CTV Atlantic

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This article is about a terrestrial television system. For the cable-only channel airing CTV Two programming, see CTV Two Atlantic.
"ATV (Canada)" redirects here. For the Bell Media-owned Canadian television system that has used the URL atv.ca from 2008 until 2011, see CTV Two.
CTV Atlantic
Type Broadcast television network
Country Canada
Availability Most communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, also available nationally via satellite
Slogan The Maritimes Are Watching
Owner Bell Media
Key people
Mike Elgie - Vice President & General Manager
Launch date
September 1972
Former names
Atlantic Television System (ATV, 1972 - October 10, 2005)
Official website
CTV Atlantic

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:

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.

History[edit]

The original ATV logo, used from 1972 to 1997.

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.

ATV primary logo from 1997-2005

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Notable news personalities[edit]

Notable former personalities[edit]

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