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CBNT-DT
CBC Television 2009.svg
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Branding CBC Television
Slogan Canada Lives Here
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8.1 (PSIP)
Affiliations CBC
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date October 1, 1964
Call letters' meaning Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Newfoundland
Television
Sister station(s) CBN, CBN-FM, CBAF-FM-17, CBAX-FM-2
Former callsigns CBNT (1964–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog: 8 (VHF, 1964–2011)
Transmitter power 14.54 kW
Height 252.9 m
Transmitter coordinates 47°31′59″N 52°47′26″W / 47.53306°N 52.79056°W / 47.53306; -52.79056
Website CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

CBNT-DT, VHF channel 8, is a CBC Television owned-and-operated television station located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. CBNT's studios are located at 95 University Avenue, near the intersection of Westerland Road and the Prince Philip Parkway; and its transmitter is located just south-southwest of George's Pond in St. John's.

This station can also be seen on Rogers Cable and Bell Aliant TV channel 3. There is a high definition feed offered on Rogers Cable digital channel 51, Bell ExpressVu channel 200, Bell Aliant TV channel 400 and Eastlink channel 601. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available in high definition on channel 053 (Classic) or 553 (Advanced). The station has additional cable coverage throughout the province.

History[edit]

The station went on the air on October 1, 1964, as previous CBC affiliate CJON-TV (channel 21, now an independent station) switched networks to CTV. CBNT originally broadcast from the Browning Harvey Building on Water Street West in downtown St. John's. It was the second television station to sign on in the Metro Area (CJON-TV, the previous CBC affiliate, was the first to open just nine years earlier in 1955). In 1966, the present television building, located on 95 University Avenue, opened.

On April 30, 2007, CBC Radio's operations out of the old Avalon Telephone building on 342 Duckworth Street in downtown St. John's were moved to the television station's building on the Parkway after renovations to accommodate the radio broadcasts were completed.

Programming[edit]

The station generally adheres to the Atlantic Time Zone feed of the CBC network schedule; as a result, most CBC programs air half an hour "later" on the island, which is on the Newfoundland Standard Time Zone, compared to other areas of Canada.

Until September 2009, to accommodate Here & Now's 6:00 p.m. timeslot, the network provided a separate Newfoundland Time feed of its weekday afternoon schedule between 4:00 and 6:00 local time. The 7:00 p.m. NT timeslot was then taken by Land and Sea (Monday) and repeats of Living Newfoundland and Labrador (Tuesday-Friday). As a result, the network program that normally aired at 3:30 p.m. local time (such as the Great Canadian Food Show) was pre-empted entirely. With few exceptions, this separate feed ended when Here & Now expanded to 90 minutes in September 2009.

As CBNT's master control operations are now handled directly from the CBC's facilities in Toronto, it is unlikely there is any remaining direct technical obstacle to the station carrying a full Newfoundland Time schedule. However, given the added difficulty of coordinating such a schedule with live national news or sports broadcasts (e.g. The National), as well as viewer familiarity with the current scheduling practices across all channels, such a switch is not likely in the near future.

Local programming[edit]

Current non-news local programming on CBNT includes Land and Sea, a regional documentary series in production since 1964, making it likely one of the longest-running television shows in Newfoundland and Labrador. Land and Sea is currently aired on Sunday afternoons. On January 15, 2007, CBNT premiered a new local program, Living Newfoundland and Labrador; it aired at 3:30 p.m. NT (3:00 Labrador), and was repeated Tuesday to Friday at 7:00 (6:30 Labrador). Living was cancelled in August 2009.

Since 1984, CBNT has been the home of the annual Janeway Children's Miracle Network Telethon, which usually airs the weekend following the U.S. Memorial Day holiday. Up until the early 1990s, the telethon was produced in cooperation with Avalon Cablevision Cable 9 (now Rogers TV). It was taped at the Avalon Cablevision studio, using CBC personalities, and Cable 9 volunteers. The Cable 9 feed was simulcast on CBC stations across the province, until the rebranding of Avalon Cablevision Ltd. to Cable Atlantic. At that time, the Cable Atlantic offices and studio underwent major renovations. CBNT then started using their own studio facilities. This telethon moved to CJON-TV in 2012.

Other CBC programs previously produced in Newfoundland and Labrador include Reach for the Top, which was hosted by Bob Cole for many years, then later by Art Andrews and Peter Miller; As Loved Our Fathers, written by Tom Cahill [1]; Soundings; Yarns from Pigeon Inlet, television adaptations of stories written by Ted Russell; Skipper and Company, which featured Ray Bellew; Where Once They Stood, a community profile series [2]; Yesterday's Heroes [3]; the 1997 five-part series East of Canada: The Story of Newfoundland [4]; the Ryan's Fancy show [5]; and from 1982 until the late 1990s with a brief gap in the middle of the decade, Newsfinal (CBC's local late night news show, anchored at times by Deborah Collins, Karl Wells, Glenn Tilley, etc.).

News operation[edit]

CBNT presently broadcasts ten hours and five minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays, a half-hour news and On Point current affairs program Saturdays, and thirty minutes of news on Sundays). CBNT's supper-hour newscast, CBC News: Here & Now, is anchored in St. John's by Debbie Cooper and Jonathan Crowe, with meteorologist Ryan Snoddon . The title Here and Now is used in place of the "CBC News: (region) at (time)" monikers now used in most other markets. The 90-minute program airs at 5:30 p.m. NT / 5:00 p.m. AT (Atlantic Time being the time zone used in most of Labrador). In addition to the main Here and Now newscast, CBNT also airs a Saturday half-hour newscast and short ten-minute summaries at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday through Friday evenings.

Here & Now was the name of the newscast for decades prior to 2000, when CBC budget cuts forced it to be cut to a half hour from an hour and integrated into Canada Now. CBNT restored its old newscast in late 2005, with Canada Now airing at 7:00 NT until February 16, 2007. When CBNT first signed on, its local newscast was known as CBC Regional News. In the mid-1970s, it adopted the Here and Now name. The current Here & Now originally aired from 6 to 7 p.m. until September 2009, when most CBC stations expanded their local news programming.

On-air staff[edit]

Here and Now news team[edit]

Anchors

  • Jane Adey - weeknights at 11:30 p.m. (Here and Now: Late Night)
  • Debbie Cooper - weeknights at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Jonathan Crowe - weeknights at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Carolyn Stokes - weekends at 11:30 p.m.

Weather

  • Ryan Snoddon - meteorologist; weeknights at 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Reporters Note: This list includes reporters from CBC Radio 1.

  • Vik Adhopia - national radio reporter
  • Lindsay Bird - Grand Falls-Windsor reporter
  • David Burke - Corner Brook reporter
  • Colleen Connors - Corner Brook reporter
  • Peter Cowan - Happy Valley-Goose Bay reporter
  • Gary Moore - Corner Brook reporter
  • Glenn Deir - St. John's reporter/retired
  • Jeremy Eaton - Corner Brook reporter
  • Deanne Fleet - St. John's reporter
  • Paula Gale - general assignment reporter (also with Radio Noon)
  • John Gaudi - Happy Valley-Goose Bay reporter
  • Doug Greer - Corner Brook reporter/retired
  • Zach Goudie - St. John's reporter
  • Cecil Haire - traffic and roving reporter for the St. John's Morning Show)
  • Glenn Payette - St. John's court reporter
  • Lee Pitts - senior producer - "Here and Now"
  • Mike Power - Western Labrador reporter
  • Mark Quinn - St. John's reporter
  • Azzo Rezori - St. John's reporter
  • Curtis Rumbolt - St. John's reporter
  • Kenny Sharpe - Corner Brook reporter
  • Melissa Tobin - Corner Brook reporter
  • Chris O'Neill Yates - St. John's reporter
  • Nancy Walsh - general assignment reporter (also newsreader for the St. John's Morning Show)
  • Cherie Wheeler - Corner Brook reporter
  • David Zelcer - Gander reporter/retired

Local program hosts[edit]

On Point TV and On Point Radio

Land and Sea

  • Pauline Thornhill - host

On the Go

  • Ted Blades - host
  • Ingrid Fraser - producer

Former on-air staff[edit]

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Note: some of these people are still at CBC Newfoundland, but in different capacities.

  • George Aaron - sports (retired in Quebec)
  • Shilpa Acharya-Downton - weather fill-in
  • Art Andrews (deceased)
  • Hal Andrews (Land and Sea)
  • Juanita Barry (reporter)
  • Ray Bellew - host of Skipper and Company (deceased)
  • Martine Blue (freelance reporter/Burin Peninsula)
  • Marilyn Boone (Producer)
  • Doug Brophy (deceased)
  • Andrew Brown (reporter)
  • Harry Brown - local and national CBC TV and radio host and announcer (deceased)
  • Des Browne (Land and Sea)
  • Anne Budgell (Here and Now co-anchor and On Camera host; also a longtime Radio Noon host on CBC Radio One; retired April 27, 2007)
  • Tom Cahill - writer and producer (deceased)
  • Bill Callahan (weekly political panel)
  • Jay Callanan (reporter; lineup producer of Here and Now/retired)
  • John Calver (weekly political panel)
  • Lynda Calvert (reporter and fill-in anchor)
  • Rab Carnell (Land and Sea)
  • Mike Chisholm (reporter; now with Global Vancouver)
  • Natalie Clancy (currently Investigative reporter - CBC Vancouver)
  • Bob Cole (Here and Now anchor and local CBC TV host; currently on Hockey Night in Canada)
  • Deborah Collins (reporter and Newsfinal anchor/retired)
  • Herb Davis (Land and Sea)
  • Tony Dawson (Labrador; currently co-hosts Labrador Morning)
  • Mike Downey (Labrador/deceased)
  • Rod Etheridge (reporter)
  • Peter Fenwick (weekly political panel for Here and Now)
  • John Foster (Land and Sea; also did the nationally-seen This Land when it was on the air)
  • Bill Gillespie
  • Noreen Golfman (commentary)
  • Fred Greening - (reporter, Land and Sea/retired)
  • Peter Gullage (national reporter; now the news director)
  • Ray Guy (weekly commentary for Here and Now/deceased)
  • Paul Harrington (Land and Sea)
  • Michael Harris (Here and Now 1978)
  • Kevin Harvey (reporter; now with CBC Nova Scotia)
  • Krissy Holmes (reporter with Here and Now)
  • Larry Hudson (reporter and contributor/retired)
  • Amy Joy
  • Natalie Kalata (reporter/Toronto)
  • Tom Kavanagh (reporter)
  • Bill Kelly (longtime Land and Sea host)
  • Kate Kyle (reporter
  • Carl Lake (Here and Now)
  • Ken Lawton (Here and Now)
  • Terry LeDrew (reporter/retired)
  • Jay Legere (Labrador)
  • Doug Letto (reporter and anchor; senior producer of Here and Now'/retired')
  • Doug Laite (Television & Radio personailty)
  • Christina Marshall
  • Mike Martin (Land and Sea and Here and Now)
  • Rick MacInnes-Rae (reporter; now hosting Dispatches on CBC Radio 1)
  • Darrow MacIntyre (currently a national reporter)
  • Mary McKim (reporter)
  • David MacQuarrie (currently with CBC Toronto)
  • Ken Meeker (reporter/writer/researcher/deceased)
  • Peter Miller (CBC Radio host, Reach for the Top - regional host; retired)
  • Joe Mullins (reporter and Janeway Telethon host; deceased)
  • Stacey Munro
  • Rex Murphy (currently on The National)
  • Brenda Murray (reporter)
  • Shirley Newhook (Coffee Break - host)
  • Fergus O'Byrne (The Ryan's Fancy Show)
  • John O'Mara (Here and Now reporter and anchor; deceased)
  • Dermot O'Reilly (The Ryan's Fancy Show; deceased)
  • Paul Piggott/working in media in UK
  • Dave Quinton (longtime Land and Sea host, also creator of "Land and Sea"/retired)
  • Brion Robinson (Central Newfoundland)
  • Art Rockwood (deceased)
  • Bill Rowe (weekly political panel for Here and Now; currently on VOCM)
  • Denis Ryan (The Ryan's Fancy Show)
  • Rick Seaward (reporter)
  • Reg Sherren (moved to Country Canada in 2000/reporter for The Natonal)
  • Del Simon (reporter)
  • Randy Simms - (weekly commentary)
  • Carmel Smyth (reporter)
  • Peter Soucy (aka "Snook"; currently on rival station NTV)
  • Greg Stamp (reporter and Here and Now co-anchor)
  • Erin Sulley (Living Newfoundland and Labrador); moved to Rogers TV St. John's in 2009
  • Pamela Tennant (reporter)
  • Glenn Tilley (longtime Here and Now and Newsfinal anchor/retired)
  • Jason Turnbull (sports; now with CBC Sudbury)
  • Jim Turner (Here and Now 1976-78; retired in South America)
  • Marie Wadden (reporter)
  • Bob Wakeham (executive producer of many CBC Newfoundland shows)
  • Peter Walsh (reporter) moved to Rogers TV St. John's in 2009
  • Russell Wangersky (reporter)
  • Karl Wells (weather and Newsfinal anchor; retired July 27, 2007)
  • Patricia White (weather)
  • The Wonderful Grand Band

Transmitters[edit]

CBNT had a very large system of 89 rebroadcast transmitters, spread throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 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.[1] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital.

As a result of the closedown, some cable systems in Newfoundland and Labrador owned by EastLink replaced CBNT with CBHT-DT Halifax, due to what EastLink claimed were "technical issues" involving CBNT. Furthermore, in most of these affected communities, high-speed broadband internet, which could be used to watch regional programming from CBNT online, is not available.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
8.1 1080i 16:9 Main CBNT-DT programming / CBC Television

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On August 31, 2011, the date in which Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, the station's digital signal relocated from channel to VHF channel 8.[4]

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