Media in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Halifax, Nova Scotia is the largest population centre in Atlantic Canada and contains the region's largest collection of media outlets.

As of 2009, all radio stations in Halifax broadcast on the FM dial. Halifax's last AM radio station 780 CFDR moved to the FM dial at 92.9 MHz in the summer of 2009, becoming CFLT-FM.

Radio[edit]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
88.1 FM CKDU-FM campus radio CKDU-FM Society Associated with Dalhousie University
89.9 FM CHNS-FM 89.9 The Wave classic hits Maritime Broadcasting System
90.5 FM CBHA-FM CBC Radio One public news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
91.5 FM CBAX-FM Ici Musique public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
92.3 FM CBAF-FM-5 Ici Radio-Canada Première public news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
92.9 FM CFLT-FM 92.9 Jack FM adult hits Rogers Communications
93.9 FM CJLU-FM Christian International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association
95.7 FM CJNI-FM News 95.7 news/talk/sports Rogers Communications
96.5 FM CKUL-FM Mix 96.5 Hot AC Newcap Broadcasting
98.5 FM CKRH-FM Radio Halifax Métro community radio French
99.1 FM CHHU-FM multicultural Radio Moyen-Orient
99.3 FM CHSB-FM Hilltop FM Christian Bedford Baptist Church
100.1 FM CIOO-FM C100 hot adult contemporary Bell Media Radio
101.3 FM CJCH-FM 101.3 Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio Bell Media Radio
101.9 FM CHFX-FM FX101.9 country music Maritime Broadcasting System
102.7 FM CBH-FM CBC Radio 2 adult music format with a variety of genres Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
103.5 FM CKHZ-FM Hot Country 103.5 country music Evanov Communications
104.3 FM CFRQ-FM Q104 active rock Newcap Broadcasting
105.1 FM CKHY-FM LIVE 105 modern rock Evanov Communications
105.9 FM CFEP-FM Seaside FM community radio Seaside Broadcasting licensed to Eastern Passage (new frequency)
106.9 FM CHCN-FM community radio licensed to Cole Harbour
107.7 FM CIRH-FM Halifax Information Radio Information Radio Jack McGaw new frequency - moved from 97.9 FM

1CFDR had previously been licensed to move to 88.9 FM, however the subsequent purchase of CKUL by parent company Newcap Broadcasting made this conversion impossible due to concentration of media ownership rules. Sale to Rogers Communications was approved by the CRTC on November 24, 2008, and the station has moved to FM 92.9 and started up August 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm AST. CFDR's format is changed to "LITE 92.9" soft adult contemporary.[1]

Canwest had been licensed to launch an FM station at 105.1 MHz (to be CHAL-FM, "The Breeze" adult contemporary) in November 2004. The station did not launch, and Canwest's authority to launch the station has now expired.[2] Evanov, the owners of Z103.5 are applied to start a radio station at the 105.1 MHz frequency. It was approved on October 7, 2009 and is adopting a Modern Rock format.[3]

In August 2013, CKUL flipped format to triple AAA which gives Metro Halifax four stations in the rock genres.[4]

On July 29, 2016, CJCH-FM was rebranded to "Virgin Radio" marking the first ever entry into the Atlantic Canadian market for that branding.

Television[edit]

Locally produced shows[edit]

Several television shows are created in Halifax including the CBC news satire show This Hour Has 22 Minutes and the mockumentary show Trailer Park Boys.

Television stations[edit]

Several television stations operate in HRM; however, due to the large size of the municipality they have to be retransmitted:

OTA virtual channel
(PSIP)
OTA channel Eastlink Cable Bell Aliant FibreOP TV Call Sign Network Notes
3.1 39 (UHF) 11 3 CBHT-DT CBC Television also channel 11 in Sheet Harbour
5.1 48 (UHF) 9 6 CJCH-DT CTV also channel 2 in Sheet Harbour
8.1 8 (VHF) 6 4 CIHF-DT Global
7 5 CTV Two Atlantic CTV Two
10 EastLink TV Community channel for EastLink Cable subscribers
13 EastLink TV Real estate listings channel for EastLink Cable subscribers
1 TV1 Community channel for Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers

The CTV and Global stations broadcast to the entire Maritimes. CTV Two Atlantic broadcasts to all of Atlantic Canada. HRM was formerly served by CBHFT-TV, a rebroadcaster of the Ici Radio-Canada Télé station CBAFT-DT in Moncton, but the transmitter was shut down in 2012 due to budget cuts.

Several specialty digital television channel licenses have also been developed in HRM in recent years by Salter Street Films. Cable services are provided by EastLink. IPTV provided by Bell Aliant.

Print[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

The Chronicle Herald is a daily broadsheet and the provincial newspaper of Nova Scotia with news bureaus across the province. The paper is independently owned, and usually has a moderate conservative editorial policy. It is considered Nova Scotia's newspaper of record.[5]

Metro Halifax is the city's other daily paper, which was launched as a free handout by Transcontinental Media on February 14, 2008. It replaced The Daily News, a daily tabloid paper, focusing primarily on Halifax, which published from 1974 until February 11, 2008.[6] Transcontinental had purchased The Daily News in 2002, and closed the publication saying the paper operated at a loss.

The Coast is a free "alternative weekly" focused primarily on HRM's urban core, especially the Halifax Peninsula. The independently owned paper is known for its generally left leaning or progressive editorial policy.

There are also several student newspapers in the city's universities and colleges: The Sentinel at Mount Saint Vincent University, the Gazette at Dalhousie University, and The Journal at St. Mary's University. The Transcript, The Signal, and the Halifax Commoner are published by students attending the award-winning journalism program at the University of King's College.

Magazines[edit]

Magazines published in Halifax include the locally-themed Halifax Magazine, Faces Magazine, and Saltscapes. Halifax's Buddhist community publishes Buddhadharma and Lion's Roar (formerly the Shambhala Sun).

A Maritimes gossip tabloid Frank Magazine was established in Halifax and subsequently expanded into central Canada; it has since retracted to focusing on the Maritimes.

Wayves, an LGBT outlet, produced print magazines from 1983 to 2012, and now publishes solely online. YGA was a magazine published for LGBT youth.

Online[edit]

In addition to the significant online presence of all traditional Halifax news outlets, the city is home to several online newspapers.

AllNovaScotia is a daily news website founded by David Bentley with a focus on business and political news throughout the province.[7] It has a reputation for investigative journalism and had a newsroom staff of 18 in February 2016.[8] The subscription-based service operates behind a paywall and has nearly 10,000 subscribers. It is popular among those in the business community and in government.[9]

The Halifax Examiner is another subscription-supported local news website run by investigative journalist Tim Bousquet, former news editor of The Coast. The outlet is a self-described "independent, adversarial news site devoted to holding the powerful accountable".[10]

Haligonia.ca is a free website with a more blog-like format that focuses on light local news.[11]

In early 2016, Local Xpress emerged as a new online news source formed by 61 members of the Halifax Typographical Union's newsroom unit while on strike from The Chronicle Herald. The web site is staffed by volunteers and funded by CWA Canada and the HTU.[12]

The Halifax Media Co-op was founded in February 2009. It published "grassroots news" that often aimed to amplify underrepresented voices. The outlet went on "indefinite hiatus" from June 2016 due to a limited budget and the fact that some of their core volunteers had moved on to other work.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-106
  2. ^ Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-14
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-631
  4. ^ CKUL-FM
  5. ^ "A message from Chronicle Herald Director of News Content Andrew Waugh". Frank Magazine. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Daily News disappears from Halifax". CBC News. 11 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "allNovaScotia". Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Bradshaw, James. "Subscription news site AllNovaScotia expands to Newfoundland". Globe and Mail. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Currie, Tim (23 January 2012). "How a tightly paywalled, social-media-ignoring, anti-copy-paste, gossipy news site became a dominant force in Nova Scotia". NiemanLab. Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Halifax Examiner". Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Haligonia.ca". Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "About Us". Local XPress. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Halifax Media Co-op on indefinite hiatus". Halifax Media Co-op. 16 June 2016.