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CHEK-DT
CHEK 2009.svg
Victoria/Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada
City of license Victoria, British Columbia
Branding CHEK (general)
CHEK News (news)
Slogan Your Island's Own
Channels Digital: 49 (UHF)
Virtual: 6.1 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 Main programming
Translators see below
Affiliations Independent (2009–present)
Owner CHEK Media Group
(0859291 B.C. Ltd.)
First air date December 1, 1956
Call letters' meaning CHEcK
Former callsigns CKTV-TV (prior to launch)
CHEK-TV (1956–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1956–2011)
Former affiliations CBC (1956–1981)
CTV (secondary, 1963–1981; primary, 1981–2001)
CH / E! (2001–2009)
Transmitter power 28 kW
Height 480.0 m
Transmitter coordinates 48°46′27″N 123°10′15″W / 48.77417°N 123.17083°W / 48.77417; -123.17083
Licensing authority CRTC
Website www.cheknews.ca

CHEK-DT, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 22), is an independent television station located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, which serves the southwestern part of the province (including Metro Vancouver). The station is owned by the CHEK Media Group, a consortium made up of station employees and local investors. CHEK maintains studio facilities located on Kings Road in Victoria, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Warburton Pike on Saturna Island. On cable, the station is also available on Shaw Cable channel 6 and Bell TV channel 255. On satellite, the station is available on Shaw Direct Classic tier channel 358 or Advanced tier channel 007. There is also a high definition feed available on Shaw Cable digital channel 215, and Shaw Direct Classic tier channel 005 and Advanced tier channel 505.

History[edit]

CBC and CTV affiliation[edit]

CHEK's first logo, used from 1956 to the early 1960s

The station first signed on the air on December 1, 1956. Originally operating as a CBC affiliate, it was founded by David Armstrong, owner of local radio station CKDA (1280 AM, now CJZN-FM on 91.3); Armstrong originally applied to assign the CKTV call letters for the station, which was changed to CHEK-TV prior to the station's sign-on. Its original studio facilities were located on Epsom Drive in Saanich. Initially, the radio and television stations shared staff such as Andy Steven (who was CHEK's first news director) and Kieth MacKenzie (who served as its sports director). CHEK was the only local television station that operated on Vancouver Island for many years, until CHUM Limited signed on CIVI-TV (channel 53) in October 2001. The station was the first (and is currently the oldest) privately owned television station in British Columbia (only CBC owned-and-operated station CBUT-DT (channel 2) in Vancouver has been on the air longer, having signed on in December 1953).

CHEK logo used from early 1960s to 1963; it is the first known usage of a "check mark" as the station's logo.
CHAN-TV and CHEK-TV shared this logo in the 1960s; it was often used when the two stations' simulcasted programming.

In 1963, the station was purchased by businessman Frank Griffiths, who also owned Vancouver CTV affiliate CHAN-TV (channel 8, now a Global owned-and-operated station). By September of that year, CHEK's schedule consisted of some CTV programming and simulcasts of CHAN-originated shows mixed in with the CBC network schedule, along with CHEK-based local productions and syndicated programs not aired on CHAN; this setup continued into the late 1960s and early 1970s, when CHAN started to timeshift network programs. CHEK would also air CBC programs during the afternoon and primetime while running CTV shows such as University of the Air and Canada AM in the morning (simulcast with CHAN).

In 1972, CHEK, which had simulcast CHAN's News Hour since the Griffiths purchase (and would continue to do so until 2001), began producing its own news programme, the Vancouver Island News Hour. It aired at 5:30 p.m. before the CHAN News Hour simulcast, and at 11:15 p.m. following CBC's The National. At one point in time, CHEK used the same Pacific dogwood logo as CHAN, but later reverted to using its own logo.

CHEK logo used from 1976 to 1978.

Beginning around the 1978-79 television season, CHEK gradually added more CTV programs during the primetime hours (which were timeshifted from their airings on CHAN). On January 5, 1981, when CBUT launched repeater stations in Sooke and Mount McDonald, CHEK disaffiliated from CBC and became a full-time CTV station.

Logo from 1978 to early 1980s. A variant of BCTV's dogwood logo was used from in the early 70s and early 80s.

In 1982, Western International Communications (WIC) acquired a 59% interest in CHEK and CHAN. WIC bought the remaining 41% interest from Selkirk Communications in 1989, when that company sold most of its broadcasting assets. On January 8, 1984, CHEK moved its operations from its original studios in Saanich to its present location at 780 Kings Road, a studio facility which was originally slated to used by a proposed CBC Television station that had been planned for the Victoria area (which ultimately never signed on due to lack of funding).

CHEK logo used from the mid-1990s to 1997, meant to resemble a checkerboard.
CHEK logo used from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Until 2001, CHEK also broadcast many of the same programs as CHAN on a timeshifted basis; as with CHAN, this consisted of a mixture of CTV network programming and WIC-owned programming (usually drawn from the schedule of CHCH in Hamilton), although the WIC programming usually differed from that aired on CHAN. The launch of Baton Broadcasting-owned CIVT (channel 32) in 1997 further complicated the distribution of CTV network programming in southwestern British Columbia, with CIVT becoming the area's third station (after CHAN and CHEK) to carry CTV programming. However, after CHAN strengthened its own morning newscast around 2000, CHEK became the only station in the province that aired Canada AM, as CIVT aired its own local morning news programme.

Canwest takes ownership[edit]

Last logo before becoming part of CH, used from 1997 to 2001. For logos used as CH and E!, see E! (Canada).

CHEK came under the ownership of Canwest in 2000 after that company acquired WIC.[1] This acquisition set off a major affiliation switch among the Vancouver-Victoria market's television stations in 2001, with both CHEK and CHAN disaffiliating from CTV, and CIVT becoming the sole CTV station in British Columbia. CHAN and CHEK's affiliation agreements with CTV were originally due to end in 2000; they were extended to expire on September 1, 2001 in view of the uncertainty surrounding the local media landscape.[2]

After disaffiliating from CTV, CHEK became part of Canwest's new CH system. It rebranded as "CH Vancouver Island", and took on a schedule similar to that of Hamilton sister CHCH. CHEK aired 15 to 20 hours of local news programming each week, and often programs that were usually shown on CHAN were moved to accommodate its news programming. It also took the sports highlight and discussion programme Sports Page from former Global owned-and-operated station CKVU (channel 10), however CHAN continued to produce the programme until its cancellation in September 2005.

The logo used for newscasts since 2007. It was the de facto branding of the station from 2007 to 2009.

CHEK celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006; as part of the celebration, it aired vignettes of past station promos from the pre-CH era during commercial breaks. Another short vignette was also introduced consisting of CHEK's logos and station IDs through the years, from its original logo in 1956 to its then-current logo as "CH Vancouver Island". On September 7, 2007, the station's newscasts were retitled CHEK News, a partial reversal of the current trend for Canadian television networks and systems to solely use their branding for their owned-and-operated stations, as a result of the rebranding of CH to E!. Programming on CHEK outside of local newscasts were branded simply as "E!". On January 3, 2009, CHEK began simulcasting CHAN's broadcast of Global National at 5:30 p.m., the first time that CHEK had simulcast its former sister station's programming since the September 2001 affiliation switch.

Ownership by CHEK Media Group[edit]

On February 5, 2009, Canwest announced it would explore "strategic options", including a possible sale of the stations, for CHEK and its other E! owned-and-operated stations, on the basis that "a second conventional TV network [was] no longer key to the long-term success" of the company.[3]

On July 22, 2009, after failing to find a buyer, Canwest announced it would be shutting down CHEK on August 31, 2009, issuing layoff notices to the station's staff. This would have resulted in CIVI-TV becoming the only remaining television station to serve the Victoria area.[4][5][6][7] Shortly after the announcement was made, CHEK employees announced a proposal to acquire a 25% interest in the station and find local investors to acquire the remaining 75%,[8] and organized a campaign to support the plan and save channel 6. On August 27, 2009, station employees announced that they had raised $2.5 million for the buyout plan; however, the following day, Canwest announced that the employee buyout did not meet company guidelines to keep the station on the air, and that the station had no programming and advertising lined up beyond August 31, at which date Canwest would permanently shut down the station.[9] CHEK would have closed down following the late newscast that night, after a retrospective on the station's history.

However on August 31, 2009, during its 5:00 p.m. newscast, the station announced that its shutdown would be put on hold, and that it would continue broadcasting while negotiations between Canwest and the prospective new owners continued. Facing a new deadline of September 4, Canwest announced on that date that it had reached a deal to sell the station to CHEK's employees and several local investors, through a consortium known as CHEK Media Group, for $2.[10] Canwest would continue to provide transitional support for CHEK, including providing certain programming, allowing the use of its Vancouver studios, and leasing, at "favourable rates," the 780 Kings Road studios to the new owners with the assumption of various station liabilities. The sale was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on November 9.[11][12] After the sale's announcement, station manager John Pollard revealed to CBC News that CHEK would operate as an independent station (one of two such stations in Canada that began as a CBC Television affiliate, and then later a CTV affiliate, alongside CJON-DT in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador), with no plans to simulcast any American programs.

CHEK Media Group took control of the station's programming on that date'[13] the station also disaffiliated from E! (which shut down a few days prior), and adopted a new schedule that included a mix of movies and older programming (both Canadian and American in origin), syndicated programming and a greater emphasis on local newscasts (including a new 10:00 p.m. newscast that debuted on September 1), and reverted to branding itself as simply "CHEK".[14][15] With no plans to simulcast U.S. programming at some point, CHEK would add, in sparse amounts, additional programming during the 2009-10 season, including Let's Get It On, a mixed martial arts programme; Ed the Sock's This Movie Sucks!, a movie show featuring the former MuchMusic character alongside co-host Liana Kerzner and comedian Ron Sparks; and infomercials.

The station later reversed its stance on running recent American programs; in September 2010, CHEK, for the first time since it came under the employee/investor control, began airing American network television series. Many of the programs that were added to the schedule (including Smallville, Supernatural, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Chuck and 60 Minutes) were previously carried in the Vancouver/Victoria market on CHNU-DT (channel 66) and on cable through Toronto/Hamilton independent station CKXT-TV (that station's owner, Quebecor, was in the process of replacing that station's licence with one for an all-news cable channel; Quebecor shut down the station and relinquished the CKXT license to the CRTC in 2011).[16] The station also acquired I Hate Hollywood, a programme produced by CHCH-DT, which picked up all of the mentioned programs.[17] On January 25, 2013, CHEK began sharing space with local radio station CBCV-FM, which migrated its operations into the television station's Kings Road studios.

News operation[edit]

CHEK-DT presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays and an hour on Saturdays and Sundays); in addition, the station also produces news updates between entertainment programs at the top of each hour between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. each weekday. Unlike most news-producing television stations in major Canadian markets, the station does not broadcast a late evening newscast on weekends (its only weekend news programme is a half-hour 5:00 p.m. newscast). In addition, the station produces the half-hour public affairs programme CHEK Point. CHEK-TV uses shoots on DVC-Pro tapes for all its programming and pre-recorded segments during its newscasts.

Longtime news anchor Hudson Mack left CHEK in 2004, after 19 years at the station, following his appointment as news director at CIVI effective September 1 (Mack later became anchor of that station's 5:00 p.m. newscast the following month on October 11). To replace Mack, Sophie Lui returned to the station from CHAN-TV and was paired with former CIVT Victoria bureau chief Ed Watson as the station's main anchors. On August 25, 2008, production for CHEK's newscasts migrated from Victoria to CHAN's facility in Burnaby with the addition of a new virtual set, and a launch of a new programme, CHEK News: Island 30 – which focused on news stories outside of Victoria. The programme was retooled months later into a newsmagazine and renamed to simply Island 30. Longtime CHAN anchor Tony Parsons joined CHEK on March 15, 2010, as anchor of CHEK's 10:00 p.m. newscast;[18] Parsons had earlier stepped down as anchor at CHAN after a 35-year run as anchor of its News Hour supper hour broadcast on December 16, 2009.[19]

In April 2010, CHEK entered into a news share agreement with the CBC, in which the station and CBC Television's Vancouver O&O CBUT would share news content, staff and resources. Parsons also joined the CBC to anchor CBUT's 90-minute early evening newscast, CBC News: Vancouver, resulting in him flying to Victoria after that programme to anchor CHEK's 10:00 p.m. newscast. A simulcast of the 6:00 p.m. half-hour of CBC News: Vancouver was also added to CHEK's schedule on that date. On June 15, 2012, Parsons relinquished his duties on the 10:00 p.m., while remaining lead anchor of the 6:00 p.m. half-hour of the CBUT newscast; a rotation of anchors and reporters temporarily replaced Parsons as 10:00 p.m. anchor.[20]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • News Hour (1968–2001?; early evening newscast)
  • Noon News Hour (1970s?; noon newscast)
  • Early News (1980s?; 5 p.m. newscast)
  • Morning News (1990s?; morning newscast)
  • Wake Up! (1997–2001; morning newscast)
  • CHEK-TV News (1997–2001)[21]
  • CH News (2001–2007)[22]
  • CHEK News (2007–present)[23]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Island Television, Channel 6 from Victoria" (1981?)
  • "Changing, You Belong!" (1985?)
  • "Come on Over! CHEK 6 First" (1986–1997?)
  • "It's Here" (1998–2001)
  • "CH Has it All" (2001–2005)
  • "Closer to You!" (2001–2007)
  • "Everything Entertainment" (2007–2009; localized version of E! ad campaign)
  • "Your Island's Own" (2007–present)

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[24][edit]

Anchors
  • Jim Beatty - weeknights at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Dana Hutchings - host of CHEK Point; also general assignment reporter
  • April Lawrence - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Stacy Ross - weekdays at noon
  • Skye Ryan - weekends at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tess van Straaten - fill-in anchor; also general assignment reporter
Weather team
  • Ed Bain - weather anchor; weeknights at 5:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Gordie Tupper - weather anchor; weekdays at noon and CHEK News Update (weekdays from 1:00-1:30, 2:00-2:30 and 3:00-3:30 p.m.)
  • Tess van Straaten - weather anchor; weekends at 5:00 p.m.
Sports team
  • Jeff King - sports director; weeknights at 5:00 p.m., and co-host of Game On!
  • Shaheed Devji - sports anchor; weeknights at 10:00 and weekends at 5:00 p.m., and co-host of Game On!
  • Mike Walker - sports reporter and substitute sports anchor, co-host of Game On!
Reporters
  • Stephen Andrew - general assignment reporter
  • Jonathan Bartlett - general assignment reporter
  • Veronica Cooper - general assignment reporter; also fill-in weather anchor
  • Shaheed Devji - general assignment reporter
  • Erin Glazier - general assignment reporter
  • Mary Griffin - general assignment reporter
  • Kendall Hanson - Mid-Vancouver Island video journalist
  • Bruce Kirkpatrick - senior reporter
  • Monica Martinez - video journalist; also fill-in anchor
  • Andy Neal - fill-in reporter and anchor
  • Skye Ryan - general assignment reporter
  • Cort Smith - general assignment reporter
  • Dean Stoltz - North Vancouver Island video journalist
  • Gordie Tupper - general assignment reporter
  • Keith Vass - general assignment reporter
  • Mike Walker - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Programming[edit]

As an independent station, CHEK's programming features a mix of newscasts and other locally produced programs, syndicated programming, movies and infomercials.

Past local programming[edit]

The following is a partial list of local programs that formerly aired on CHEK:

  • At Eleven (talk)
  • Barton & Company (talk)
  • BC Business Spotlight (business news)
  • Body Moves (exercise)
  • Capital Comment (political affairs)
  • CH News at Noon (news)
  • CHEK Around (lifestyles)
  • CHEK at Noon (news & lifestyles)
  • Club Six (teen dance show)
  • Daily Edition (news)
  • Daybreak (variety)
  • For The Record (political affairs)
  • Foufouli (children)
  • GetConnected TV (lifestyle)
  • GO! Magazine (lifestyles)
  • Government Street (political affairs)
  • Island Country Garden (gardening)
  • Island Places, Island Faces (lifestyles)
  • Island Good Morning (talk)
  • Island Morning (talk)
  • Island News Report (news)
  • Island Sports Report (sports highlights)
  • Learning for Leisure (educational)
  • Maturity: The Golden Years (seniors' issues & lifestyles)
  • Mixed Company (current affairs)
  • Nanaimo Report (news)
  • Newscience (science and factoids)
  • Now Playing, with Howard Markson (film reviews, entertainment)
  • Shake It Up (teen dance show)
  • Sports Page (sports highlights - produced at CHAN-TV)
  • Student Forum (student issues)
  • Talk Back (current affairs call-in)
  • The Ida Clarkson Show (talk)
  • The Noon Show (news and talk)
  • The Senior Chef (cooking)
  • Tyabji (current affairs call-in)
  • Vancouver Canucks hockey (sports)
  • Vancouver Grizzlies basketball (sports)
  • Victoria Scene (arts and entertainment magazine)
  • Wake Up (morning newscast)
  • What's Cooking (cooking)
  • Woman to Woman (women's issues)
  • World of Travel (travel)

Notable past foreign programming[edit]

  • From August 1995 to August 1999, CHEK carried the Late Show with David Letterman weekday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. Other channels that have carried the talk show, including originating U.S. network CBS, have aired the programme in the late evening (11:35 p.m. Eastern Time/Pacific Time Zone|Pacific Time]]).

Broadcast format and technical information[edit]

CHEK-TV on FM[edit]

Before the transition from analogue to digital broadcasts, CHEK-TV's audio signal could be heard on the radio at 87.7 FM as the frequency range for analog channel 6 is located at the lower end of the FM broadcast band; due to technical limitations, CHEK's audio feed was transmitted at a slightly lower volume than other FM stations. The CHEK audio simulcast at 87.7 ended when the shut down its analogue transmitter on October 26, 2011, since digital television signals cannot be decoded by analog FM radio and because CHEK-DT occupies UHF channel 49, which cannot be normally received by FM radios.

Transmitters[edit]

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CHEK-TV-3 Port Alberni 11 (VHF) 0.01 kW N/A 49°17′4″N 124°43′20″W / 49.28444°N 124.72222°W / 49.28444; -124.72222 (CHEK-TV-3)
CHEK-TV-5 Campbell River 13 (VHF) 3 kW 455 m 49°44′54″N 125°14′58″W / 49.74833°N 125.24944°W / 49.74833; -125.24944 (CHEK-TV-5)
CHWM-TV-1 Whistler 18 (UHF) 0.001 kW N/A 50°7′18.84″N 123°1′26.4″W / 50.1219000°N 123.024000°W / 50.1219000; -123.024000 (CHWM-TV-1)

Note: On November 18, 2011, CHEK-TV received approval from the CRTC to shut down its Sooke transmitter.[25]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[26]
6.1 1080i 16:9 CHEK-HD Main CHEK-DT programming

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

CHEK flash cut its digital signal into operation, over UHF channel 49, on August 31, 2011, the official date in which Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts.[27] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CHEK-DT's virtual channel as its analog-era VHF channel 6. Due to technical issues with the digital transmitter, the analogue transmitter did not shut down until October 26, 2011; it was the last television station in the Vancouver-Victoria market to continue operating its main analogue transmitter, making Calgary the largest market in Western Canada to have an analogue station operate over-the-air and also unseating Edmonton as Canada's second-largest market to have all of its stations convert to digital-only broadcasts. While all Vancouver and Victoria area television stations continued operating analogue signals until August 31, CHEK-TV was the only such station in the Vancouver/Victoria market, as all of the other transmitters in these markets shut down as required by 12:00 a.m. on September 1, 2011. KVOS-TV (channel 12) in nearby Bellingham, Washington was the first television station that served Vancouver to shut down its analogue signal on February 17, 2009.

CHEK-TV was not the last analogue transmitter to shut down as part of Canada's August 31, 2011 digital conversion deadline in mandatory markets. A handful of other transmitters in Canada were also late to shut down, though unlike CHEK-DT, the other stations did not have their digital transmitters on-air by August 31, 2011.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CRTC approves sale of WIC Western International to CanWest, Leanne Yohemas-Hayes, Canadian Press. Accessed online September 5, 2009 (via Friends of Canadian Broadcasting).
  2. ^ Public Notice CRTC 2000-94, July 6, 2000. Accessed online September 5, 2009.
  3. ^ "Canwest may sell TV stations". cbc.ca, February 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Canwest closing TV stations in Alberta, B.C.". cbc.ca, July 22, 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.viewers.ca/discuss/showthread.php?t=3578
  6. ^ 'A' | NEWS | Victoria's Longest Running TV Station Fades to Black www.atv.ca, July 22, 2009.
  7. ^ 'A' | NEWS | Reaction To CHEK Closure Comes Swiftly www.atv.ca, July 22, 2009.
  8. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2009/08/12/bc-ckek-tv-employee-offer.html
  9. ^ The Victoria Times Colonist: "CHEK TV employee bid fails to save local station", 8/28/2009.
  10. ^ Employees buy CanWest TV station in Victoria for $2
  11. ^ http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-699.htm
  12. ^ "Local investors, staff buy CHEK", from Victoria Times-Colonist, September 5, 2009
  13. ^ "CHEK employee group has plan to save local TV", from cbcnews.ca, September 9, 2009.
  14. ^ CHEK signoff - 10 pm PDT - Liveblog
  15. ^ CHEK TV staying on air for at least one more day
  16. ^ Channel Zero loads up on U.S. network series, THR, 14 June 2010
  17. ^ ed the sock
  18. ^ Legendary broadcaster Tony Parsons makes his debut as an Island anchor Monday - Times-Colonist
  19. ^ Tony Parsons and Global News part ways - Vancouver Sun
  20. ^ Tony Parsons joins CBC News Vancouver
  21. ^ CHEK-TV News @ 5 - Opening 2001
  22. ^ CHEK - CH News Final - Opening 2001
  23. ^ CHEK News Open January 24 2009
  24. ^ Personalities, CHEKNews.ca
  25. ^ Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-109
  26. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CHEK
  27. ^ Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)

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