|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
|Translators||4 CHEX-TV-1 Bancroft|
|Affiliations||CBC Television (1955–present)
(will switch to CTV on August 31, 2015)
(591989 B.C. Ltd.)
|First air date||March 25, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||CH Peterborough EXaminer (former owner, local newspaper)|
|Sister station(s)||CKRU-FM, CKWF-FM|
|Former callsigns||CHEX-TV (1955–2013)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 12 (VHF, 1955–2013)|
|Transmitter power||20 kW|
CHEX-DT, VHF analogue and digital channel 12, is a CBC Television-affiliated television station located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Owned by Corus Entertainment, CHEX maintains studio facilities located on Monaghan Road (near Rose Avenue) in the southern portion of Peterborough; and its transmitter is located on Television Hill, just outside Peterborough. CHEX is available on Cogeco Cable channel 2 in standard definition and digital channel 902 in high definition; Shaw Direct channel 48 on the advanced tier and channel 348 on the classic tier; and Bell TV channel 217.
The station first signed on the air on March 26, 1955; its inaugural broadcast was an NHL ice hockey game. CHEX was founded by a media partnership that already published the Peterborough Examiner newspaper and owned radio station CHEX (now CKRU). The partnership included politician Rupert Davies, who was also involved in a similar arrangement in Kingston that established CKWS-TV. The Davies family sold its media interests to Power Corporation of Canada in 1976. On April 13, 2000, the station was acquired by Canadian media conglomerate Corus Entertainment.
For decades, cable systems in Peterborough have carried CBC flagship CBLT in Toronto alongside CHEX. Due to this unique situation, CHEX-TV has been frequently used during Hockey Night in Canada to air alternate games. During the 1970s and 1980s, CHEX would often air games from the Montreal Canadiens over the geographically closer Toronto Maple Leafs. During the 2000s and early 2010s, CHEX was been also used by the CBC as an overflow channel for its regional coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs—in the event of scheduling conflicts between games in series which CBC holds rights to, the game of greater national interest is carried across the network, while the other game is carried exclusively by CHEX, and simulcast on the CBC Sports website. This practice ended following the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, as the CBC's rights are now sub-licensed from Rogers Communications and any conflicting games are simply reassigned to other Rogers-owned channels.
CHEX originally operated two rebroadcast transmitters on VHF channels 2 and 10, in Bancroft and Minden, respectively. The Bancroft transmitter, still on the air today, switched to Channel 4 before Global station CKGN-TV established a transmitter there on Channel 2 in 1974. The Minden transmitter switched to Channel 7 at some point, and shut down in the early or mid-1980s. In 1992, CHEX-TV-2 in Oshawa signed on as a semi-satellite of CHEX. That transmitter was added in order to overcome an impaired signal for Channel 12 in that area. CHEX long claimed Oshawa and the Durham Region as part of its primary coverage area, even though it is part of the Greater Toronto Area. The Oshawa station began airing separate programming a year later. It has its own facilities and staff and now airs a different schedule from the Peterborough station, including its own news programs.
On May 20, 2015, Corus and Bell Media announced an agreement whereby Corus' CBC affiliates, including CHEX, would leave the public network after 60 years and affiliate with CTV. The affiliation switch will take effect on August 31, 2015. Most TV service providers serving the region already carry CBLT, and any that do not will have to add a CBC affiliate such as CBLT to their basic services in order to comply with CRTC regulations. CTV currently serves the market through a local rebroadcaster of the network's Toronto owned-and-operated station (O&O) CFTO-DT; the future of this transmitter is not yet known.
CHEX-TV currently broadcasts ten hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours each on weekdays); the station does not broadcast any newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. Local newscasts, branded as Newswatch, air weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., with repeats the next morning (on public holidays, CHEX's 6 p.m. newscast is replaced with CBC News: Toronto at Six by CBC Television's Toronto O&O CBLT-DT, with its other newscasts being replaced with special programming).
Digital television and high definition
As of September 2011, CHEX-TV had not yet begun broadcasting in digital. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has not listed Peterborough as one of its mandatory markets for analogue television shutdown and digital conversion, and therefore CHEX-TV was not required to convert to digital transmissions on the transition date of August 31, 2011.
CHEX-TV began offering a high definition feed on Cogeco Cable in the Peterborough area in November 2010. Over-the-air digital broadcasts were tentatively planned to commence on May 9, 2013, but the station was delayed a few days in converting to digital operations. CHEX's high definition signal is not currently available via either Bell TV or Shaw Direct.
CHEX made the switch from analogue to digital on May 9, 2013.
- "Local TV landscape changes as CHEX strikes deal with CTV". Peterborough Examiner. May 20, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- Corus Entertainment (2015-05-20). "Corus Entertainment's Eastern Ontario Television Channels Enter into a Program Supply Agreement with Bell Media to Broadcast CTV Programming". Retrieved 2015-05-20.
- "Broadcast Distribution Regulations (ss. 17(d) and 17(f))". Justice Laws Website. Department of Justice (Canada). 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
- Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-167
- CHEX-TV. "High Definition TV at CHEX TV". Retrieved 2012-04-12.
- "CHEX-TV making switch to digital transmission from analog on May 9". Peterborough Examiner. April 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- CHEX Television
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CHEX-TV History
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