CFSK-DT

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CFSK-DT
Globalsaskatoon.svg
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada
Branding Global Saskatoon (general)
Global News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 4.1 (PSIP)
Affiliations Global
Owner Shaw Media
(Shaw Television Limited Partnership)
First air date September 6, 1987
Call letters' meaning CF SasKatoon (city)
or
CF SasKatchewan (province)
Former callsigns CFSK-TV (1987–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog: 4 (VHF, 1987–2011)
Former affiliations independent (1987–1990)
Transmitter power 30 kW
Height 200.5 m
Transmitter coordinates 52°10′28″N 106°26′5″W / 52.17444°N 106.43472°W / 52.17444; -106.43472
Website Global Saskatoon

CFSK-DT, virtual channel 4.1 (UHF digital channel 42), is a Global owned-and-operated television station located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The station is owned by Shaw Media. CFSK's studios are located on Robin Crescent on the northwest side of Saskatoon, and its transmitter is located on Agra and Settlers Ridge Roads (near Highway 41), northeast of Saskatoon.

This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable (corporate sister through parent company Shaw Communications) channel 3, Bell TV channel 236 and in high definition on digital channel 211.

History[edit]

Logo used while as STV, from 1987 to 1997; this logo was shared with CFRE in Regina.

The station first signed on the air on September 6, 1987, under the ownership of Canwest. CFSK and its sister station in Regina, CFRE-TV, were initially branded as "STV" (short for "Saskatchewan Television"). It joined the Canwest Global System in 1990. At the time that STV went on the air, it was Saskatoon's third locally based over-the-air television station, joining a market that included CTV's CFQC and the then-operational CBC affiliate, CBKST. However, technically it was Saskatoon's second fully licensed station; CBKST was licensed as a rebroadcaster of Regina's CBKT.

Canwest discontinued the STV branding, along with all other individual local station brandings in 1997, when the Global Television Network brand was expanded to all of Canwest's stations. One of STV's major broadcasts in its early years was the children's program Size Small Island (that show was originally broadcast on sister station CKND-TV in Winnipeg), which was syndicated around the world (the show's host, Helen Lumby, officially launched the mini-network's first broadcast in Saskatoon in 1987). Since the closure of CBKST in 2012, CFSK is one of only two over-the-air broadcast stations originating from Saskatoon.

News operation[edit]

former logo of CFSK-TV and CFRE-TV from 1997 to 2006

CFSK-DT presently broadcasts 24½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); it is among the few Global stations (and one of the few television stations in Canada) to carry a prime time newscast during the 10 p.m. hour.

On December 5, 2011, CFSK-DT debuted a three-hour newscast on weekday mornings (under Global's Morning News brand), which runs from 6 to 9 a.m. Around the same time, CFSK became the first television station in Saskatoon to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.

On August 20, 2012, CFSK expanded its half-hour 10 p.m. newscast to one hour, which was retitled from Prime News to News Hour Final; the addition of the morning newscast and the expansion of primetime newscast is part of an expansion of local news programming on Global owned-and-operated stations across Canada as part of a benefits package that was included as a condition of the sale of the Global Television Network to Shaw Communications.[1]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Global's Got It!" (1997–2006)
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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[3][edit]

Anchor[edit]
  • Lisa Dutton - Morning News (weekday mornings at 6 a.m.) - on Maternity leave
  • Shallima Maharaj - Evening News (weekends at 6 p.m.) and News Final (weekends at 10 p.m.)
  • Julie Mintenko - Evening News (weeknights at 6 p.m.) and News Hour Final (weeknights at 10 p.m.)
  • Melissa Nakhavoly - Morning News (weekday mornings at 6 a.m.)
  • Raquel Fletcher - Focus Saskatchewan host
Weather team[edit]
  • Peter Quinlan - Meteorologist; Evening News (weeknights at 6 p.m.) and News Hour Final (weeknights at 10 p.m.)
  • Kevin Stanfield - lead weather anchor; Morning News (weekday mornings at 6 a.m.)
Breakfast Buzz[edit]
  • Lisa Dutton - Morning News (weekday mornings at 6 a.m.) - on Maternity leave
  • Kevin Stanfield - Morning News (weekday mornings at 6 a.m.)
  • Jessica Kent - general assignment reporter (filling in for Lisa)
  • Joelle Thompson - general assignment reporter
Sports team[edit]
  • Jack Haskins - sports anchor; Evening News (weekends at 6 p.m.) and News Hour Final (weekends at 10 p.m.)
  • TBD - sports anchor; Morning News (weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m.)
  • Kim Thue - sports director; Evening News (weeknights at 6 p.m.) and News Hour Final (weeknights at 10 p.m.)
Traffic[edit]
  • Kevin Stanfield - Morning News (weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m.)
Reporters[edit]
  • Meaghan Craig - general assignment reporter
  • Jessica Kent - general assignment reporter
  • Shallima Maharaj - general assignment reporter
  • Rena Montgomerie - general assignment reporter
  • Aaron Streck - general assignment reporter
  • Wendy Wisniewski - general assignment reporter
  • Joelle Thompson - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Jesse Beyer - weather anchor (now at CFRN-DT/Edmonton)
  • Sherri Clark - reporter (now at CBRT-DT/Calgary)
  • Warren Dean - weather anchor
  • Keri Ferguson - anchor (now anchor at CHEX-TV/Peterborough, Ontario)
  • Lisa Ford - anchor (now station manager and news director)
  • Danny Grummett - anchor/reporter (now at CKND-DT/Winnipeg)
  • Kevin Jesus - sports director (now producer at CITV-DT/Edmonton)
  • Vassy Kapelos - anchor/reporter (now at CITV-DT/Edmonton)
  • Kathy Le - anchor/reporter (now at CFCN-DT/Calgary)
  • Gord Leclerc - anchor/reporter (now senior anchor at CKY-DT/Winnipeg)
  • Esther Madziya - sports director (now communications director for the Lethbridge Hurricanes)
  • Rena Montgomorie - reporter (now managing editor)
  • Jay Onrait - sports (later with TSN; to join Fox Sports 1 in August 2013)
  • Gabby ? - general assignment reporter;now at Global Vancouver.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
4.1 1080i 16:9 CFSK-HD Main CFSK-DT programming
4.2 480i 4:3 CFSK-SD SD simulcast of CFSK-DT 4.1

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On August 15, 2011, 2½ weeks before Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets were slated to transition from analogue to digital broadcasts, CFSK flash cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, television receivers will list CFSK-DT's virtual channel number as 4.1.[5]

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