|Toronto, Ottawa and London|
|City of license||Toronto, Ontario|
|Channels||Digital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 47.1 (PSIP)
(Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.)
|First air date||September 3, 1979|
|Call letters' meaning||Canada's
|Sister station(s)||TV: CITY, CJMT
Radio: CFTR, CHFI, CJCL, CKIS
|Former callsigns||CFMT-TV (1979–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
47 (UHF, 1979–2011)
Digital: 64 (UHF, 200?–2011)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1979–2002)|
|Transmitter power||22.2 kW|
CFMT-DT, UHF channel 47, is a multicultural television station located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that serves the flagship station of Omni Television. The station is owned by Rogers Media, as part of the company's only conventional television triplestick with fellow Omni owned-and-operated station CJMT-DT (channel 40) and City flagship station CITY-DT (channel 57). All three stations share studios at Yonge-Dundas Square on 33 Dundas Street East in downtown Toronto, CFMT's transmitter is located atop the CN Tower in downtown Toronto.
The station can also be seen in the Greater Toronto Area on Rogers Cable (owned by the station's corporate parent Rogers Communications) channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 520; it is also available through satellite on Bell TV channel 215 and in high definition on channel 1055.
The station broadcasts multicultural programming targeting European and Latin American communities throughout Southern Ontario. Among English-speaking television viewers in the region, CFMT is likely best known as home to various English language syndicated talk shows and sitcom repeats, including The Simpsons, Friends and Family Guy, airing nightly as counterprogramming to local newscasts and first-run primetime series on the major networks.
In December 1978, station founder Dan Iannuzzi, founder of the Italian language daily newspaper Corriere Canadese and future recipient of the Order of Canada, received a licence for a multilingual television station, defeating rival applicants Johnny Lombardi and Leon Kossar. His company, Multilingual Television (Toronto) Ltd., had been producing multilingual television programs since 1972. Iannuzzi initially owned 30% of the station, and other investors included Jerry Grafstein, Raymond Moriyama, Steve Stavro, Garth Drabinsky and Nat Taylor. The call letters CFMT were derived from "Canada's First Multilingual Television." English language programming was limited to one-third of the station's broadcast hours, with French language programming accounting for seven percent and programming in about two dozen other languages providing the remaining 60%. The station was originally going to broadcast on UHF channel 45, but instead moved to channel 47 for technical reasons. The station began broadcasting on September 3, 1979, under the brand name MTV (for Multilingual Television). It dropped that branding to avoid confusion due to the 1981 launch of the American MTV cable network.
In August 1980, CFMT began broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week and introduced The All-Night Show three weeks later. In 1985, CFMT became Canada's first television station to broadcast in stereo. The following year, the station was sold to Rogers Communications. In 1993, CFMT installed rebroadcasters in London and Ottawa, on channels 69 and 60, respectively. Under Rogers ownership, the station targeted English-speaking viewers at times that other stations did not aggressively go after viewers.
In 2002, Rogers launched CJMT, or "OMNI.2", to increase multicultural programming, and rebranded CFMT as "OMNI.1". CFMT's programming for Asian and African communities moved to CJMT, while CFMT kept programming targeted to European and Latin American groups.
In October 2007, Rogers announced that the OMNI stations would move from 545 Lake Shore Boulevard West to 33 Dundas Street East. The move took place on October 19, 2009. CFMT and CJMT share the facility with Citytv flagship CITY-DT, which moved to the building the previous month.
Until around 1990, CFMT was the original Toronto home of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!. At that time, both game shows moved to CTV flagship station CFTO-TV and stayed there until 2004, when Wheel of Fortune moved to CJMT, then moved back to CFMT the following year. Barrie A-Channel (later A, now CTV Two) affiliate CKVR-TV carried the show in 2006. Jeopardy! remained on CFTO-TV for a few years until 2008, when CBC Television acquired the Canadian television rights to the game shows, moving once again to CBC flagship station CBLT until 2012 when the shows moved to CHCH-DT. In the past, CFMT-TV has identified itself on air as Channel 47/Cable 4 (reflecting both the over the air channel number and its channel position in the Greater Toronto Area through Rogers Cable) and as CFMT International.
OMNI.1 currently carries one local newscast aimed at a specific ethnic demographic:
- Omni News: Italian Edition - weeknights at 8 p.m.
- Anchor: Vincenzo Somma
- Sports Anchor: Dino Cavalluzzo
A Cantonese newscast was previously aired on CFMT; it was moved to CJMT after that station's launch in 2002.
|Station||City of licence||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates|
Virtual: 69.1 (PSIP)
|25 kW||197.6 m|
Virtual: 60.1 (PSIP)
|15 kW||202.3 m|
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|47.1||1080i||16:9||OMNI 1||Main CFMT-DT programming / Omni Television|
CFMT shut down its analogue signal, over UHF channel 47, on August 31, 2011, the official date in which full-power television stations in larger Canadian television markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 64 to its post-transition UHF channel 47. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analogue channel 47, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. CFMT's digital repeaters in London and Ottawa also relocated to new channels for the same reason; these repeaters would use their old analogue channel numbers (69 and 60) as their virtual channel numbers.
- "Ethnic TV: A Tower of Babel?," Robert Stephens, Toronto Star, June 4, 1979, p. C9,
- "Development Fact Sheet". Downtown Yonge BIA. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
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- Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CFMT-TV History
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