Broadcast History - August 28

Broadcast History - August 28

Postby jon » Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:59 pm

In 1996, CHCH-TV Hamilton had 7 of its 10 requested rebroadcast transmitters approved (city-channel): Ottawa-11, London-51, Muskoka-67, Sudbury-41, Sault St. Marie-38, North Bay-32 and Timmins-11. Peterborough, Kingston and Thunder Bay were denied. Western Broadcasting, owner of BCTV (CHAN & CHEK), took ownership on January 1, 1993, and these new rebroadcasters were part of a strategy to expand CHCH into "ON-TV" (Ontario Television). The ON-TV branding occurred at 6 p.m. on February 17, 1997, as the Ottawa transmitter (note the VHF Channel 11 frequency) first signed on with 25,000 watts.

Also in 1996, CITY-TV Toronto was approved for an Ottawa transmitter on Channel 65, to be known as CITY-TV-3 when it signed on in December. It had previously signed on a transmitter in Woodstock, Ontario, as CITY-TV-2, on September 1, 1986.

In 1997, the new CTV Inc. was born, even if Baton Broadcasting did not actually become CTV Inc. until 1999. On this day in 1997, the CRTC approved the deal between CHUM and the Baton-Electrohome alliance that gave Baton control of CTV. A lot of TV stations changed hands in the process.

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