|Mexico City, Mexico|
|Slogan||El canal cultural de México
(Mexico's Cultural Channel)
|Channels||Analog: 22 (UHF)
Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
(Televisión Metropolitana, S.A. de C.V.)
|Call letters' meaning||XE Instituto Mexicano de la Televisión, former public broadcaster (Imevisión)|
|Former callsigns||XHTRM-TV (1982-85)|
|Transmitter power||2,271.36 kW (analog)
116.49 kW (digital)
XEIMT-TV is a television station located in Mexico City. Broadcasting on channel 22, XEIMT is owned by Televisión Metropolitana, S.A. de C.V., and operated by Conaculta. It is one of Mexico's principal public television stations, with a format emphasizing cultural programming.
Channel 22, Mexico City's first UHF station, signed on April 15, 1982, as XHTRM-TV, the principal station of Televisión de la República Mexicana (TRM). It was the first new television station in Mexico City since 1968, when channels 8 (XHTM, operated by Televisión Independiente de México) and 13 (XHDF-TV, which was nationalized in 1972) went on the air. In 1983, TRM was absorbed into a new state broadcaster, Instituto Mexicano de la Televisión, and its callsign changed to XEIMT-TV to reflect the new ownership structure.
In 1985, Instituto Mexicano de la Televisión took on the name Imevisión. All of the TRM repeater stations that had been constructed and relayed channel 22 were linked to Mexico City's newest television station, XHIMT-TV channel 7. From XHIMT and XHDF, two new national networks, known as Red Nacional 7 and Red Nacional 13, were formed, and Mexico City's channel 22 was opened up to broadcast local programs. The station became known as Cine Canal 22 and introduced a programming schedule focused on movies.
However, Canal 22 faced several uphill battles. As it was the first UHF station in the area, not all televisions could receive it, and its transmitter in Ajusco did not offer enough power or height to cover the city. By the 1990s, Imevisión was in rough shape. In September 1990, XEIMT and XHIMT began simulcasting XHDF for the entirety of the broadcast day. In January 1991, it was announced that channels 7 and 22 would be broken off from Imevisión. Many in the Mexican cultural scene urged the government to convert one of the channels into a state-run cultural television station, a proposal accepted by the government months after.
XEIMT ended its relationship with Imevisión in December 1991, leaving the air. The next year, the government announced the sale of the remainder of Imevisión, including the 7 and 13 networks; Televisión Azteca would buy both networks, creating its Azteca 7 and Azteca 13 networks from their infrastructure.
In March 1993, XEIMT returned to air with test signals from a new transmitter location, Cerro del Chiquihuite, which offered vastly improved coverage of the Mexico City area. On June 23, 1993, with an address from President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Canal 22 officially reopened under the auspices of Conaculta and concessionaire Televisión Metropolitana.
In 2001, Enrique Strauss, a highly regarded figure in the production of cultural television in Mexico, became the new director general of the station. Under Strauss, new infrastructure and programming were rolled out, improving the channel's quality.
XEIMT broadcasts a digital signal, XEIMT-TDT, on channel 23. Via PSIP, XEIMT-TDT maps to virtual channel 22.1.
With the creation of Organismo Promotor de Medios Audiovisuales, a government agency under the Secretariat of the Interior, XEIMT's coverage has been expanded outside of Mexico City via the OPMA transmitter network, which covers 56% of Mexicans. Most OPMA stations carry XEIMT as digital subchannel .3.