CJMT-DT

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CJMT-DT
OMNI.2 Logo.svg
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Branding Omni.2
Slogan Diversity Television
Channels Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
Subchannels 40.1 Omni Television
Translators see below
Affiliations Omni Television (O&O; 2002–present)
Owner Rogers Media
(Rogers Broadcasting Limited)
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.ca/ontario

CJMT-DT, virtual and 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, a division of Rogers Communications, as part of a triplestick (the only conventional television triplestick operated by the company) 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 maintains transmitter facilities located atop the CN Tower in downtown Toronto.

On cable, the station is available on corporate sister Rogers Cable channel 14 and in high definition on digital channel 530; on satellite, the station 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, broadcasting on UHF channel 44. In 2004, CJMT moved its channel allocation to UHF channel 69. The station was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as part of the same process that approved independent station CKXT-TV (channel 51, now defunct). The "J" in its callsign has no particular meaning, except that it was an available callsign that maintained the "MT" lettering (standing for "Multicultural Television") from CFMT (CJMT was formerly the callsign of a now-defunct AM radio station in Chicoutimi, Quebec).

In October 2007, Rogers announced that the operations of the OMNI stations would relocate from 545 Lake Shore Boulevard West to 33 Dundas Street East.[1] CJMT and CFMT integrated their operations into the building – which it shares with City flagship CITY-DT, which moved into the facility the previous month – on October 19, 2009.

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 CFMT, 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.

Sports programming[edit]

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

Newscasts[edit]

CJMT-DT presently broadcasts five hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour on weekdays). The station currently carries two local newscasts aimed at Southern Ontario's Asian demographic, presented in the Mandarin and Cantonese languages.

CJMT launched its news operation the day the station began operations on September 16, 2002, with newscasts airing in Mandarin and South Asian languages as well as a Cantonese language newscast that moved to the station from sister station CFMT. The South Asian edition had previously aired 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]

Notable current on-air staff[edit]

Transmitters[edit]

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CJMT-DT-1 London 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 20.1 (PSIP)
14 kW 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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