Global News: BC 1

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Global News: BC 1
Global News BC 1.svg
Global News: BC 1 logo
Launched March 14, 2013
Owned by Corus Entertainment
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan 1 Province. 1 Channel.
24 Hour News.
(primary)
We Are BC's News
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area British Columbia
National (via satellite)
Headquarters Burnaby, British Columbia
Sister channel(s) TV: CHAN-DT
Radio: CKNW, CHMJ, CFMI-FM, CFOX-FM
Website Global News: BC1
Availability
Satellite
Shaw Direct Channel 1 / 501 (HD)
Cable
Delta Cable Channel 694 (HD)
Shaw Cable
(BC only)
Channel 111 (SD)
Channel 216 (HD)
Vancouver only:
Channel 21 (SD)
Grand Forks &
Salmon Arm only:

Channel 2 (SD)
Quesnel only:
Channel 88 (SD)

Global News: BC 1 (often referred to as "BC 1") is a Canadian English language Category B digital cable local news and information specialty channel for the province of British Columbia that is owned by Corus Entertainment and operated alongside the Corus-owned Global Television Network's Vancouver owned-and-operated television station CHAN-DT (Global BC). The channel's branding is derived from the Global network and its news division Global News. It broadcasts from CHAN-DT's studios on 7850 Enterprise Street in Burnaby.[1]

History[edit]

On January 11, 2012, Shaw Media announced its intention to launch a 24-hour local news channel for the province of British Columbia (the first regional news channel in Canada located outside of Ontario), that would be operated alongside Global's Vancouver station CHAN-DT,[2] with an expected launch date of summer 2012.

The channel was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on July 20, 2012 under the tentative name "Global News Plus BC". It was described as "a regional, English-language specialty Category B service that will offer a mix of local and regional news, traffic, weather, business, sports and entertainment information devoted to serving residents of British Columbia, with a special focus on the Vancouver/Victoria Extended Market, as defined by the Broadcast Bureau of Measurement (BBM) Canada."[3] On the same day, Shaw Media announced its revised plan to launch the channel in early 2013 under the new name "Global News: BC 1".[4]

On August 30, 2012, Global BC posted a statement about Global News: BC 1, which had expected to be launched in January 2013, claiming it "will provide viewers across the province with top local and regional stories" and will become an "important component of Global News' Digital First objective."[5] The launch would later be delayed to March 14, 2013.[6] The channel soft launched on March 14 at 8:00 a.m. PDT (14:00 UTC) and officially launched one hour later at 9:00 a.m. PT with the debut of the show AM/BC.

Format[edit]

Global News: BC 1's screen graphics as seen in 2013.

Global News: BC 1 contains an 'L-frame' display at the bottom and right side of the channel's screen, which carries the day's top news headlines, weather, sports scores, and market indices, with regular banner ads interspersed.[7] The channel simulcasts existing local news programming from Global BC—eight hours a day during the week and six hours daily on weekends—and runs one hour "news wheel" reports throughout the day.[8] The channel does not carry any news programs produced by Global Okanagan—another Global owned-and-operated station serving the Okanagan region of British Columbia-although their reporters and anchors fill in and provide stories. An Okanagan focused news program at 9:25pm on weekday and 9:30pm on weekends , under the name "Global News on BC1," with Jordan Armstrong anchoring from Burnaby, and Dwayne English on weather from Kelowna."

In January 2015, BC1 changed its on-screen graphics to white and light blue. On the right of the screen they put traffic cameras, live traffic feed.

The channel also airs a half-hour regional human-interest program Your BC which is aired on weekends before the simulcast of the weekend editions of Global News Morning and Global National.[7]

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