Cable 14 (Hamilton, Ontario)
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|Availability||Hamilton, Ontario and surrounding area|
Cogeco – 66.67%
Rogers Communications – 16.67%
Source Cable – 16.66%
|Cable 14 Official Website|
Cable 14 is a community channel licenced to Hamilton, Ontario, and is available to cable television subscribers of Cogeco, Rogers Communications, and Source Cable systems. The cable TV station is available to cable customers in Hamilton, and the communities of Dunnville, Caledonia, and Cayuga in Haldimand County. The channel is controlled by its parent company TV Hamilton Limited, which is jointly owned by Cogeco, Rogers, and Source Cable. Cogeco owns majority interest in the company at 66.7%. The board of directors is made up of representatives of all three cable companies.
The station airs programming of interest and benefit to the community. Programming includes Kiwanis TV Bingo, which is the longest running community television program in Canada. Each year this program raises funds for local charities. In the 2005-06 season, over $250,000 was raised through Kiwanis TV Bingo and went right back to the community. Cable 14 also airs several community sports events, including games played by Hamilton's Mohawk College and McMaster University sports teams.
Weekdays at noon, Cable 14 airs its daily lifestyle magazine show Hamilton Life. This program features segments telling the stories of the Hamilton community and the people who live there. The show is produced and hosted by Linda Rourke, with co-host Greg Ross.
Nightly at 5:00pm, Cable 14 airs a variety a daily informational/public affairs shows produced and hosted by members of the Hamilton community, depending on the day of the week. These shows repeat back-to-back throughout the evening until midnight. Cable 14 airs Hamilton City Council meetings Wednesdays at 5pm.
In September 2011, Cable 14 increased access to the station for members of the community, allocating the 10pm hour on weekdays, and 9am-noon on Saturdays, to community producers for certain topics with Access Hamilton. Such shows include Hamilton Talks, a weekly interview show hosted by Larry Di Ianni; Just Ask Bob, a home improvement show; and others.
At election time Cable 14 provides all-candidate debates for each of the local ridings and/or wards, as well as full election night coverage with a focus on local races, including Haldimand.
A number of local personalities have hosted shows on the channel, including Karen Bertelsen, Doug Farraway and Mike Nabuurs.