|City of license||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island|
|Slogan||Canada Lives Here|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13.1 (PSIP)
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||July 1, 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||Canadian
|Sister station(s)||CBCT-FM, CBCH-FM|
|Former callsigns||CFCY-TV (1956-1968)
|Former channel number(s)||13 (Analog, 1956-2011)|
|Transmitter power||13.03 kW|
|Website||CBC Prince Edward Island|
CBCT first went on the air on July 1, 1956 as CFCY-TV, under the ownership of the Rogers family and their company, Island Broadcasting, along with CFCY radio (AM 630, now FM 95.1). Family patriarch Col. Keith Rogers had begun laying the groundwork to bring television to PEI earlier in the decade, but died two years before channel 13 went on the air. His widow Flora Rogers, daughter Betty Rogers Large and son-in-law Bob Large took over his dream and signed on the station as a Dominion Day present to Prince Edward Island.
By the late 1960s, it was obvious that PEI's population was too small to warrant a second full-fledged television station. With this in mind, CJCH-TV in Halifax made plans to set up a rebroadcaster in hopes of bringing CTV to the island. The Rogerses feared that they would not be able to compete with CTV, and sold CFCY-TV to the CBC in 1968. The CBC closed on the purchase on August 1 of that year and changed its calls to CBCT. As it turned out, CBCT would remain the only television station in the province until CKCW-TV in Moncton set up a rebroadcaster in Charlottetown in 1972.
To this day, CBCT remains the only full-fledged television station based in Prince Edward Island. All other television service in the province is provided by repeaters of stations from New Brunswick.
On July 1 1956, CFCY-TV went on the air just a little more than two years after the death of CFCY Radio’s founder, Keith Rogers. He had a dream of having a TV station for many years, and it was left to his daughter Betty, and her husband (and engineer) Bob Large to bring that dream to fruition. He was also manager of CFCY-AM. The studio, transmitter and tower were located some 12 miles west of Charlottetown on the Trans-Canada Highway near Bonshaw.
In 1968 CFCY-TV was to be sold to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
On July 17, 2012 the CRTC announced that effective 1 August 2012, it would cease the operations of all of its analog retransmitters across Canada. CBCT's rebroadcasters in Elmira and St. Edward were both discontinued, although the main transmitter in Charlottetown remained in operation.
The flagship local newscast, CBC News: Compass, is anchored by Bruce Rainnie, and enjoys very high ratings throughout Prince Edward Island. As the only PEI-specific newscast in the province, it consistently outdraws CTV's local newscasts in the ratings by a wide margin. The program airs each weeknight from 5pm to 6:30pm.
In addition to Compass, CBCT also co-produces and simulcasts pan-regional newscasts for the Maritimes. Maritimes at 11 (Sunday - Friday) and Maritimes Saturday (7pm, Saturday) are broadcast from CBHT-DT in Halifax.
Due to federal funding reductions to the CBC, in April 2012, the CBC responded with substantial budget cuts, which included shutting down CBC's and Radio-Canada's remaining analog transmitters on July 31, 2012.
- CBC Prince Edward Island
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CBCT History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CBCT
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CBCT