|Branding||Channel 12 Durham|
|Channels||Analog: 22 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||CBC Television (1992–present)|
(591989 B.C. Ltd.)
|First air date||1992[specify] (as transmitter of CHEX-TV)|
|Transmitter power||5.5 kW|
CHEX-TV-2, UHF analogue channel 22, is a low-powered CBC Television-affiliated television station serving the Durham Regional Municipality that is licensed to Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The station is owned by Corus Entertainment. CHEX-TV-2 maintains studio facilities located on Simcoe Street (just north of King Street) in Downtown Oshawa, and its transmitter is located on Enfield Road in Clarington. Known on-air as "Channel 12 Durham", the branding is derived from CHEX-TV-2's primary cable position in Oshawa on Rogers Cable; the station is also available on Rogers Cable digital channel 129 in the Greater Toronto Area.
Oshawa, although larger in population density than Peterborough, had not been granted a television station in the original channel assignments issued during the 1950s. Instead, the city was folded into the Toronto market. CHEX-TV-2 signed on the air in 1992, when CHEX-TV in Peterborough began relaying its programming on a new rebroadcast transmitter in Oshawa; prior to 1988, the VHF channel 12 allocation had been used by a Toronto area rebroadcaster of CIII-TV.
In 1993, the Oshawa transmitter became a semi-satellite with some slight differences in local programming. By the early 2000s, the station had adopted a very different schedule; for instance, the station produces a separate local newscast, Studio 12 News and current affairs program In Depth with Dan Carter, that are produced independently from the Peterborough station and focus on the Durham Region. The station remains affiliated with CBC Television despite the fact its signal overlaps with that of the network's Toronto owned-and-operated station CBLT-DT; as a result, the Toronto market is served by two CBC stations (the first since 1961, when CHCH-TV became an independent station).
Most of the CBC Television programs broadcast by CHEX-TV-2 includes the network's weekday children's block Kids' CBC, as well as primetime and weekend programs -- the rest of the station's schedule is filled with syndicated shows and local programming.
As with CHEX-TV in Peterborough, due to the station's overlapping coverage area with CBLT, CHEX-TV-2 is occasionally used to carry Stanley Cup Playoff games that CBC owns the rights to but which are not aired on any other CBC stations due to another game deemed to be of greater national interest occurring simultaneously, providing an option for viewers in the Greater Toronto Area that wish to see the secondary game without resorting to Internet streaming.
CHEX-2's current local programs are Studio 12 News, a 15-minute newscast that airs weekdays at 5 p.m., and In Depth with Dan Carter, which airs following the newscast at 5:15 p.m.
- Dan Carter - host of In Depth with Dan Carter; also executive producer
- Heather St. Amand - anchor; also assignment editor
- Donal Beattie - sports anchor
- Dan Malta - sports reporter
- Rita Nave - general assignment reporter
- Alex Simpson - news intern
Digital television and high definition
Despite serving part of the Greater Toronto Area, as an Oshawa-licensed station, CHEX-TV-2 was not required to participate in the August 31, 2011 digital switch for major markets, and thus is now the last remaining analogue television signal still operating in the GTA. However, a separate high-definition feed is available to Bell Fibe TV subscribers in its primary coverage area.
- Studio 12 News Bios
- "The Best TV programming package from Bell Fibe TV". Bell.ca. 2013-09-01. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- Channel 12 Durham
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHEX-TV-2
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