Crossroads Television System
|Type||Broadcast television system|
|Availability||Parts of Ontario and Alberta|
|Founded||by David Mainse|
|Slogan||Television You Can Believe In|
|Owner||Crossroads Christian Communications|
|Launch date||September 30, 1998|
|Official website||Crossroads 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.
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.
|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.
|1998 - 2002||2002 - 2005||2005 - present|
- 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
- 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.
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