|Branding||CBC Edmonton (general)
CBC Edmonton News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 5.1 (PSIP)
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||October 1, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||Canadian
|Sister station(s)||CBXFT-DT, CBX (AM), CBX-FM|
|Former callsigns||CBXT (1961–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
5 (VHF, 1961–2011)
|Transmitter power||131.71 kW|
CBXT-DT, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 42), is a CBC Television owned-and-operated television station located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated station CBXFT-DT (channel 11), through the CBC's Société Radio-Canada arm.
The two stations share studios on 75th Street West at the Edmonton City Centre, across from Winston Churchill Square, in Downtown Edmonton; CBXT's transmitter is located in Sherwood Park. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 209. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available on 307 (Classic) or 019 (Advanced), and in high definition on channel 012 (Classic) or 512 (Advanced). This station is also available on Bell TV channel 230 and in high definition on channel 1120, and on Telus Optik TV channel 621.
The station first went on the air on October 1, 1961 as Edmonton's second television station; the previous CBC affiliate, CFRN (channel 3), switched to the newly established CTV on the same day. Initially, it was branded as "CBXT 5", or "Channel 5". After being known as "Edmonton/5" in the late 1970s, it became known as "XTV" in 1980. It reverted to the "Edmonton 5" brand in the mid-1980s and then, by 1990, became "CBC Television Edmonton". Its local newscasts were originally known as Metro.
When CBXT signed on, it was the first television station in Canada to use television cameras that could be remotely controlled from a control room, and did not need constant adjustment. In 2004, the CBC's Edmonton operations moved into a new digital broadcast facility downtown, bringing all operations of radio and television, under one roof. The old television facility on 75th Street was 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2), while the radio building on 51st Ave. was 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2). The new combined facility at the Edmonton City Centre totals 38,700 square feet. At the same time, master control was consolidated with those of CBRT in Calgary into a single facility presently based at the CBC Studios in Calgary.
When Red Deer's CKRD-TV disaffiliated from CBC Television in 2005 (switching to CH, reverting to its original calls CHCA-TV), CBXT was given control of the transmitter in Coronation, Alberta (CKRD-1) on channel 10. CBXT added a transmitter on channel 22 in Red Deer, broadcasting the full CBXT/CBC schedule to Red Deer and Central Alberta.
CBXT-DT airs 11 hours of local news programming (two hours on weekdays and 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the lowest local newscast output out of any English-language television station in the Edmonton market.
The station airs at 90-minute newscast from 5pm to 6:30pm on weekdays and a half-hour 30-minute newscast at 11pm from Sunday to Friday and 11:30pm on Saturdays.
CBXT had nearly 30 analog television rebroadcasters in certain Central and Northern Albertan communities such as Red Deer and Fort McMurray. 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 analog transmitters on July 31, 2012. None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|5.1||1080i||16:9||CBXT-DT||Main CBXT-DT programming / CBC Television|
On April 1, 2011, CBXT began broadcasting its digital signal on UHF channel 42. On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, the station's digital signal remained on UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CBXT's virtual channel as 5.1.