Commonwealth Broadcasting Network

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Commonwealth Broadcasting Network
CBN TV.PNG
CBN logo
Launched April 19, 2005 (pay service)
June 17, 2012 (specialty service)
Owned by Asian Television Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Markham, Ontario
Formerly called ATN Caribbean (2005–late 2000s[specify])
Website CBN
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 730
Cable
Rogers Cable Channel 798
Shaw Cable Channel 526
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV Channel 796
MTS Channel 516
Optik TV Channel 2371

Commonwealth Broadcasting Network (CBN) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Asian Television Network (ATN).

CBN primarily focuses on cricket programming such as live and tape-delayed matches featuring Commonwealth nations. CBN also broadcasts a select number of lifestyle, entertainment, and informational series aimed primarily at the Caribbean and African communities.

History[edit]

In November 2000, ATN, through one of its subsidiaries, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Caribbean & African Network, described as "a national ethnic Category 2 pay television service targeting Caribbean and African communities."[1]

The channel was launched on April 19, 2005 as ATN Caribbean on Rogers Cable, airing a variety of programming aimed at the Caribbean and African communities in Canada with such programming as sports, music, dramas, and more.[2]

The channel later rebranded in the later 2000s as the Commonwealth Broadcasting Network (CBN) and began focusing more on cricket and other programming that would appeal to those outside the Caribbean and African communities, such as other Commonwealth nations.

On September 25, 2012, CBN's broadcasting licence to operate as a pay service was revoked at ATN's request.[3] The channel subsequently re-launched as a regular specialty service on June 17, 2012, under the following license: ATN Cricket Channel One

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