CFTK-TV

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CFTK-TV
CFTK.svg
Terrace/Kitimat, British Columbia
City of license Terrace, British Columbia
Branding CFTK-TV
Channels Analog: 3 (VHF)
Digital: allocated 35 (UHF)
Translators 6 CFTK-TV-1 Prince Rupert
Affiliations CBC Television
Owner Bell Media
(Astral Media Radio G.P)
First air date November 1, 1962
Call letters' meaning CF Terrace and Kitimat
Transmitter power CFTK-TV: 13.8 kW
CFTK-TV-1: 2.44 kW
Height CFTK-TV: 453.5 m
CFTK-TV-1: 593.8 m
Transmitter coordinates CFTK-TV:
54°31′4″N 128°28′21″W / 54.51778°N 128.47250°W / 54.51778; -128.47250
CFTK-TV-1:
54°17′4″N 130°18′54″W / 54.28444°N 130.31500°W / 54.28444; -130.31500 (CFTK-TV-1)
Website CFTK-TV

CFTK-TV is a privately owned television station affiliated with CBC Television in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 3 from a transmitter near Haaland Avenue in Kitimat and also operates a rebroadcaster in Prince Rupert, broadcasting on VHF channel 6.

Owned by Bell Media, it is part of the Great West Television system, and its studios located on City Centre (near Tsimshian Boulevard) in Kitimat. This station can also be seen on Citywest Cable channel 7, Shaw Direct channel 324 and Bell TV channel 256.

History[edit]

CFTK went on the air for the first time on November 1, 1962. Standard Broadcasting acquired CFTK from Telemedia in 2002.[1] Telemedia had owned CFTK since 1999.

The station was originally part of a two-station "sub-network" called Northern Television (NTV) since the early 1990s, until 2002, when it was disbanded and re-launched as Great West Television (joined by CKPG-TV). NTV and GWTV's programming consisted of mainly American shows imported and aired on CHUM Limited's NewNet/A-Channel stations, mixed with CBC's own programming.

Great West Television largely ceased to exist in October 2006. With CBC Television going to a 24-hour schedule beginning in October 2006, CFTK-TV has increased the amount of CBC programming in its schedule. This, in effect, has made CFTK-TV a semi-satellite of Vancouver's CBUT.

Astral Media acquired CFTK in the fall of 2007 as part of its acquisition of most of Standard Broadcasting's assets.[2]

On March 16, 2012, it was announced Bell Canada would be acquiring Astral Media for $3.38 billion.[3] However, the deal was rejected by the CRTC that fall.[4] Bell submitted a revised takeover proposal in 2013, in which it will sell off a number of assets but keep CFTK. Bell has committed to maintaining the station's current conditions of license, including CBC affiliation, until the end of its license term in 2017.[5] Bell owns two networks of its own, CTV and CTV Two, which compete with CBC. The deal has been approved by the Competition Bureau and once again awaits CRTC approval.[6]

Local programming[edit]

CFTK newscasts are one hour and air at 6 and 11 p.m. weekdays. A rebroadcast of the previous evening's newscast airs Tuesday-Friday at 7 a.m. A 30-minute news recap called Week in Review airs on weekends.

The station also produces and airs a First Nation Talk Show program, The Journey, weekdays at 5 p.m. with encore presentation at 10:30 a.m. the following day and a local magazine show, Open Connection, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. with encore presentation at 9:30 a.m. the following day.

On-air staff[7][edit]

  • Kathy Brookes - News Anchor - 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Sarah Komadina - Host / Producer of Open Connection
  • Robert Pictou - Host / Producer of The Journey
  • Allison Bench - Terrace and Kitimat Reporter
  • Katherine Dow - Bulkley Valley and Lakes Reporter
  • Laryn Gilmour - North Coast Reporter
  • John Crawford - News Director

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