|Branding||CBC Television (general)
CBC News: Saskatchewan (newscasts)
|Slogan||Canada Lives Here|
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9.1 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||CBC (1959–1962, 1969–present)|
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||December 21, 1962|
|Call letters' meaning||Canadian
|Sister station(s)||CBKFT-DT, CBK (AM), CBK-FM|
|Former callsigns||CHRE-TV (1962–1969)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
9 (VHF, 1962–2011)
|Former affiliations||CTV (1962–1969)|
|Transmitter power||60 kW|
CBKT-DT, VHF channel 9, is a CBC Television owned-and-operated television station located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with Télévision de Radio-Canada outlet CBKFT-DT (channel 13), which is operated through its Société Radio-Canada arm, CBC Radio One station CBK-AM (540 AM) and CBC Radio 2 station CBK-FM (96.9 FM).
All four outlets share studios at the CBC Regina Broadcast Centre at 2440 Broad Street in Downtown Regina, and its transmitter is located near McDonald Street/Highway 46, just northeast of Regina proper. This station can also be seen on Access Communications channel 4 and Sasktel Max channel 3. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available on 298 (Classic) or 028 (Advanced), and in high definition on channel 022 (Classic) or 522 (Advanced). There is a high definition feed offered on Access Communications digital channel 506 and Sasktel Max channel 303.
CBKT signed on for the first time on December 21, 1962 as CHRE-TV, a semi-satellite of CHAB-TV in Moose Jaw and an affiliate of CTV. CHRE signed on as part of a deal between CHAB-TV and Regina's original station, CKCK-TV, which allowed CTV to come to Saskatchewan for the first time. On the same day CHRE signed on, CKCK-TV opened a rebroadcaster in Moose Jaw. During the latter half of the 1960s, the station generally branded itself as "Channel 9".
On May 30, 1968, controlling interest in CHAB Ltd., owner of CHAB-AM-TV and CHRE, was transferred to Moffat Broadcasting, owner of Winnipeg's CTV affiliate, CJAY (channel 7, now CKY-DT). The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), however, told Moffat to sell CHAB-TV and CHRE to a new owner within one year. Moffat tried to sell CHAB and CHRE to Western Broadcast Management Ltd., owner of CHAN-TV in Vancouver. However, the CRTC denied this bid on July 18, 1969 in favour of a counteroffer from the CBC. On September 13, CBC officially assumed control of CHRE and CHAB and moved its programming there, while CKCK became the sole CTV outlet in southern Saskatchewan. CBC made the Regina station the main station, and changed the call letters of the stations to CBKRT and CBKMT respectively. After the switch to the CBC, the brand used was "9&4" or "CBC 9&4", to signify both the Regina and Moose Jaw channel numbers.
The station received its current call letters on July 31, 1978. On the same day, CBKMT's licence was merged with that of CBKT; its transmitter operated as a full-time rebroadcaster, CBKT-1. The CHRE calls are now used on a St. Catharines, Ontario radio station owned by Astral Media. After a brief flirtation with "TV9 Regina", the station returned to the "9&4" brand in the 1980s, this time to signify the station's cable channel position. Today the station is branded just as "CBC" or "CBC Saskatchewan," as it has since the early 1990s, when the latter broanding was introduced to signify the inclusion of not only the main station but also its rebroadcasters across the province, including Moose Jaw and Saskatoon. In 2002, CBC purchased former privately owned affiliates CJFB-TV in Swift Current and CKOS-TV in Yorkton, turning both into rebroadcasters of CBKT. Budget cuts along the CBC network over the years forced CBKT's master control to be consolidated with those of the network's Eastern and Central Time Zone O&Os into a single facility at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. (CBC's other master control facilities are in Vancouver, Halifax, Calgary and St. John's, Newfoundland.) Because of this, CBKT's programming is aired in pattern with that of Winnipeg affiliate CBWT, with primetime programming running from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. simultaneously with east coast stations, and CBC's 7 p.m. ET programming at 10 p.m. instead. However, as Saskatchewan does not observe daylight saving time and remains on Central Standard Time year-round, programming is aired in local time in comparison to CBWT when DST is in effect.
CBKT-DT presently broadcasts eight hours and 10 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays); unlike most CBC stations, CBKT does not air local newscasts on weekends. The station airs local news programming on weekdays, covering stories in Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Yorkton and Prince Albert. The station broadcasts a 90-minute early evening newscast from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with a short ten-minute newscast at 11 p.m., following The National.
Notable former on-air staff
CBKT operated 14 analog over-the-air television rebroadcasters broadcasting in southern Saskatchewan in communities such as Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Yorkton. Additionally, CBKST in Saskatoon and its network of over 20 associated transmitters were officially licensed as rebroadcasters of CBKT. At CBC's request, CBKST's licence was revoked effective August 1, 2012. 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.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|9.1||720p||16:9||Main CBKT-DT programming / CBC|
On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, CBKT flash cut its digital signal into operation on VHF channel 9.
- CBC Saskatchewan
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CBKT History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CBKT
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CBKT