|North Bay, Ontario
|Branding||CTV Northern Ontario
CTV News Northern Ontario (newscasts)
|Slogan||News for the North|
|Channels||Analog: 10 (VHF)
Digital: allocated 38 (UHF)
|First air date||December 19, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Canada Knows (or CK = Canadian ITU prefix) North BaY|
|Former callsigns||CKGN-TV (1955-1960)
|Former affiliations||CBC Television (1955-1971)|
|Transmitter power||132.6 kW|
|Website||CTV North Bay|
CKNY-TV is the CTV owned-and-operated television station in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. It broadcasts an analogue signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter adjacent to Ski Hill Road (southwest of Highway 534) in Nipissing.
Owned by Bell Media, it is part of the network's CTV Northern Ontario sub-system and its studios are located on Oak and Wild Streets (near the shoreline of Lake Nipissing) in Downtown North Bay. This station can also be seen on Cogeco Cable channel 9 and digital channel 909. Effective November 29, 2012, Bell TV customers will also be able to view CKNY-TV on channel 588.
CKNY was originally launched by local businessmen Gerry Alger and Gerry Stanton in 1955, as a CBC affiliate with the callsign CKGN. The station was subsequently acquired by The Thomson Corporation in 1960, and recalled as CFCH.
In 1970, the station was acquired by Cambrian Broadcasting, the owner of CKSO in Sudbury, and adopted the current CKNY callsign. In 1971, Cambrian's stations re-affiliated with CTV, and J. Conrad Lavigne's new CBC affiliate, CHNB, went on the air in North Bay the day of CKNY's affiliation switch. CKNY broadcast as a semi-satellite of CKSO (later CICI) in Sudbury.
Until 1980, CKNY and CHNB aggressively competed with each other for advertising dollars, leaving both in a precarious financial position due to the North Bay market's relatively small size. In 1980, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved the merger of the two stations, along with their co-owned stations in Sudbury and Timmins, into the MCTV twinstick.
In 1990, the stations were acquired by Baton Broadcasting. Baton subsequently became the sole corporate owner of CTV, and sold CHNB to the CBC in 2002.
In 1999, CKNY began rebroadcasting on channel 11 in Huntsville, Ontario (CKNY-TV-11), licensed to Dwight and serves the Muskoka and Parry Sound area on a transmitter which previously rebroadcast the programming of CKCO (as CKCO-TV-4). Initially a semi-satellite with a very small amount of local programming, the Huntsville station subsequently lost local programming, and then changed its programming and advertising feed source to CICI.