|Slogan||The Nation's Faith Station|
|Channels||Digital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 35.1 (PSIP)
(Christian Channel Inc.)
|First air date||February 6, 2006|
|Call letters' meaning||CI ManIToba|
|Former callsigns||CIIT-TV (2006–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
35 (UHF, 2006–2011)
|Former affiliations||Omni Television (2006–2008)
Independent (July–September 2008)
Joytv (September 2008–September 2013)
|Transmitter power||6 kW|
CIIT-DT, UHF channel 35, is a religious television station located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The station is owned by ZoomerMedia. CIIT's studios are located on Osborne Street and Wardlaw Avenue in Downtown Winnipeg, and its transmitter is located near Courchaine Road (near Manitoba Provincial Road 200) in southern Winnipeg.
In February 2002, Trinity Television Inc. was granted a licence for a religious television station in Winnipeg. The station was set to be launched in September 2004 as "NowTV", to be the second station using that brand, previously used on Trinity's Vancouver station, CHNU-TV. However, the station did not launch on that date.
In 2004, before that station's launch, Rogers Communications bought Trinity Television and took control of CIIT's licence. Under Rogers control, the station was set to be launched again on November 14, 2005 as the fourth Omni Television station, it was later set back again and launched on February 6, 2006 as "Omni 11". The use of channel 35 marks CIIT as Winnipeg's first ever UHF station.
On September 28, 2007, Rogers' CRTC application to acquire the Citytv stations, including CHMI in Winnipeg, was approved. As a condition of this approval, Rogers had to sell CIIT and CHNU in Vancouver, in order to comply with CRTC restrictions on owning multiple stations in the same language in the same market. Rogers had a one-year grace period to find new owners for both stations.
On November 6, 2007, Rogers Communications announced the sale of CIIT and CHNU to S-VOX. The deal was approved by the CRTC on March 31, 2008. The sale was finalized on April 30, 2008 and S-VOX assumed control of the station on June 30 of that year. Shortly after S-VOX took control of the station, In July 2008, CIIT disaffiliated from the Omni television system and was subsequently rebranded as "CIIT11". S-VOX soon announced that both CIIT and CHNU would rebrand under a newly created television brand, Joytv. CIIT was rebranded again on September 1, 2008 using the on-air brand "Joytv 11".
In June 2009, S-VOX announced it would sell its broadcasting assets to ZoomerMedia, a company controlled by Moses Znaimer. The sale was approved by the CRTC on March 30, 2010. ZoomerMedia assumed control of S-VOX's broadcasting assets on June 30, 2010.
In late-August 2013, CIIT re-launched as "Hope TV", dropping the Joytv format and all secular programs in favour of a traditional religious format.
As part of Omni Television and Joytv, CIIT aired a lineup primarily consisting of faith-based programming (primarily televangelists and religion-oriented talk shows), syndicated sitcoms and dramas, and leftover U.S. primetime programs not picked up by other Canadian networks. Upon its re-launch as Hope TV, all general entertainment programming was dropped in favor of a lineup consisting only of religious programs.
On Shaw and MTS TV, CIIT airs on channel 11, displacing the longtime previous occupant community access channel Shaw TV (the channel first used channel 11 in 1986 after a previous move from channel 13; the station was formerly called VPW 11, later Videon Cable 11 on Videon before being taken over by Shaw, and GWC-TV (Greater Winnipeg Cablevision) before its Shaw takeover). Shaw has moved their service to channel 9. CIIT is also available on Rogers digital cable for viewers in Ontario.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|35.1||1080i||16:9||Main CIIT-DT programming / Hope TV|
On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, CIIT-TV flash cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 35.
- CRTC Broadcasting Decision 2002-229
- VisionTV Board agrees to ZoomerMedia purchase of television properties, VisionTV press release, June 15, 2009
- ZoomerMedia Limited Completes Acquisitions and Financing
- RabbitEars TV Query for CIIT
- Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)