CP24

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CablePulse 24
Cablepulse24.svg
CP24 logo
LaunchedMarch 30, 1998
Owned byBell Media
Picture format480i (SDTV/letterbox)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganToronto's Breaking News
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaSouthern Ontario (analogue)
National (satellite)
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledPulse 24 (pre-launch, 1996)
Sister channel(s)TV: CFTO-DT, CKVR-DT
Radio: CFXJ-FM, CHUM (AM), CHUM-FM
Websitewww.cp24.com/
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 503 (SD)
Channel 1566 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 509
Cable
Available on many Southern Ontario cable providersCheck local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Fibe TVChannel 503 (SD)
Channel 1503 (HD)
MTSChannel 143
 
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CablePulse 24
Cablepulse24.svg
CP24 logo
LaunchedMarch 30, 1998
Owned byBell Media
Picture format480i (SDTV/letterbox)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganToronto's Breaking News
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaSouthern Ontario (analogue)
National (satellite)
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledPulse 24 (pre-launch, 1996)
Sister channel(s)TV: CFTO-DT, CKVR-DT
Radio: CFXJ-FM, CHUM (AM), CHUM-FM
Websitewww.cp24.com/
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 503 (SD)
Channel 1566 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 509
Cable
Available on many Southern Ontario cable providersCheck local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Fibe TVChannel 503 (SD)
Channel 1503 (HD)
MTSChannel 143

CablePulse 24 (CP24) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Bell Media subsidiary of BCE, Inc. Based in Toronto, the channel focuses on local news from the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, although it also covers national and international news. It is distributed through cable in Southern Ontario and direct broadcast satellite nationally.

History[edit]

Old version of the CP24 logo, used from 1998 to 2008.

The channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996 as Pulse 24,[1] and launched on March 30, 1998 as CablePulse 24, under the ownership of CHUM Limited and minority partner Sun Media, owner of the Toronto Sun daily newspaper. The channel was named as an extension of CITY-TV's newscasts, which were then known as CityPulse. For the first 10 years since its inception, CP24's programming was anchored and featured reports from Citytv personalities, live CityPulse news broadcasts were immediately repeated on CP24 after their initial broadcast on CITY-TV (except for breaking news coverage), and special coverage would be simulcast between the channel and the television station. Select programming from other CHUM stations would also be featured on the channel including The NewMusic and Fashion Television.

On December 1, 2004, CHUM Limited acquired the remaining interest in CP24 (giving it 100% of its shares), when the Sun's owners sold their 29.9% share in CP24 after acquiring its independent broadcast station CKXT-TV, the same day that CHUM Limited took control of Craig Media and its assets.

Acquisition by CTV[edit]

On July 12, 2006, CTVglobemedia announced a friendly bid to take over CHUM Limited for an estimated $1.7 billion. One year later on June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved the CTV takeover of CHUM. However, the CRTC made the deal conditional on CTVgm selling the Citytv stations. On June 12, 2007, Rogers announced that it had agreed to buy the Citytv stations (including Citytv Toronto) for $375 million. The deal was finalized later that year, with a stipulation that CTV maintain ownership of CHUM's 299 Queen Street West headquarters and studios. CTV chose to keep CP24, along with the rest of CHUM assets (including the A Channel stations) it had previously said it would sell.

As a result of the ownership changes, CP24 began to separate its operations from those of CITY-TV. This process began in November 2008, when CP24 established a new studio and newsroom on the second floor of the 299 Queen Street West building,[2] followed by the removal of all Citytv programming from its schedule on December 10, 2008 (excluding Breakfast Television), and replacing the 6 p.m. CityNews simulcast with CFTO's CTV News at Six. Critics had speculated that the latter change was likely as a response to the announcement of the CRTC granting approval to an application by Rogers Media for its own regional news channel focusing on the Greater Toronto Area, the CityNews Channel.[3][4][5][6]

On March 26, 2009, Breakfast Television was replaced with a new morning show, CP24 Breakfast, marking the completion of CP24's separation from Citytv. To coincide with the launch, CTV also relaunched the oldies music radio station CHUM (1050 AM; which was also acquired in the CTV/CHUM merger) as an audio simulcast of CP24, becoming known on-air as "CP24 Radio 1050". The move was intended to bring CP24's programming to a new platform and broaden the network's reach as a multi-platform news source. The move did not prove successful, however. Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn in particular criticized the simulcast for being a poor substitute for an actual all-news radio format, and pointed out several instances demonstrating that no special consideration was taken for CP24's content, which was being produced for television and not radio.[7] This arrangement ended on April 13, 2011, with the launch of a new TSN-branded sports talk format, "TSN Radio 1050", weeks after Bell Canada took control of CTVglobemedia's assets including CP24, with the latter company becoming known as Bell Media.[8][9]

Following the massive layoffs and cost-cutting measures that took place at the Citytv stations across Canada (including the cancellation of Citytv Toronto's CityNews at Five announced on January 19, 2010), CP24 immediately expanded its Live at 5 broadcast from 15 minutes to a full half hour, and added another half-hour newscast following it at 5:30 p.m.[10][11] As a result, CP24's late-afternoon talk shows, such as Animal House Calls and Hot Property, which were previously seen weekdays at 5:15 p.m. were moved to a new 7:15 p.m. time slot on January 26, 2010.[12]

On March 19, 2011, CP24 introduced a weekend edition of CP24 Breakfast, hosted by Pooja Handa and Gurdeep Ahluwalia, George Lagogianes is the remote host and Nneka Elliott (who resigned on May 2, 2011, and was replaced by Jamie Gutfreund) delivers the weather forecasts. The show runs from 7:00-10:15 a.m.[13]

Location and format[edit]

CP24's Jamie Gutfreund reports live at TTC's new streetcar mock-up open house at TTC's Hillcrest Complex.

CP24 is based at 299 Queen Street West, at the corner of John Street and Queen Street West. It used to sharethe newsroom with CITY-TV on the ground floor. In November 2008, CP24 moved its operations to a new studio and newsroom on the second floor of the complex. Coinciding with the new studio, CP24 also adopted an updated on-air appearance, replacing the previous blue and gold colour scheme with a red, white and black design.[2][14]

CP24 van.

CP24's screen format uses a window in the top-left of the screen to show the current program, which is surrounded with a sidebar with weather and traffic reports, along with scrolling news headlines and local entertainment/event information, and tickers for stocks and sports. This format has been described[by whom?] as more closely resembling a website than a conventional television channel, and has been replicated with a similar look of CP24's enriched screen on its website.

On September 27, 2012, CP24 once again updated its on-air appearance as the channel began broadcasting in high definition. There were several changes to the relaunched enriched screen, including:

Other affiliations[edit]

CP24 shares news resources with other Bell Media-owned outlets, including sports updates with TSN (and CHUM "TSN Radio 1050"), business news updates with the Business News Network, MTV News with MTV Canada and entertainment news updates with eTalk. CP24 sometimes shares news reporters with CTV and CTV Two. Before its acquisition by CTV, CP24 was closely integrated with CITY-DT's newsroom, sharing programming, anchors and hosts.

Carriage and expansion plans[edit]

CP24 is seen on cable channel 24 on most cable providers that carry the channel. It is not carried on any analogue cable system outside of Central or Southern Ontario, although it is available on direct broadcast satellite and IPTV television providers in some markets. The channel is available across Canada on Bell TV, on which the station is part of the service's "News" package. It is also available in the "FYI" package provided to Shaw Direct customers.

Programs[edit]

+ denotes simulcast of local news programming from sister station CFTO-DT

Newscasts[edit]

Specialty programming[edit]

Special events[edit]

Remote camera use[edit]

In addition to the Freeway Management System - COMPASS and RESCU cameras, CP24 operates EYES cameras located at:

Chopper 24[edit]

Since 2008, CP24 has leased a Bell 206L-4 Long Ranger (C-FCTV) news helicopter which can broadcast live at 1500 feet above land; nicknamed Chopper 24, which is supplied by its sister station, CTV Toronto and is painted with CTV's colouring and logo.

Remote truck use[edit]

CP24 operates a fleet of remote transmission trucks that use digital microwave and satellite uplink systems to do live news reports throughout the region. Known as "Breaking News Vehicles" the custom-built 2008 Chevrolet Suburbans were outfitted by Frontline Communications of Clearwater, Florida, USA. The vehicles use a red, white and black paint scheme with the channel's logo and the "Breaking News!" slogan also included in the design.

Beat The Traffic[edit]

In 2009, CP24 became the first and only station in Canada to introduce a new Beat The Traffic system showing a three-dimensional animated map displaying traffic flow, roadwork, accidents and current highway travel times.[18]

CP24 HD[edit]

The CRTC approved an application by then-owners CHUM Limited in June 2007 to launch an high-definition simulcast of CP24. On September 27, 2012, CP24 began broadcasting in HD (with the SD feed letterboxed) initially on Bell Fibe TV coinciding with it, a new enhanced on-air appearance. The HD feed was also added on the Bell TV service in December 2012. On June 25, 2013, CP24 began broadcasting in HD on Rogers Cable, shortly after the competing Rogers-owned CityNews Channel, which had been available in HD on Rogers Cable since launch, announced it would be shutting down.

CP24 GO[edit]

In December of 2013, Bell Media launched GO apps for their main TV channels. CP24 delivers a live stream for free to Bell TV customers via CP24 GO. It can be accessed from a tablet, smartphone, or computer. CTV, also a Bell Media property, offers similar through their CTV GO app. However, CP24 has not discontinued their occasional free live streaming of major events.

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[19][edit]

Anchors

  • Gurdeep Ahluwalia - weekend morning anchor/host of CP24 Breakfast; also reporter
  • Steve Anthony - weekday morning co-host of CP24 Breakfast
  • Kyle Christie - weeknights on Live at 5; also reporter
  • Lindsey Deluce - anchor of Before Breakfast and CP24 Breakfast
  • Nathan Downer - weeknights on Live at 5:30; also reporter
  • Nneka Elliott - also reporter
  • Melissa Grelo - co-host of CP24 Breakfast
  • Pooja Handa - weekend mornings on CP24 Breakfast; also reporter
  • Rena Heer - also reporter
  • George Lagogianes - also reporter
  • Stephen LeDrew - weekdays on CP24 Live at Noon
  • Jee Yun Lee - also reporter
  • Farah Nasser - also reporter
  • Ann Rohmer - freelance
  • Stephanie Smyth - also Senior Producer, Breaking News and Assignment
  • Diana Petrucci - overnight news reporter/anchor on Live from the Breaking News Desk
  • Karman Wong - also reporter (currently on maternity leave)

Local program hosts

Weather team

Traffic

Reporters

Notable former presenters[edit]

Presenters also include those working of both CITY-TV's CityNews Toronto and CP24 prior to the CTV/CHUM acquisition in 2007.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°38′59″N 79°23′25″W / 43.649701°N 79.390233°W / 43.649701; -79.390233