|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 12.1 (PSIP)
|Translators||4 CHEX-TV-1 Bancroft|
|Owner||Corus Entertainment, Inc.
(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 (1955-2013)|
|Transmitter power||20 kW|
CHEX-DT is a privately owned television station in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, serving as an affiliate of CBC Television. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter on Television Hill just outside Peterborough, Ontario.
Owned by Corus Entertainment, its studios are located on Monaghan Road (near Rose Avenue) in the southend of Peterborough. CHEX can be seen on Cogeco channel 2/HD 902, channel 348 (classic) / 48 (advanced) on Shaw Direct and channel 217 on Bell TV.
CHEX-TV first began broadcasting on March 26, 1955, with an NHL ice hockey game. It was founded by a media partnership that already published the Peterborough Examiner newspaper and owned radio station CHEX. The partnership included politician Rupert Davies, who was also involved in a similar arrangement in Kingston that established CKWS-TV. Since April 13, 2000, it has been owned by Canadian media conglomerate Corus Entertainment.
Because of its unique status, CHEX-TV has been frequently used during Hockey Night in Canada to air alternate games. During the 1970s and 80s, CHEX would often select Montreal Canadiens games over the geographically closer Toronto Maple Leafs. In recent years, CHEX and CHEX-TV-2 have been also used by the CBC as an overflow channel for its regional coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs—in the event that a playoff game that CBC owns the rights to occurs at the same time as another game of greater national interest, due to the aforementioned availability of CBLT on cable. For example, on April 21, 2009, CHEX was the only CBC station to carry a playoff game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, while the rest of the network carried a game between the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks. This occurred again on April 18, 2011 when CHEX showed a playoff game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning while the rest of the CBC network carried a Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens game. This happened one more time on April 16, 2012 when CHEX showed a playoff game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals while the rest of the CBC network carried a New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators game. Affected games have also been broadcast online on the CBC Sports website.
CHEX-TV-2 in the Durham Region, formerly a semi-satellite, is branded as Channel 12 Television. This separate station has its own facilities and staff and now airs a different schedule from the Peterborough station, including its own news programs. CHEX originally operated two rebroadcast transmitters on 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. The Oshawa transmitter was added in 1992 in order to overcome an impaired signal for Channel 12 in that area, and began airing separate programming a year later.
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. newscasts are replaced with CBLT's CBC News: Toronto at Six, with its other newscasts replaced with special programming).
- Keri Ferguson - weeknights at 6 p.m.; also producer
- Jaye Makinson - weeknights at 6 and producer/anchor at 11 p.m.
- Teresa Kaszuba - host of The 5 O'Clock Show (weeknights at 5 p.m.); also producer
- Michelle Ferreri - host of The 5 O'Clock Show (weeknights at 5 p.m.); also producer
- Graham Hart - weeknights at 11 p.m.; also producer
- Mike Judson - weather analyst; weeknights at 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.
- Tyler Calver - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Melody Belfry
- Greg Davis
- Mark Giunta
- Steve Guthrie
- Meaghan Roy
- Pamela VanMeer
- Kevin Wheeler
- Caley Bedore
- Rita Nave
- Dan Nyznik
- Nikki Jhutti
- Patrick Choi
Digital television and high definition
As of September 2011, CHEX-TV has 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 digital HDTV service to Peterborough (Cogeco) cable subscribers 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.
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