Canterbury Television

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CTV – Canterbury Television
Canterbury Television (logo).jpg
Launched September 1991
Owned by Allied Press
Picture format PAL
Slogan It's Canterbury
Country New Zealand
Broadcast area Canterbury
Headquarters 540 Wairaki Road
Christchurch
Formerly called CHTV, NOW TV
Sister channel(s) VTV Visitor Television
Website CTV
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital Freeview Channel 40
Canterbury
Cable
Vodafone InHomeTV Channel 199
The CTV building in 2004

Canterbury Television is an independent television station broadcasting in Canterbury, New Zealand.

The name is synonymous with regional television in New Zealand as it was the name of the first regional broadcaster to operate in New Zealand. CTV produces and screens more than twenty hours of locally based programming every week. It also screens overseas programming from Deutsche Welle and Al Jazeera. It broadcasts from the Sugarloaf transmitter on the Port Hills.

On 22 February 2011 Christchurch was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake and the CTV Building collapsed killing 16 staff members and destroying all of CTV’s equipment. On 18 April 2011 CTV resumed service in a new base location at the Mainland Press building in the Christchurch suburb of Harewood.

As of 18 March 2013, CTV commenced digital free-to-air transmissions on Freeview Channel 40. CTV is also on Vodafone Channel 199.

History[edit]

In 1999, yet to be signed New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra performed on CTV. The appearance led to her being signed by Universal Music Group New Zealand.

In 2003, NowTV (formerly known as CHTV) and CTV merged, headquartered into the NowTV Building.

In 2006, CTV was the chief sponsor of the Canterbury United soccer team.

Today in Canterbury, a nightly news programme, started in March 2008.

In late 2008 CTV gained popularity with the New Zealand professional wrestling promotion Impact Pro Wrestling airing IPW Ignition weekly. The first episode premiered on the 5 October 2008.

In March 2009, CTV started screening Graham Kerr's Kitchen and Nick Stellino's Cucina Amore, half-hour cooking programmes from the 1990s.

In September 2010, the CTV Building had received superficial damage in the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake, but was "given a clean bill of health" by structural engineers, according to the owners.[1] Reports of the building's construction date vary: Chip Le Grand of The Australian said 1960;[2] a 1 March 2011 NZPA report said 1991 or shortly before;[3] and a 4 March 2011 New Zealand Herald editorial said 1972.[4]

On 18 April 2011, CTV was back on air at 5.30 pm for the first time since February's earthquake.[5] The station began with a two-hour broadcast of news and then another hour of interviews with people involved in the earthquake recovery. Shows would screen nationwide on Māori Television the day after each CTV broadcast.[5]

18 March 2013, CTV joined Freeview, broadcasting from Sugarloaf, Christchurch on Channel 40. They extended their reach to South Canterbury on 1 June 2013, broadcasting from Cave Hill, Timaru.

2011 Christchurch earthquake[edit]

Main article: CTV Building
The CTV Building post-earthquake (24 February 2011)

The six-storey CTV Building[1] located at 249 Madras Street, on the Cashel Street corner (43°31′58″S 172°38′33″E / 43.532751°S 172.6424°E / -43.532751; 172.6424), collapsed in the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake[6] and CTV lost transmission. CTV's main studios were destroyed and the building's lift cavity, the main part of the structure left upright, caught fire. On 23 February, police decided that the damage was not survivable, and rescue efforts at the building were suspended. Initially more than 100 people were believed to have died in the building. Fire-fighting and recovery operations resumed that evening.[7] Of the 166 confirmed dead by 12 March 2011, 94 were recovered from the CTV building.[8][9] Many of the dead and missing were faculty and students at the King's Education school for English language, located on the third floor of the CTV building.[10] King's drew students from Asia and elsewhere.[11] The school was attempting to provide as much information as possible to families.[12]

The Port Hills transmitters were understood to be undamaged. CTV's sister channel VTV (Visitors Television) also ceased broadcasting because of the quake.

CTV's website was still functioning immediately after the earthquake, but was later replaced with this statement:

The building that housed the operations of Canterbury Television was destroyed in the earthquake of February 22, 2011. Many of our staff are missing and lives have been lost.

The thoughts and heartfelt sympathies of those who remain go out to the families and friends of our missing colleagues, and to all in Christchurch who are missing or have lost a loved one in this tragedy.[13]

A coronial inquest into the CTV building's collapse is due to report back to the Government in November 2012.[14]

Presenters[edit]

  • Grant Mangin - 'CTV News' Presenter, and Presenter of 'Point of View'
  • Marcus Gibbs - journalist 'CTV News'
  • Rob Cope-Williams – Presenter of 'Rob's Country'
  • Pete Smith – Presenter of 'Pete Smith Hosts' and 'Life and Times'
  • Jude Kirk - Presenter of 'Let's Go Shopping'
  • Kineta Knight Booker – Presenter of 'Canterbury Life'
  • Gordon Findlater - Sport Presenter on 'CTV News'
  • Emma Cropper - Journalist 'CTV News'
  • Patrick Phelps - Journalist 'CTV News'

Past presenters[edit]

  • Gracie Fea - journalist/presenter of 'CTV News'
  • Jo Kane – Presenter of 'One on One'
  • Samantha Early – journalist/presenter of 'CTV News'
  • Emily Cooper – journalist/presenter of 'CTV News'
  • Sue Wells – host of 'Susan Sells'
  • Natalie Slade – host of 'Onwards and Upwards'
  • George Balani – co-host of 'Gifford & Balani'
  • Matty Beaumont – co-host of 'POWA Live', 'The Auto Hour', and music video show 'Retro' (Died in the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake)[15]
  • Samuel Gibb – host of 'Today in Canterbury' and journalist/presenter of 'CTV News' (Died in the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake)[15]
  • Jessica Horne - host of 'Today in Canterbury' and journalist/presenter of 'CTV News'
  • Phil Gifford – Co-host of 'Gifford and Balani'
  • Jo Giles – host of 'Shopping with Jo' and 'In Depth' (Died in the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake)[15]
  • Janice Gray – host of 'The D.O.G. Show'
  • Simon Green – co-host of 'The Hub'
  • Chris Lynch – host of Cry Music TV (now a producer for TVNZ's Close Up show)
  • Jim Hopkins – host of 'The Knackered Chef,' 'Jim Hopkins Tonight' and 'A Smattering of Ominions'
  • Ali Jones – host of 'At Home With the Joneses'
  • Bronwen King – host of 'Healthy Eating'
  • Grant Mangin – host of 'Flicks' and 'Good Living'
  • Donna Manning – co-host of 'Good Living' (Died in the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake)[15]
  • Michelle Mollard – host of 'Thunder at the Glen'
  • Kerry Pierson – host of 'Good Living'
  • Andrew Sepie – host of 'Classic Hits Retro'
  • Peter Townsend – host of 'Canterbury Business Week'
  • Vanessa Wells – host of 'Good Living'
  • Rob Wilkinson – host of 'CTV Racenight' and 'CTV Sportsnight'

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chapman, Kate (2 March 2011). "CTV building's owners welcome collapse inquiry". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Le Grand, Chip (28 February 2011). "Demolition work at CTV tower an issue for quake inquiry". The Australian. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "CTV building owners welcome inquiry, death toll now at 155". The New Zealand Herald. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Editorial: Quake work needs limits and balance". The New Zealand Herald. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "CTV back on air". kiwinewsonline.co.nz. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "More bodies expected to be pulled from CTV building". 3news.co.nz. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Christchurch quake toll 75, dozens missing". Stuff.co.nz. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Morgan, Jared (12 March 2011). "Christchurch earthquake death toll still not clear". The Press. www.stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Madden, James & Callick, Rowan (5 March 2011). "'We don't use the word dead' – Japan goes in where others give up hope". perthnow.com. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Steven Joyce (24 February 2011). "Govt expresses grave concern for Kings Education missing". www.beehive.govt.nz. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Iconic Christchurch CTV building becomes a tomb". The Seattle Times. 25 February 2011.
  12. ^ Post 22 February 2011 earthquake update. King's Education.
  13. ^ CTV website Retrieved on 24 February 2011 ≈11:55 (UTC)
  14. ^ "CTV coronial inquest restarts 13 months on". 3 News NZ. 29 October 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c d New Zealand Police List of Deceased

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