|Kelowna, British Columbia|
|Branding||Global Okanagan (general)
Global Okanagan News (newscasts)
|Slogan||The Okanagan's Very Own|
|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 2.1 (PSIP)
|Owner||Shaw Media Inc.
(Shaw Television G.P.)
|First air date||September 21, 1957|
|Call letters' meaning||CH British Columbia|
|Former callsigns||CHBC-TV (1957–2012)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:'
2 (VHF, 1957–2012)
|Former affiliations||CBC (1957–2006)
32.6 kWHAAT = 509.6 m
CHBC-DT, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 27), is a Global owned-and-operated television station located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The station is owned by Shaw Media. CHBC's studios are located on Leon Avenue (near Water Street) in Kelowna, and its main transmitter is located near Lambly Creek Road in Central Okanagan; CHBC also operates 18 rebroadcast transmitters across the southeastern part of the province.
This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 4 and Telus Optik TV channel 6. There is a high definition feed offered on Shaw Cable (corporate sister through parent company Shaw Communications) digital channel 211.
As a CBC affiliate
CHBC went on the air on September 21, 1957, as a CBC affiliate. It covered the central Okanagan on channel 2 with 3,700 watts from its main studios and transmitter in Kelowna. The station was founded by three local radio stations: CKOV Kelowna, CKOK Penticton and CJIB Vernon. Due to the mountainous terrain of the area, repeaters were begun a few weeks later in Vernon (on channel 7 with 310 watts) and Penticton (on channel 13 with 300 watts).
To begin with, only 500 homes in the area had television receivers, but that amount rose to 10,000 the following year. The station had ordered two studio cameras, but due to the number of television stations starting in North America in that period, the station had to make do with one camera on loan for a year until the order was filled. They also relied on 16 mm film which was developed first by a local photo lab, and then again in-house.
In 1960, the station began receiving programs from the CBC via its microwave link. Prior to this, all network programs were received on kinescope and 16 mm film, with regular shows airing a week later after they were aired on the main stations, and the National News aired a day after. Local programs and ads were produced live to air. Programs produced locally in the early days included Kids Bids, The Three R's, Romper Room, Let's Visit, Midday, Focus and Okanagan Magazine. In 1964, CHBC received its first videotape machine, which aided the production of locally produced programming and commercials. Two years later, colour television arrived via the network, and the station gradually installed more equipment for colour production and transmission, as well as telecine and videotape.
In the late 1960s, CHBC and Kamloops' CBC affiliate CFJC formed BCI-TV, an internal company headed by CHBC for programming and sales of the combined Okanagan/Kamloops markets. The national sales were delegated to All Canada Sales, and they sold the two stations' advertising as a single unit under the name "BCI TV". For years, both stations carried virtually identical programming schedules apart from local news.
In 1970, Vancouver's CHAN-TV came to an agreement with CHBC to provide a CTV service to the area, via a protective service, which protected local advertisers from Vancouver advertisers with cut-ins on the second station. In 1971, full conversion to colour was completed when a colour studio camera was purchased.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the ownership of the station changed, beginning with the purchase of CKOK's one-third ownership by general manager Roy Chapman, which he later sold to CHAN. Selkirk Communications brought CJIB, and along with it, its 33% stake. CKOV sold its stake in equal parts to both CHAN and Selkirk, which resulted in a 50/50 ownership structure. When Maclean-Hunter took over Selkirk in 1989, CHAN's parent company Western International Communications (WIC) purchased Selkirk's stake to take full control of CHBC.
In 1987, President and General Manager Ron Evans spearheaded a campaign wherein the station become known as "The Okanagan's Very Own CHBC" in order to compete with the 40 television signals being distributed by cable operators in the market. As a result, more local programs and commercials were produced, and involvement in the 55 communities served by CHBC was increased. This commitment has been recognized and rewarded by improved ratings and many industry awards and CHBC was often held-up as a Canadian model for its ability to identify with the community it serves during this era.
In 1998, the Griffiths family's stake in WIC was sold to Shaw Communications and Canwest. After months of negotiation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved the split of WIC's assets between Canwest, Corus Radio and Shaw Communications. CHBC was sold to Canwest in 2000, along with its sister station CHAN-TV. When Canwest acquired CHBC, it assumed the same role in selling advertising and providing programming, primarily from its CH service.
As a CH/E! O&O
In the mid-2000s, the CBC notified CHBC that it did not intend to renew its affiliation agreement with the station after it expired in August 2005. In response, the station applied to the CRTC in 2004 to disaffiliate from the CBC; approval was given on February 28, 2005. CBUT, the CBC's Vancouver O&O, subsequently added a new transmitter in Kelowna on channel 45. After its BCI-TV partner CFJC-TV received a similar approval to disaffiliate from the CBC, both stations changed affiliations on February 27, 2006 and continued the operation of BCI-TV with new programs supplied from Canwest's secondary CH television system.
CHBC was the only Canwest-owned CH station to not use the CH brand on-air, opting to brand using its call letters instead, with its newscasts titled CHBC News. The local newscast branding remained following CH's rebrand to E! in 2007. All non-local programming on CHBC were branded as E!.
In November 2008, CHBC announced its newscasts would no longer be produced at its studios in Kelowna. The newscast would use a virtual studio at CHEK in Victoria and will be produced by CHAN in Vancouver. In addition, the noon newscast would be cancelled. The decision to move the anchor job to Victoria was later reversed due to viewer complaints to the station. The half-hour 11 p.m. newscast would later be extended to a full hour to make up for the loss of the half-hour noon newscast, while the 5 p.m. news began with a half-hour lifestyle newscast anchored by Doris Janssen.
As a Global O&O
On February 5, 2009, Canwest announced it would explore "strategic options", including a possible sale, for CHBC and its other E! stations, saying "a second conventional TV network is no longer key to the long-term success" of the company. Although for a time it was thought that CHBC might be closed, Canwest ultimately decided to add CHBC to the Global network as of August 31, 2009. That network was already available in the Okanagan through CHAN-TV out of Vancouver, which has operated a semi-satellite, CHKL-TV on channel 5, in the region since the early 1980s.
For the foreseeable future, it is expected that both stations will continue to operate separately, due to the highly-rated local and provincial newscasts on CHBC and CHAN respectively. However, the two stations' schedules and advertising are virtually identical, including local news outside of the supper hour. More specifically, CHBC simulcasts CHAN's programming at all times, with the following exceptions:
- The local programming discussed below
- Global National airs at 6:00 p.m. on CHBC, instead of 5:30 p.m. on CHAN
Initially there were also minor very differences in the primetime schedule, however it appears these were eliminated by fall 2011 if not sooner.
On July 7, 2010, CHBC introduced a new virtual studio controlled out of Vancouver. The station dropped its E! era newscast graphics and replaced them with the Global O&O graphics, although newscasts were referred to as CHBC News until April 2013.
After Canwest filed for creditor protection in October 2009, Shaw Communications purchased the broadcasting assets of Canwest and completed the acquisition on October 27, 2010, making it the new owner of CHBC.
With the addition of the virtual set and HD studio cameras, CHBC broadcast its first newscast in HD on Shaw Cable 211 on July 6, 2011. During the cutbacks in 2009, CHBC lost its live newsgathering abilities in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton and its 5:00 p.m. newscast. However, these resources along with the 5:00 p.m. newscast returned on July 11, 2011.
CHBC-DT presently broadcasts 15½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 2½ hour on weekdays, and 1½ hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). CHBC currently produces three daily newscasts, consisting of an hour-long early evening newscast weeknights at 5 p.m., a half-hour early evening newscast weeknights at 6:30 p.m. and an hour-long late night newscast weeknights at 11 p.m. CHBC also airs half-hour newscasts at 5:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights. CHBC had previously aired 22½ hours per week of local programming until September 2009. The minimum amount of local programming currently required by the station's licence as of 2009 is seven hours per week.
The station also previously aired a weekly half-hour program dedicated to things happening around the Okanagan called Okanagan Now. This program was canceled following layoffs at the station in September 2009.
- Doris Maria Bregolisse - weekends at 5:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m.; also reporter
- Klaudia Ceglarz - weeknights at 6:30 p.m.; also reporter
- Lauren Pullen - weekends at 5:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m.; also reporter
- Toby Tannas - weeknights at 11 p.m.
- Rick Webber - weeknights at 5 p.m.
- Duane English - meteorologist
- Gillianne Richards - substitute weather anchor
- Wesla Wong - meteorologist
- Tracy Kim Bonneau - Native correspondent
- Robert Buffam - North Okanagan reporter
- Blaine Gaffney - general assignment reporter
- Kelly Hayes - general assignment reporter
- Barry McDivitt - general assignment reporter
- Jessica Samuels - general assignment reporter
- Eric Szeto - South Okanagan reporter
Former on-air staff
- Jonathan Glasgow (now at CKCK in Regina)
- April Lawrence (now at CHEK in Victoria, British Columbia)
- Cort Smith
- Megan Turcato
- Julia Wong (now at CIHF in Halifax)
- Mike Roberts - former lead weather anchor (Retired)
|Station||City of license||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates||Digital/Analog||CRTC Application|
|CHBC-DT-1||Penticton||32 (UHF)||3 kW||365.3 m||Digital|||
|CHBC-DT-2||Vernon||20 (UHF)||3 kW||184.6 m||Digital|
|CHBC-TV-3||Oliver||8 (VHF)||0.22 kW||-76 m||Analog|
|CHBC-TV-4||Salmon Arm||9 (VHF)||0.486 kW||-302.8 m||Analog|
|CHBC-TV-5||Enderby||16 (UHF)||2.4 kW||-220.1 m||Analog|
|CHBC-TV-6||Celista||3 (VHF)||0.009 kW||NA||Analog|
|CHBC-TV-7||Penticton||7 (VHF)||0.005 kW||NA||Analog|
|CHBC-TV-8||Canoe||6 (VHF)||0.009 kW||NA||Analog|
|CHBC-TV-9||Apex Mountain||13 (VHF)||0.001 kW||NA||Analog|
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||1080i||16:9||CHBC||Main CHBC-DT programming / Global|
On October 15, 2012, CHBC flash cut its digital signal into operation for its main Kelowna transmitters, and its rebroadcasters in Penticton and Vernon. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the virtual channel on CHBC-DT's main transmitter as 2.2.
All of station's transmitters must begin broadcasting in digital before August 31, 2016, as part of a promise Shaw made to the CRTC during its acquisition of Canwest.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-25
- Don Plant, Fade to black, Kelowna Daily Courier, November 13, 2008. Accessed online August 22, 2010.
- "Canwest may sell TV stations". cbc.ca, February 5, 2009.
- "Canwest closing TV stations in Alberta, B.C.". cbc.ca, July 22, 2009.
- Clark, Andrew (October6, 2009). "Canwest Global Communications files for bankruptcy protection". The Guardian (England). Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- Shaw Completes Purchase of Canwest Broadcasting Assets Marketwire press release 2010-10-10
- CHBC News @ 5 Returns to Global Okanagan, Broadcaster Magazine, July 6, 2011.
- Global Okanagan - Personalities
- RabbitEars TV Query for CHBC
- SHAW IS UPGRADING ITS OVER-THE-AIR TELEVISION TO DIGITAL
- Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)
- Global Okanagan
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CHBC-TV History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHBC-DT
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CHBC