|Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua/|
El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, New Mexico
|City||Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua|
|Slogan||El Canal de las Noticias |
(Spanish: The News Channel)
|Channels||Digital: 45 (UHF)|
(to move to 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||44.1 Canal 44|
44.2 44 Alternativo
44.3 Canal Catorce
44.4 Milenio Televisión
|Affiliations||Spanish Independent (1980-1984, 2000-2007, 2015-present)|
|Licensee||Televisora Nacional, S.A. de C.V.|
|First air date||October 16, 1980|
|Sister station(s)||XHILA-TDT (Mexicali, Baja California)|
|Former channel number(s)||44 (analog, 1980-2015)|
|Former affiliations||Televisa (1984-1988)|
Azteca 7 (1993-1997)
|Transmitter power||150 kW|
|Height||162 m (531 ft)|
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 Paso–Las 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. 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
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. The station, XHICCH-TDT 30 (VC 44), began transmissions in July 2018 from the Canal Once tower atop Cerro El Coronel in Chihuahua. Local programming from new studios in Chihuahua began on August 6, 2018.
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.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|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|
- 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
- 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.
- El Cafesito de la Mañana: 9AM (Monday-Saturday)
- B YOU Challenge
- Pido la Palabra
- Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TDT. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2015-06-22. Technical information from the IFT Coverage Viewer.
- Broadcasting, November 7, 1988: 47
- IFT: 13th Subsequent Round - IFT-6 Auction
- RPC: #028248 Infrastructure Share Agreement between the Instituto Politécnico Nacional and Intermedia de Chihuahua
- RPC: #030607 Shadow XHICCH Cd. Delicias
- RPC: #030617 Shadow XHICCH Cd. Cuauhtémoc
- Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Listado de Autorizaciones de Acceso a Multiprogramación. Last modified 9 May 2019. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
- 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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