Crossroads Television System
|Crossroads Television System|
|Type||Broadcast television system|
|Availability||Parts of Ontario and Alberta|
|Slogan||Television You Can Believe In|
|Owner||Crossroads Christian Communications|
|September 30, 1998|
|Crossroads Television System|
Crossroads Television System, or CTS, is a privately held Canadian television system. CTS airs predominantly Christian-based religious programming, most notably 100 Huntley Street, The Michael Coren Show and LIFE Today with James & Betty Robison, as well as other religious and faith based programming, along with syndicated reruns of family-oriented mainstream programming such as Happy Days, Full House and The Waltons.
On September 1, 2014, CTS will be re-branded as Yes TV.
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.
On August 12, 2014, Crossroads announced that it will 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-TV), The Biggest Loser (formerly aired by City), and The X-Factor (UK).
|City of license/market||Station||Channel
|Calgary, Alberta||CKCS-DT||32.1 (32)|
|Edmonton, Alberta||CKES-DT||45.1 (30)|
(Greater Toronto Area)
|CITS-DT||Hamilton: 36.1 (36)
CITS-DT-1/Ottawa: 32.1 (42)
CITS-DT-2/London: 16.1 (14)
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. In January 2011, CTS cancelled Word TV, leading McVety to sue CTS, claiming political persecution. 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.
- Joytv, a religious 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
- "Say "Yes" to YES TV - YES TV Set to Launch This Fall". CTSTV.com. Crossroads Christian Communications. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- CRTC Decision 2007-167
- National Post: "Evangelical TV show pulled from the air", December 10, 2010.
- Daily Brew: "Television evangelist Charles McVety censured for claims of gay government agenda", December 9, 2010.
- CTS press release: "CTS Refutes Comments made by Charles McVety and Word TV", January 31, 2011.