|Launched||March 30, 1998|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV/letterbox)
|Slogan||Toronto's Breaking News|
|Broadcast area||Southern Ontario (analogue)
|Formerly called||Pulse 24 (pre-launch, 1996)|
|Sister channel(s)||TV: CFTO-DT, CKVR-DT
Radio: CFXJ-FM, CHUM (AM), CHUM-FM
|Bell TV||Channel 503 (SD)
Channel 1566 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 509|
|Available on many Southern Ontario cable providers||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 503 (SD)
Channel 1503 (HD)
CablePulse 24 (CP24) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Bell Media subsidiary of BCE, Inc. Based in Toronto, the channel focuses on local news from the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, although it also covers national and international news. It is distributed through cable in Southern Ontario and direct broadcast satellite nationally.
- 1 History
- 2 Location and format
- 3 Other affiliations
- 4 Carriage and expansion plans
- 5 Programs
- 6 Remote camera use
- 7 CP24 HD
- 8 CP24 GO
- 9 On-air staff
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996 as Pulse 24, and launched on March 30, 1998 as CablePulse 24, under the ownership of CHUM Limited and minority partner Sun Media, owner of the Toronto Sun daily newspaper. The channel was named as an extension of CITY-TV's newscasts, which were then known as CityPulse. For the first 10 years since its inception, CP24's programming was anchored and featured reports from Citytv personalities, live CityPulse news broadcasts were immediately repeated on CP24 after their initial broadcast on CITY-TV (except for breaking news coverage), and special coverage would be simulcast between the channel and the television station. Select programming from other CHUM stations would also be featured on the channel including The NewMusic and Fashion Television.
On December 1, 2004, CHUM Limited acquired the remaining interest in CP24 (giving it 100% of its shares), when the Sun's owners sold their 29.9% share in CP24 after acquiring its independent broadcast station CKXT-TV, the same day that CHUM Limited took control of Craig Media and its assets.
Acquisition by CTV
On July 12, 2006, CTVglobemedia announced a friendly bid to take over CHUM Limited for an estimated $1.7 billion. One year later on June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved the CTV takeover of CHUM. However, the CRTC made the deal conditional on CTVgm selling the Citytv stations. On June 12, 2007, Rogers announced that it had agreed to buy the Citytv stations (including Citytv Toronto) for $375 million. The deal was finalized later that year, with a stipulation that CTV maintain ownership of CHUM's 299 Queen Street West headquarters and studios. CTV chose to keep CP24, along with the rest of CHUM assets (including the A Channel stations) it had previously said it would sell.
As a result of the ownership changes, CP24 began to separate its operations from those of CITY-TV. This process began in November 2008, when CP24 established a new studio and newsroom on the second floor of the 299 Queen Street West building, followed by the removal of all Citytv programming from its schedule on December 10, 2008 (excluding Breakfast Television), and replacing the 6 p.m. CityNews simulcast with CFTO's CTV News at Six. Critics had speculated that the latter change was likely as a response to the announcement of the CRTC granting approval to an application by Rogers Media for its own regional news channel focusing on the Greater Toronto Area, the CityNews Channel.
On March 26, 2009, Breakfast Television was replaced with a new morning show, CP24 Breakfast, marking the completion of CP24's separation from Citytv. To coincide with the launch, CTV also relaunched the oldies music radio station CHUM (1050 AM; which was also acquired in the CTV/CHUM merger) as an audio simulcast of CP24, becoming known on-air as "CP24 Radio 1050". The move was intended to bring CP24's programming to a new platform and broaden the network's reach as a multi-platform news source. The move did not prove successful, however. Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn in particular criticized the simulcast for being a poor substitute for an actual all-news radio format, and pointed out several instances demonstrating that no special consideration was taken for CP24's content, which was being produced for television and not radio. This arrangement ended on April 13, 2011, with the launch of a new TSN-branded sports talk format, "TSN Radio 1050", weeks after Bell Canada took control of CTVglobemedia's assets including CP24, with the latter company becoming known as Bell Media.
Following the massive layoffs and cost-cutting measures that took place at the Citytv stations across Canada (including the cancellation of Citytv Toronto's CityNews at Five announced on January 19, 2010), CP24 immediately expanded its Live at 5 broadcast from 15 minutes to a full half hour, and added another half-hour newscast following it at 5:30 p.m. As a result, CP24's late-afternoon talk shows, such as Animal House Calls and Hot Property, which were previously seen weekdays at 5:15 p.m. were moved to a new 7:15 p.m. time slot on January 26, 2010.
On March 19, 2011, CP24 introduced a weekend edition of CP24 Breakfast, hosted by Pooja Handa and Gurdeep Ahluwalia, George Lagogianes is the remote host and Nneka Elliott (who resigned on May 2, 2011, and was replaced by Jamie Gutfreund) delivers the weather forecasts. The show runs from 7:00-10:15 a.m.
Location and format
CP24 is based at 299 Queen Street West, at the corner of John Street and Queen Street West. It used to sharethe newsroom with CITY-TV on the ground floor. In November 2008, CP24 moved its operations to a new studio and newsroom on the second floor of the complex. Coinciding with the new studio, CP24 also adopted an updated on-air appearance, replacing the previous blue and gold colour scheme with a red, white and black design.
CP24's screen format uses a window in the top-left of the screen to show the current program, which is surrounded with a sidebar with weather and traffic reports, along with scrolling news headlines and local entertainment/event information, and tickers for stocks and sports. This format has been described[by whom?] as more closely resembling a website than a conventional television channel, and has been replicated with a similar look of CP24's enriched screen on its website.
On September 27, 2012, CP24 once again updated its on-air appearance as the channel began broadcasting in high definition. There were several changes to the relaunched enriched screen, including:
- the entertainment and concert listings were reallocated from the bottom screen to the right-hand corner below the weather scroll and above the traffic box,
- the weather scroll was expanded to a "five-day" contrast (which previously only displayed in "four-day" contrast) on which the scroll displays the forecast breakdown for the next 24-hours (e.g., "MORN" for both the current morning and the next morning, "AFT", for afternoon, "EVE" for evening and "NITE" for overnight), and
- a larger sports headline news scroll was added at the bottom.
- business news from Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange and the American New York Stock Exchange takes over the sports headline scroll Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
CP24 shares news resources with other Bell Media-owned outlets, including sports updates with TSN (and CHUM "TSN Radio 1050"), business news updates with the Business News Network, MTV News with MTV Canada and entertainment news updates with eTalk. CP24 sometimes shares news reporters with CTV and CTV Two. Before its acquisition by CTV, CP24 was closely integrated with CITY-DT's newsroom, sharing programming, anchors and hosts.
Carriage and expansion plans
CP24 is seen on cable channel 24 on most cable providers that carry the channel. It is not carried on any analogue cable system outside of Central or Southern Ontario, although it is available on direct broadcast satellite and IPTV television providers in some markets. The channel is available across Canada on Bell TV, on which the station is part of the service's "News" package. It is also available in the "FYI" package provided to Shaw Direct customers.
+ denotes simulcast of local news programming from sister station CFTO-DT
- CP24 Dayside - Daytime newsflow hosted by various CP24 anchors
- CP24 Nightside' - Evening newsflow hosted by various CP24 anchors
- Before Breakfast - airs weekdays at 5 a.m.
- CP24 Breakfast - airs weekdays at 6 a.m.
- CP24 Breakfast Weekend Edition - airs weekends at 7 a.m.
- CP24 Early News Edition - first half-hour of CP24 Breakfast, airs weekdays at 5:30 a.m.
- CP24 Live at Noon - hosted by Stephen LeDrew on weekdays; airs weekdays at noon, this title is also used during the noon-hour newsflow on the weekends
- + CTV News at 6 - 6 p.m. newscast, anchored by Michelle Dubé and Ken Shaw
- + CTV News at 6 Weekend - weekend 6 p.m. newscast, anchored by Andria Case and Colin D'Mello
- + CTV News at 11:30 - 11:30 p.m. newscast, anchored by Bill Hutchison
- + CTV News at 11:30 Weekend - weekend 11:30 p.m. newscast, anchored by Andria Case
- Live at 5 - 5 p.m. newscast, originally running 15 minutes since its launch on January 14, 2008. Expanded to 30 minutes on January 19, 2010, after Rogers Media, the owners of Citytv announced cost-cutting measures at the Citytv stations across Canada including the cancellation of their 5 p.m. newscast for Toronto; hosted by Kyle Christie
- Live at 5:30 - hosted by Nathan Downer; this program was added to the CP24 schedule on January 19, 2010, in response to the budget cuts at the Citytv stations across Canada which included the cancellation of their 5 p.m. newscast for Toronto; airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m.
- CP24 Live at 10 - late evening newscast, hosted by Kyle Christie and Jee-Yun Lee
- CP24 Live at 10:30 - late evening newscast, hosted by Kyle Christie and Jee-Yun Lee
- CP24 Live at 11 - late evening newscast with repeats during the overnight, hosted by Kyle Christie and Jee-Yun Lee
- Live from the Breaking News Desk - overnight newscast running seven-minute live news segments at the top each hour during the overnight, beginning at midnight. Hosted by reporter/assignment editor Diana Petrucci.
- Animal Housecalls - hosted by Ann Rohmer, a phone-in show with guests about animals; airs on CP24 and Animal Planet Tuesdays at 7:10 p.m.
- AutoShop - a phone-in show about automobiles airs at 8 p.m. Sundays.
- App Central - airs weekends on BNN and on CP24; co-hosted by Michael Hainsworth and Amber MacArthur, with reporter Kris Abel and contributors Daniel Bader, Maurice Cacho, Simon Cohen, Ian Hardy, Winston Sih, Doug Stephens and Andy Walker
- Cold Case of the Week - hosted by Sue Sgambati, guested by Det.Sgt. Steve Ryan
- Hot Property - real estate program, hosted by Ann Rohmer; airs Thursdays at 7:15 p.m.
- On the Quarter - hosted by Ann Rohmer and TD Waterhouse money expert Patricia Lovett Reid; airs every three months
- Toronto Santa Claus Parade - Annual parade held in mid-November to celebrate the start of the holiday season; aired since 2010.
Remote camera use
- CN Tower
- Highway 401
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Rogers Centre
- Toronto City Hall
- Don Valley Parkway
- Polson Street
- 299 Queen Street West
- Spadina and Dundas (added in 2009)
- McCaul Street (added in 2009)
Since 2008, CP24 has leased a Bell 206L-4 Long Ranger (C-FCTV) news helicopter which can broadcast live at 1500 feet above land; nicknamed Chopper 24, which is supplied by its sister station, CTV Toronto and is painted with CTV's colouring and logo.
Remote truck use
CP24 operates a fleet of remote transmission trucks that use digital microwave and satellite uplink systems to do live news reports throughout the region. Known as "Breaking News Vehicles" the custom-built 2008 Chevrolet Suburbans were outfitted by Frontline Communications of Clearwater, Florida, USA. The vehicles use a red, white and black paint scheme with the channel's logo and the "Breaking News!" slogan also included in the design.
Beat The Traffic
In 2009, CP24 became the first and only station in Canada to introduce a new Beat The Traffic system showing a three-dimensional animated map displaying traffic flow, roadwork, accidents and current highway travel times.
The CRTC approved an application by then-owners CHUM Limited in June 2007 to launch an high-definition simulcast of CP24. On September 27, 2012, CP24 began broadcasting in HD (with the SD feed letterboxed) initially on Bell Fibe TV coinciding with it, a new enhanced on-air appearance. The HD feed was also added on the Bell TV service in December 2012. On June 25, 2013, CP24 began broadcasting in HD on Rogers Cable, shortly after the competing Rogers-owned CityNews Channel, which had been available in HD on Rogers Cable since launch, announced it would be shutting down.
In December 2013, Bell Media launched GO apps for their main TV channels. CP24 delivers a live stream for free to Bell TV customers via CP24 GO. It can be accessed from a tablet, smartphone, or computer. CTV, also a Bell Media property, offers similar through their CTV GO app. However, CP24 has not discontinued their occasional free live streaming of major events.
- Gurdeep Ahluwalia - weekend morning anchor/host of CP24 Breakfast; also reporter
- Steve Anthony - weekday morning co-host of CP24 Breakfast
- Kyle Christie - weeknights on Live at 5; also reporter
- Lindsey Deluce - anchor of Before Breakfast and CP24 Breakfast
- Nathan Downer - weeknights on Live at 5:30; also reporter
- Nneka Elliott - also reporter
- Melissa Grelo - co-host of CP24 Breakfast
- Pooja Handa - weekend mornings on CP24 Breakfast; also reporter
- Rena Heer - also reporter
- George Lagogianes - also reporter
- Stephen LeDrew - weekdays on CP24 Live at Noon
- Jee Yun Lee - also reporter
- Farah Nasser - also reporter
- Ann Rohmer - freelance
- Stephanie Smyth - also Senior Producer, Breaking News and Assignment
- Diana Petrucci - overnight news reporter/anchor on Live from the Breaking News Desk
- Karman Wong - also reporter (currently on maternity leave)
Local program hosts
- Stephen LeDrew - host of LeDrew Live
- Amber MacArthur - host of App Central
- Ann Rohmer - host of Animal House Calls, Hot Property and On the Quarter
- Sue Sgambati - host of The Chief and The Commish
- Nneka Elliot - host of Autoshop
- Cam Woolley - host of Know Your Rights
- Bill Coulter (CMOS-endorsed weathercaster) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on CP24 Breakfast
- Jamie Gutfreund - weather specialist; weekend mornings on CP24 Breakfast
- Patricia Jaggernauth - weather specialist and freelance reporter
- Mika Midolo - weather specialist
- Chris Potter - meteorologist
- Jamie Gutfruend - substitute traffic specialist
- Mika Midolo - traffic/transit specialist
- Amber Payie - traffic/safety specialist and lead reporter
- Bob Summers - traffic specialist
- Andrea Hartling - substitute traffic specialist
- Sandie Benitah - CP24.com reporter (on-air)
- Jackie Crandles - general assignment reporter
- Nneka Elliott - general assignment reporter
- Andrea Hartling - senior assignment editor
- Chris Kitching - CP24.com reporter (on-air)
- Sue Sgambati - general assignment reporter and crime specialist
- Nalini Sharma - general assignment reporter and CP24 Breakfast remote host
- Katie Simpson - general assignment reporter (former senior assignment editor)
- Diana Petrucci- breaking news reporter and assignment editor
- Stephanie Smyth - senior breaking news reporter
- Cristina Tenaglia - general assignment reporter
- Cam Woolley - general assignment, traffic and safety reporter
Notable former presenters
Presenters also include those working of both CITY-TV's CityNews Toronto and CP24 prior to the CTV/CHUM acquisition in 2007.
- Thalia Assuras (later moved to ABC and then CBS)
- Matte Babel - CP24 Breakfast remote host
- Hal Banfield - CP24 reporter
- Hugh Burrill - CityNews/CP24 sports anchor and AutoShop (now with CITY-TV's CityNews Toronto)
- Bill Cameron (later with the CBC)
- Lance Chilton - reporter
- Francis D'Souza - CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter (now 6 p.m. anchor for CityNews Toronto)
- Mark Dailey - CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter and host of CityNews Tonight (died on December 6, 2010, after a long battle with kidney cancer)
- Denise Donlon (later CEO of Sony Canada)
- Dwight Drummond - CityNews/CP24 crime reporter - former host of The Chief (joined CBC News Toronto on Oct 12/10)
- Merella Fernandez - CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter and host of AutoShop
- Mary Garofalo (later at WNYW in New York City; now host of Global's 16:9)
- Larysa Harapyn - CityNews/CP24 entertainment reporter
- Lorne Honickman - CP24 legal specialist
- Bob Hunter (founder of Greenpeace; later died of cancer)
- Avi Lewis (later with CBC; now with Al Jazeera English)
- Stephen Lewis - provided a commentary program (later appointed as Canadian ambassador to the United Nations)
- Cynthia Loyst - host of Sex Matters
- Gord Martineau - CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter, CityNews at Six anchor for CP24, and anchor of CityNews International (now with CITY-TV's CityNews Toronto)
- Jim McKenny - CityNews/CP24 sports anchor (now retired)
- Tracy Moore - reporter (now host of Citytv's CityLine)
- Anne Mroczkowski - CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter - CityNews at Six anchor and host of The Mayor (now at Global Toronto)
- Cynthia Mulligan - CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter (now with CITY-TV's CityNews Toronto)
- David Onley - CP24 anchor and host of ''Homepage (appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 2007)
- Alex Pierson - CityNews/CP24 reporter (later with Global News in Toronto; now with Sun News Network)
- Beatrice Politi - CP24 political specialist (now with Global Ontario)
- Kris Reyes - CityNews/CP24 reporter and former host of City Online (now with Global Toronto's The Morning Show)
- John Roberts (credited as J.D. Roberts) - entertainment reporter and weekend anchor (later with CNN's American Morning; now Atlanta-based national correspondent for Fox News Channel)
- Tonya Rouse - fitness specialist and host of CP24's Perfect Fit
- John Saunders - sportscaster (now at ESPN)
- Omar Sachedina - CP24 anchor/reporter (now a correspondent for CTV News)
- Pam Seatle - CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter (now general assignment reporter with CITY-TV's CityNews Toronto)
- CRTC Decision 96-609
- CP24.com Exciting times as CP24 launches cutting-edge newsroom
- CP24 broadcasts Toronto's Number One Local 6pm Newscast
- CRTC Broadcasting Notice 2008-9
- What Happened To CityNews On That Cable Channel?
- Ted Woloshyn, "CP24 Radio is a disaster". Toronto Sun, March 28, 2009.
- "Ground shifting as broadcasters brace for sports war". Toronto Star, January 21, 2011.
- "TSN Radio a reality". The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2011.
- CP24 Now Offers Toronto Viewers More Early News With LIVE AT 5 and LIVE AT 5:30 CTVglobemedia press release, January 19, 2010,
- CP24 now offering more news at 5 p.m. CP24.com, published January 19, 2010
- TalkTV shows move to better time-slot CP24.com, puiblished January 26, 2010,
- CP24 BREAKFAST Served Fresh Seven Days A Week CTV press release, March 14, 2011
- CP24 November 18 press release for new on-air look and new cutting-edge newsroom
- CP24 launches enhanced HD screen www.cp24.com, published on September 27, 2012
- BNN and CP24 Launch a Brand New Program APP CENTRAL CTV press release, March 23, 2011.
- "App Central - About the Show". Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- CP24's Beat The Traffic system online
- , On-air staff CP24.com. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- A Legend Lost: Toronto Mourns The Death Of Mark Dailey
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