CHCO-TV

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CHCO-TV
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St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Branding CHCO-TV
Slogan CHCO-TV lives in Charlotte County
Channels Analog: 26 (UHF) / cable 9
Affiliations independent
Owner St. Andrews Community Channel, Inc.
Founded March 13, 1993 (on cable)
November 1, 2006 (broadcast)
Call letters' meaning CHarlotte COunty Television
Former callsigns CHCT-TV (2006-2012)
Transmitter power 480 W
Website CHCO-TV

CHCO-TV is a Canadian television station, broadcasting in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and serving the Charlotte County area.

History[edit]

CHCO-TV launched on March 13, 1993 on Fundy Cable in St. Andrews as the local community access channel. The station subsequently applied for a broadcast license in 2005, which was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on November 23, 2005, and began operation on UHF channel 26 on November 1, 2006 as CHCT-TV.

The advent of fibre optic technology and digital cable shut almost 30 community channels in New Brunswick including those in the neighboring communities of St. Stephen and St. George. Long time volunteer-operated channels in those communities were replaced in August 2010 by the cable operator's distant community channel in Saint John some 100 kilometers away. St. George and St. Stephen communities receive cable service from a cable headend in St. Andrews; however Rogers blocked CHCO-TV from being watched outside St. Andrews for 7 years.

August 18, 2010 CHCT-TV was moved from cable channel 10 to channel 9, launching a new on-air image as "Truly Local Television".

July 28, 2012 CHCT-TV's call sign was changed to CHCO-TV.

December 20, 2012, CHCO-TV was added to the Bell-TV satellite television service on channel 539 to almost 1.6 million subscribers coast to coast.

October 24, 2014, CHCO-TV was added to the Bell Aliant Fibe television service on channel 58 available to most of New Brunswick; and moved to channel 26 on September 8, 2016 to match our licensed over-the-air channel.

November 21, 2017, CHCO-TV was finally made available to mainland cable subscribers county-wide on channel 126 after CHCO-TV volunteers presented before the CRTC just one month earlier during a Rogers' license renewal with the commission.

Today[edit]

CHCO-TV is the first community LPTV station in New Brunswick to operate independently from the cable television provider. It is also the only locally owned and operated television station in the Province of New Brunswick. CHCO-TV broadcasts local events, town council meetings, local sports, and produces such programs as Fundy Tidings, The Rob Patry Show, What's the Call, The Etiquette Guy, Southwest Magazine, Ounce of Prevention, News and commentaries.

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