|Saint John, New Brunswick
|Branding||Global New Brunswick|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 12.1 (PSIP) 1080i
Virtual: 12.2 (PSIP) 480p
(Shaw Television Limited Partnership)
|First air date||September 5, 1988
April 15, 2013 (as Global New Brunswick)
|Call letters' meaning||C H New Brunswick|
|Former callsigns||CIHF-TV-2 (1988-2011)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 12 (1988-2011)|
|Transmitter power||6 kW|
|Website||Global New Brunswick|
CHNB-DT (branded on-air as Global New Brunswick) is the Global owned-and-operated television station, serving New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island that is licensed to Saint John, New Brunswick. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 12. Often time the station is viewed on channel 198 on Bell TV where the province has no local Global station.
The station was launched on September 5, 1988 as CIHF-TV-2, owned by the Irving family's New Brunswick Broadcasting Company, which also owned CHSJ-TV, the CBC affiliate for all of New Brunswick. The station launched with three transmitters, namely those in Saint John, Fredericton, and Moncton. When MITV launched, the station took all primetime American shows from CHSJ—reportedly a prelude to the CBC dropping all primetime American programming nationwide. However Dallas and The Nanny(smiulcast from WABI-TV and WAGM-TV via cable and satellite) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Blossom (moved to CTV Atlantic in 1992) (from WLBZ-TV via cable and satellite which also moved to daytime and carried reruns instead of new episodes at night starting in 1993 or later) which were on CBC through the early 1990s.
It was closely tied with sister station CIHF-TV in Halifax. Both shared the same branding, MITV (Maritimes Independent Television), and their schedules were almost identical. However, the stations offered separate newscasts to their respective provinces and opportunities for advertisers to buy ad space on one or both stations. Furthermore, despite the New Brunswick station's rebroadcaster-like callsign, the stations were separately licensed by the CRTC. At the time, MITV was the only over-the-air independent television station in the area, with studios and main operation centre in Halifax, and all other functions in Saint John. As MITV shared owners with CHSJ-TV, a popular joke in the Maritimes was that MITV stood for "More Irving Television".
After losing $5 million each year since sign-on, MITV was sold to Canwest on August 29, 1994. This was part of a three-way deal, which saw the CBC taking control of CHSJ-TV, moving it to Fredericton, and renaming it CBAT, making it a full CBC O&O. Later in the year, MITV moved its operational and business headquarters to Halifax.
In 1995, MITV's Saint John offices were moved out of the old CHSJ building and into a new facility in Brunswick Square. Within a year of new ownership and its resulting reorganization and marketing focus, the station became profitable for the first time in its short history. In 1997, as a part of Canwest's rebranding programme, MITV became "Global Maritimes".
On December 17, 2012, Global Maritimes officially began operations at its new home on Göttingen Street in Downtown Halifax. Previously, its operations were located on Akerley Blvd. in an industrial park in the Halifax suburb of Dartmouth.
In April 2013, CIHF-2 was rebranded Global New Brunswick, while sister station CIHF was rebranded Global Halifax, marking the first time the stations have not used the same brand. The stations began producing separate nightly newscasts in addition to their already existing separate evening newscasts, and a new senior correspondent was hired for Global New Brunswick. The stations will continue to share newsgathering resources and anchors. Despite the separate branding, the two stations' non-news schedules are almost identical with the exception of idents and commercials.
Although the station has always been separately licensed, it was not until June 18, 2013 that its callsign changed from CIHF-DT-2 to CHNB-DT.
Global New Brunswick airs two local newscasts a day from their Halifax studios: the flagship New Brunswick Evening News at 6 PM; and News Final, at 11 PM The New Brunswick Evening News is followed by Global National at 6:30 PM. On Saturdays and Sundays, Global Halifax and Global New Brunswick share a combined Evening News at 6 PM and News Final at 11 PM. All of these news programs are broadcast from the Halifax studios.
Along with a growing number of other Global stations, CHNB has used a "virtual" studio since 2007. The anchor sits behind a desk in front of a green screen, onto which a virtual reality studio is digitally projected. Cameras and tapes are cued and controlled from a centralised control centre - which was originally in Vancouver, but was moved in August 2008 to Edmonton. A number of the redundancies made in October 2007 were directly attributable to the introduction of this new technology.
Global Maritimes also had a 5:30 p.m. newscast called the Early News, but was cancelled as of early 2007 to make way for a full hour late-night newscast. The Early News was the first attempt by Global Maritimes to compete against CTV Atlantic's flagship news magazine program Live at 5. Global also had a noon lifestyle show called The Noon Show, which was cancelled due to low ratings.
On June 8, 2011, the station announced that Ron Kronstein would become the senior anchor/producer for both the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick editions of the Evening News; Kronstein was the former host of Live at 5 on ATV (now CTV Atlantic) until 2003. On the same day, the station provided more details about its upcoming Morning News, and announced that up to a dozen new reporters, producers, and videographers would be hired at its bureaus in Halifax, Sydney, Moncton, Saint John, and Fredericton.
On January 28, 2013, Global Maritimes launched a three-hour weekday morning program (airing from 6-9 a.m.) titled the Morning News, as part of an expansion of local news programming on Global owned-and-operated stations across Canada.
Notable former on-air staff
- Allan Rowe - evening anchor (later a Nova Scotia MLA, deceased)
- Janet Stewart - evening anchor (now at CBWT-DT in Winnipeg)
The Maritimes are located in the Atlantic Time Zone, which is one hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, where Global's CIII Toronto is located. In order to accommodate such a time zone difference and maximize simultaneous substitution opportunities with the American stations carried on cable, CHNB's primetime schedule deviates from that of most other Global O&Os, with some shows airing earlier in the evening, and occasionally on different nights, compared to other Global stations. (Global's stations in Alberta, which operate on Mountain Time but are in markets where the American network affiliates available on cable are on Pacific Time, usually have a very similar primetime schedule.)
The station operates the following rebroadcast transmitters.
|Station||City of licence||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates|
|CHNB-DT-1||Fredericton, NB||44 (UHF)
|28 kW||163.5 m|
|CHNB-DT-3||Moncton, NB||27 (UHF)
|86 kW||311.5 m|
|CHNB-TV-11||Woodstock, NB||38 (UHF)||51.9 kW||174.3 m|
|CHNB-TV-12||St. Stephen, NB||21 (UHF)||31.3 kW||240.8 m|
|CHNB-TV-13||Miramichi, NB||40 (UHF)||41.7 kW||119.1 m|
|CHNB-DT-14||Charlottetown, PEI||42 (UHF)
|6.4 kW||146.0 m|
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- Global News Launches Two Morning, Broadcaster Magazine, January 21, 2013.
- Global New Brunswick
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CIHF-TV History
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