Media in Toronto

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A production control room in Toronto's Rogers Studios for City and Omni Television. Both are subsidiaries of Rogers Media.

This is a list of television and radio stations along with a list of media outlets in and around Toronto, Ontario including the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto is Canada's largest media market, and the fourth-largest market in North America (behind New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago).

TV stations[edit]

OTA virtual channel (PSIP) OTA channel Rogers Cable Bell Fibe TV Call Sign Network Notes
3.1 10 (VHF) 20 202 CKVR-DT CTV Two Transmitted from Barrie
5.1 20 (UHF) 6 205 CBLT-DT CBC Television
9.1 9 (VHF) 8 201 CFTO-DT CTV
11.1 15 (UHF) 11 211 CHCH-DT Independent Transmitted from Hamilton
19.1 19 (UHF) 2 209 CICA-DT TVOntario Provincial public educational broadcaster
25.1 25 (UHF) 12 101 CBLFT-DT Ici Radio-Canada Télé Toronto's only OTA French language station.
36.1 36 (UHF) 9 651 CITS-DT Yes TV Religious/family entertainment, transmitted from Hamilton
40.1 40 (UHF) 14 207 CJMT-DT Omni Television (OMNI 2) Multicultural (Africa/Asia/Middle East), sister station to CFMT
41.1 41 (UHF) 3 203 CIII-DT Global
47.1 47 (UHF) 4 206 CFMT-DT Omni Television (OMNI 1) Multicultural (America/Caribbean/Europe), sister station to CJMT
57.1 44 (UHF) 7 204 CITY-DT Citytv
13 145 TFO Provincial Franco-Ontarian public educational broadcaster
24 503 CP24 24-hour local news channel
1 TV1 Community channel for Bell Fibe TV subscribers
The Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto is the English-language broadcasting headquarters for the CBC's radio and television service.

The incumbent cable provider in the Toronto area is Rogers Cable, which originally secured the cable franchise for most of the pre-amalgamation city of Toronto, and later purchased the systems in surrounding areas. Since 2010, Bell Fibe TV (an IPTV terrestrial service operated by Rogers' rival Bell Canada) has been available in most neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area. Independent IPTV television services such as Vmedia and Zazeen have also become available.

American network affiliates on Toronto cable are piped in from Buffalo, New York, including WGRZ (NBC), WIVB (CBS), WKBW-TV (ABC), WUTV (Fox), and WNED-TV (PBS). For additional fees cable subscribers can also watch WNYO-TV (MyNetworkTV) and WNLO (The CW). Many of these stations can be seen over the air throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto has seven times the population of the Buffalo market. In particular, WUTV and WNED rely heavily on viewership from Toronto; both have long identified as serving "Buffalo/Toronto," and also have sales offices in the city. More than half of WNED's members live in Toronto.

Most of Canada's over-the-air and cable television networks also have national operations based in Toronto; for more information, see List of Canadian television channels.

Radio[edit]

Toronto stations[edit]

AM[edit]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
AM 590 CJCL Sportsnet 590 The Fan sports Rogers Media
AM 640 CFMJ Global News Radio 640 Toronto talk Corus Entertainment
AM 680 CFTR 680 News news Rogers Media
AM 740 CFZM Zoomer Radio pop standards ZoomerMedia
AM 860 CJBC Ici Radio-Canada Première public news/talk CBC French
AM 960 CKNT 960 CKNT talk
AM 1010 CFRB Newstalk 1010 news/talk Bell Media
AM 1050 CHUM TSN Radio 1050 sports radio Bell Media
AM 1280 CJRU CJRU 1280 The Scope at Ryerson campus/community Ryerson University
AM 1430 CHKT Fairchild Radio multilingual Fairchild Radio
AM 1540 CHIN CHIN Radio multilingual CHIN Radio/TV International Rebroadcaster at 91.9 FM. Station created by Johnny Lombardi
AM 1610 CHHA Voces Latinas Spanish community station San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre
AM 1690 CHTO multilingual Canadian Hellenic Toronto Radio

FM[edit]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
FM 88.1 CIND-FM Indie88 indie rock Central Ontario Broadcasting Approved by the CRTC on September 12, 2012, on CKLN-FM's former frequency
FM 88.9 CIRV multilingual Frank Alvarez used by Fairchild Radio for FM coverage
FM 89.5 CIUT University of Toronto Community Radio campus/community University of Toronto campus radio
FM 90.3 CJBC Ici Musique public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
FM 91.1 CJRT JAZZ-FM91 jazz/public CJRT-FM Inc.
FM 91.9 CHIN-1 CHIN Radio multilingual CHIN Radio/TV International Rebroadcaster of CHIN (AM), not to be confused with CHIN-FM
FM 92.5 CKIS KiSS 92.5 CHR Rogers Media
FM 93.5 CFXJ 93-5 The Move rhythmic CHR Newcap Radio
FM 94.1 CBL CBC Music public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation formerly CBC Radio 2
FM 95.9 CJKX-FM-2 KX96 country Durham Radio Rebroadcaster of CJKX-FM Ajax
FM 96.3 CFMZ Classical 96.3 classical music ZoomerMedia
FM 96.9 CKHC Radio Humber campus radio Humber College
FM 97.3 CHBM boom 97.3 adult hits Newcap Radio
FM 98.1 CHFI 98.1 CHFI adult contemporary Rogers Media
FM 98.7 CKFG G98.7 Urban contemporary/smooth jazz Intercity Broadcasting
FM 99.1 CBLA CBC Radio One public news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 99.9 CKFM 99-9 Virgin Radio CHR Bell Media
FM 100.7 CHIN CHIN Radio multilingual CHIN Radio/TV International
FM 101.3 CJSA Diversity FM multilingual Diversity Media Group
FM 102.1 CFNY 102.1 The Edge modern rock Corus Entertainment licensed for Brampton; transmitter and studios are in downtown Toronto
FM 102.7 CJRK EASTFM.CA multilingual East FM - 8041393 Canada Inc
FM 103.9 CIRR 103.9 PROUD FM LGBT community radio Evanov Communications
FM 104.5 CHUM CHUM 104.5 hot AC Bell Media
FM 105.1 CHOQ Radio-Toronto Franco-Ontarian community Cooperative Radio-Toronto French
FM 105.5 CHRY VIBE 105-5 urban hip hop/R&B Board of Directors of CHRY Community Radio, Inc.
FM 107.1 CILQ Q107 active rock Corus Entertainment

Other stations[edit]

Numerous radio stations licensed to communities outside the City of Toronto are also marketed to the City of Toronto proper, as well as the rest of the Greater Toronto Area. This includes one American station.

AM[edit]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Location Notes
AM 530 CIAO multilingual Evanov Communications Brampton
AM 770 WTOR multicultural Birach Broadcasting Corporation Youngstown, New York
AM 1250 CJYE Joy 1250 Christian radio Trafalgar Broadcasting Ltd. Oakville
AM 1320 CJMR The Voice of the City multilingual Trafalgar Broadcasting Ltd. Mississauga
AM 1580 CKDO oldies Durham Radio Oshawa CKDO has a rebroadcaster at 107.7 FM.
AM 1650 CINA multicultural Neeti Prakash Ray Mississauga

FM[edit]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Location Notes
FM 88.5 CKDX Jewel 88.5 adult contemporary Evanov Communications Newmarket
FM 90.7 CFU758 RAV-FM high school radio/community Vaughan Secondary School Thornhill
FM 91.9 CKC455 CFRE campus radio University of Toronto Mississauga Mississauga
FM 94.9 CKGE-FM 94.9 The Rock rock Durham Radio Oshawa
FM 95.3 CING Fresh 95.3 hot adult contemporary Corus Entertainment Hamilton
FM 102.9 CKLH 102.9 K-Lite adult contemporary Bell Media Hamilton
FM 103.5 CIDC Z103.5 CHR Evanov Communications Orangeville
FM 105.9 CFMS The Region multilingual Bhupinder Bola (OBCI) Markham
FM 107.9 CJXY Y108 active rock Corus Entertainment Burlington

Former stations[edit]

Please see former City of Toronto radio stations at the Canadian Communications Foundation.[1]

Print[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

National dailies[edit]

Headquarters of The Globe and Mail at the Globe and Mail Centre (left), and former HQ of the National Post (right). The two national dailies are both based in Toronto.

Local dailies[edit]

One Yonge Street from the Toronto Harbour. The building serves as the headquarters for the Toronto Star, the highest-circulating local newspaper in Canada.

Alternative[edit]

Community/Weekly newspapers[edit]

Metroland Media Group is a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation which publishes the Toronto Star. Metroland publishes a series of weekly neighbourhood papers, some of which previously printed two or three times a week. They are distributed free of charge and have captured a large portion of the neighbourhood advertising flyer market. These newspapers are: Bloor West Villager, City Centre Mirror, East York/Beach Mirror, Etobicoke Guardian, North York Mirror, Parkdale-Liberty Villager, Scarborough Mirror and York Guardian.

Several independent community newspapers include the Town Crier and Post City Magazines chains, Beach Metro News, the Annex Gleaner, the Liberty Gleaner, West End Phoenix and the Marklander in the far west of Toronto. Another community newspaper known as The Bulletin was published as a monthly broadsheet but now offers stories online as TheBulletin.ca: Journal of Downtown Toronto.

L'Express_(Toronto) is a French-language weekly newspaper.

Ethnic and multicultural newspapers[edit]

  • Ajit Weekly - Punjabi language
  • CanIndia News - English language weekly
  • The Contact Weekly - English language
  • Correio da Manhã Canadá - Portuguese language twice-weekly
  • Culture Magazin - Vietnamese and English language
  • das Journal - German language, every two weeks
  • Gazeta - Polish language weekly
  • Gujarat Abroad - Canada's oldest and largest newspaper for the Gujarati community; weekly; published Fridays since 2002; caters to over 250K population mainly in the greater Toronto area through print and online e-paper; mainly distributed to major Indian grocery stores and religious places
  • Kanadai-Amerikai Magyars - Hungarian language weekly
  • Kanadan Sanomat - Finnish language weekly
  • Pakistan Post - Canada's largest and oldest Pakistani newspaper; weekly covering community news relevant to the South Asian community, mainly those from Pakistan; includes entertainment, news from abroad, regular columns, fashion and special features
  • Russian Express - Russian language
  • Salam Toronto - Persian-English weekly paper
  • StarBuzz Weekly- entertainment and lifestyle weekly for South Asians; published in English from Toronto
  • Sunday Times - Urdu language weekly
  • Thangatheepam - Tamil language weekly
  • The Weekly Voice - Punjabi and Hindi news
  • Thoi Bao - Vietnamese language
  • Urdu Khabarnama - Urdu language weekly
  • Weekly Hankook - Korean language
  • Wiadomości - Polish language weekly
Caribbean media[edit]
  • Toronto Caribbean Newspaper - Toronto's Largest Caribbean Newspaper
  • The Caribbean Camera - Canada's largest newspaper on Caribbean affairs
  • Caribbean Weekly - Canada's only Caribbean Entertainment newspaper
  • Pride News Magazine - Canada's African and Caribbean Canadian newspaper
  • Share - weekly community newspaper which has served the Black and Caribbean community in the greater Toronto area since April 9, 1978
  • Vision Newspaper Canada - the double award-winning Caribbean community newspaper
Chinese media[edit]
Latin media[edit]
  • El Centro - Spanish weekly
  • LATIDOS
  • Latinos Multicultural Magazine
  • O Milénio Portuguese weekly
  • Toronto Hispano
  • WaveMagazine.ca - "Bringing Brazilians and Canadians Together"

Student newspapers[edit]

Former newspapers[edit]

The Mail Building in Toronto c. 1870. It headquartered The Toronto Mail newspaper, which operated from 1872 to 1895, when it merged with Toronto Empire to form The Mail and Empire.
For the newspapers of York see York, Upper Canada#Media
  • The Globe - 1844 to 1936; merged with The Mail and Empire to form The Globe and Mail
  • Grip - 1873 to 1894; satirical newsweekly
  • The Leader - 1852 to 1878
  • The Mail and Empire - 1895 to 1936; merged with The Globe to form The Globe and Mail
  • The News - 1881 to 1919; changed name to The Times in March 1919, which lasted until September of that year
  • The Sentinel - newspaper of the Orange Order
  • The Star Weekly - 1910 to 1973; Sunday edition of the Toronto Star, later a weekend supplement in the Saturday Toronto Star
  • The Telegraph - 1866 to 1872
  • The Toronto World - 1880 to 1921; final weekday edition 9 April 1921; assets acquired by The Mail and Empire[2]
  • Toronto Empire - 1887 to 1895; merged with The Mail to form The Mail and Empire
  • The Toronto Mail - 1872 to 1895; merged with The Empire to form The Mail and Empire
  • Toronto Telegram - 1876 to 1971; much of the staff then formed the Toronto Sun
  • Eye Weekly / The Grid - defunct
  • Toronto Special - appears defunct
  • Xtra! - last print edition February 2015
  • 24 Hours — ceased publishing November 27, 2017

Magazines[edit]

Book publishers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Former radio stations in the City of Toronto Canadian Communications Foundation
  2. ^ Jamie Bradburn (17 March 2012). "The World of William Findlay Maclean". Torontoist. Retrieved 11 December 2014.