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City logo 2012.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
Branding City Vancouver
Slogan Everywhere!
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 10.1 (PSIP)
Translators Digital: Victoria
Analog: Courtenay / Whistler
(see transmitter details)
Affiliations City
Owner Rogers Media
(Rogers Broadcasting, Ltd.)
First air date September 1, 1976
Call letters' meaning C
UHF (refers to original UHF allocation for analog signal and UHF allocation for digital signal)
Sister station(s) CHNM-DT, CKWX, CKLG-FM, CFUN-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1985–2011)
21 (UHF, 1976–1985)
47 (UHF, 2010–2011)
Former affiliations Independent (1976–1997 and 2001–2002)
Global (1997–2001)
Transmitter power 8.3 kilowatts
Height 670 metres
Transmitter coordinates 49°21′13″N 122°57′24″W / 49.35361°N 122.95667°W / 49.35361; -122.95667
Website City Vancouver

CKVU-DT, virtual channel 10 (UHF digital channel 33), is a City owned-and-operated television station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The station is owned by the Rogers Media division of Rogers Communications, as part of a twinstick with Omni Television outlet CHNM-DT (channel 42). The two stations share studios on West 2nd Avenue and Columbia Street (near False Creek) in Downtown Vancouver, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Seymour.

This station can also be seen on (corporate sister through parent company Rogers Communications) Rogers Cable channel 135, Shaw Cable channel 13 and in high definition on digital channel 213. On Shaw Direct, the station is available on 359 (Classic) or 006 (Advanced), and in high definition on 005 (Classic) or 505 (Advanced). This station is also available on Bell TV channel 253 and in high definition on channel 1153.


CKVU's history dates back to 1975, when Western Approaches Ltd. was awarded the third licence for a Vancouver television station by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).[1] The station was originally assigned UHF channel 26, but it was instead given channel 21 prior to its launch. It first went on the air on September 1, 1976, becoming the first station in Vancouver to transmit on the UHF band. In addition, the station was carried on cable channel 13, an assignment it retains to this day. In its first year of operation, CKVU lost more than $3 million.

In 1979, the station was approaching the break-even point. It was also under the scrutiny of the CRTC at that time for a lack of local programming. According to the CRTC, CKVU did not produce its own newscasts, but instead relayed the Global Television Network's Ontario-focused newscasts. That same year, Charles Allard, owner of CITV in Edmonton, purchased 5% common stock and 7% of preferred stock in CKVU through his company, Allarcom.[1] Canwest Pacific, a subsidiary of Canwest Broadcasting, loaned $4 million to Western Approaches so it could thwart a takeover attempt from Allarcom. Three years later, CanWest loaned another $8 million to Western Approaches to reduce the station's debt with the condition that CanWest would have the option to purchase Western Approaches' shares in CKVU.

CKVU moved to VHF channel 10 on February 13, 1985, which improved the station's coverage and ratings (channel 10 was originally reserved for a proposed CBC Television station in Victoria,[2] but that station never went on the air due to lack of funds, clearing the way for CKVU to switch its channel position). CKVU moved to VHF to avoid interference with KTZZ (on channel 22) in Seattle, which signed on after CKVU's switch to channel 10. Until it was shut down on August 31, 2011 as part of Canada's digital television transition, CKVU's analog terrestrial signal, transmitted from a very high location on Saltspring Island, could be received throughout much of southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington, as well as in some areas of northern Seattle. This analog transmitter was replaced with two UHF transmitters serving Vancouver and Victoria, both with lower coverage areas, but with improved coverage to those particular metropolitan areas. CKVU also has a rebroadcast transmitter west of Courtenay, callsign CKVU-TV-1, which is received over-the-air on North Vancouver Island (off the air since transmitter fire in October 2008).

U.TV logo, used from 1988-1997. The station's newscasts were known as U.News during this period. For the logo used while as Global, refer to the Global Television Network article.

On December 6, 1985, Canwest announced that it had purchased controlling interest in CKVU, subject to CRTC approval. Western Approaches went to court in an attempt to block the sale, which resulted in a dispute between Western Approaches, Allarcom and Canwest that lasted several years. On June 19, 1987, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordered Western Approaches to sell its interest in CKVU to CanWest, subject to CRTC approval.[1] Once the sale was approved and all other legal issues were settled, Canwest gained 100% ownership and control of CKVU on July 13, 1988. It then began sharing programs with Canwest's other independent stations, as well as the Global network in Ontario. In 1990, CKVU and Canwest's other independent stations became known as the "Canwest Global System."

Under CanWest's ownership, the station was renamed "U.TV", and its audience and profits increased. Before "U.TV", the station used the brand names "CKVU 13", "VU13" and "CKVU". On August 18, 1997, Canwest scrubbed local branding from all of its stations and rebranded them as the Global Television Network. Accordingly, after nine years under the "U.TV" brand, CKVU rebranded as "Global Vancouver."

Transition to Citytv[edit]

"We can get rid of this baby!"
CKVU's former weather presenter Joe Leary takes the Global mike flag off his microphone on the station's last day as a Global O&O.

In 2000, Canwest acquired the television interests of Western International Communications, including CHAN-TV (BCTV) in Vancouver and CHEK-TV in Victoria. The CRTC approved the purchase on July 6, 2000 on the condition that Canwest divest CKVU.[3] The CRTC further approved the transfer of CKVU to a Canwest subsidiary, CKVU Sub Inc., on December 21, placing the station in a blind trust while Canwest looked for a buyer.[4] Indeed, Canwest had bought WIC's television interests specifically to increase its reach in British Columbia. BCTV had been the dominant station in the province for the better part of the last 30 years, and boasted over 100 transmitters across the province. In contrast, CKVU operated only three transmitters covering only the southwest quadrant of the province.

CHUM Limited applied to the CRTC to acquire CKVU Sub Inc. on July 26, 2001[5] for $175 million, with the intention of making it a Citytv station similar to CITY-TV in Toronto, Ontario. CHUM planned on spending $8.03 million on British Columbia-based independent productions, $5.95 million on local news and information programming, and $1.37 million on local culture, social policy and talent development over a period of seven years.

During its brief stint from 2001-2002 as an independent station (as well as from its first sign-on in 1976 to the early 1980s), the station was known as ckvu13, a reference to its callsign and its cable allocation in the Lower Mainland.

A large network shuffle occurred on September 1, when CHAN's contract with CTV expired. CHAN, now under Canwest ownership, switched affiliations from CTV to Global. As a result, CIVT, an independent station owned by Baton Broadcasting, became a CTV owned-and-operated station (O&O), while CKVU was rebranded as "ckvu13". While CKVU began airing CHUM programming immediately following the switch, the station remained in trust pending regulatory approval of the sale.

CHUM gained CRTC approval for its acquisition of CKVU Sub Inc. on October 15, 2001.[6] Because CHUM owned CIVI (part of the NewNet system, later A-Channel, then A and now CTV Two) in Victoria, the CRTC imposed its usual licence conditions for large-market twinsticks: CKVU was prohibited from airing more than 10% of the programming aired on CIVI, and newscasts were required to be separately managed.

As Citytv/City Vancouver[edit]

At 6 a.m. PT on July 22, 2002, CKVU dropped the "ckvu13" branding and became the second television station in Canada to use the Citytv brand (as "Citytv Vancouver"), effectively turning Citytv into a television system. A new morning program (Breakfast Television) was launched immediately after the rebrand, and the station's 6 and 11 p.m.only newscasts were rebranded as CityPulse on the same day (later to be renamed CityNews in 2005).

In July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later known as CTVglobemedia and now Bell Media) acquired CHUM Limited and its assets, including CKVU and the four other Citytv stations. The acquisition was approved by the CRTC on June 8, 2007, on the condition that CTVglobemedia sell off CHUM's Citytv stations (including CKVU) to another buyer due to the fact the company had CIVT-DT in the same base as the station;[7] Rogers Communications announced its intention to purchase the five Citytv stations three days later.[8] The transaction was approved by the CRTC on September 28, and the acquisition by Rogers was finalized on October 31, 2007.

On October 25, 2008, a fire occurred at CKVU's transmitter site southwest of Courtenay, and the station's channel 5 analog over-the-air signal has not broadcast since then. It is currently unknown if the station will replace the transmitter or simply delete it from its licence altogether. CBUT-DT also had a transmitter at this same site. On October 12, 2011, the CRTC approved an application to revoke the license for the CBUT-DT transmitter at the Courtenay site.[9] This application noted that the decision had been made not to rebuild the transmission site, which was destroyed in the fire.

In December 2012, the Citytv system started to begin being referred to as "City Television" in on-air promotions, although the Citytv branding was still heavily seen on promos and on-screen logo bugs. At the same time, CKVU's (and the entire system's) website and on-air graphics phased in the "City" name, effectively rebranding the station as "City Vancouver". The new City branding was launched on December 31, 2012, coinciding with the City New Year's Bash broadcast.[10]

News operation[edit]

CKVU's studio at 180 West 2nd Avenue in Vancouver

CKVU presently broadcasts 17½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week, all consisting of 3½ hours each weekday of a local version of City's local morning news program franchise Breakfast Television.

The station's news operations underwent significant changes in July 2006 following the announcement of Bell Globemedia's acquisition of CHUM Limited;[11] CKVU's 6 and 11 p.m. evening newscasts were cancelled outright, while the station's morning program Breakfast Television was expanded from three hours to four.

On January 19, 2010, Rogers Communications announced that it was laying off six employees at CKVU. The layoffs also resulted in the cancellation of local productions Lunch Television and The CityNews List, while Breakfast Television was cut from four hours to three.[12] The latter program was eventually expanded to 3½ hours in September 2011.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "You're Watching CKVU, Cable 13, UHF 21" (1976–early 1980s)
  • "Global's Got It!" (1997–2001)
  • "Under Construction" (2001–2002; used during transition from Global affiliate to Citytv O&O)
  • "Everywhere!" (2002–present)
  • "Where Else?!" (alternate slogan; 2002-2003)

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[17][edit]

Breakfast Television (weekday mornings from 5:30-9:00 a.m.)

  • Dawn Chubai - host and weather specialist
  • Thor Diakow - entertainment reporter
  • Jody Vance - host and news anchor
  • Kyle Donaldson - news anchor
  • Greg Harper - LiveEye reporter; also producer
  • Michel McDermott - traffic reporter
  • Riaz Meghji - host

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • St. John Alexander - (1999–2001, now at CIVT-DT in Vancouver)
  • Bridgitte Anderson - (1995–1997, legislative reporter)
  • Paul Bae - (2009–2010, The CityNews List)
  • Mike Bothwell - (?-2006, reporter)
  • Dave Budge - (1981–2000, now news director at CBRT in Calgary)
  • Paul Carson - (1980–1999, anchor)
  • Alan Carter - (1989–1997, anchor/reporter)
  • Tasha Chiu - (2005–2008, Breakfast Television)
  • Graham Clark - (2009–2010, The CityNews List)
  • Kate Corcoran - (1989–2000, reporter)
  • Wayne Cox - (1976–1986, anchor, now at CHAN-DT in Vancouver)
  • Charlie Demers - (2009–2010, The CityNews List)
  • Monika Deol - (2002–2003, anchor)
  • Douglas Miller - (1982-1991, evening weather and noon anchor)
  • Marke Driesschen - (1991–2006, weather, now at CIVT-DT in Vancouver)
  • Michael Eckford - (2002–2003, Breakfast Television, now at Shaw TV Vancouver)
  • Barbara-Lee Edwards - (?-1994, weather/sports, now at KFMB-TV in San Diego)
  • Fiona Forbes - (2002–2003, Breakfast Television, now at Shaw TV Vancouver)
  • Shane Foxman - (1998–2005, reporter, Breakfast Television, now at CBUT-DT in Vancouver)
  • Russ Froese - (1988–2003, anchor)
  • Dave Gerry - (?-2008, reporter, Breakfast Television, now at CIVT-DT in Vancouver)
  • Rick Hoogendoorn - (1982–1988, reporter/sports)
  • Barry Houlihan - (1979–1983, sports)
  • Brian Hyde - (1986–2001, reporter)
  • Mike Killeen - (1995–2001, reporter/anchor, now at CIVT-DT in Vancouver)
  • David Kincaid - (1983–2004, reporter)
  • Jocelyn Laidlaw - (1990s-2002, now at CFCN-DT in Calgary)
  • Joe Leary - (1994–2006, weather, now at CFTE in Vancouver)
  • Dave Lefebvre - (2001–2006, reporter)
  • Cindy Leong - (?-2006, health)
  • Peter Louwe - (1989–2006, reporter)
  • Jeff Leyland - (2004–2006, sports)
  • Barry MacDonald - (1995–2001, Sports Page)
  • Craig MacEwen - (1993–2000, Sports Page, now at Sportsnet Pacific)
  • Sean McCormick - (1998–2001, Sports Page, now at Sportsnet Ontario)
  • Jennifer Mather - (1998–2002, anchor, now at CTV News Channel)
  • Kristina Matisic - (1994–1999, reporter/anchor, now hosting The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag and Anna & Kristina's Beauty Call)
  • Suzette Meyers - (?-1998, anchor)
  • Leigh Morrow - (1980s-2006, reporter)
  • Julie Nolin - (2005–2006, anchor)
  • Dan O'Toole - (2001–2002, anchor/reporter, now co-host of SportsCentre on TSN)
  • Dave Randorf - (1990s-1995, Sports Page)
  • Simi Sara - (1993–2008, reporter/anchor, Breakfast Television, CityCooks)
  • Dag Sharman - (1997–2006, anchor)
  • Erica Sigurdson - (2009–2010, The CityNews List)
  • Linden Soles - (1985–1989)
  • Tamara Stanners - (1990–1994, anchor, now at CKPK-FM in Vancouver)
  • Lynda Steele (now at Global Edmonton)
  • Don Taylor - (1985–2000, Sports Page, now at CKST in Vancouver)
  • Wendy Vreeken - (1983–2002, reporter, assignment producer, international segment writer/producer, 6 oclock producer, assignment manager, now in freelance video production)
  • Anna Wallner - (1994–1999, reporter/anchor, now hosting The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag and Anna & Kristina's Beauty Call)
  • Norma Wick - (1989-1996, reporter, anchor "UNews at 23:30")
  • Elaine Yong - (2001–2006, now at CHAN-DT in Vancouver)


Station City of licence Transmitter Type Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CKVU-TV-1 Courtenay Analog (destroyed, see below) 5 (VHF) 17.7 kW 82.5 m 49°35′36″N 125°0′41″W / 49.59333°N 125.01139°W / 49.59333; -125.01139 (CKVU-TV-1)
CKVU-DT-2 Victoria Digital 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 27.1 (PSIP)
2.75 kW 99.6 m 48°25′30″N 123°20′13″W / 48.42500°N 123.33694°W / 48.42500; -123.33694 (CKVU-DT-2)
CJWM-TV Whistler Analog 21 (UHF) 0.001 kW N/A 50°7′18.84″N 123°1′26.4″W / 50.1219000°N 123.024000°W / 50.1219000; -123.024000 (CJWM-TV)

Note: The Courtenay transmitter has been off-air since a fire destroyed the transmitter facility in October 2008. No announcement has been made as to whether this transmitter will be replaced.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[18]
10.1 1080i 16:9 CKVU-DT Main CKVU-DT programming / City

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On February 23, 2010, the station received approval from the CRTC to broadcast in digital from Mount Seymour rather than from its current analog transmitter on Saltspring Island.[19] This transmitter improved signal coverage for the Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas, but reception in Victoria was reduced. CKVU's digital signal first signed on the air on March 2, 2010.[20]

CKVU shut down its analogue signal, over VHF channel 10, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 47 to post-transition channel 33 (which previously served as the pre-transition digital channel for Vancouver-based CTV O&O CIVT-DT).[21] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CKVU-DT's virtual channel as 10.1.

CKVU improved its digital signal coverage on August 31, 2011, by broadcasting from a new transmitter in Victoria, which had been approved by the CRTC.[22] The Victoria and Mount Seymour digital transmitters replaced the majority of the coverage area previously covered by its channel 10 analog transmitter and improved coverage within the Vancouver and Victoria metropolitan areas.


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