|Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Branding||CBC Television (general)
CBC News: Vancouver (newscasts)
|Slogan||Canada Lives Here|
|Channels||Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 2.1 (PSIP)
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||December 16, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Canadian
BUTe St. (the original street CBUT was headquartered at)
|Sister station(s)||CBUFT-DT, CBU (AM), CBU-FM, CBUF-FM, CBUX-FM|
|Former callsigns||CBUT (1953–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1953–2011)
58 (UHF, 2006–2011)
|Former affiliations||Radio-Canada (secondary, 1973–1976)|
|Transmitter power||103.34 kW|
|Website||CBC British Columbia|
CBUT-DT, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 43), is a CBC Television owned-and-operated television station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which serves as the Pacific Time Zone flagship of the network. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with Télévision de Radio-Canada outlet CBUFT-DT (channel 26), which is operated through corporate subsidiary Société Radio-Canada.
The two stations operate from the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre on Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Seymour. This station is also available on Shaw Cable, Telus TV, Bell TV and Shaw Direct.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Transmitters
- 4 Programming
- 5 Digital television
- 6 News operation
- 7 References
- 8 External links
CBUT currently produces a number of CBC Television programs. Portions of Marketplace are produced at CBUT, as were portions of the program Hemispheres, the now-cancelled national version of Canada Now and the late-night independent film program ZeD.
In addition to British Columbia, CBUT has a significant American audience in Washington State. It is available over the air in Bellingham. Nearly one million Comcast cable subscribers in the Puget Sound region can receive CBUT's programming. Comcast's Puget Sound system also began offering the digital version of CBUT, offering CBC's high definition programming, in 2009. Additionally, CBUT and CBUT HD are available in Central Washington on Broadstripe Cable's system in the Lake Chelan area.
CBUT is the oldest television station in Western Canada, first signing on the air on December 16, 1953. The station's original studios were located inside a converted auto dealership at 1200 West Georgia Street and Bute Street in downtown Vancouver. However, CBUT was not the first television station to serve Vancouverites; KVOS-TV (channel 12), across the border in Bellingham, Washington, had signed on the air months earlier as a CBS affiliate (it is currently an independent station). CBUT has broadcast in English for most of its existence, except for a period from 1973 to 1976 when French language shows from Radio-Canada aired on weekend mornings; this secondary affiliation ended with the launch of CBUFT in 1976. CBUT was known mainly as "Channel 2" from its inception until 1976. Since then, it has been known as "CBC British Columbia".
During the station's early years until 1976, CBUT's station IDs consisted of slides of local Vancouver landmarks with the CBUT logo (the number 2 in Clarendon Bold typeface, contained within a stylized television screen) added, with the announcement "This is CBUT, Channel 2 in Vancouver", while the ID slide used at the end of local programs on CBUT was a larger version of the station logo on a navy blue background with the announcement "This is CBC Television, Vancouver". Beginning with the introduction of CBC's "gem" logo in December 1974, CBUT (unlike other CBC O&Os, which continued using station IDs at the end of their local shows) began using the "gem" network ID at the end of all programming, network and local.
In 1975, the CBC consolidated its Vancouver radio and television operations into one building. Prior to this, CBC's radio operations in Vancouver (CBU, CBU-FM and CBUF-FM) had been broadcasting out of separate studios at 701 Hornby Street, the basement of the Hotel Vancouver. Together, those stations formed the basis of the Regional Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street, a few blocks east of their previous radio and television facilities.
The station's IDs were changed in 1976 with CBUT's on-air rebranding as "CBC British Columbia", with the initial IDs featuring a totem pole superimposed over local landmarks, followed by the totem pole zooming away from the viewer and turning into the letter T in the station brand.
In recent years, CBUT, as with all CBC-owned stations, had de-emphasized local programming in favour of network programming out of Toronto. As of 2002, the station only aired sporadic local non-news programming and dropped all use of local station IDs in favour of using only network IDs, and in budget cuts, the CBC integrated CBUT's master control (as did all other owned stations) into Toronto's master control. Recently, however, local programming on CBUT has increased with the introduction of a locally themed lifestyles program, Living Vancouver (which has since been cancelled), as well as the addition of several new local newscasts.
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 analogue transmitters on July 31, 2012. None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital; CHAN-DT is the last major network station in Vancouver to operate rebroadcasters throughout the province.
CBC affiliates in British Columbia
The following are over-the-air CBC Television affiliates in BC. The programming on these affiliates is nearly identical to that of CBUT with the exception of some local news programming. The affiliates are the following:
- CFTK-TV Terrace, which also provides over-the-air signals to Kitimat and Prince Rupert
- CJDC-TV Dawson Creek
Locally produced programs on CBUT
- CBC News: Vancouver at 5 (local weekday supper-hour newscast)
- CBC News: Vancouver at 5:30 (local weekday supper-hour newscast)
- CBC News: Vancouver at 6 (local supper-hour newscast - formerly Canada Now, seen only on CHEK-DT on weekends)
- CBC News: Vancouver at 11 (local late-night newscast. Airs at 11 p.m.)
- CBC News: Vancouver Saturday (local late-night weekend newscast. Airs at 10:30 p.m.)
- CBC News: Vancouver Sunday (local late-night weekend newscast. Airs at 11 p.m.)
Locally produced programs formerly aired on CBUT
Some of these programs were also seen on the CBC network, either regionally or nationally.
- Aquarium (aquatic wildlife profiles)
- @ The End (current affairs discussion)
- BC Schools Telecasts (educational)
- Bob Switzer Show/Switzer Unlimited (talk show)
- Booked on Saturday Night (literature discussion)
- Camera West (documentary films)
- Canada Now (national supper-hour newscast)
- Canadian Gardener (gardening)
- Cariboo Country (drama)
- Celebrity Cooks (cooking)
- Dr. Bundolo (sketch comedy)
- Doctor Doctor (medical issues)
- Downtown Saturday Night (variety)
- Good Rockin' Tonite (music videos)
- Hockey Talk (sports talk)
- Hourglass (local supper-hour newscast)
- In The Company of Women (current affairs discussion)
- Klahanie (outdoor activities)
- Leo and Me (comedy)
- Living Vancouver (lifestyles)
- Lotus Land (arts and entertainment magazine)
- Night Final (local late-night newscast)
- Northwood (teen drama)
- Pacific Report (current affairs)
- Reach For The Top (quiz show)
- Rich Little's Christmas Carol (holiday special)
- Ritters Cove (drama)
- See BC on CBC (documentary films)
- Sportfishing BC (outdoor activities)
- Sportsline (sports highlights)
- Switchback (teen variety)
- Talkback Live (current affairs call-in)
- The Beachcombers (drama)
- The 11th Hour (sketch comedy)
- The Inventors (inventions)
- The Paul Anka Show (musical variety)
- The Raes (musical variety)
- The Score (sports talk)
- This Week in BC (news review)
- The Urban Peasant (cooking)
- Wok with Yan (Oriental cooking)
- Wolfman Jack Show (musical variety)
- ZeD (independent short films)
- Zero Avenue (arts and entertainment magazine)
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||CBUT-DT||Main CBUT-DT programming / CBC Television|
CBUT shut down its analogue signal, over VHF channel 2, on August 31, 2011, the official date in which Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 58 to post-transition channel 43, as its original digital channel was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CBUT-DT's virtual channel as 2.1.
CBUT-DT presently broadcasts 11 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays and an hour on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output among CBC Television's stations (either owned-and-operated or affiliate), although it ties with independent station CHEK-DT for the lowest news output within the Vancouver-Victoria market, its weekly news total is far behind CTV O&O CIVT-DT (which airs 38 hours of newscasts each week) and Global O&O CHAN-DT (which broadcasts 46 hours each week).
On February 19, 2007, CBUT returned to an hour-long local newscast with the debut of a local edition of CBC News at Six, which retained the Canada Now name and hosted by former national Canada Now hosts Ian Hanomansing and Gloria Macarenko; in July 2007, the newscast was renamed as CBC News: Vancouver. In September 2009, the early evening newscast expanded to 90 minutes from 5:00-6:30 p.m. In past years, the supper hour newscast (which was fully local until the introduction of the national Canada Now) was known as Hourglass, Newscentre, CBC Evening News and Broadcast One.
Since April 2010, the CBC and CHEK have been involved in a news sharing agreement, where both stations share news stories and resources. Tony Parsons also joined the CBC to anchor CBUT's evening newscast, CBC News: Vancouver, from 5-6:30 p.m. and anchor CHEK's 10 p.m. newscast. Vancouver at 6 and Vancouver at 11 are simulcast on CHEK and the weekend 6 p.m. newscast is exclusively broadcast on CHEK.
As of June 2013, CBUT-DT continues to present most studio and field video during its newscasts in widescreen standard definition; weather forecast segments, however, are broadcast in high definition.
- Renee Filippone (Saturdays at 10:30 and Sundays at 11 p.m.)
- Miyoung Lee (weeknights at 11 p.m.)
- Gloria Macarenko (weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m.)
- Tony Parsons (weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m.)
- Johanna Wagstaffe (weather anchor; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.)
- Lien Yeung (weather anchor; Saturdays at 10:30 and Sundays at 11 p.m.)
- David Jones (CMOS-endorsed weathercaster) - meteorologist; fill-in (with Environment Canada)
- Shane Foxman (sports anchor; weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m.)
- Karin Larsen (sports anchor; Saturdays at 10:30 and Sundays at 11 p.m.; also reporter)
- Emma McLagan (fill-in sports anchor, also sports reporter)
- Meera Bains - general assignment reporter
- Chris Brown - national reporter
- Dan Burritt - general assignment reporter
- Natalie Clancy - investigative reporter
- Deborah Goble - general assignment reporter
- Lisa Johnson - general assignment reporter
- Bob Nixon - general assignment reporter
- Eric Rankin - investigative reporter
- Susana da Silva - general assignment reporter
- Stephen Smart - political correspondent
- Kathy Tomlinson - "Go Public" feature reporter
- Tim Weekes - general assignment reporter
- Kirk Williams - general assignment reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- Adrienne Arsenault - reporter (1993–1998; now with CBC News' The National)
- Gillian Findlay - reporter (1982–1985; now at the fifth estate)
- Dawna Friesen - reporter (now anchor of Global National)
- Bill Good, anchor (now at CIVT-TV)
- Ian Hanomansing - anchor/reporter (1988–2010; now reporter for CBC News' The National)
- Anton Koschany - reporter (1977–1979; now executive producer of CTV's W5)
- Jack Webster - reporter, Hourglass (deceased)
- Comcast's list of 33 new HD channels includes MSNBC, MTV
- Vancouver Broadcasters station history (1976)
- Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix regarding measures announced in the context of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan
- RabbitEars TV Query for CBUT
- Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)
- Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums - View Single Post - CBC HD Switches To 720p From 1080i
- Tony Parsons joins CBC News Vancouver
- CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 & 6 p.m.
- About CBC News Vancouver Saturday & CBC News Vancouver Sunday
- About CBC News Vancouver Late Night
- Infantry, Ashante (July 13, 2010). "Dawna Friesen named Global news anchor". Toronto Star.
- CBC British Columbia
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CBUT-DT History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CBUT-DT
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CBUT-DT