWL magazine.
This program's opening theme was performed by voice actress and recording artist Cree Summer Francks. The lyrics were written by Tim Ryan and the music was composed by Jonathan Goldsmith.Rod Black
Rod Black (born February 18, 1962) is a Canadian sports announcer for TSN and CTV Sports.
Black calls games for the Canadian Football League CFL, CIS Canadian University Sport Football, and occasionally for The NHL on TSN, and used to call games for the Toronto Blue Jays, ending in 2009. He also calls Canadian golf tournaments for the PGA, on occasion bowling tournaments, curling, boxing and figure skating. He anchored CTV's coverage of the 1991 Canada Cup, 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. He also called games for the Toronto Raptors. He won the 2005 Sports Media Canada Award as Outstanding Sports Broadcaster and has earned five Gemini Award nominations for Best Sports Broadcaster.Saving Hope
Saving Hope is a Canadian supernatural medical drama television series set in the fictional Hope Zion Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. The show's premise originated with Malcolm MacRury and Morwyn Brebner, who are both credited as creators and executive producers. The pilot was filmed in Toronto. Saving Hope initially aired from June 7, 2012, to August 3, 2017, on CTV, and on NBC for its first season. During the course of the series, 85 episodes of Saving Hope aired over five seasons.Search and Rescue (TV series)
Search and Rescue is the title of a family-oriented adventure television series which was a co-production of the CTV television network in Canada and NBC in the United States during the 1977-1978 TV season. The program was aired in prime time in Canada and on Saturday mornings by NBC. It was later syndicated overseas. The American broadcasts of the series carried the modified title Search and Rescue: The Alpha Team.
The series starred Michael J. Reynolds (an actor later known for appearing in many commercials for Nabob coffee) as Dr. Bob Donell, the leader of a unique rescue team that includes his two children Katy (Donann Cavin) and Jim (Michael Tough). What makes the team unique is that it conducts its rescues using a veritable zoo of specially trained animals. Each episode would see the Alpha Team utilizing specific animals to handle specific incidents, ranging from birds to dogs.
A total of 26 episodes were produced, although the American broadcast of the series was cancelled after thirteen episodes.Telegram Corporation
Telegram Corporation was a media company created under a joint venture between John Bassett's Toronto Telegram and the Eaton family, as one of three co-owners of CFTO-TV in 1960. When the Toronto Telegram ended in 1971, the Telegram Corporation was renamed Baton Broadcasting, but retained ownership under the Bassetts and Eatons.
Baton Broadcasting was renamed once again to Baton Broadcasting System (BBS) in 1994. The Eatons sold their media stake in 1998 and the Bassetts retained sole control of BBS; that same year, BBS was renamed CTV.