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|Victoria, British Columbia|
|Branding||CTV Two Vancouver Island (general)
CTV News (local news)
|Slogan||Your Island News|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 53.1 (PSIP)
|Translators||CIVI-DT-2 17 Vancouver
Virtual: 17.1 (PSIP)
|First air date||October 1, 2001|
|Call letters' meaning||C
|Sister station(s)||CIVT-DT, CFAX, CHBE-FM|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
53 (UHF, 2001–2011)
|Transmitter power||CIVI-DT: 1.5 kilowatts
CIVI-DT-2: 35 kilowatts
|Height||CIVI-DT: 99.6 metres
CIVI-DT-2: 634.3 metres
|Website||CTV Two Vancouver Island|
CIVI-DT, UHF digital channel 23, is a CTV Two owned-and-operated television station located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The station is owned by Bell Media, as part of a twinstick with Vancouver-based CTV owned-and-operated station CIVT-DT (channel 32). CIVI's studios are located on Pandora Avenue and Broad Street in Victoria, and its transmitter near Rockland. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 12 and in high definition on digital channel 212.
- 1 History
- 2 News operation
- 3 Digital television
- 4 References
- 5 External links
At the end of the 1990s, CHUM Limited only owned over-the-air television stations in Ontario. Similarly, Craig Media only had stations in the Canadian Prairies. Both companies looked to expand their national presence, and both submitted a bid when the CRTC issued a call for applications for a new television station licence in Victoria. CHUM was awarded the licence in 2000, and CIVI was launched on October 4, 2001 as CHUM's first original station to be part of the NewNet television system.
Known on the air as "The New VI", the station started off with much pomp and circumstance. It boasted a large lineup of personalities, including former British Columbia New Democratic Party cabinet minister Moe Sihota. The station's news anchors walked around the studio instead of sitting behind a desk, mimicking the format used at Toronto sister station CITY-TV and other NewNet outlets. However, the station struggled to compete against CHEK-TV, a station which had essentially held a monopoly over the television industry on Vancouver Island for more than four decades. Gradually, personalities from the original roster were replaced by new faces, and some were let go without replacements.
The station received a boost in 2004, when longtime CHEK-TV anchor Hudson Mack joined the station as its new chief anchor and news director. Changes were introduced to the station's newscasts such as introducing a desk, and they appear to have been effective: though still ranking behind CHEK-TV, the ratings gap between the two has been narrowed.
Since Mack's arrival, the station has been honoured with a number of industry awards. In 2006, it received three Edward R. Murrow Awards from Radio-Television News Directors Association International, for Best Newscast, Best Investigative Reporting and an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Sports Reporting. It was the second straight year the station won Murrows for its newscast and investigative reporting. In 2005, the station won eight industry awards, including two Edward R. Murrow Awards from RTNDA International, for Best Newscast and Best Investigative Reporting; and top news honours from the BC Association of Broadcasters.
As A-Channel Victoria
The station was rebranded as A-Channel on August 2, 2005, along with the rest of the NewNet system. The station would likely have been named A-Channel at its launch had Craig Media won the licence in 2000. On July 12, 2006, CTVglobemedia announced plans to purchase CHUM Limited, with the intention of divesting the A-Channel stations. On that same day it was also announced that the A-Channel Morning show would be discontinued, although this decision was supposedly unrelated to the takeover by CTVglobemedia and the morning show later returned to the schedule of CIVI in the fall of 2007.
Rogers Communications announced a deal to buy A-Channel on April 9, 2007; however, given the conditions of approval for the sale of CHUM on June 8, 2007, Rogers acquired the Citytv system instead, and CTV kept A-Channel. CTVglobemedia became the official owner of CIVI on June 22, 2007.
As A Vancouver Island
The A-Channel system and Atlantic Canada's ASN was rebranded as A on August 11, 2008, with CIVI becoming branded as "A Vancouver Island". As a result, CIVI's newscasts were rebranded as A News on that same date although the station's employees had been using that name for a couple of months prior to the relaunch, and the station began producing its morning show (under the name A Morning) on September 8, 2008, but was later cancelled as of March 4, 2009 due to economic issues. CIVI's morning show was later replaced with a simulcast of the morning show from sister radio station CFAX (1070 AM).
CTV Two Vancouver Island
As part of Bell Media's May 30, 2011 announcement of the rebranding of the A television stations to the CTV Two brand, CIVI became branded as "CTV Two Vancouver Island" on August 29, 2011. As a result, CIVI's newscasts were rebranded as CTV News on that same date.
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CIVI presently broadcasts 13½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 2½ hours on weekdays and a half-hour on Saturdays and Sundays); unlike most CTV Two owned-and-operated stations, the station does not carry an 11:30 p.m. newscast on weekend evenings (instead airing at 11 p.m.), though it does carry a half-hour 6 p.m. newscast on Saturdays and Sunday evenings.
- VILand News (2001–2004)
- VI News (2004–2005)
- A-Channel News (2005–2008)
- A News (2008–2011)
- Vancouver Island Report (2005–present; 6:30 p.m. newscast)
- CTV News (2011–present)
- "Your Island News" (2010–present)
- Cheryl Bloxham - weeknights at 11 p.m.
- Andrew Johnson - fill-in anchor; also general assignment reporter
- Hudson Mack - weeknights at 5, 6, and 6:30 p.m. (Vancouver Island Report); also news director
- Astrid Braunschmidt - weather anchor; weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 (Vancouver Island Report) and 11 p.m.
- Mira Laurence - sports anchor; weeknights at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. (Vancouver Island Report)
- Jordan Cunningham - sports anchor; weeknights at 11 p.m.
- Stephen Andrew - general assignment and legislative reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Steve Colterman - Nanaimo videographer
- Erin Glazier - general assignment reporter; also videographer and fill-in sports anchor
- Chandler Grieve - Nanaimo videographer
- Louise Hartland - general assignment reporter
- Gord Kurbis - Comox Valley videographer
- Adam Sawatsky - entertainment reporter
- Bruce Williams - community relations manager
Former on-air staff
- Laura Acton - community relations manager
- Jonathan Bartlett - mid-island bureau chief/reporter/videojournalist
- Meribeth Burton - general assignment reporter
- April Butler-Parry - reporter
- Klaudia Ceglarz - weekend anchor (now at CHBC-DT in Kelowna, British Columbia)
- Maggie Cox (now host of Real Estate 101 on KVOS and active realtor in West Vancouver)
- Diane Dakers - entertainment reporter
- Susan Edgell - evening anchor (now at CFJC-TV in Kamloops, British Columbia)
- Tara Fedun - reporter (now with CBC Television)
- Cheekwan Ho - videographer
- Shachi Kurl (now with B.C. Director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
- Tasha Larson - anchor
- Tony Latimer - weathercaster
- Alex Lee - entertainment reporter (now with CHHR-FM)
- Bill Macfarlane - reporter
- Trina Maus - reporter
- Howard Markson - reporter
- Moira McLean - legislative reporter
- Briony Penn - environment reporter
- Jason Pires - sports anchor (now at sister station CIVT-DT)
- Marvin Piuti - weekend weathercaster
- Pia Shandel - political commentator (now at Shaw TV 4 in Vancouver)
- Brent Shearer (now with at sister station CIVT-DT)
- Kathryn Shimbashi - financial reporter
- Moe Sihota - political commentator, now the President of the B.C. NDP
- Drew Snider - traffic reporter, now at TransLink
- Mary Ruth Snyder - videographer
- Norman Spector - political commentator
- Richard Tomborello - videographer
- Erick Thompson - general assignment reporter/substitute anchor
- David Wiwchar - Alberni / West Coast videographer (now with CJAV-FM in Port Alberni)
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|53.1||1080i||16:9||CIVI||Main CIVI-DT programming / CTV Two|
CIVI shut down its analogue signal, over UHF channel 23, 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 23. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CIVI-DT's virtual channel as 53.1. Since September 21, 2011, the station's high definition signal has been carried by satellite provider Bell TV on channel 1154.
- "Bell Globemedia makes $1.7B bid for CHUM". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2006-07-12.
- "CRTC expected to OK Rogers' $137.5M buy of CTVglobemedia TV channels". Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News. 2007-04-09. Retrieved 2007-04-09.[dead link]
- "CRTC tells CTVglobemedia to sell 5 Citytv stations". cbc.ca via Yahoo! Canada News. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-06-08.[dead link]
- "CTV expected to rebrand A Channel". Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2006-07-05.
- Morning TV show back on airwaves
- CNW Group | CTV INC. | Double Vision: Fall 2008 Schedules Announced for CTV and "A"
- A Victoria website confirming 'A' Morning debut September 8th
- Bell Media’s /A\ Network to Become “CTV Two” This Fall Bell Media press release, May 30, 2011
- VILand News at 11 PM - 2001 Opening
- /A\ News at 5 - Open August 18, 2011
- CTV News: Vancouver Island Report - Opening August 29, 2011
- RabbitEars TV Query for CIVI
- Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)
- CTV Two Vancouver/Victoria Now Available in HD on Bell Satellite TV Bell Media press release, retrieved September 26, 2011,
- CTV Two Vancouver Island
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CIVI-DT History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CIVI-DT
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CIVI-DT