CJMT-DT

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CJMT-DT
OMNI.2 Logo.svg
Southern Ontario
Canada
City of license Toronto, Ontario
Branding Omni.2
Slogan Diversity Television
Channels Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 40.1 (PSIP)
Translators see below
Affiliations Omni Television (O&O; 2002–present)
Owner Rogers Media
(Rogers Broadcasting, Ltd.)
First air date September 16, 2002
Call letters' meaning CJ Multicultural Television
Sister station(s) TV: CFMT, CITY
Radio: CFTR, CHFI, CJCL, CKIS
Former callsigns CJMT-TV (2002–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
44 (UHF, 2002–2004)
69 (UHF, 2004–2011)
Digital:
44 (UHF, 2008–2011)
51 (UHF, 2011–2012)
Virtual:
69 (2008-2011)
Transmitter power 18.1 kW
Height 501.4 m
Transmitter coordinates 43°38′56″N 79°22′54″W / 43.64889°N 79.38167°W / 43.64889; -79.38167
Licensing authority CRTC
Website www.omnitv.com/ontario

CJMT-DT, virtual channel 40 (UHF digital channel 40), is an Omni Television owned-and-operated television station located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is owned by Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications, as part of the company's only conventional television triple-stick with fellow Omni outlet CFMT-DT (channel 47) and City flagship station CITY-DT (channel 57). All three stations share studio facilities located at Yonge-Dundas Square on 33 Dundas Street East in downtown Toronto; CJMT's transmitter is located atop the CN Tower in downtown Toronto.

The station is also available in the Greater Toronto Area on corporate sister Rogers Cable channel 14 and in high definition on digital channel 530; it is also available on Bell TV channel 216 and in high definition on channel 1056.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on September 16, 2002; it originally broadcast on UHF channel 44, but later moved to channel 69 in 2004. The station was licensed as part of the same process that approved CKXT-TV (channel 51). The "J" in its callsign has no particular meaning, except that it was an available callsign that maintained the "MT" (standing for "Multicultural Television") from CFMT (CJMT was formerly the callsign of a now-defunct AM radio station out of Chicoutimi, Quebec).

In October 2007, Rogers Communications announced that the operations for the Omni stations would move from 545 Lake Shore Boulevard West to 33 Dundas Street East.[1] The move took place on October 19, 2009. CFMT and CJMT share the facility with Citytv flagship CITY-DT, which moved into the building the month prior.

Programming[edit]

As a multicultural station, CJMT airs programming in the South Asian languages (such as Urdu and Hindi), as well as in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Somali and Afghan. As with its sister station, CJMT also airs syndicated English-language programming. The original series Metropia was also broadcast on the station, with repeats on CFMT. During the 2007 season, CJMT began airing NFL games, usually the alternate to whatever airs on Rogers Sportsnet and CKVU-DT in Vancouver. These games have since moved to CITY-DT as of the 2008 season.

On June 27, 2013, CJMT broadcast Mandarin-language coverage of a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game where Taiwanese player Chien-Ming Wang was expected to start. This event marked the first ever Canadian telecast of Major League Baseball in the language.[2][3]

Newscasts[edit]

OMNI.2 currently carries several local newscasts aimed at specific ethnic demographics:

Omni News: Mandarin Edition (weeknights at 5 p.m.)
  • Anchor/reporter: Grant Guo
Omni News: Cantonese Edition (weeknights at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Anchor: Tina Tse
  • Business anchor: Jason Leung
  • Sports anchor: Alex Chum
  • Entertainment anchor: Conny Lo, Emily Siu
  • Reporters: Anita Chow, Hilda Chow, Helena Wong, Paul Wan, Kenneth Li, Josephine Au

The Mandarin and South Asian weekday newscasts debuted the day the station began operations on September 16, 2002, while the Cantonese newscast was moved to CJMT from sister station CFMT. The South Asian edition was previously broadcast once a week, and was known as South Asian Newsweek. The South Asian newscast was dropped in June 2013, due to corporate cutbacks at Rogers Media, that included the shutdown of production operations at CJMT's sister stations CJCO-DT in Calgary and CJEO-DT in Edmonton.[4]

Transmitters[edit]

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CJMT-DT-1 London 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 20.1 (PSIP)
14 kW0 197.6 m 42°57′16″N 81°21′17″W / 42.95444°N 81.35472°W / 42.95444; -81.35472 (CJMT-TV-1)
CJMT-DT-2 Ottawa 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 14.1 (PSIP)
15 kW 202.3 m 45°13′2″N 75°33′49″W / 45.21722°N 75.56361°W / 45.21722; -75.56361 (CJMT-DT-2)

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
40.1 1080i 16:9 OMNI 2 Main CJMT-DT programming / Omni Television

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

CJMT shut down its analogue signal, over UHF channel 69, on August 31, 2011, the official date in which full-power television stations in larger Canadian television markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 51.[6] In August 2012, the digital signal relocated to UHF channel 40, after that channel was vacated due to the shutdown of CKXT-DT.[7] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers originally displayed the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analogue channel 69, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition; however, its virtual channel was remapped to its physical digital channel 40 with the relocation of its digital signal to that frequency.

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