Digital: 22 (UHF)|
22 (1.1) (UHF)|
(Televisión Azteca, S.A. de C.V.)
|Founded||March 16, 1968|
|Call letters' meaning||XH CHihuahua|
|Former affiliations||Canal 5 (secondary, 1968-1983)|
|Transmitter power||51.47 kW|
1960s and 1970s
XHCH-TV came to air on March 16, 1968, after a concession was authorized in November 1964. The original concessionaire was Impulsora de Televisión de Chihuahua, S.A. At the time, Chihuahua had just one television station, XHFI-TV channel 5, operated by Telesistema Mexicano. In contrast, XHCH-TV, and later its sister station XHIT-TV channel 4 which came on the air at the end of the 1960s, were part of the Tele-Cadena Mexicana system. Chihuahua was a rare duopoly in this system. In its early days channel 2 broadcast at an ERP of just one kilowatt; this was upgraded to five kilowatts in 1969. That year, despite the ambitions of its owners to create a local station, XHCH became an affiliate of Televisión Independiente de México.
Tele-Cadena Mexicana's stations were nationalized by decree in 1975. While XHIT linked up to the Canal 13 network from Mexico City, as would happen for almost all of the TCM stations, XHCH continued as a local station. It ran a wide variety of programs; its kids program Estrellitas del Dos debuted in 1970 and remained on air for 17 years. After the fusion of TIM and TSM in 1972, the station linked up to Mexico City's Canal 5 (as Televisa only had one Chihuahua station until the 1990s) and broadcast its diet of cartoons and sports programs.
In 1983, XHCH and XHCJE were rolled up into the new Instituto Mexicano de la Televisión. Under Imevisión, as the agency would rebrand in 1985, XHCH was disconnected from Canal 5, while XHIT became a full-time repeater of the channel 13 network. The launch of the new Red Nacional 7 in 1985 took place not over XHCH but on channel 11, among the first stations allotted for Televisión Rural de México (this station is now XHECH-TV).
Out of necessity XHCH became a local station in Imevisión — one of three, along with XHFN-TV Monterrey and XEIMT-TV Mexico City. It broadcast three and a half hours a day of local programming, including regional and municipal newscasts.
Upon the privatization of Imevisión and its transformation into Televisión Azteca in 1993, Chihuahua became the only city in the country where Azteca held three television stations—channels 2, 4 and 11.
Currently XHCH runs the Azteca Uno network, along with XHIT, though XHIT lacks local programming such as newscasts and is an hour behind XHCH.
XHCH-TDT broadcasts on RF channel 22 (virtual channel 2). It went digital-only on December 31, 2015.
|1.1||1080i||16:9||XHCH||Azteca Uno-HD||Azteca Uno national programming|
|1.2||480i||16:9||XHCH||ADN 40||ADN 40|
- Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TDT. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
- "Frontera Norte: estructura de poder y medios de comunicación", Estudios sobre las Culturas Contemporaneas IV.11 (March 1991): 131–68
- IFT multiprogramming list, as of January 1, 2018
- RPC: Shadow XHCH Delicias