|Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
|Branding||CTV Prince Albert
CTV News Prince Albert (newscasts)
|Channels||Analog: 9 (VHF)|
|First air date||January 12, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||CI Prince Albert|
|Transmitter power||325 kW|
CIPA-TV (branded on-air as CTV Prince Albert) is the CTV owned-and-operated station in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, operating as a semi-satellite of CFQC-DT in Saskatoon. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 9 from a transmitter between Louis Reil Trail/Highway 11 and Highway 2, south-southwest of Prince Albert and also operates rebroadcast transmitters in Alticane, Big River, Melfort and Nipawin.
Owned by Bell Media, its studios are located on 10 Street West (near the North Saskatchewan River) in Downtown Prince Albert. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 8 and Sasktel Max channel 4.
CIPA began transmission on January 12, 1987. In 2002, CTV parent company Bell Globemedia (now Bell Media) sold CIPA's former CBC-affiliated twinstick sister station, CKBI-TV, to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which then made CKBI a rebroadcaster of CBKST in Saskatoon. CBC shut down the transmitter in 2012, leaving CIPA as the only over the air broadcast in Prince Albert.
CIPA has made several attempts at local newscasts over the years. However, due to recent cutbacks, currently its only local newscast is CTV News at Noon. It otherwise simulcasts CFQC's newscast, which includes reports from Prince Albert.
|Station||City of licence||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates|
|CIPA-TV-1||Alticane||10 (VHF)||46.9 kW||186.4 m|
|CIPA-TV-2*||Big River||7 (VHF)||0.205 kW||67.7 m|
|CKBQ-TV||Melfort||2 (VHF)||15.5 kW||150 m|
|CKBQ-TV-1||Nipawin||12 (VHF)||11.6 kW||143.6 m|
* The Big River transmitter was among a long list of CTV rebroadcasters nationwide to have shut down on or before August 31, 2009, as part of a political dispute with Canadian authorities on paid fee-for-carriage requirements for cable television operators. A subsequent change in ownership assigned full control of CTV Globemedia to Bell Canada Enterprises; as of 2011, these transmitters remain in normal licensed broadcast operation.
On February 11, 2016, Bell Media applied for its regular license renewals, which included applications to delete a long list of transmitters, including CIPA-TV-1, CIPA-TV-2, CKBQ-TV and CKBQ-TV-1. Bell Media's rationale for deleting these analog repeaters is below:
"We are electing to delete these analog transmitters from the main licence with which they are associated. These analog transmitters generate no incremental revenue, attract little to no viewership given the growth of BDU or DTH subscriptions and are costly to maintain, repair or replace. In addition, none of the highlighted transmitters offer any programming that differs from the main channels. The Commission has determined that broadcasters may elect to shut down transmitters but will lose certain regulatory privileges (distribution on the basic service, the ability to request simultaneous substitution) as noted in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-24, Over-the-air transmission of television signals and local programming. We are fully aware of the loss of these regulatory privileges as a result of any transmitter shutdown."
At the same time, Bell Media applied to conver the licenses of CTV2 Atlantic (formerly ASN) and CTV2 Alberta (formerly ACCESS) from satellite-to-cable undertakings into television stations without transmitters (similar to cable-only network affiliates in the United States), and to reduce the level of educational content on CTV2 Alberta.