|Type||Broadcast television system|
|Availability||Parts of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta|
|Owner||Crossroads Christian Communications|
|September 30, 1998|
|Crossroads Television System (1998-2014)|
Yes TV (formerly the Crossroads Television System, or CTS) is a Canadian television system owned by Crossroads Christian Communications, consisting of three stations located in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, and Edmonton, and two partial affiliates in Newfoundland and Victoria, British Columbia.
The three stations air a lineup consisting predominantly of Christian faith-based programming, such as televangelists and Crossroads' flagship program 100 Huntley Street. During the late-afternoon and evening hours, Yes TV broadcasts secular, family-oriented sitcoms, game shows, and reality series; the system's September 2014 re-launch as Yes TV emphasized its newly-acquired Canadian rights to a number of major U.S. reality series, such as American Idol and The Biggest Loser.
Crossroads previously consisted of a single television station, CITS-TV in Hamilton, Ontario (near Crossroads' headquarters in Burlington), with rebroadcast transmitters in London and Ottawa. CITS, which launched in 1998, was the second religious terrestrial television station launched in Canada, after CJIL-TV in Lethbridge, Alberta.
On June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved Crossroads' application for new television stations to serve the Calgary and Edmonton markets. Respectively, these are CKCS-TV, which broadcasts on channel 32, and CKES-TV, which broadcasts on channel 45; both stations launched on October 8, 2007.
On August 12, 2014, Crossroads announced that it would relaunch CTS as Yes TV on September 1, 2014. Describing the new brand as "embracing positivity and approaching the world with an affirmative position", the re-launch coincided with the announcement that it had picked up several new secular reality and game shows for the 2014-15 season, including America's Funniest Home Videos (formerly aired by City), American Idol (formerly aired by CTV and CTV Two), Judge Judy, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (both formerly aired most-recently by CHCH-DT), The Biggest Loser (formerly aired by City), and The X Factor UK. Alongside the Crossroads-owned, Yes TV-branded stations, the system has also syndicated some of its secular programs to other independent stations, an arrangement referred to in advertising sales information as the Net5 alliance (referring to the three O&Os and two affiliates).
Stations and affiliates
|City of license/market||Station||Channel
|Calgary, Alberta||CKCS-DT||32.1 (32)||Crossroads Christian Communications|
|Edmonton, Alberta||CKES-DT||45.1 (30)||Crossroads Christian Communications|
(Greater Toronto Area)
|CITS-DT||Hamilton: 36.1 (36)
CITS-DT-1/Ottawa: 32.1 (42)
CITS-DT-2/London: 16.1 (14)
|Crossroads Christian Communications|
|Victoria, British Columbia||CHEK-DT||6.1 (49)||CHEK Media Group|
|St. John's, Newfoundland||CJON-DT||21.1 (21)||Stirling Communications International|
Removal of Word TV
In December 2010, CTS removed Word TV, a program hosted by televangelist Charles McVety, from their schedule, following a decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council over statements that he disparaged gay people while commenting on Toronto's Gay Pride parade (which he called a "sex parade") and Ontario's sex education curriculum for public schools (which he charged that children would go to school not to learn, but to become gay). The CBSC has ordered CTS to announce the ruling at least twice on the air, and to take steps that incidents like this do not happen again. In January 2011, CTS cancelled Word TV, leading McVety to sue CTS, claiming political persecution. However, CTS has said in a press release that McVety was asked many times to cease his distorting and polarizing behaviour, and comply with broadcasting guidelines, yet he refused to do so.
- Joytv, a former television system with affiliates in the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba carrying similarly styled multi-faith religious and secular programming
- 2007 Canada broadcast TV realignment
- CRTC Decision 2007-167
- "Say "Yes" to YES TV - YES TV Set to Launch This Fall". CTSTV.com. Crossroads Christian Communications. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- NET5 Profile
- National Post: "Evangelical TV show pulled from the air", December 10, 2010.
- Daily Brew: "Television evangelist Charles McVety censured for claims of gay government agenda", December 9, 2010.
- CTS press release: "CTS Refutes Comments made by Charles McVety and Word TV", January 31, 2011.