CKY-DT

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CKY-DT
CTV logo.svg
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada
BrandingCTV Winnipeg (general)
CTV News Winnipeg (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7.1 (PSIP)
Translatorssee below
AffiliationsCTV
OwnerBell Media
First air dateNovember 12, 1960
Call letters' meaningtaken from its former sister radio station
Sister station(s)CFRW, CFWM-FM, CKMM-FM
Former callsignsCJAY-TV (1960–1973)
CKY-TV (1973–2011)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
7 (VHF, 1960–2011)
Former affiliationsindependent (1960–1961)
Transmitter power24 kW
Height280.8 m
Transmitter coordinates49°34′48″N 97°10′3″W / 49.58000°N 97.16750°W / 49.58000; -97.16750
WebsiteCTV Winnipeg
 
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CKY-DT
CTV logo.svg
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada
BrandingCTV Winnipeg (general)
CTV News Winnipeg (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7.1 (PSIP)
Translatorssee below
AffiliationsCTV
OwnerBell Media
First air dateNovember 12, 1960
Call letters' meaningtaken from its former sister radio station
Sister station(s)CFRW, CFWM-FM, CKMM-FM
Former callsignsCJAY-TV (1960–1973)
CKY-TV (1973–2011)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
7 (VHF, 1960–2011)
Former affiliationsindependent (1960–1961)
Transmitter power24 kW
Height280.8 m
Transmitter coordinates49°34′48″N 97°10′3″W / 49.58000°N 97.16750°W / 49.58000; -97.16750
WebsiteCTV Winnipeg

CKY-DT, VHF channel 7, is a CTV owned-and-operated television station located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The station is owned by Bell Media. CKY's studios are located on Graham Avenue (adjacent to the MTS Centre) in Downtown Winnipeg, and its transmitter is located near Lord Selkirk Highway/Highway 75 in Ritchot. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available on 316 (Classic) or 033 (Advanced), and in high definition on channel 029 (Classic) or 529 (Advanced). This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable and MTS TV channel 5. There is a high definition feed offered on Shaw Cable digital channel 210 and MTS TV channel 453.

CKY was also the call sign of two Winnipeg radio stations. CKY (AM) was founded in 1923 by Manitoba Government Telephones. In 1948, the station was purchased by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation which changed its call letters to CBW. In 1949, the CKY call letters were reassigned to a new AM station in Winnipeg, owned by Moffat Broadcasting Ltd., which also founded CJAY-TV in 1960 and CKY-FM in 1962.

History[edit]

In January 1960, the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG) held public hearings in Winnipeg in response to three applications which had been submitted to operate a commercial television station in the city on channel 7. These applications were presented by R. S. Misener and Associates, a group associated with radio stations CKY Winnipeg, CFAM Altona and CKSB St. Boniface; Perimeter Television Broadcasters Ltd., a group associated with Winnipeg radio station CJOB; and the Red River Television Association, a group associated with the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper and radio station CKRC.[1]

In 1973, CKY used this logo and promotional campaign, after its call letters were changed from CJAY.

The Misener application was subsequently approved by the BBG, and CKY was founded as independent station CJAY on November 12, 1960, joining CTV upon the network's launch on October 1, 1961. On June 1, 1973, after Moffat bought controlling interest in the station, its call sign was changed to CKY-TV to match Moffat's AM and FM stations, making it one of the only two Canadian television stations, the other being the now-defunct CKX-TV, with three-letter call signs (from 2007 to 2009, CKY and CKX were sister stations following CTVglobemedia's buyout of CHUM Limited). The CJAY calls are now used on a Calgary rock station now owned by CTV's owner Bell Media. In 1992, Moffat sold CKY-AM and CKY-FM (subsequently CITI) to Rogers Communications while maintaining ownership of the television station.

In the Fall of 1973, CKY-TV was using this logo and promotional campaign.
CKY's former logo (2001-2005). As of October 2005 logos with the stations' callsigns are no longer used on CTV stations; instead they all use the main CTV logo.

In August 1992, general manager Vaughn Tozer hired Jim Wicks, a Canadian-American broadcaster to be the main anchor and managing editor. Tozer and Wicks reorganized the newsroom and the on-air team to help accomplish their goal. Within three ratings periods, the newscast had climbed from third place to first place, replacing CBWT's 24 Hours as the highest-rated newscast in Winnipeg. At one point, the newscast was advertised on billboards throughout the city as Wicks at 6. The on-air chemistry between Wicks and sports director Steve Vogelsang was unique in broadcasting, adding to the popularity of the program. Although the personalities have since changed on several occasions, the station's newscast has remained Manitoba's #1 newscast, increasing its lead in recent years due in part to the demise of CHMI's newscasts and budget cuts at CBWT. Currently, CKY is the market's only station with a weekday noon newscast. As of today, CKY-TV is the oldest private television station in Manitoba since CKX-TV's demise.

In 2001, Moffat Broadcasting was purchased by Shaw Cablesystems, which was not interested in CKY or its sister cable channel, WTN. CKY was purchased by Bell Globemedia, while WTN was purchased by Corus Entertainment, moved to Toronto, and became W Network. Now a CTV owned-and-operated station, promos on CKY became similar to the other CTV O&Os. However, Shaw returned to the television station business five years later, as they acquired CJBN-TV (a Global affiliate) in nearby Kenora, Ontario.

Current CKY-TV facilities in the renovated Powerhouse Building on Graham Avenue.

On May 15, 2006, the station's studios moved to a new facility near Winnipeg's MTS Centre. This move was mostly caused by recent retail developments in the area, which includes the Polo Park Shopping Centre, and the likelihood that CKY's studios were bought off by developers who would use the space for additional retail opportunities. The recent demolition of Winnipeg Arena and the possible development of a new football stadium to replace Canad Inns Stadium would have likely placed the broadcasting facility in an awkward position of being surrounded by retail developments, making their property more valuable. CKY's new studios uses state-of-the-art technology, and virtually nothing was moved from the old studios to the new facility. The existing news set was moved to CFQC-DT, the CTV affiliate in Saskatoon, and some technical equipment was sent to CTV's Quebec City bureau. In addition, the master control of the station was moved to 9 Channel Nine Court, home of flagship CTV station CFTO-TV in Toronto.

Another likely reason for the move is that CKY had more space than it needed. With WTN, CITI (92. FM), and CKY (102. FM) moving to new studios in recent years, plus the reduction of local, in-studio programming on CKY-TV since 1991, a new, although smaller, facility suited CKY-TV's needs. In recent years, CKY has allowed studio space to be rented for third-party productions, including the locally produced film Blue State. The station marked its 50th anniversary in 2010.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[3]
7.11080i16:9CKYMain CKY-DT programming / CTV

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

At midnight on September 1, 2011, the day after Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, CKY-TV flash cut its digital signal into operation on VHF channel 7.[4] The station's high definition feed is now offered on Bell TV via channel 1091 as of September 12, 2011.

Transmitters[edit]

StationCity of licenceChannelERPHAATTransmitter Coordinates
CKYA-TVFisher Branch8 (VHF)62 kW136.9 m51°4′50″N 97°38′57″W / 51.08056°N 97.64917°W / 51.08056; -97.64917 (CKYA-TV)
CKYB-TVBrandon4 (VHF)100 kW406.9 m49°40′6″N 100°0′41″W / 49.66833°N 100.01139°W / 49.66833; -100.01139 (CKYB-TV)
CKYB-TV-1McCreary13 (VHF)0.01 kWNA50°40′22″N 99°36′12″W / 50.67278°N 99.60333°W / 50.67278; -99.60333 (CKYB-TV-1)
CKYD-TVDauphin12 (VHF)140 kW353.9 m51°28′14″N 100°43′16″W / 51.47056°N 100.72111°W / 51.47056; -100.72111 (CKYD-TV)
CKYF-TV*Flin Flon13 (VHF)2.06 kW60 m54°47′16″N 101°50′36″W / 54.78778°N 101.84333°W / 54.78778; -101.84333 (CKYF-TV)
CKYP-TV*The Pas12 (VHF)2.13 kW52.6 m53°50′9″N 101°15′12″W / 53.83583°N 101.25333°W / 53.83583; -101.25333 (CKYP-TV)
CKYS-TV*Snow Lake11 (VHF)0.008 kWNA54°52′34″N 100°0′59″W / 54.87611°N 100.01639°W / 54.87611; -100.01639 (CKYS-TV)
CKYT-TV*Thompson9 (VHF)2.185 kW43.3 m55°43′47″N 97°51′52″W / 55.72972°N 97.86444°W / 55.72972; -97.86444 (CKYT-TV)

* These and a long list of CTV rebroadcasters nationwide were to shut down on or before August 31, 2009, as part of a political dispute with Canadian authorities on paid fee-for-carriage requirements for cable television operators.[5] A subsequent change in ownership assigned full control of CTVglobemedia to Bell Media; as of 2011, these transmitters remain in normal licensed broadcast operation.[6]

Programming[edit]

Scheduling[edit]

As Manitoba is in the Central Time Zone, CKY generally abides by the U.S. practice of airing primetime programming simultaneously with its counterparts in the Eastern Time Zone, meaning one hour "earlier" in terms of local time than Eastern Time stations (e.g. "8, 7 Central"). This is primarily to maintain simultaneous substitution rights with the American network affiliates aired on cable in Winnipeg. However, the station's daytime and late night schedule is otherwise generally the same as other CTV stations in terms of local airtimes, such as local news from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and CTV National News at 11:00 p.m. (whereas U.S. stations in the Central Time Zone typically air late news at 10:00 p.m.). To accommodate both practices, programs that air in the 7:00 p.m. hour on most CTV stations, such as etalk and repeats of The Big Bang Theory, are generally moved to the 10:00 p.m. hour on CKY.

Prior to CTV's purchase of the station in 2001, this shifting of primetime programming normally extended to the 7:00 ET / 6:00 CT hour on Sundays, in line with the practice of American broadcast networks. This meant a local newscast would air at 5:30, followed by primetime, then an extra local newscast at 10:00 p.m. Since 2001, CKY has usually aired local news at 6:00 seven nights a week, including Sundays, regardless of the station's ability to simsub at that hour, with programming rescheduled as needed to air within the 7-11 p.m. CT block.

News operation[edit]

CKY-DT presently broadcasts 28 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays, and 1½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). When CKY-TV launched as CJAY, its broadcast day ran from 5:30 p.m. until around midnight daily. Its local newscasts were originally broadcast from 7:15 to 7:30, and 10:30 to 10:55 p.m. each weeknight. The early newscast was part of a longer program known as Panorama 7, which ran from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and consisted of cartoons and other children's features, a weather report and news. As of October 3, 2005, the newscasts on CKY are branded as CTV News.

On June 6, 2011, it was announced the longtime CKY-TV personality Sylvia Kuzyk would step down in the fall of 2011, and Colleen Bready was named her replacement. On July 26, 2011, it was announced that CKY-DT will debut a new three-hour weekday morning newscast called CTV Morning Live starting September 26, 2011, and will air from 6-9 a.m. from CKY-DT's studios, the newscast will be anchored by Kris Laudien (formerly of Vancouver's CKVU-DT and Edmonton's CKEM-DT) and current CKY-DT reporter Eleanor Coopsammy.[7]

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[8][edit]

Anchors

SkyWatch Weather

Sports team

Reporters

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Marshall Armstrong - reporter and editorial commentator (1970s, 1980s and 1991)
  • Stacey Ashley - crime reporter (2007-2012)
  • Ashleigh Banfield - researcher/reporter for the CKY evening news (1988-1989)
  • Rod Black - sports anchor (current TSN & CTV sports announcer)
  • Jeff Bollenbach - news director (current news director of CICT-TV in Calgary)
  • Bob Burns - host of CJAY's Teen Dance Party (deceased
  • Nancy Carlson - weekend anchor (2011; now with Global Edmonton)
  • Robert McGregor - news anchor, producer, director (1990-1999)
  • Barbara-Lee Edwards - anchor (1995–2001)now with cbs8 san diego
  • Bruce Graham - news director and host CKY News
  • Stu Fawcett - news director and news anchor of CKY Newshour
  • Leah Hextall - sports anchor (2005-2012; now with NESN)
  • Lee Jameson - anchor of CKY News at Noon and CKY Evening News (1975-1982)
  • Sylvia Kuzyk - anchor/weather anchor (served in many positions from 1976-2011)
  • Bernie Pascall - sports anchor / staff announcer (mid-1960s)
  • Kumutha Ramanathan - reporter (now with CP24 in Toronto)
  • John Sauder - meteorologist (1995–2007)
  • Janet Stewart - anchor (2001-2006; now at CBWT in Winnipeg)
  • Bob Swarts -[9] former host of children's variety show Archie and His Friends (1965-1986)
  • Joey Gregorash - host of "S'Kiddle Bits," a noon hour children's variety television show. It featured in-studio and on-location musical performances and guests from around Manitoba. (late 1980s-early 90s)
  • Shelly Swirski - anchor (late 1970's to mid-1980s)
  • Ray Torgrud - station announcer and former host of Today's World (deceased)
  • Steve Vogelsang - sports anchor
  • 'Cactus' Jack Wells - sports anchor (?-1974)
  • Jordan Witzel - meteorologist (now at CICT-DT in Calgary)
  • Paul White - co-anchor of CKY News (1970s and 1980s)
  • Jim Wicks - anchor and managing editor (1992–1994)
  • Clay Young - anchor of CKY News (late 1980s; now with CJOB Radio in Winnipeg, as host and news reader)
  • Peter Young - sports anchor (1970s)
  • Jeff Murray (Feldman) - sports anchor/reporter (1979–80)

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