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CBC Television
CBC logo 2017.jpg
Founded September 6, 1952
President Heather Conway
Company Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Notable Series The National
Hockey Night in Canada
Murdoch Mysteries
Coronation Street

CBC Television is the English language broadcast television network run by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It airs mostly Canadian content with a few British and off network American shows and movies. All shows airing on CBC Television, and most ads, are closed captioned.

CBC Television is time shifted for each Canadian time zone except the Newfoundland Time Zone which receives the Atlantic feed instead; hence the times in CBC ads are often qualified as "half an hour later in Newfoundland". Although CBC Television and its French-language sister network Ici Radio-Canada Télé are both owned by the Canadian government and operated as Crown corporations (the term used in Canada for state-owned corporations) as part of the CBC, both CBC Television and Radio-Canada operate as commercial networks by necessity because, unlike non-commercial British counterpart the BBC and many other state broadcasters, they do not collect a television licence fee as a source of revenue, but instead use revenue from commercial advertising to supplement the annual funding they receive from the Canadian government.



After introducing a 15-year plan in 1947 for developing television in Canada, the CBC launched CBC Television on September 6, 1952 with their first station, CBFT in Montreal, Quebec, which then aired a bilingual schedule of English programs from CBC Television and French programs from Radio-Canada. Two days later on September 8, the English-only CBLT signed on in Toronto, Ontario.

The CBC, as both the state-owned broadcaster and broadcasting regulator in Canada at the time, was at first unwilling to allow privately-owned television stations on the air. Due to not having enough funding then to put more of its own stations on the air across the country, however, the Corporation decided to licence private TV stations to go on the air in cities not already served by a CBC station, under the condition that those stations affiliate with CBC Television and carry at least a minimum amount of 40 hours per week of CBC programming on their schedules. The first such station to sign on was CKSO-TV in Sudbury, Ontario, which began operations on October 25, 1953. The first CBC-owned station (and first TV station overall) in western Canada, CBUT in Vancouver, British Columbia, launched on December 16, 1953. CBFT went French-only on January 10, 1954 with the launch in Montreal of the English-language CBMT. By 1955, CBC Television programming was available to 66% of the Canadian population. In 1958, live CBC programming across Canada became a reality with the establishment of a coast-to-coast microwave network, and a time-delay centre opened in Calgary, Alberta the same year to relay programs to the Pacific and Mountain time zones.

The CBC's dual role as broadcaster and regulator ended in 1958 with the establishment of the Board of Broadcast Governors as the new Canadian broadcasting regulator, which soon paved the way for the end of CBC Television's monopoly on Canadian television when, in 1960, the BBG began inviting applications for second TV stations in Canada's major cities, which would operate independently of CBC Television. Seven such stations went on the air in 1960 and 1961, and those stations soon established a new TV network, CTV, on October 1, 1961, by which time they were joined by a former private CBC affiliate in Edmonton, Alberta, CFRN-TV. That same day, the CBC put CBXT on the air to replace the newly-disaffiliated CFRN as the Edmonton CBC station.

Over the course of the next two-plus decades following the establishment of the BBG, privately-owned TV stations which had previously been CBC affiliates began to disaffiliate from the network, with those stations either becoming independent or joining CTV as that network's local affiliates. When those stations left CBC Television, the CBC would establish its own stations in major cities, or set up rebroadcasting transmitters of the nearest owned-and-operated (O&O) station in smaller cities and towns, or privately-owned CBC affiliates would likewise set up a retransmitter in smaller cities, to continue CBC Television service in those cities. In some cases, the CBC would purchase a privately-owned affiliate and turn it into a CBC Television O&O station with a new CB_T call sign (with the third letter representing the city or region the station is in), which is the standard for CBC O&Os. Color television was introduced in Canada in September 1966, and CBC Television heralded its arrival with the introduction of a multicolored butterfly logo, which was used at the beginning of programs broadcast in color (similar to the use of the American NBC network's peacock logo).[1] In 1967, the CBC launched its first television operations in northern Canada when CBC North opened CFYK-TV in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (prior to this, television first came to Canada's North in the late 1950s when WHTV, a cable TV system in Whitehorse, Yukon, began airing a mix of prerecorded CBC and syndicated [and, beginning in the mid-1960s, CTV] programming on channel 4 on its system for its local subscribers[2]).

In 1970, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (which succeeded the BBG in 1968) issued a network licence to CBC Television for the first time. Satellite transmission of CBC Television began in 1972 with the launch of the Anik A1 communications satellite, and CBC North began carrying its TV programming via satellite in 1973. With the transition of all programming on CBC Television to full color in 1974, a new CBC logo (nicknamed "the gem") was introduced on CBC Television on December 9 that year, with a letter C in the middle to stand for Canada, and radiating parts of the C to symbolize broadcasting.[3] CBC Television was the host broadcaster for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and for the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.

1986 single-color version of the CBC logo originally introduced on December 9, 1974 for the CBC's operations (including CBC Television). It was used until November 1992, when the current logo, a modification of this logo, was introduced
In 1981, CBC Television introduced closed captioning for the hearing-impaired on Canadian television. It was the host broadcaster for the 1984 Canadian visit of Pope John Paul II. CBC Television underwent an on-air identity reimaging on January 1, 1986 with the introduction of new network IDs featuring a translucent CBC logo against different background colors which corresponded to the time of day. In 1991, CBC Television's main operations were relocated into the new Canadian Broadcasting Centre in downtown Toronto. The CBC logo was modified into its present form and introduced on CBC Television in November 1992 as part of a new identification program. The network played host to the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, and in 1995, the CBC began establishing an Internet presence with its websites and Beginning in 1996, CBC Television began carrying an all-Canadian prime time schedule.

Over the next few years, the CBC acquired several more privately-owned affiliates and turned them into O&Os (such as CHSJ-TV in Saint John, New Brunswick, which became CBAT and was relocated to nearby Fredericton when the CBC bought it in 1994) or into rebroadcasters of the nearest O&Os (which was the fate of several stations in Saskatchewan and Ontario in 2002). During that same period, CHUM Television-owned CBC affiliate CKVR-TV in Barrie, Ontario left the network in 1995 to become the flagship station of what is now the CTV 2 system, while Quebec City affiliate CKMI-TV (which had become a de facto semi-satellite of Montreal's CBMT due to budget cuts) was purchased by Canwest in 1997 and became part of Global Television, and several more private CBC affiliates in British Columbia and Alberta terminated their affiliations with the network between 2005 and 2008 to become affiliates of Canwest's CH system (later renamed as the Canadian version of E!).

In 2002, CBC Television and sister network Radio-Canada celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of Canadian television, and the long-running Hockey Night in Canada also celebrated 50 years of its Saturday night broadcasts on CBC Television. Digital broadcasting of CBC Television began with the launch of CBLT-DT on March 5, 2005, followed by CBUT-DT in Vancouver in 2006. In 2007, 3.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the debut of the sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie on CBC Television. Also in 2007, local programming, which had been all but eliminated on CBC Television in recent years (outside of local and regional newscasts) due to several rounds of budget cuts, was revived with the debut of the regional lifestyle program franchise Living, with each show produced and hosted at each of the CBC O&O stations under the name Living (name of city or region). Due to the latest round of budget cuts, however, the Living programs ended production at the end of the 2008-2009 TV season. On October 2, 2009, CBC Television lost another affiliate when CKX-TV in Brandon, Manitoba was closed down by owner CTVglobemedia (now Bell Media) due to budget cuts by CTVgm, the CBC's decision to terminate its program supply agreement with CKX, and CTVgm's inability to find a buyer for the station (including, at one point, the CBC) to take over its operations.

On April 4, 2012, the CBC announced that, as part of its latest budget-cutting strategy, it would be shutting down all of its 620 analogue CBC Television and Radio-Canada transmitters on July 31, 2012, with no plans to replace them with digital transmitters.[4] As a result, the number of CBC-owned TV transmitters, all digital, was cut to 27 on the day of the analogue transmitter shutdown, and CBC Television now relies mainly on cable and satellite to distribute its signals outside of its main markets. On June 18, 2014, CBC affiliate CKPR-DT in Thunder Bay, Ontario announced that on September 1, the station would disaffiliate from the network to become a CTV affiliate.[5] After CKPR switched networks as planned on September 1, CBLT Toronto became available on basic cable in Thunder Bay to continue providing CBC service in the city. Beginning with the start of the 2014-2015 NHL season, Hockey Night in Canada, which had broadcast almost exclusively on the network since its 1952 TV debut (with the exception of a ten-year period from 1965 to 1975, when those rights were shared with CTV, which broadcast Wednesday night editions of the program) until the end of the 2013-2014 season (after Rogers Communications acquired national NHL broadcast rights in November 2013), also began airing on Rogers' family of broadcast and cable networks, including Citytv, Sportsnet, FX and OMNI Television (for Punjabi-language broadcasts).

On August 31, 2015, three Corus Entertainment-owned Ontario CBC affiliates, CKWS-DT in Kingston, CHEX-DT in Peterborough and CHEX-TV-2 in Oshawa, disaffiliated from the network to become CTV affiliates.[6] On October 28, 2015, the CRTC announced that Bell Media had applied to disaffiliate its British Columbia CBC affiliates, CFTK-TV Terrace and CJDC-TV Dawson Creek, from the network on February 22, 2016, at which point both stations became owned-and-operated stations of CTV 2. Bell and the CBC had agreed to an early end to the affiliation agreement of both stations (which required regulatory approval from the CRTC) on October 5.[7][8] On May 24, 2016, the CRTC announced that Newcap Radio, the owner of Lloydminster CBC affiliate CKSA-DT, had applied to disaffiliate CKSA from the network on August 31, 2016 to become an independent station, stating that the CBC had no plans to continue its affiliation agreements with any privately-owned station beyond that date.[9] As CKSA was the last privately-owned CBC Television affiliate, its disaffiliation now leaves the network with only its O&O stations to carry its programming. CKSA disaffiliated from CBC to join Global TV on September 1, 2016. In December 2017, two CBC-owned retransmitters in British Columbia which had been shut down in 2012, in Smithers (CBCY-TV-2, which rebroadcast CBUT) and Fort St. John (CBCD-TV-3, which originally rebroadcast CJDC during its CBC affiliation), were acquired by Bell Media, recalled and reactivated, with CBCY-TV-2 becoming CFTK-TV-2 and CBCD-TV-3 becoming CJDC-TV-1 as rebroadcasters of the respective CTV 2 stations in Terrace and Dawson Creek.[10]


  • Program Listing: A complete listing of shows that aired new episodes on CBC Television.

Current Prime-Time Schedule

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Monday Coronation Street Family Feud Canada Murdoch Mysteries Belgravia
The Next Chapter
The National
Tuesday Coronation Street Family Feud Canada This Hour Has 22 Minutes Son of a Critch One More Time Run the Burbs The National
Wednesday Coronation Street Family Feud Canada Wild Cards Allegiance The National
Thursday Coronation Street Family Feud Canada The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down The Nature of Things The National
Friday Coronation Street Coronation Street Marketplace About That with Andrew Chang The Fifth Estate The National
Saturday Hockey Night in Canada
Sunday Bollywed Push Feature Documentaries The National

CBC Television affiliates (including city of licence and date of first sign-on)


Station City First sign-on date Notes
CBRT-DT Calgary, Alberta September 1, 1975
CBCT-DT Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island July 1, 1956 Formerly a privately-owned affiliate known as CFCY-TV until July 31, 1968; purchased by CBC and renamed on August 1, 1968
CBXT-DT Edmonton, Alberta October 1, 1961
CBAT-DT Fredericton/Saint John, New Brunswick March 22, 1954 Formerly a privately-owned affiliate known as CHSJ-TV until 1994; purchased by CBC and renamed in 1994
CBHT-DT Halifax, Nova Scotia December 20, 1954
CBMT-DT Montreal, Quebec January 10, 1954
CBOT-DT Ottawa, Ontario June 2, 1953
CBKT-DT Regina, Saskatchewan December 21, 1962 Originally a privately-owned CTV affiliate known as CHRE-TV; purchased by CBC, switched affiliations and renamed CBKRT on September 13, 1969; renamed to present call sign on July 31, 1978
CBNT-DT St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador October 1, 1964
CBLT-DT Toronto, Ontario September 8, 1952 Flagship station of CBC Television
CBUT-DT Vancouver, British Columbia December 16, 1953
CBET-DT Windsor, Ontario September 16, 1954 Originally a privately-owned CBC affiliate known as CKLW-TV; co-purchased by Baton Broadcasting (75%) and CBC (25%) and made a dual CBC-CTV affiliate in 1970; CBC fully purchased the station and renamed it in 1975, but retained CTV as a secondary affiliation into the early 1980s
CBWT-DT Winnipeg, Manitoba May 31, 1954 Originally a dual CBC/Radio-Canada affiliate; became solely affiliated with CBC when CBWFT went on the air on April 24, 1960
CFYK-DT Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 1967 Part of CBC North

Former affiliates

Station City First sign-on date Date of disaffiliation New affiliation Notes
CKVR-DT Barrie, Ontario September 28, 1955 September 1, 1995 NewNet Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV 2 O&O station
CKX-TV Brandon, Manitoba January 28, 1955 October 2, 2009 N/A Ceased operations on October 2, 2009
CICT-DT Calgary, Alberta October 8, 1954 (as CHCT-TV) September 1, 1975 (as CFAC-TV) Independent Currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global TV O&O station
CJSS-TV Cornwall, Ontario October 18, 1959 1963 CTV Acquired by Ernie Bushnell as a repeater for Ottawa CTV affiliate CJOH-TV
CJDC-TV Dawson Creek, British Columbia January 15, 1959 February 22, 2016 CTV 2 Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV 2 O&O station
CFRN-DT Edmonton, Alberta October 25, 1954 October 1, 1961 CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CICI-TV Greater Sudbury, Ontario October 25, 1953 (as CKSO-TV) October 8, 1971 (as CKSO-TV) CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CHCH-DT Hamilton, Ontario June 7, 1954 October 1, 1961 Independent Currently owned by Channel Zero as an independent station
CFJC-TV Kamloops, British Columbia April 8, 1957 (as CFCR-TV) February 27, 2006 CH/E! Disaffiliated from E! and joined Citytv on September 1, 2009
CHBC-DT Kelowna, British Columbia September 21, 1957 February 27, 2006 CH/E! Currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global TV O&O station
CKWS-DT Kingston, Ontario December 18, 1954 August 30, 2015 CTV Currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global TV O&O station
CKCO-DT Kitchener, Ontario March 1, 1954 1964 CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CISA-DT Lethbridge, Alberta November 20, 1955 (as CJLH-TV) September 1, 1975 (as CJOC-TV) Independent Currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global TV O&O station
CKSA-DT Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan September 23, 1960 September 1, 2016 Global TV Currently owned by Stingray Group as a Citytv affiliate; with the disaffiliation of British Columbia stations CFTK-TV in Terrace and CJDC-TV in Dawson Creek from CBC on February 22, 2016, CKSA was the last privately-owned CBC affiliate in the network before its disaffiliation[11]
CFPL-DT London, Ontario November 28, 1953 September 4, 1988 Independent Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV 2 O&O station
CHAT-TV Medicine Hat, Alberta September 14, 1957 September 1, 2008 E! Disaffiliated from E! and joined Citytv on September 1, 2009
CKCW-DT Moncton, New Brunswick November 30, 1954 September 21, 1969 CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CKMI-DT Montreal, Quebec March 17, 1957 (in Quebec City) August 18, 1997 Global TV City of licence relocated to Montreal in 2009; currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global TV O&O station
CKNY-TV North Bay, Ontario December 19, 1955 (as CKGN-TV) October 15, 1971 CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CHEX-TV-2 Oshawa, Ontario 1992 August 30, 2015 CTV Originally operated as a rebroadcaster of CHEX until 1993, then became a semi-satellite that year and gradually developed a separate schedule from CHEX outside of CBC programming by the early-2000s; currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global TV O&O station
CHRO-TV Pembroke, Ontario August 19, 1961 (as CHOV-TV) September 1, 1991 CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV 2 O&O station
CHEX-DT Peterborough, Ontario March 25, 1955 August 30, 2015 CTV Currently owned by Corus Entertainment as a Global TV O&O station
CKPG-TV Prince George, British Columbia August 20, 1961 September 1, 2008 E! Disaffiliated from E! and joined Citytv on September 1, 2009
CHCA-TV Red Deer, Alberta December 11, 1957 September 5, 2005 CH/E! Ceased operations on August 31, 2009
CKCK-DT Regina, Saskatchewan July 28, 1954 September 13, 1969 CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CFQC-DT Saskatoon, Saskatchewan December 5, 1954 October 17, 1971 CTV A dual CBC/CTV affiliate from 1969 to 1971; currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CJON-DT St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador September 6, 1955 October 1, 1964 CTV Disaffiliated from CTV in 2002; now carries mainly Global TV programming, but continues to broadcast CTV's news programming and other non-Global syndicated shows
CJCB-TV Sydney, Nova Scotia October 9, 1954 September 26, 1972 CTV Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV O&O station
CFTK-TV Terrace, British Columbia November 1, 1962 February 22, 2016 CTV Two Currently owned by Bell Media as a CTV 2 O&O station
CKPR-DT Thunder Bay, Ontario October 4, 1954 August 31, 2014 CTV Currently owned by Dougall Media as a CTV affiliate
CHEK-DT Victoria, British Columbia December 1, 1956 January 5, 1981 CTV A dual CBC/CTV affiliate from 1963 to 1981; affiliated with CH/E! from 2001 to 2009; currently owned by CHEK Media Group as an independent station
CKNX-TV Wingham, Ontario November 18, 1955 September 4, 1988 Independent Ceased operations as a standalone station on August 31, 2009 and became a repeater of CFPL

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