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CBC Television 2009.svg
Vancouver, British Columbia
BrandingCBC Vancouver (general)
CBC Vancouver News (newscasts)
SloganCanada's Public Broadcaster
ChannelsDigital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 2.1 (PSIP)
Subchannels2.1 CBC Television
AffiliationsCBC Television (O&O)
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
First air dateDecember 16, 1953; 65 years ago (1953-12-16)
Call letters' meaningCanadian
Broadcasting Corporation
BUTe St. (the original street at which CBUT was headquartered)
Sister station(s)TV: CBUFT-DT
Former callsignsCBUT (1953–2011)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
2 (VHF, 1953–2011)
58 (UHF, 2006–2011)
Former affiliationsSecondary:
Radio-Canada (1964–1976)[1]
Transmitter power103.34 kW
Height615.4 m
Transmitter coordinates49°21′13″N 122°57′24″W / 49.35361°N 122.95667°W / 49.35361; -122.95667
Licensing authorityCRTC
WebsiteCBC Vancouver

CBUT-DT, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 43), is a CBC Television owned-and-operated television station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which serves as the Pacific Time Zone flagship of the network. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with Ici Radio-Canada Télé outlet CBUFT-DT (channel 26), which is operated through corporate subsidiary Société Radio-Canada. The two stations operate from the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre on Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Seymour. On cable, the station is available on Shaw Cable and EastLink channel 3, and in high definition on Shaw channel 203. On satellite, the station is also available on Shaw Direct classic lineup channel 321 or advanced lineup channel 4 and Bell TV and Telus TV channel 251. There is also a high definition feed on Shaw Cable digital channel 209, Optik TV digital channel 100 (HD) and channel 9100 (SD), Shaw Direct classic lineup channel 003 and advanced lineup channel 503, and Bell TV channel 1150. It is also available on many Xfinity systems in Washington state, where it airs on channels 99 and 619.


CBUT logo, used in station IDs and print ads during most of the 1960s.

The station first signed on the air on December 16, 1953; as such, CBUT is the oldest television station in Western Canada. The station's original studio facilities were located inside a converted automotive dealership at 1200 West Georgia Street (on the intersection of Bute Street) in downtown Vancouver. However, CBUT was not the first television station to serve Vancouverites; KVOS-TV (channel 12, now a MeTV affiliate), across the border in Bellingham, Washington, had signed on months earlier as a CBS affiliate. CBUT has broadcast in English for most of its existence, except for a period from 1964[1] to 1976 when French language programmes from Télévision de Radio-Canada aired on weekend mornings; this secondary affiliation ended when CBUFT (channel 26) signed on in September 1976. CBUT was known mainly as "Channel 2" from its inception until 1976.

Updated CBUT logo, used in station IDs and print ads from the late 1960s to 1976. This version was based on the logo CBUT used during the 1960s.

During the station's early years until 1976, CBUT's station IDs consisted of slides of local Vancouver landmarks with the CBUT logo (the number "2" in Clarendon Bold typeface, contained within a stylized television screen) overlaid, accompanied by the announcement "This is CBUT, Channel 2 in Vancouver"; the ID slide used at the end of local programmes on CBUT featured a larger version of the station's logo on a navy blue background,[citation needed] accompanied by the announcement "This is CBC Television, Vancouver". Beginning with the introduction of CBC's "gem" logo in December 1974, CBUT (unlike other CBC O&Os, which continued using station IDs at the end of their local programmes) began using the "gem" network ID at the end of all programming, network-distributed and locally produced.

In 1975, the CBC consolidated its Vancouver radio and television operations into one building. Prior to this, CBC's Vancouver radio properties – CBU (690 AM), CBU-FM (105.7) and CBUF-FM (97.7) – had operated from a separate studio facility at 701 Hornby Street, within the basement of the Hotel Vancouver. Together, those stations formed the basis of the Regional Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street, a few blocks east of its previous radio and television facilities.

CBUT logo (as CBC British Columbia), used in station IDs and print ads from 1976 to at least 1980. The letter T in the logo is represented by a stylized totem pole.

The station's IDs were changed in 1976 when CBUT changed its on-air branding to "CBC British Columbia," with the initial IDs featuring a totem pole superimposed over local landmarks, after which the totem pole zoomed out and turned into the letter "T" in the station brand.[citation needed]

In recent years, CBUT, as with all CBC-owned stations, has de-emphasized local programming in favour of national network programming distributed out of Toronto. As of 2002, the station only aired sporadic local non-news programming and dropped all use of local station identifications in favour of using only network IDs; in addition, due to budget cuts, the CBC integrated CBUT's master control operations (as it did for all of its other owned-and-operated stations) into the master control facility at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in downtown Toronto. Recently, however, CBUT has increased its local programming with the introduction of a locally themed lifestyle programme, Living Vancouver (which has since been cancelled), as well as the addition of several new local newscasts.[2]


Spectrum re-packing[edit]

In April 2017, Industry Canada posted new channel assignments for stations as a result of spectrum repacking due to the US 600 MHz spectrum auction. CBUT-DT will move to channel 35 on July 3, 2020. As of April 2017, channel 35 is occupied by KVOS.[3]

Network of Analogue Translator Transmitters[edit]

CBUT's over 85 analogue rebroadcast transmitters were located on the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, and areas not previously occupied by a private CBC affiliate.

Due to federal funding reductions to the CBC, in April 2012, the CBC responded with substantial budget cuts, which included shutting down CBC's and Radio-Canada's remaining analogue transmitters on July 31, 2012.[4] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital; CHAN-DT is the last major network station in Vancouver to operate rebroadcasters throughout the province.


CBUT currently produces a number of programs for CBC Television. Portions of Marketplace are produced at CBUT, as were portions of the programme Hemispheres, the now-cancelled national version of Canada Now and the late-night independent film programme ZeD.

Locally produced programs formerly aired on CBUT[edit]

Some of these programs were also seen on the CBC network, either regionally or nationally.[citation needed]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
2.1 720p 16:9 CBUT-DT Main CBUT-DT programming / CBC British Columbia

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

CBUT shut down its analogue signal, over VHF channel 2, on August 31, 2011, the official date in which Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts. The station's digital signal was relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 58, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to post-transition channel 43.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CBUT-DT's virtual channel as its analogue-era VHF channel 2.

Post-transition, CBUT's downconverted the high definition video resolution for its digital signal from 1080i to 720p.[7]

News operation[edit]

Logo used for local programming and station identifications

CBUT-DT presently broadcasts 8.5 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 90 minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output among CBC Television's stations (either owned-and-operated or affiliated), although it now has the lowest newscast output among the Vancouver-Victoria market's television stations – its weekly news total is far behind CTV O&O CIVT-DT (channel 32) (which airs 38 hours of newscasts each week) and Global O&O CHAN-DT (channel 8) (which broadcasts 46 hours each week).

In years past, the supper hour newscast (which was a completely locally produced gram until the introduction of the national Canada Now) was known as Hourglass, Newscentre, CBC Evening News, Broadcast One and CBC News: Vancouver. On February 19, 2007, CBUT restored an hour-long local newscast to its schedule with the debut of a local edition of CBC News at Six (which was later retitled CBC News: Vancouver in July of that year), which retained the Canada Now name and was originally anchored by former national Canada Now anchors Ian Hanomansing and Gloria Macarenko. In September 2009, the early evening newscast expanded to 90 minutes, with the addition of an hour-long block at 5:00 p.m. and the removal of the 6:30 p.m. half-hour of the programme.

In April 2010, CBC Television entered into a news share agreement with CHEK, in which both stations share news story content and resources. Tony Parsons also joined the CBC to anchor both CBUT's early evening news block and CHEK's 10:00 p.m. newscast, remaining with both stations until his retirement in 2013. In addition, CHEK formerly carried a simulcast of CBC News: Vancouver at 6 and Vancouver at 11 while CBUT also produced a weekend 6:00 p.m. newscast for that station.[8] As of April 10, 2016, CHEK no longer carries CBUT's newscasts; on October 5, 2015, CHEK replaced the 6:00 p.m. airing of CBC News: Vancouver (since renamed as CBC Vancouver News) with its own half-hour 6:00 p.m. newscast, hosted by former CTV and Global TV reporter Ben O'Hara-Byrne,[9] while on April 10, 2016, CHEK dropped the 11:00 p.m. airing of CBC Vancouver News in favor of an encore presentation of the 10:00 p.m. CHEK newscast on weeknights and various programming on Sundays.

As of June 2013, weather segments seen on CBUT's newscasts are broadcast in HD, while video from other studio and field cameras are transmitted in standard definition and are upconverted to a 16:9 widescreen format.

On July 30, 2014, CBUT announced that Andrew Chang would begin anchoring the early evening newscasts starting September 1, succeeding Gloria Macarenko, who announced on her last day of her newscasts that she would become host of CBC Radio's The Story from Here. However, Macarenko will remain host of Our Vancouver while producing interview segments during CBUT's evening newscasts.[10]

Notable current on-air staff[edit]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Out-of-market cable coverage[edit]

In addition to its coverage in British Columbia, CBUT has a significant American audience in Washington State. The station's signal is receivable over-the-air in the city of Bellingham. It is also available on cable to nearly one million Comcast subscribers in the Puget Sound region; Comcast's Puget Sound system also began offering CBUT's digital signal in high definition in July 2009.[12] CBUT is also available in both standard and high definition in Western and Central Washington on Wave Broadband's systems in Western Washington as well as Lake Chelan area systems.[13]


  1. ^ a b Vancouver Sun TV listings - October 4, 1964
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Digital Television (DTV) Allotment Plan
  4. ^ Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix regarding measures announced in the context of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CBUT
  6. ^ "Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)". Archived from the original on 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  7. ^ Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums - View Single Post - CBC HD Switches To 720p From 1080i
  8. ^ Tony Parsons joins CBC News Vancouver
  9. ^ "CHEK 6 p.m. newscast – October 5, 2015". Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Andrew Chang joins CBC Vancouver as TV news anchor
  11. ^ Infantry, Ashante (July 13, 2010). "Dawna Friesen named Global news anchor". Toronto Star.
  12. ^ Comcast's list of 33 new HD channels includes MSNBC, MTV
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-07-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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