- 2007 Canada broadcast TV realignment
In 2007, significant ownership changes occurred in
Canada's broadcast television industry, involving nearly every network and television system. In addition to the shuffling of television network affiliations and network mergers, new broadcast translators and new television stations are also taking to the air.
Sale of CHUM Limited to Bell Globemedia
In 2006, following the death of longtime chairman
Allan Waters, CHUM Limiteddecided to shut down operations and sell its broadcasting assets to a willing bidder. Bell Globemedia (now CTVglobemedia) announced a $1.7 billion takeover offer in July of that year.
Bell Globemedia initially intended to retain CHUM's popular
Citytv-branded stations and its numerous specialty channels, selling off the smaller-market A-Channelstations along with several specialty channels to a willing bidder. Rogers Communicationsoriginally bid on the A-Channel stations, CKX-TV, Access, , and CLT. However, CTV's plans were denied by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission(CRTC), as all five Citytv stations are based in markets where CTV already has owned-and-operated (O&O) stations, and so CTV's retention of Citytv would have exceeded the CRTC's concentration of media ownershiplimits. CTV was, however, allowed to retain control of the A-Channel stations and all of CHUM's specialty channels.
Soon afterwards, Rogers placed a new bid to purchase the Citytv system as a complement to its own
Omni Televisionnetwork, a system of multicultural-themed stations.
Bell Globemedia originally placed a bid to purchase
CHUM Limited's Citytv stations, and sell off the A-Channel stations, CKX-TValong with several digital speciality channels. This was denied by the CRTC, however. CTV was told it could purchase A-Channel instead. With this outcome, CTV put the Citytv stations in trusteeship with corporate lawyer John McKellarwhile searching for an owner. Rogers Communications, which had originally bid on the A-Channel stations before the CRTC decision, offered a new bid for the Citytv stations a few days later, which was approved by the CRTC on September 28, 2007.
CHUM Limited officially ceased operations on
June 22, 2007. All of the CHUM Limited properties (with the exception of the Citytvstations, and CHUM's interest in MusiquePlusand Musimax) are now fully owned by CTVglobemedia.
CTV has also retained ownership of CHUM's cable specialty services, including
MuchMusic, Star!, Space, Bravo!, CablePulse 24, and CHUM's radio stations.
A-Channel's original 2007-08 schedule was announced in early June, before the takeover was approved by the CRTC. By September, CTV had radically altered the schedule to give A-Channel broadcast rights to several series CTV had not been able to fit into its own fall schedule, including "
Two and a Half Men", " Jeff Ltd.", "Scrubs" and " 30 Rock".
CTVglobemedia announced on
November 16, 2007, along with its co-owner Comcast, that it will sell the remaining interest of OLNto Rogers.
CTVglobemedia announced on
March 8, 2008, that it will sell CLT to Corus.
Rogers Communicationshad wanted to gain a multicultural station in Vancouverfor a long time, but was either denied by the CRTC and competitor station CHNM-TV("Channel M"), or was out-bid for stations in the market. In 2005, opportunity arose when Rogers was given permission to purchase religious broadcaster Trinity Television, owner of the television station CHNU-TVand the Winnipeglicense CIIT-TV.
In 2007, both CHNM-TV's owner Multivan Broadcasting and Rogers submitted bids for television stations in
Edmontonand Calgaryduring the most recent call for applications of broadcast licences by the CRTC. The licences were awarded to Rogers, which will launch CJCO and CJEO (originally named CHXC and CHXE, respectively) in the fall of 2008. Shortly thereafter, Multivan entered a tentative deal to sell CHNM to Rogers, citing the loss of the Calgary and Edmonton licenses as leaving the company no longer able to compete as a standalone station. Rogers also announced the intention to sell its two religious stations (Vancouver's CHNU-TV and Winnipeg's CIIT-TV) to S-VOXon November 6, 2007. Rogers' acquisition of CHNM and its sale of CHNU and CIIT to S-VOX were both approved by the CRTC on March 31, 2008.
CHNM ("Channel M") was relaunched as an
Omni Televisionstation ("OMNI British Columbia") on September 1, 2008, the same date when S-VOX's CIIT ("CIIT 11") and CHNU ("CHNU 10") stations were relaunched as Joytv 11 and 10 respectively.
In addition, Rogers applied to purchase the Citytv stations for an estimated $375 million. Media analysts have suggested that with a more powerful media conglomerate such as Rogers behind them, the Citytv stations will effectively become Canada's fourth fully-fledged commercial television network, in effect if not immediately in name. The Citytv transaction was approved by the CRTC on
September 28, 2007, and Rogers officially became Citytv's new owner on October 31. Rogers acquired the remaining interest of OLNfrom CTVglobemediaand Comcaston August 31, 2008. CanWest Global
CH becomes E!
Canwest Global's CH television system was rebranded as E! on September 7 2007, after an agreement from the American E!owner Comcast, the two of which now share some programming. The stations revived their call signs as their local news branding.
The broadcaster was also granted permission to expand
CHCA-TV's signal to Edmontonand Calgary, a request that the CRTC had previously denied.
CanWest, in conjunction with
Goldman Sachs, also applied to the CRTC to purchase the assets of Alliance Atlantis, a broadcasting and film production company which operated 13 licensed cable channels and was a partial owner of seven more.
The transaction was approved by the CRTC in early January 2008. CanWest sold off the production division, but retained ownership of the cable channels.
Crossroads Television System
Crossroads Television System, a religious broadcaster, also expanded in 2007, being granted licences to launch new stations in Calgary (CKCS) and Edmonton (CKES). Crossroads previously consisted of a single station, CITS in Southern Ontario.
Sun TV expands
Quebecor Media(owners of SUN TV in Toronto) had applied for licences to operate repeater transmitters in London and Ottawa, to bring it on par with fellow Toronto-area stations CITY-TV, CITS-TV, OMNI.1 and OMNI.2, as those channels currently operate translators in those cities. The reason for this request was that it would put the station on a level playing field in the competitive television industry. This request was accepted, and the new stations go on the air in London on channels 26 (analog) and 19 (digital), and in Ottawa on channels 54 (analog) and 62 (digital) in fall 2008.
List of Canadian television networks (table)
List of Canadian specialty channels
List of foreign television channels available in Canada
List of television stations in Canada by call sign
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