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XHIJ TV Canal 44 2012 Logo.png
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua/
El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, New Mexico
Mexico/United States
CityCiudad Juárez, Chihuahua
BrandingCanal 44
SloganEl Canal de las Noticias
(Spanish: The News Channel)
ChannelsDigital: 45 (UHF)
(to move to 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
Subchannels44.1 Canal 44
44.2 44 Alternativo
44.3 Canal Catorce
44.4 Milenio Televisión
AffiliationsSpanish Independent (1980-1984, 2000-2007, 2015-present)
OwnerGrupo Intermedia
LicenseeTelevisora Nacional, S.A. de C.V.
First air dateOctober 16, 1980 (39 years ago) (1980-10-16)
Sister station(s)XHILA-TDT (Mexicali, Baja California)
Former channel number(s)44 (analog, 1980-2015)
Former affiliationsTelevisa (1984-1988)
Telemundo (1988-1993)
Azteca 7 (1993-1997)
CNI (1995-2000)
Cadenatres (2007-2015)
Transmitter power150 kW[1]
Height162 m (531 ft)
Facility ID98776
Transmitter coordinates31°42′16″N 106°29′55″W / 31.70444°N 106.49861°W / 31.70444; -106.49861

XHIJ-TDT, virtual channel 44 (UHF digital channel 45), is a Spanish-language independent station licensed to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico and serving the Juárez–El PasoLas Cruces metropolitan area. Known on air as Canal 44, the station has had a variety of affiliations since signing on the air in 1980 and also produces programs such as local news.


On June 23, 1980, Arnoldo Cabada de la O received a concession to operate channel 44 in Juárez, with callsign XHIJ-TV. Cabada de la O had formerly worked at XEJ-TV as the news director. The station came on the air October 16, 1980. For the first four years of its life, XHIJ carried an entirely local program schedule, a rarity in Mexico given that most commercial stations were either affiliated to Televisa or relayed its national networks. Between 1984 and 1988, XHIJ would carry an affiliation with Televisa.

In 1988, the then-new Telemundo Spanish-language network in the US engaged in rapid expansion, signing XHIJ and XHRIO in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, as affiliates.[2] While with Telemundo, XHIJ raised its broadcasting power from 240 kilowatts to 1,129 kilowatts.

In 1993, Imevisión was privatized and became Televisión Azteca, but it only had one operating station in Juárez. Between 1993 and 1997, XHIJ carried some Azteca 7 programming. It would not be until 1997 when Azteca would bring its second Juárez station, XHCJH-TV channel 20, to air; it would then proceed to lose its Telemundo affiliation as well. In the mid-90s, XHIJ added an affiliation with CNI, a then-new provider of national news programming, which continued through 2000. In 2007, XHIJ began to pick up programming from cadenatres in Mexico City, a relationship that continued until the network folded in 2015.

In January 2016, news director and anchor Héctor Armando Cabada Alvídrez resigned from his position in order to run for municipal president of Ciudad Juárez as an independent candidate; on election day, he won with 48 percent of the vote.

Expansion in Chihuahua[edit]

Intermedia fought for and won the television station in Chihuahua Capital in the IFT-6 television station auction of 2017, prevailing in the 13th round of bidding and paying 53.5 million pesos.[3] The station, XHICCH-TDT 30 (VC 44), began transmissions in July 2018 from the Canal Once tower atop Cerro El Coronel in Chihuahua.[4] Local programming from new studios in Chihuahua began on August 6, 2018.

XHICCH was approved for dependent repeaters in Ciudad Delicias[5] and Ciudad Cuauhtémoc[6] in July 2018.

Digital television[edit]

On November 1, 2011, XHIJ-TDT began broadcasting in digital on UHF channel 45. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display XHIJ-TDT's virtual channel as 44.1.

XHIJ has approval to multiplex its digital signal. Among its four digital streams is Canal Catorce, broadcast by agreement with the SPR and which is the only Mexican public television station available over the air in the area. It replaced UACJ TV, a service of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, on 44.3 on October 20, 2015.

Due to the conversion from analog to digital television in México (which was a phased process conducted by city), XHIJ shut off its analog signal on July 14, 2015 along with other Juárez stations.

In March 2018, in order to facilitate the repacking of TV services out of the 600 MHz band (channels 38-51), XHIJ was assigned channel 32 for continued digital operations.

XHICCH has no authorized subchannels.

Digital sub-channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:[7]

VC RF Video Ratio PSIP Name Network Programming
44.1 45.1 1080i 16:9 XHIJ TV Canal 44 Main XHIJ HD programming
44.2 45.2 480i 4:3 44 Alternativo Alternative programming
44.3 45.3 Canal Catorce Public television
44.4 45.4 World TV



  • La Semana En Resumen: 5AM-6AM (Monday) / Contacto Nocturno: 5AM-6AM (Tuesday-Friday)
  • Contacto Matutino: 6AM-9AM (Monday-Friday)
  • Contacto Mitad Del Dia: 2PM-3PM (Monday-Friday)
  • Contacto Tarde: 4:55PM-6PM (Monday-Friday)
  • Contacto Nocturno: 9:55PM-11PM (Monday-Friday)
  • Contacto En Movimiento: 7AM-9AM (Saturday)
  • La Semana En Resumen: 10PM-11PM (Sunday)

XHIJ-TV and KTSM-TV in El Paso share resources especially with violence in Juárez.

Yearly Special Newscast[edit]

  • Resumen Anual: A 3 hour newscast showcasing the highlights of the year. Aired at the end of the year, December 25th and January 1st of the following year.

Entertainment Shows[edit]

  • El Cafesito de la Mañana: 9AM (Monday-Saturday)
  • B YOU Challenge
  • Pido la Palabra


External links[edit]

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XHCH (1.1 Azteca Uno, 1.2 ADN 40)
XHIT (1.3 Azteca Uno -1)
XHFI (2.1 Las Estrellas, 2.2 FOROtv)
XHCTCH (3.1 Imagen Televisión, 3.4 Imagen Multicast)
XHCHZ (5.1 Canal 5, 9.1 [[Nu9ve] Chihuahua])
XHAUC (6.1 Multimedios Televisión)
XHECH (7.1 Azteca 7, 7.2 a+)
XHCHI (11.1 Canal Once, 11.2 Canal Once Niños)
XHABC (28.1 Canal 28, 28.2 Canal 28.2)
XHICCH (44.1 Canal 44)

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