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|Type||Broadcast television network|
|Availability||Most communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, also available nationally via satellite|
|Slogan||The Maritimes Are Watching|
|Mike Elgie - Vice President & General Manager|
|Atlantic Television System (ATV, 1972 - October 10, 2005)|
CTV Atlantic (formerly known as the Atlantic Television System, or ATV) is a system of four television stations in the Canadian Maritimes, owned and operated by the CTV Television Network, a division of Bell Media. Despite the name, it is not available on basic cable or analog in Newfoundland and Labrador even though that province is part of Atlantic Canada.
The CTV Atlantic stations are:
- CJCH-DT - Halifax, Nova Scotia (flagship station)
- CJCB-TV - Sydney, Nova Scotia
- CKCW-DT - Moncton, New Brunswick/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- CKLT-DT - Saint John, New Brunswick
All four stations refer to themselves on air as CTV, not by their call letters. CJCB and CKCW simulcast CJCH for most of the day, but air separate commercials and local telethons. CKLT is a full repeater of CKCW. However, all four stations are separately licenced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Station information and history is discussed in each station's own article.
CJCH was a charter CTV affiliate when it started in 1961. CJCB and CKCW were established as CBC Television stations in 1954. CKCW affiliated with CTV in 1969, adding sister station CKLT the same year. Between 1969 and 1976, CKCW's relay stations in Northern New Brunswick (Campbellton, Upsalquitch Lake and Newcastle (Miramichi), plus three relay stations in Quebec) carried a combined CBC/CTV schedule, becoming full relays of CKCW after CHSJ in Saint John, the CBC affiliate in New Brunswick, established its own relays in the area.
CHUM Limited, a Toronto broadcaster, bought CJCH in 1970, CJCB in 1971 and CKCW and CKLT in 1972. Later that year, it switched CJCB's affiliation to CTV and merged the four stations into the ATV system. Shortly afterward, CKCW opened a rebroadcaster in Charlottetown, making Prince Edward Island the last province to get CTV. In 1997, as part of a group deal, the ATV stations were sold to CTV.
Although each station originally produced its own news and local programming in the beginning, they too were merged in the early 1980s. A side effect of this is that the newscasts often include stories about things like local politics that can be of little interest to viewers in other parts of the region, and a common complaint among residents of both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is that CTV News focuses too much on the other province. However, CTV Atlantic has had some of the highest ratings of any local newscasts in Canada, although its presence and viewing audience is somewhat less in PEI mainly as a result of competition from CBCT in Charlottetown, which provides the province's only PEI-specific newscast.
On October 11, 2005, ATV was renamed "CTV Atlantic". Most other CTV owned-and-operated stations had been renamed the prior week.
Newscasts and regionally-produced programming
CTV Atlantic produces approximately 26 hours of local programming each week. All news programs are produced in 16:9 high definition as of July 13th, 2014 at CJCH's Robie Street studio in Halifax. CTV News also has news bureaus in Charlottetown, New Glasgow, Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.
Notable news personalities
- Bruce Frisko - CTV News at 5 host, late night anchor.
- Steve Murphy - Weekday evening anchor, Noon anchor on CTV Two, Host of Christmas Daddies Telethon, Host of the IWK Telethon
Notable former personalities
- Paul Hollingsworth – sports and correspondent/reporter; now with Communications Nova Scotia
- Nancy Regan – anchor
- Eric Sorensen – New Brunswick News Director/anchor; now at Washington D.C. bureau chief for Global National
- Janet Stewart – reporter/weekend & fill-in anchor; now at CBWT Winnipeg
- Dave Wright – anchor of the ATV Evening News, Host of The Notebook, followed by Live at 5. Was at WNEV-TV for a short time; now deceased