|Terrace/Kitimat, British Columbia|
|City of license||Terrace, British Columbia|
|Channels||Analog: 3 (VHF)
Digital: allocated 35 (UHF)
|Translators||6 CFTK-TV-1 Prince Rupert|
(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
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.
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.
On March 16, 2012, it was announced Bell Canada would be acquiring Astral Media for $3.38 billion. However, the deal was rejected by the CRTC that fall. 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. 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.
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.
- 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
- ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-91
- ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-359
- BREAKING NEWS -- Astral Enters Agreement to Be Acquired by Bell
- "CRTC kills BCE-Astral merger deal". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Supplementary Brief of BCE Inc. and Astral Media Inc.
- BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
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- Canadian Communications Foundation - CFTK-TV History
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