|Halifax, Nova Scotia
CTV News Atlantic (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 48 (UHF)
Virtual: 5.1 (PSIP)
|First air date||January 1, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||C
|Sister station(s)||CJCH-FM, CIOO-FM|
|Former callsigns||CJCH-TV (1961-2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||5 (1961-2011)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (1961)|
|Transmitter power||400 kW|
CJCH-DT is the CTV Canadian owned-and-operated television station, serving the Maritimes region, that is licensed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 48 (or virtual channel 5.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter located on Washmill Lake Drive in Halifax.
Owned by Bell Media, it is the flagship of the CTV Atlantic regional system, producing all of the system's programming except for some commercials and local news inserts on the other stations. Its studios are located on Robie and Russell Streets in Halifax. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available in high definition on channel 052 (Classic) or 552 (Advanced). This station can also be seen on Eastlink TV channel 9 (some systems carry the station on channel 5, 8 or 12) and Bell Aliant channel 6. There is a high definition feed offered on EastLink TV digital channel 603 and Bell Aliant TV channel 402.
CJCH-TV first went on the air on January 1, 1961 as an independent station, and it became one of the original CTV stations when the network began operations on October 1, 1961. CHUM Limited sold CJCH-TV along with ATV and the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) to Baton Broadcasting (CTV) in 1997, but kept the radio station. CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM Limited on June 22, 2007 has brought CJCH-TV and CJCH-FM back under common ownership.
Notable on-air staff
- Steve Murphy – weeknights anchor
- Gord Martineau - brief stay before heading to Toronto
Digital television and high definition
The station ceased broadcasting on analog on August 31, 2011 and began broadcasting in digital on the same date.
|Station||City of licence||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates|
|CJCH-TV-1||Canning||10 (VHF)||18.1 kW||270 m|
|CJCH-TV-2||Truro||12 (VHF)||0.008 kW||NA|
|CJCH-TV-3||Valley||12 (VHF)||0.008 kW||NA|
|CJCH-TV-4*||Bridgetown||13 (VHF)||0.008 kW||NA|
|CJCH-TV-5||Sheet Harbour||2 (VHF)||1.5 kW||70.7 m|
|CJCH-TV-6||Caledonia||6 (VHF)||100 kW||192.9 m|
|CJCH-TV-7||Yarmouth||40 (UHF)||33 kW||167.3 m|
|CJCH-TV-8||Marinette||23 (UHF)||0.01 kW||NA|
* The Bridgetown transmitter was among a long list of CTV rebroadcasters nationwide to 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 CTVglobemedia 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 CJCH-TV-2 and CJCH-TV-8. 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 convert 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.
- CTV Atlantic
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CJCH-TV History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CJCH-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CJCH