Cable 14 (Hamilton, Ontario)
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|Availability||Hamilton, Ontario and surrounding area|
Cogeco – 66.67%
Rogers Communications – 33.33%
|Cable 14 Official Website|
Cable 14 is a community channel licensed to Hamilton, Ontario, and is available to cable television subscribers of both Cogeco and Rogers Cable (including the former Mountain and Source systems) in Hamilton, Dunnville, Caledonia, and Cayuga in Haldimand County. The channel is controlled by its parent company TV Hamilton Limited, which is jointly owned by Cogeco and Rogers. Cogeco owns majority interest in the company at 66.7%. The board of directors is made up of representatives of both cable companies.
The station airs programming of interest and benefit to the community. Programming includes Kiwanis TV Bingo, which is the longest running community television program in Canada. Each year this program raises funds for local charities. In the 2005-06 season, over $250,000 was raised through Kiwanis TV Bingo and went right back to the community. Cable 14 also airs several community sports events, including games played by Hamilton's Mohawk College and McMaster University sports teams.
The station also airs several programs of different interests, including sports, lifestyle, politics, and current affairs. The only staff produced show is the lifestyle magazine program Hamilton Life. New episodes air Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, but are repeated elsewhere on the broadcast schedule.
In September 2011, Cable 14 increased access to the station for members of the community, allocating the 10pm hour on weekdays, and 9am-noon on Saturdays, to community producers for certain topics with Access Hamilton. Such shows include Hamilton Talks, The Opinionators and The O Show.
At election time Cable 14 provides all-candidate debates for each of the local ridings and/or wards, as well as full election night coverage with a focus on local races, including Haldimand.
A number of local personalities have hosted shows on the channel, including Karen Bertelsen, Doug Farraway and Mike Nabuurs.