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Kingston, Ontario
BrandingGlobal Kingston (general)
CKWS News on Global Kingston (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Translatorssee below
AffiliationsGlobal (O&O; 2018–present)
OwnerCorus Entertainment
(591989 B.C. Ltd.)
First air dateDecember 18, 1954 (64 years ago) (1954-12-18)
Call letters' meaningC Kingston Whig-Standard
Sister station(s)CHEX-DT, CFMK-FM, CKWS-FM
Former callsignsCKWS-TV (1954–2013)
Former channel number(s)Analog: 11 (VHF, 1954–2013)
Former affiliationsCBC Television (1954–2015)
CTV (2015–2018)
Transmitter power9.4 kW
Height312.5 m (1,025 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°9′59″N 76°25′28″W / 44.16639°N 76.42444°W / 44.16639; -76.42444
Licensing authorityCRTC
WebsiteGlobal Kingston

CKWS-DT, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is a Global owned-and-operated television station licenced to Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The station is owned by Corus Entertainment. CKWS-DT maintains studios on Queen Street in downtown Kingston, and its transmitter is located near Highway 95 in Wolfe Island, south of Kingston.

CKWS-DT also operates UHF rebroadcasters in Brighton on digital channel 30 (or virtual channel 66 via PSIP), Spencerville on analogue channel 26 and Beckwith Township (Smiths Falls/Perth) on analogue channel 36. Its signal covers portions of Eastern Ontario from Campbellford to Morrisburg and from Perth to Oswego, New York in the United States. CKWS-DT is available on many cable systems throughout Eastern Ontario (including Cogeco Cable channel 10 and digital channel 910) and Northern and Central New York. On satellite, the station is carried on Bell TV channel 233 and Shaw Direct channel 54.

From 1954 through 2015, CKWS was an affiliate of CBC Television. CBC chose to end its affiliations with Corus' privately owned affiliates effective August 30, 2015. Beginning the following day, CKWS began carrying programs from the CTV Television Network.

On August 14, 2018, it was announced that CKWS' affiliation agreement with CTV would expire on August 27; the station subsequently became a Global owned-and-operated station, rebranding itself as Global Kingston.[1]


1987 logo of CKWS-TV

CKWS signed-on December 18, 1954, as an affiliate of the CBC network. It was originally a joint venture between Roy Thomson and the Davies family, owners of the Kingston Whig-Standard (the source of its calls). The station has been sold three times: to the Kanatec Corporation, bought by Power Corporation in 1977 and to Corus in 1999.

Children across the country were exposed to CKWS programming in the late 1970s and 1980s by the Harrigan series - a particularly innocent and low budget show about a leprechaun, starring Barry Dale.[2] Shelagh Rogers of CBC Radio fame started out presenting the weather for the station's newscasts.

Until the arrival of CTV affiliate CJOH-TV's Deseronto repeater on channel 6 in 1972 and cable television in Kingston in 1973, CKWS had very much a captive audience, as the only other station reliably available over-the-air was Watertown, New York's WWNY-TV.

During its days as a private CBC affiliate, it aired the minimum amount of CBC programming (40 hours per week).

On May 20, 2015, Corus and Bell Media announced an agreement whereby Corus' CBC affiliates, including CKWS, would leave the public network and instead "affiliate" with CTV. The switch took effect on August 31, 2015.[3] Most TV service providers serving the region also carry CBC owned-and-operated station CBOT Ottawa, and any that do not will have to add a CBC affiliate such as CBOT to their basic services to comply with CRTC regulations.[4] Legally, the affiliation was described as a "program supply agreement", and not as an "affiliation" (a term with specific legal implications under CRTC rules), as Corus maintained editorial control over the stations' programming and the ability to sell local advertising, and did not delegate responsibility for CTV programs aired by the station to Bell Media. Affiliations also require the consent of the CRTC.[5][5]

The switch was approved by the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission on August 27, 2015, when it dismissed objections by Rogers Media (who argued that the change was an "affiliation" and thus required CRTC consent to implement, and was not in the public interest because it created duplicate sources of CTV programming), and by a resident who complained that as he only received television over the air, he would lose his ability to receive CBC Television as a result of the disaffiliation.[6]

News programming[edit]

CKWS produces 28 hours per week of local news programming, with 5½ hours every weekday, and a half–hour on Saturday.[7] The station does not air any news programs on Sunday. News programs on CKWS previously went by the name Newswatch. Programs were renamed following changes to the news schedule on October 17, 2016, now simply being known as CKWS News.[8]

As a CTV affiliate, CKWS did not carry CTV's national morning show Your Morning and instead broadcasts a local program, The Morning Show—which premiered on October 17, 2016 and is based on the program of the same name aired by sister and Global flagship station CIII-DT in Toronto. CIII became a sister to CKWS since the April 2016 re-organization of Shaw Media's assets into Corus. Additionally, the station began carrying Global National in September 2016. Following the launch of The Morning Show, the station's noon newscast was shortened to half an hour and the CTV National News was also dropped.[9][10][11] However, both programs can be seen on a Deseronto transmitter of Ottawa's CJOH-DT, as well as CTV News Channel and on both the CTV and CTV News websites.

Logo of CKWS used until October 2016

Notable current on-air staff[edit]


Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CKWS-DT-1 Brighton Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 66 (PSIP)
0.938 kW 158.6 m (520 ft) 44°2′40″N 77°47′35″W / 44.04444°N 77.79306°W / 44.04444; -77.79306 (CKWS-TV-1)
CKWS-TV-2 Prescott Analogue: 26 (UHF) 7.2 kW 118.2 m (388 ft) 44°49′55″N 75°31′16″W / 44.83194°N 75.52111°W / 44.83194; -75.52111 (CKWS-TV-2)
CKWS-TV-3 Smiths Falls Analogue: 36 (UHF) 10 kW 100 m (328 ft) 45°0′42″N 76°3′16″W / 45.01167°N 76.05444°W / 45.01167; -76.05444 (CKWS-TV-3)

Although CKWS' Smiths Falls repeater overlapped its signal with that of CBC owned-and-operated station CBOT Ottawa while CKWS was a CBC affiliate, CKWS-TV-3 usually serves the Brockville area, along with the station's Prescott rebroadcaster.[12] Following CKWS' switchover to CTV, its transmitters began overlapping the coverage area of CJOH from that station's main Ottawa transmitter, as well as its rebroadcasters in Cornwall and Deseronto.

Digital television[edit]

In January 2013, CKWS applied to the CRTC to convert its Kingston transmitter to digital.[13] The station has not announced plans to convert its transmitters in Prescott and Smiths Falls to digital,[14] but did convert its Brighton translator CKWS-TV-1 to digital channel 30 on August 31, 2011 as its former analogue UHF channel 66 is now out-of-band. The Brighton digital signal was not initially broadcast in HD as it went on-air before CKWS converted its cable TV feed (and, later, its main signal) to high-definition digital TV.[15]

The main CKWS transmitter at Wolfe Island/Kingston flash cut to digital on July 5, 2013 on its existing frequency, VHF channel 11.[16] The station was not obligated to convert this transmitter, as Kingston was not one of the 31 markets in which the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) imposed a mandatory analogue shutdown on August 31, 2011.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CKWS will be a fully global station this fall". Global News. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Harrigan (Series, 1969–1985),
  3. ^ "Corus Entertainment's Eastern Ontario Television Channels Enter into a Program Supply Agreement with Bell Media to Broadcast CTV Programming". Corus Entertainment. 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  4. ^ "Broadcast Distribution Regulations (ss. 17(d) and 17(f))". Justice Laws Website. Department of Justice (Canada). 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  5. ^ a b "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-403". CRTC. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "CBC drops local TV affiliates in Oshawa, Peterborough and Kingston". Toronto Star. August 28, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "What's On NOW". CKWS TV. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  8. ^ Newswatch, CKWS. "Big changes ahead including a new live morning show and CKWS rebranding". CKWS Kingston. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  9. ^ Faguy, Steve. "Global expands network after CBC abandons affiliates". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  10. ^ "'Global National,' 'The Morning Show' expanding into new areas". Global News. Corus. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Big changes ahead including a new live morning show and CKWS rebranding". CKWS Newswatch. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  12. ^ CBC: Broadcast coverage map of CBC Television stations in Southern and Eastern Ontario
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  16. ^ CKWS TV is going digital!
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