Yes TV

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Yes TV
Type Broadcast television system
Country Canada
Availability Parts of Ontario and Alberta
Slogan Say Yes to Yes TV
Owner Crossroads Christian Communications
Launch date
September 30, 1998
Former names
Crossroads Television System (1998-2014)
Official website
Yes TV

Yes TV (formerly the Crossroads Television System, or CTS) is a Canadian television system owned by Crossroads Christian Communications, consisting of three stations located in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, and Edmonton.

The three stations air a lineup consisting predominantly of faith-based programming, such as televangelists and Crossroads' flagship program 100 Huntley Street. During the late-afternoon and evening hours, Yes TV broadcasts secular, family-oriented programming, such as reruns of classic sitcoms. With its 2014 re-launch as Yes TV, the system will increase its emphasis on reality-oriented programming, having picked up Canadian rights to a number of series aired by major U.S. networks—including, most notably, American Idol and The Biggest Loser.

History[edit]

Crossroads previously consisted of a single television station, CITS-TV in Hamilton, Ontario, with rebroadcast transmitters in London and Ottawa. CITS, which launched in 1998, was the second religious terrestrial television station launched in Canada, after CJIL-TV in Lethbridge, Alberta.

On June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved Crossroads' application for new television stations to serve the Calgary and Edmonton markets. Respectively, these are CKCS-TV, which broadcasts on channel 32, and CKES-TV, which broadcasts on channel 45; both stations launched on October 8, 2007.[1]

On August 12, 2014, Crossroads announced that it would relaunch CTS as Yes TV on September 1, 2014. Describing the new brand as "embracing positivity and approaching the world with an affirmative position", the re-launch coincided with the announcement that it had picked up several new secular reality and game shows for the 2014-15 season, including America's Funniest Home Videos (formerly aired by City), American Idol (formerly aired by CTV and CTV Two), Judge Judy, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (both formerly aired by CHCH-DT), The Biggest Loser (formerly aired by City), and The X-Factor (UK).[2]

Stations[edit]

City of license/market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Calgary, Alberta CKCS-DT 32.1 (32)
Edmonton, Alberta CKES-DT 45.1 (30)
Hamilton, Ontario
(Greater Toronto Area)
CITS-DT Hamilton: 36.1 (36)
CITS-DT-1/Ottawa: 32.1 (42)
CITS-DT-2/London: 16.1 (14)

Some of Yes TV's secular programming (such as Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The X Factor (UK), The Biggest Loser and Judge Judy) is also carried on Victoria, British Columbia independent station CHEK-DT.

Programming[edit]

Controversy[edit]

In December 2010, CTS temporarily pulled Word TV, a program hosted by televangelist Charles McVety, off the air, following a decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council over statements that he disparaged gay people while commenting on Toronto's Gay Pride parade (which he called a "sex parade") and Ontario's sex education curriculum for public schools (which he charged that children would go to school not to learn, but to become gay). The CBSC has ordered CTS to announce the ruling at least twice on the air, and to take steps that incidents like this do not happen again.[3][4] In January 2011, CTS cancelled Word TV, leading McVety to sue CTS, claiming political persecution.[5] However, CTS has said in a press release that McVety was asked many times to cease his distorting and polarizing behaviour, and comply with broadcasting guidelines, yet he refused to do so.[6]

Logos[edit]

CTS Original Logo.png CITS.png Ctstv.svg
1999–2002 2002–2005 2005–2014

See also[edit]

  • Joytv, a former television system with affiliates in the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba carrying similarly styled multi-faith religious and secular programming
  • 2007 Canada broadcast TV realignment

References[edit]

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