CBC TV 8 (Barbados)
|St. Michael, Barbados|
|Channels||Analog: 8 4:3 (480i, SDTV)|
|Owner||Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||1964|
|Call letters' meaning||"8P", ITU-code for Barbados and followed by "X"|
|Former channel number(s)||Ch. 3 (1964),
to Ch. 9 (1984),
to Ch. 8 (1991)-Current
|Transmitter power||60.0 kW (analog)|
CBC-TV 8 (call-sign: 8PX-TV) is a television station owned and operated by public broadcaster Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation in Barbados. It is the only legally licensed terrestrial television station in Barbados and is owned by the Government of Barbados; its studios are located in The Pine, Saint Michael. Channel 8 is affiliated with the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS, the Caribbean Media Corporation and its subsidiary the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.
CBC TV first signed on in 1964 on channel 3, and became the first West Indian station to air colour broadcasts in 1971. It moved to channel 9 in 1984 and its current channel position, channel 8, in 1991.
Some of CBC TV 8's local programs include Book Talk with Jeff Broomes, Mornin' Barbados every weekday from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. with Cassandra Crawford & Belle Holder and Time to Sing every Sunday afternoon which is a religious programme and the longest-running local program on air.
The station's news broadcast, at 7:00 p.m., runs for an hour on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends; the anchors are Pearson Bowen, Lisa Lorde, and Lisa Brome. The station also shows movies late at night, and soap operas such as The Young and the Restless at 11:30 a.m. and The Bold and the Beautiful at 12:30 p.m.
During times when it is not broadcasting, classified ads are aired.
CBC-TV 8 can also be seen on channel 108 on Multi-Choice TV, the CBC's wireless cable television system. The broadcasting area of the station also reaches the neighbouring islands of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The station provides Barbadians with some off-air news and sports updates via social media including Facebook and Twitter. For a time, rebroadcasts of the news and other special programmes were aired on the station's official YouTube channel "CBCBARBADOS", but these are no longer updated with much frequency.
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- Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation TV News on Facebook
- Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation TV Sports on Facebook