|City of license||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|Branding||CKPR Thunder Bay|
|Slogan||First and Always|
|Channels||Digital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 2.1 (PSIP)
(Thunder Bay Electronics Ltd)
|First air date||October 4, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||CK Port ARthur|
|Former callsigns||CFPA-TV (1954-1957)
|Former channel number(s)||2 (Analog, 1954-2011)|
|Transmitter power||1.2 kW|
|Website||CKPR Thunder Bay|
CKPR-DT is a privately owned television station serving as an affiliate of CBC Television in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 2 from a transmitter in Shuniah.
Owned by Dougall Media, it is sister to Global affiliate CHFD-DT and both stations share studios located on Hill and Van Norman Streets in central Thunder Bay. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 209. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available in high definition on channel 037 (Classic) or 537 (Advanced).
CKPR-DT began broadcasting on October 4, 1954 as CFPA-TV (the "PA" stood for Port Arthur). The station was then owned by Ralph H. Parker Ltd. Three years later on July 20, 1957, CFPA-TV changed its callsign letters to CFCJ-TV and then another ten years later in 1967, Thunder Bay Electronics bought CFCJ-TV and changed its callsign again to CKPR-TV.
In 1972, Thunder Bay Electronics launched the CTV affiliate CHFD-TV (which switched to Global in 2010) and thus CKPR-TV and CHFD-TV became one of the first private twinstick stations in Canada.
In March 2010, CKPR announced it was unable to come to an agreement with CBC to continue to operate as an affiliate. CKPR filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) seeking to remove its condition of licence which mandates affiliation with CBC Television. The affiliation agreement would expire on August 31, 2011 and, according to the station would not be renewed by the CBC after that date. CKPR said that it was tentatively planning to disaffiliate as of September 1, 2010, but that it had yet to find a new programming source, and that it would be reserving the right to remain a CBC affiliate through the end of the 2010-2011 season, even if the relevant condition of licence was removed.
CKPR did not disaffiliate and continued negotiations with CBC. In March 2011, CKPR announced they had come to a programming agreement. Under this agreement CKPR will continue to provide CBC programming in Thunder Bay for a period of five years.
CKPR-DT broadcasts on channel 2 and cable 5 in Thunder Bay, formerly and via a transmitter owned by the CBC in the Nipigon area (CBLK-TV, channel 16 with an ERP of 4.3 kW). It can also be seen on the Bell TV (channel 211) and Shaw Direct (channel 304) satellite services. The station is also available over the air and also to cable television viewers in Keweenaw County, Michigan and in parts of Cook County, Minnesota.
As part of the CBC's budget cuts, the operation of CBLK-TV and the CBC's other analog rebroadcasters of private affiliates was discontinued on July 31, 2012.
As one of CBC Television's private affiliates, CKPR-DT clears the majority of the CBC schedule, but does not air the full network schedule. When CHFD was primarily a CTV affiliate, Global programs that could not be cleared by CHFD-DT, such as Survivor, would occasionally air on CKPR-DT instead. In the past, some CTV programming not cleared by CHFD may have also aired on CKPR.
In many cases (as of fall 2008, up to five times per day) CBC network shows broadcast during daytime or late-night are preempted by paid programming. For example, with the Kids' CBC block having expanded to five hours on August 31, 2009, CKPR is not airing the final hour of the expanded block, just like Corus-owned CBC affiliates in Peterborough (CHEX-TV), Oshawa (CHEX-TV-2) and Kingston (CKWS-TV), opting for an hour of paid programming instead. Also, as of February 2010, CKPR has also pre-empted a half-hour of Kids' CBC at 7 a.m. for a local morning newscast. Furthermore, in September of 2011, as more programming toward adults, CKPR began pre-empting the 9-11 am and the Saturday 11:30 am block of Kids' CBC and a few months later in 2012, CKPR also began to pre-empt the 7:30 a.m. portion of Kids' CBC for more local and paid programming, finally the 9-11 a.m. block of Kids' CBC returned in February 2012 but continues to decline the 7:30-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon and the Saturday 11:30 a.m.-noon blocks of Kids' CBC. CKPR also signs off most nights after the network late-night movie, even though CBC now provides a full, 24-hour schedule.
- Holly Alexandruk - Sundays at 11 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Barry Third - weeknights at 6, and Sunday-Thursdays at 11 p.m.; also news director
- Fiona Gardiner - weather anchor; weeknights at 6, and Sunday-Thursdays at 11 p.m.; also reporter, producer and promotions coordinator
- Bryan Wyatt - sports director; Sunday-Thursdays at 11 p.m.
- Randy Scheffee - sports anchor; weeknights at 6 p.m.
- Ryan Bonazzo - general assignment and sports reporter
- Brent Hawley - "Front Row Centre" feature reporter
- Sarah Lohnes - entertainment reporter
- Andrea Kostanowicz - general assignment reporter
- Nicole Richards - "Teletalk" feature reporter
- Dennis Ward - 6 p.m. reporter
- Jonathan Wilson - general assignment reporter; also assignment editor
Digital television and high definition
CHFD-DT flash cut to digital in early August 2011 alongside sister sister station CKPR.
In January 2011, Dougall Media applied with the CRTC to broadcast its digital signal instead on channel 2, following the digital conversion date.
- Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-128, 4 March 2010
- CBC/Radio-Canada Speech Transcript: "Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, regarding measures announced in the context of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP)", April 4, 2012.
- CKPR Schedule at zap2it.com
- Industry Canada: "DTV Post-Transition Allotment Plan", December 2008
- Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-23
- CKPR Thunder Bay
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CKPR-TV History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKPR-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CKPR