|Vancouver, British Columbia
|Branding||Omni British Columbia (general)
Omni News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 42 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||42.1 Omni Television|
|Translators||CHNM-DT-1 29 Victoria
|Affiliations||Omni Television (O&O; 2008–present)|
(Rogers Broadcasting Ltd)
|First air date||June 27, 2003|
|Call letters' meaning||CHaNnel M (former branding)|
|Sister station(s)||TV: CKVU-DT
Radio: CKWX, CKLG-FM, CFUN-FM
|Former callsigns||CHNM-TV (2003–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
42 (UHF, 2003–2011)
|Former affiliations||Independent (2003–2008)|
|Transmitter power||CHNM-DT: 8.3 kW
CHNM-DT-1: 2.75 kW
|Height||CHNM-DT: 670 m
CHNM-DT-1: 99.6 m
CHNM-DT, virtual channel 42 (UHF digital channel 20), is an Omni Television owned-and-operated television station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The station is owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications, as part of a twinstick with City owned-and-operated station CKVU-DT (channel 10). The two stations share studios on West 2nd Avenue and Columbia Street (near False Creek) in Downtown Vancouver, CHNM maintains transmitter facilities located atop Mount Seymour.
On cable, the station is also available on Shaw Cable channel 8 (in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland) or 10 (in Victoria and Vancouver Island); Telus Optik TV channel 8 (in Vancouver and Victoria); and Rogers Cable (corporate sister through parent company Rogers Communications) channel 170 (through the East Coast). On satellite, CHNM is also available on Telus Satellite TV channel 254 and Bell TV channel 254. There is also a high definition feed on Shaw Cable digital channel 214, Telus Optik TV channel 617 and Telus Satellite TV channel 1155.
Rogers Communications had made several attempts to launch a multicultural station in Vancouver similar to its successful CFMT in Toronto. Unsuccessful applications to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) were made in 1996 and again in 1999.
Asked by the federal cabinet to pursue the matter further, in 2002, the commission asked for new applications for a Vancouver multicultural station and received two – from Rogers and Multivan Broadcast, a newly formed consortium of local investors. The licence went to Multivan, with the CRTC citing its local ownership as one of the reasons for the decision. The station first signed on the air on June 27, 2003; branded on-air as "channel m," CHNM originally operated from studio facilities located at the intersection of Pender and Columbia Streets in Vancouver's Chinatown. In the mid-2000s, CHNM previously produced several station IDs and programme promos using a diversity theme to capitalize on the station's former slogan "Diversity Lives Here," these including spots featuring Chinese lion dancers that emerge from their lion costume with their faces painted in orange and white, the colours of the BC Lions franchise of the Canadian Football League, along with slogans supporting the team; a South Asian dancer who performs her routine to the Channel M jingle, then breaks into a Country and Western dance; and a leather-clad Sikh motorcyclist who boards his bike to the Channel M jingle, arranged and performed in a style mixing ZZ Top-style blues rock with East Indian music.
Following a failed 2007 bid for the multicultural licences in Calgary and Edmonton, which were awarded to Rogers, Multivan announced an agreement to sell CHNM to Rogers in July of that year. The sale was approved by the CRTC on March 31, 2008, and was finalized on April 30, 2008. With Rogers' recent acquisition of Citytv station CKVU-TV (channel 10) and the resulting sale of religious station CHNU-TV (channel 66, formerly branded as "Omni.10") to S-VOX, the Omni Television brand moved to CHNM on September 1, 2008.
CHNM migrated its operations into sister station CKVU's studio facilities at 180 West 2nd Avenue (near the Vancouver Olympic Village) on September 7, 2010. CHNM won its first-ever Jack Webster Foundation Award for Excellence in Chinese Language Reporting, for a multi-part feature on the topic of earthquake preparedness.
Along with carrying local newscasts, several independently produced magazine and entertainment programs are created in-house as well. Currently these programs include German Today, Chai Time (Live Punjabi), Mandarin Magazine and World Beats (an English language world music video programme). The station also airs popular English-language programs such as The Price Is Right, The Simpsons and Two and a Half Men alongside its multicultural programming.
CHNM-DT presently broadcasts 12½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 2½ hours on weekdays); the station does not produce newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. The station airs daily newscasts in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi. The station also produced Korean and Tagalog newscasts but this has since been discontinued.
CHNM's newscasts were known as Channel M News from 2003 to 2008. During those years, the station also had a reciprocal agreement with Vancouver's CTV station CIVT-TV, which allowed the two stations to share news resources. The station's newscasts were rebranded as Omni News in September 2008 following the approval of its sale to Rogers, and its news sharing agreement with CIVT was also terminated.
The station also produced weekly phone-in programs in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi under Multivan ownership; these programs were cancelled after the station was rebranded as Omni. In September 2012, CHNM began operating a news bureau in Victoria; the team includes bureau chief and political expert Kim Emerson.
Current on-air staff
- Omni News: Mandarin Edition – weeknights at 8:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Anchor: Bowen Zhang (張博)
- Reporters: Lisa Wu, Tina Song
- Omni News: Cantonese Edition – weeknights at 8:30 p.m.
- Anchor: Karen So (蘇嘉欣)
- Reporters: Fiona Law, Catherine Chan, Otto Tang
- Omni News: Punjabi Edition – weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Anchor: Jasdip Wahla (ਜਸ੍ਡਿਪ੍ ਓਹ੍ਲ)
- Reporters: Baldeep Singh Jhand, Prabhjot Kahlon, Dilbar Kang, Tarannum Thind
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|42.1||1080i||16:9||CHNM-DT||Main CHNM-DT programming / Omni Television|
CHNM began broadcasting its digital signal on December 17, 2009, operating at reduced power. On February 12, 2010, the CRTC approved an application to increase CHNM-DT's maximum effective power to 8.3 kilowatts. The station initially broadcast its digital signal in the 4:3 picture format (480p upconverted to 1080i), it was converted to the 16:9 format and 1080i resolution on April 26, 2011. CHNM shut down its analogue signal, over UHF channel 42, on August 31, 2011, the official date in which Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CHNM-DT's virtual channel as its analogue-era UHF channel 42. The station flash cut its Victoria transmitter from analog to digital signal prior to August 31, 2011.
- Decision CRTC 97-39, 31 January 1997 - CIVT (now a CTV station) was licensed instead.
- Decision CRTC 2000-219, 6 July 2000 - CIVI (now a CTV Two station) and CHNU (now a Joytv station) were licensed.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-39, 14 February 2002
- CRTC Decision 2008-72
- CRTC Approves Rogers Acquisition of channel m
- "Multi-TV". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
- RabbitEars TV Query for CHNM-DT
- Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)
- CHNM-DT ("Omni British Columbia") official website
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CHNM-DT History
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