|Southwest British Columbia|
|City of license||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Branding||OMNI British Columbia|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 42.1 (PSIP)
|Translators||29 CHNM-DT-1 Victoria
(Rogers Broadcasting Ltd)
|First air date||June 27, 2003|
|Call letters' meaning||CHaNnel Multicultural|
|Sister station(s)||CKVU-DT, CKWX (AM), 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 kilowatts
CHNM-DT-1: 2.75 kilowatts
|Height||CHNM-DT: 670 metres
CHNM-DT-1: 99.6 metres
|Website||OMNI British Columbia|
CHNM-DT (branded on-air as OMNI British Columbia or simply OMNI) is an owned-and-operated station of the Omni Television multicultural system in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, airing programming that is aimed at promoting the province's multicultural diversity. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 20 (or virtual channel 42.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Mount Seymour.
This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 8 (in Vancouver) or 10 (in Victoria) and in high definition on digital channel 214, Telus Optik TV Channel 8 and 617 in high definition (in Vancouver and Victoria), Rogers Cable (corporate sister through parent company Rogers Communications) channel 170 (through the East Coast), and Channel 254 on Bell/Telus Satellite TV.
Rogers had made several attempts to launch a multicultural station in Vancouver similar to its successful CFMT (later Omni) operations 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 went on-air June 27, 2003 from studios at the intersection of Pender and Columbia Streets in Vancouver's Chinatown under the name "channel m".
Following a failed 2007 bid for the multicultural licences in Calgary and Edmonton, which were won by Rogers, Multivan announced an agreement to sell channel m 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 Vancouver and the resulting sale of religious station CHNU-TV (formerly branded as "OMNI.10") to S-VOX, the Omni Television brand moved to CHNM on September 1, 2008.
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.
News operations 
CHNM's newscasts were known as Channel M News from 2003 to 2008. During those years, the station also had a reciprocal agreement Vancouver's CTV station CIVT-TV, which allowed the two stations to share news resources. The station's newscasts were rebranded Omni News in September 2008 following the approval of its sale to Rogers, and its news sharing agreement with CIVT also ended.
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.
- Omni News: Cantonese Edition: Weekdays, 5:00 pm and 8:30pm with Karen So (蘇嘉欣)
- Reporters: Fiona Law, Catherine Chan, Otto Tang, Sunny Chiu, Olivia Cheung
- Omni News: Mandarin Edition: Weekdays, 8:00 pm and 11:00pm with Bowen Zhang (張博)
- Reporters: Quan Gu, Lisa Wu, Tina Song, Lingli Kong
- Omni News: Punjabi Edition: Weekdays, 9:00 pm with Jasdip Wahla (ਜਸ੍ਡਿਪ੍ ਓਹ੍ਲ)
- Reporters: Baldeep Singh Jhand, Prabhjot Kahlon, Dilbar Kang, Tarannum Thind
In September 2012, CHNM's Victoria Bureau went live. The team includes Bureau Chief & political expert Kim Emerson and reporter Danielle Li.
Other programming 
Along with 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 program). The station also airs popular English-language shows such as The Price Is Right, The Simpsons and Two and a Half Men alongside its multicultural programming.
To capitalize on the station's former slogan "Diversity Lives Here", CHNM previously produced several station IDs and program promos using a diversity theme, including these spots:
- Chinese lion dancers who emerge from their lion costume with their faces painted in orange and white, the colours of the BC Lions 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
- 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
Technical information 
Digital television and high definition 
|Broadcasting in Digital||Yes|
|Programs in HD||Yes|
|News in HD||Yes|
|PSIP Functioning Properly||Yes|
CHNM-DT began broadcasting on reduced power on December 17, 2009. On February 12, 2010, CHNM-DT was by approved the CRTC boost its maximum effective power to 8.3 kilowatts. The station initially broadcast its signal in 4:3 format (480p upconverted to 1080i), and on April 26, 2011, it began broadcasting in 16:9 1080i format.
CHNM-DT Vancouver broadcasts on channel number is 20 and continued to do so after the analogue shutdown and digital conversion on August 31, 2011. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CHNM-DT's virtual channel as 42.1.
The station flash cut its Victoria transmitter from analog to digital signal prior to August 31, 2011.
See also 
- Decision CRTC 97-39, 31 January 1997 - VTV (now CTV) was licensed instead.
- Decision CRTC 2000-219, 6 July 2000 - The New VI (now A) and NOWTV (now Joytv 10) 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.
- Omni British Columbia
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CHNM-DT History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHNM-DT
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CHNM-DT