|Branding||CTV Ottawa or CTV (general)
CTV News Ottawa (news)
|Slogan||Live Local Breaking|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13.1 (PSIP)
(Bell Media, Inc.)
|First air date||March 12, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||CJ Ottawa-Hull|
|Sister station(s)||CHRO-TV, CFGO, CFRA, CJMJ-FM, CKKL-FM|
|Former callsigns||CJOH-TV (1961–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1961–2011)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1961)|
|Transmitter power||19 kW|
CJOH-DT, VHF channel 13, is a CTV owned-and-operated television station located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The station is owned by Bell Media, as part of a twinstick with CTV Two outlet CHRO-TV (channel 5). The two stations share studios – alongside Bell's Ottawa radio properties – located at the Market Media Mall building on 87 George Street in Downtown Ottawa's ByWard Market, and its transmitter on the Ryan Tower at Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Quebec, north of Gatineau. It also operates rebroadcasters on channel 8 from Lancaster, Ontario (serving Cornwall and, indirectly, Montreal), channel 6 from Deseronto (serving Kingston and, indirectly, Watertown, New York) and on channel 47 in Pembroke.
Since early 2010, CJOH's operations, including its news department, have been based in the George Street building (which was already occupied by CHRO) after a 2009 fire destroyed the station's longtime studios on Merivale Road in Nepean. This station can also be seen on Rogers Cable channel 7 and in high definition on digital channel 518 in Ottawa and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. Bell TV only carried CJOH's local programming, which consisted mainly of newscasts, on channel 197. This changed on October 18, 2010 when Bell carried the local and Canadian programming as well as simsubs on standard definition channel 229.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 News operation
- 4 Transmitters
- 5 Digital television and high definition
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Founded by Ernie Bushnell, CJOH signed on for the first time on March 12, 1961. Initially, studio facilities were located at 29 Bayswater Ave ( ) until that September when operations were shifted over several weeks to a $2 million (CA$) complex at 1500 Merivale.
It acquired former Cornwall, Ontario CBC affiliate CJSS as a rebroadcaster in 1963, making CJSS the first television station in Canada to cease operations. The channel 6 transmitter in Deseronto became operational in 1972 to serve the Kingston and Belleville markets. Standard Broadcasting owned the station from 1975 to 1988, when it was sold to Baton Broadcasting. Baton was renamed CTV Inc. in 1998 after gaining control of the CTV network the preceding year. CTV in turn would be purchased by Bell Canada and folded into Bell Globemedia, now Bell Media, in 2001.
CJOH was available on cable in Montreal for most of the 1980s and 1990s, as the Cornwall transmitter's footprint reaches the western Montreal suburbs. In the 1980s and early 1990s, when CTV offered Toronto Blue Jays baseball, the Cornwall repeater had to show alternate programming instead, since the area was considered Montreal Expos territory. This substitute programming often had no commercials, and often had no definite end, as the length of baseball games varied. This was discontinued when the Blue Jays left CTV.
Well-known celebrities who first appeared on CJOH include Rich Little, The Amazing Kreskin, Alanis Morissette, Sandra Oh and Peter Jennings. Jennings started his professional career with the station during its early years, anchoring the local newscasts and hosting a teen dance show, Saturday Date, on Saturdays.
Morissette was briefly part of the cast on a local sketch comedy show, You Can't Do That On Television, aimed at the preteen and teen demographics. Originally conceived as a local and partially live production in 1979, it was derided by parents from its very beginning as a local show on CJOH in 1979 for its ubiquitous bathroom humour and for breaking with the Canadian tradition of kind, gentle, and educational shows for children, as well as for the shock value of certain sketches such as its infamous "green slime." The controversy did not stop it from becoming a huge hit, locally and eventually globally; it became a huge success in the United States for the Nickelodeon cable channel starting in 1982 and was subsequently distributed in many other countries.
From 1990 to 1997, the station was co-owned with Pembroke-based CHRO-TV, which was for the majority of that period a CTV affiliate for the Upper Ottawa Valley. In 1997, as part of a major trade, CHRO was transferred to CHUM Limited, and became a NewNet (later A-Channel and now CTV Two) station primarily serving Ottawa. In 2007, CTVglobemedia received Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval to acquire CHUM; while CTV did not originally plan to keep A-Channel, it decided to do so following a CRTC requirement to sell the Citytv system. This once again made CJOH and CHRO sister stations in a market with only one other local English-language station, CBOT. Interestingly, while the CRTC forced the Citytv sale because of concerns about media concentration with multiple stations in the same city, it had no problem allowing the Ottawa twinstick, apparently due to the precedent set by the stations having common ownership in the 1990s.
On August 1, 1995, the station's longtime sports anchor Brian Smith was shot in the station's parking lot by Jeffrey Arenburg, a released mental patient with a history of threatening media personalities, who claimed the station was broadcasting messages inside his head. Smith died in hospital the following day. The incident led to renewed calls across Canada for strengthening of the Canadian government's gun control legislation and provided the impetus for Brian's Law (Ontario Bill 68) - an amendment of the Mental Health Act and Health Care Consent Act which introduced community treatment orders and new criteria for involuntary commitment to psychiatric facilities. Arenburg was released from a mental hospital in Penetanguishene in 2006, then imprisoned for two years for assaulting a U.S. border guard in 2008.
CJOH changed its branding to "CTV Ottawa" in 2005, when CTV's owned-and-operated stations began to stop using their callsigns within each station's branding. The newsroom was destroyed by a four-alarm fire during the early morning hours of February 7, 2010, destroying equipment and the news archives. The building itself remained intact until it was demolished in December 2011. CJOH's news operations were permanently relocated to CTV's ByWard Market building. This would be the first time the ByWard Market studios would have an evening newscast since the cancellation of sister station CHRO-TV's A News in March 2009. An adjacent office building housing former sister station CKQB-FM was not affected by the fire.
Following many budget cuts to local programming beginning in 1996, the vast majority of shows broadcast on CJOH-DT simply consists of American programming simultaneous substitutions, or simsubs. Canadian content has been reduced to only a handful of shows, including The Marilyn Denis Show every weekday at 10:00 a.m. and reruns of Flashpoint every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m.
Regular local programming
- Regional Contact, with Joel Haslam since 1988 and Kathie Donovan from 1998 to 2012, was the second last local program on CJOH besides standard newscasts. The show was a weekly program that previously aired at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, but has been moved to Sunday at the same time beginning September 2011. Episodes produced during or after 2007 are available as streaming media on CJOH's website. The last episode featuring Donovan aired on May 13, 2012. CJOH has since discontinued Regional Contact as a weekly show, but it remains on the station as a weekly segment during the 6 p.m. newscasts.
- Question Period is a national program about Canadian politics produced in Ottawa since 1967. It is the last non-newscast local program on CJOH since the discontinuation of Regional Contact.
Occasional local programming
- Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) telethon is a yearly program hosted by CJOH since 1984. It normally runs nonstop with no interruptions for a period of 24 hours. Former CJOH news anchor Max Keeping hosts the telethon.
- Juno Awards is simulcast throughout Canada since 2002, and so it can be watched on CJOH. Ottawa has so far hosted the Junos twice: once in 2003, and once again in 2012. It is unclear whether CJOH cameras were used for the Ottawa events, or if high-definition video cameras from another CTV station were used.
- University of Ottawa Heart Institute telethon, like the CHEO telethon, is another yearly telethon which CJOH broadcasts since 1991. The Heart Institute telethon takes place for nine consecutive hours on the first Sunday in March every year, leaving it with much less airtime than the more popular CHEO telethon.
Former local programing
- Bang Bang You're Alive
- Vue (where Peter Jennings made his debut)
- Dear Charlotte
- Something Else
- Wok with Yan
- Wayne Ronstad Show
- Country Way
- Joys of Collecting
- Uncle Chichimus (originally for CBC Television in 1950s; moved to CJOH in 1960s)
- Saturday Date (1961-1969) was a music and dance show targeted at teenagers, with local performances as well as the top songs on Canadian music charts. Peter Jennings was the host of this show until some time in 1962, when he was replaced by John Pozer. Dick Maloney would replace Pozer in 1964. Although the show ended in 1969, Pozer and Maloney would later return on March 13, 1991 for a Saturday Date reunion along with original participants forming the audience.
- Miss Helen (1960s) was a bilingual show designed for pre-sechoolers. It used the Oogly Woogly worm as one of the actors. This format would later be used by its successor Marie-Soleil.
- Strange Paradise (1969-1970; produced for CBC Television)
- Uncle Willy & Floyd (1966-1988)
- The Galloping Gourmet with Graham Kerr (1969-1971; produced for CBC Television)
- The Amazing Kreskin (1970s)
- Mr. Wizard (1971–1972; produced for CBC Television)
- Family Brown Country (1972-1985)
- Morning Magazine (1972-1987; replaced by the national Canada AM)
- You Can't Do That on Television (1979-1990; produced for Nickelodeon from 1982-1990; a short-lived spinoff, Whatever Turns You On, aired nationally in prime time on CTV in the fall of 1979)
- Marie-Soleil (1980s), although the show's host Suzanne Pinel reappears yearly for the CHEO telethon.
- Homegrown Cafe (1980s-1998) was a talent show hosted by J.J. Clarke, who is now CJOH's weatherman for the 6 p.m. weekday news.
- Tech Now (2001-2011) was a local technology journalism news program hosted by Paul Brent. It played from 6:30 p.m. to about 6:55 p.m. on Sundays, and the last episode aired on July 3, 2011. The program's production has been canceled after Brent retired, with no new episodes or host, although re-runs of older episodes briefly played after the show was discontinued. Eventually, Tech Now ceased to play on CJOH, and was replaced by Regional Contact which previously played on Saturdays during the same time slot.
CJOH-DT presently broadcasts 15½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 2½ hours on weekdays, and 1½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in lieu of a local morning newscast (which instead airs on sister station CHRO), CJOH displays local news headlines on a news ticker during its broadcast of CTV's semi-national morning program Canada AM.
Local newscasts (under the name CTV News) are aired weekdays at noon, 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The newscasts were previously called Midday Newsline/Newsline/Nightline (depending on the time of day) from the 1970s until 1998, and CJOH News from 1998 to 2005. (In 1982, the 6 p.m. newscast Newsline became, for a brief time, Canada's first 90-minute local supper hour newscast.) From December 10, 2011 to autumn 2012, the noon and 6 p.m. broadcasts broadcast for one hour, though the Sunday evening 6 p.m. broadcast remained a half-hour program. Since April 2012, the audio feed of CJOH's 6 p.m. newscast is simulcast on sister radio station CFRA-AM. The Sunday 6 p.m. newscast expanded to one hour in the fall of 2012. On July 7, 2014, the station unveiled a new studio to accompany the transition to high definition news production.
Notable current on–air staff
- Carol Anne Meehan - weeknights anchor
- Graham Richardson - weeknights anchor
- Carolyn Waldo - sports anchor; weekends
Notable former on–air staff
- Harry Elton - anchor (1960s) (deceased)
- Peter Jennings - anchor (later at ABC News; deceased)
- Max Keeping - 6 p.m. anchor (now CTV Ottawa's "Community Ambassador")
- Brian Smith - sports anchor (deceased)
|Station||City of licence||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates|
|CJOH-TV-6||Deseronto||6 (VHF)||100 kW||204.5 m|
|CJOH-TV-8||Cornwall||8 (VHF)||260 kW||187.5 m|
|CJOH-TV-47||Pembroke||47 (UHF)||492 kW||125.7 m|
All of these, and a long list of 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. A subsequent change in ownership assigned full control of CTVglobemedia to Bell Media; as of 2011, these transmitters remain in normal licensed broadcast operation.
Digital television and high definition
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||1080i||16:9||CJOH||Main CJOH-DT programming / CTV|
CJOH has made its network programming available in standard definition on Bell TV (channel 229) and in high definition through Videotron (channel 607), Cogeco Cable (digital channel 701) and Rogers Cable (digital channel 518). On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, the station flash cut its digital signal into operation on VHF channel 13. The station's news operations completed upgrades to high definition capabilities, and the first HD news broadcast took place on July 7, 2014 starting with the noon hour newscast.
- CTV Ottawa to stay at A Ottawa indefinitely.
- After the CTV fire, one last reunion at Merivale Road, CTV Ottawa, 2010-04-24
- Inglis, Fred (1961-10-21). "CJOH Opens Amid 'Hollywood Air'". Ottawa Citizen. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- Widow shocked by unconditional release of husband's killer, CBC News, November 22, 2006
- New rules for Ontario mental health care, CBC News, December 5, 2000
- Ottawa sportscaster's killer jailed 2 years in U.S. for assault, CBC News, September 25, 2008
- "CTV Ottawa newsroom destroyed by fire", CTV Ottawa, 2010-02-07
- "Fire destroys CTV newsroom", CBC.ca, 2010-02-07
- Katie Donovan says farewell to Regional Contact.
- CTV's Question Period. "Twitter @ctvqp". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "A lifetime of Willy and Floyd". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
- Brent, Paul. "Twitter / @m2wPaul". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- CTV Ottawa News Open
- CTV Ottawa Expands Local Weekend News, Broadcaster Magazine, 29, 2011.
- CTV list of transmitters to be shut down
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-407
- RabbitEars TV Query for CJOH
- Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)
- CTV Ottawa
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CJOH-TV History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CJOH-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CJOH