CITO-TV

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CITO-TV
CTV logo.svg
Timmins, Ontario
Branding CTV Northern Ontario
CTV News Northern Ontario (newscasts)
Slogan News for the North
Channels Analog: 3 (VHF)
Translators see below
Affiliations CTV
Owner Bell Media
First air date April 1, 1971
Call letters' meaning CI Timmins, Ontario
Former callsigns CKSO-TV-2 (1971-1980)
Transmitter power 100 kW
Height 147.6 m
Transmitter coordinates 48°32′49″N 80°57′9″W / 48.54694°N 80.95250°W / 48.54694; -80.95250
Website CTV Timmins

CITO-TV is the CTV owned-and-operated television station in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 3 from a transmitter near Highway 101 (just west of Connaught Road) in Timmins with rebroadcasters in Kapuskasing (channel 10), Kirkland Lake (channel 11, also serving Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec), Hearst (channel 4) and Chapleau (channel 9).

Owned by Bell Media, it is part of the network's CTV Northern Ontario sub-system and its studios are located on Pine Street North (near Hendry Avenue) in Timmins. This station can also be seen on EastLink TV channel 4. Effective November 29, 2012, Bell TV customers will also be able to view CITO-TV on channel 589.

History[edit]

CITO was established in 1971 as CKSO-TV-2, originally rebroadcasting CKSO in Sudbury. Unlike CKSO and CKNY in North Bay, which were established in the 1950s as CBC affiliates and then reaffiliated with CTV in 1971 when J. Conrad Lavigne established new CBC stations in those markets, in Timmins Lavigne's existing station CFCL retained its CBC affiliation and CTV service was provided by a rebroadcast transmitter of CKSO.

Until 1980, CKSO-2 and CFCL aggressively competed with each other for advertising dollars, leaving both in a precarious financial position due to the Timmins market's relatively small size. In 1980, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved the merger of Cambrian Broadcasting and Lavigne's Mid-Canada Communications into the MCTV twinstick. The station's callsign changed to CITO-TV at that time and it began operating as a standalone station.

In 1990, the stations were acquired by Baton Broadcasting. Baton subsequently became the sole corporate owner of CTV, and sold CFCL to the CBC in 2002.

Transmitters[edit]

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CITO-TV-1 Kapuskasing 10 (VHF) 17.5 kW 102.5 m 49°23′28″N 82°21′27″W / 49.39111°N 82.35750°W / 49.39111; -82.35750 (CITO-TV-1)
CITO-TV-2 Kearns 11 (VHF) 325 kW 211.2 m 48°8′8″N 79°33′19″W / 48.13556°N 79.55528°W / 48.13556; -79.55528 (CITO-TV-2)
CITO-TV-3 Hearst 4 (VHF) 7.11 kW 165 m 49°38′50″N 83°30′50″W / 49.64722°N 83.51389°W / 49.64722; -83.51389 (CITO-TV-3)
CITO-TV-4 Chapleau 9 (VHF) 1.55 kW 131.4 m 47°51′15″N 83°25′8″W / 47.85417°N 83.41889°W / 47.85417; -83.41889 (CITO-TV-4)

These and many other CTV rebroadcasters nationwide were to shut down on or before August 31, 2009, as part of a political dispute with Canadian authorities on paid fee-for-carriage requirements for cable television operators.[1] A subsequent change in ownership assigned full control of CTVglobemedia to Bell Media; as of 2011, these transmitters remain in normal licensed broadcast operation.[2]

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