CBXT-DT

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CBXT-DT
CBC Television 2009.svg
Edmonton, Alberta
Branding CBC Television (general)
CBC News: Edmonton (newscasts)
Slogan Canada Lives Here
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 5.1 (PSIP)
Affiliations CBC
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date October 1, 1961
Call letters' meaning Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation
X
Television
Sister station(s) CBXFT-DT, CBX (AM), CBX-FM
Former callsigns CBXT (1961–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1961–2011)
Transmitter power 131.71 kW
Height 233.1 m
Transmitter coordinates Coordinates: 53°32′37.1″N 113°29′28.1″W / 53.543639°N 113.491139°W / 53.543639; -113.491139 (CBC Television)
Website CBC Edmonton

CBXT-DT, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 42), is a CBC Television owned-and-operated television station located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with Télévision de Radio-Canada owned-and-operated station CBXFT-DT (channel 11), through the CBC's Société Radio-Canada arm.

The two stations share studios at the Edmonton City Centre, across from Winston Churchill Square, in downtown Edmonton; CBXT's transmitter is located in Sherwood Park. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 209. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available on 307(Classic) or 019(Advanced), and in high definition on channel 012(Classic) or 512(Advanced).This station is also available on Bell TV channel 230 and in high definition on channel 1120, and on Optik TV channel 621.

History[edit]

The station first went on the air on October 1, 1961 as Edmonton's second television station; the previous CBC affiliate, CFRN (channel 3), switched to the newly established CTV on the same day. Initially, it was branded as "CBXT 5", or "Channel 5". After being known as "Edmonton/5" in the late 1970s, it became known as "XTV" in 1980. It reverted to the "Edmonton 5" brand in the mid-1980s and then, by 1990, became "CBC Television Edmonton". Its local newscasts were originally known as Metro.

When CBXT signed on, it was the first television station in Canada to use television cameras that could be remotely controlled from a control room, and did not need constant adjustment. In 2004, the CBC's Edmonton operations moved into a new digital broadcast facility downtown, bringing all operations of radio and television, under one roof. The old television facility on 75th Street was 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2), while the radio building on 51st Ave. was 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2). The new combined facility at the Edmonton City Centre totals 38,700 square feet.

When Red Deer's CKRD-TV disaffiliated from CBC Television in 2005 (switching to CH, reverting to its original calls CHCA-TV), CBXT was given control of the transmitter in Coronation, Alberta (CKRD-1) on channel 10. CBXT added a transmitter on channel 22 in Red Deer, broadcasting the full CBXT/CBC schedule to Red Deer and Central Alberta.

News operation[edit]

CBXT-DT airs 11 hours of local news programming (two hours on weekdays and 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the lowest local newscast output out of any English-language television station in the Edmonton market.

The station airs at 90-minute newscast from 5pm to 6:30pm on weekdays and a half-hour 30-minute newscast at 11pm from Sunday to Friday and 11:30pm on Saturdays.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors

  • Alicia Asquith - Saturdays at 11:30pm and Sundays at 11pm; also reporter
  • Mark Connolly - weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 6pm
  • Adrienne Pan - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm

Weather

  • Cory Edel - meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm

Sports

  • Min Dhariwal - sports anchor; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm

Reporters

  • John Archer - legislative reporter
  • Scott Fralick - crime and courts correspondent
  • Terry Reith - general assignment reporter
  • John Robertson - videojournalist
  • Charles Rusnell - investigative reporter
  • Briar Stewart - national reporter

Transmitters[edit]

CBXT had nearly 30 analog television rebroadcasters in certain Central and Northern Albertan communities such as Red Deer and Fort McMurray. 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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
5.1 1080i 16:9 CBXT-DT Main CBXT-DT programming / CBC Television

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On April 1, 2011, CBXT began broadcasting its digital signal on UHF channel 42. On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts,[3] the station's digital signal remained on UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CBXT's virtual channel as 5.1.

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