CJDC-TV is a Canadian local station in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. It is owned by Bell Media and is affiliated with CTV 2. It broadcasts on analog channel 5, with a digital channel allocation of 31 (not yet on air).
CJDC-TV signed on for the first time on January 15, 1959 under original owner Mega Communications (owned by brothers Hank and Mike Michaud), which also owned local radio station CJDC. The TV station's studios were located in an addition to the back of the existing CJDC radio building. At its launch, CJDC-TV broadcast for about six hours per day, signing on at 5:00 p.m. and signing off at 11:15 p.m. after a late news bulletin, then a late-night movie was added to the schedule shortly afterward. It was affiliated with CBC Television from its first sign-on, with CBC programming received on film and airing about two weeks behind CBC stations in major cities.
CJDC, which broadcast initially at 713.5 watts video and 86.75 watts audio, built a new transmission tower in 1962 to increase its power to 9500 watts. The station began broadcasting in color in 1967, some time after the launch of color television in Canada on September 1, 1966. Also in 1967, CJDC expanded its reach in the Peace River region of northeast British Columbia by adding rebroadcasters at Hudson's Hope and Bullhead Mountain, along with CBC-owned transmitters in Fort St. John, Chetwynd and Pouce Coupe which rebroadcast CJDC. When its licence was renewed by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1989, CJDC broadcast eight hours and 15 minutes of locally-produced programming per week, including Sports Digest, a half-hour weekly sports highlight show, and Morning Devotions, a morning religious program, along with some syndicated programming and the CBC network shows. In 1997, the CJDC radio and TV stations were sold to the Okanagan Skeena Group, the owner of Terrace CBC affiliate CFTK-TV.
Telemedia purchased the Okanagan Skeena Group and its stations, including CJDC, in 1999. CJDC, which had aired mostly CBC programming in its early years outside of locally-produced shows, reduced the amount of CBC shows it aired in later years to add some syndicated programming. In 2002, CJDC and co-owned CFTK joined with Jim Pattison-owned Prince George station CKPG-TV to form a regional mini-system called Great West Television, allowing the three stations to air common syndicated programming sourced from CHUM Television's NewNet system alongside the CBC programs and local shows.
In 2002, Standard Radio acquired the western and Ontario operations of Telemedia, including the CJDC radio and TV stations. When CBC Television went to a 24-hour broadcast schedule in October 2006, CJDC dropped all syndicated programming it had been carrying in recent years in favor of carrying the expanded CBC schedule, with only local news left outside of CBC programming on the station. In 2007, Astral Media purchased CJDC and the other operations of Standard Radio. Later that year, former station co-owner Mike Michaud died on August 25 at age 78.
On March 16, 2012, Astral Media announced that they had agreed to a bid by Bell Media to buy the company and its broadcasting assets, including CJDC-TV, for C$3.38 billion, pending approval by the CRTC. On July 31, 2012, the CBC-owned retransmitters of CJDC in Fort St. John, Chetwynd and Pouce Coupe, along with all other analogue retransmitters owned by the Corporation, were shut down by the CBC as part of budget cuts. On October 18, 2012, the CRTC announced that it had rejected the Bell bid to buy Astral Media due to concerns about concentration of media ownership and the availability of diverse programming under Bell's control, thereby keeping ownership of CJDC, along with co-owned CFTK and Astral's radio properties, in Astral's hands. On March 4, 2013, Canada's Competition Bureau approved a new, modified bid by Bell to acquire the Astral properties (including CJDC), providing that Bell then divested itself of several of Astral's radio stations and cable networks and that Bell did not impose restrictive bundling requirements on cable and satellite distributors wishing to carry The Movie Network or its French-language counterpart, Super Écran (both Astral-owned multiplex movie channels). The new bid was approved by the CRTC on June 27, 2013.
On April 23, 2015, CJDC's retransmitter in Hudson's Hope, CJDC-TV-1, was destroyed in a suspicious fire (possibly the result of arson), and on May 3, Bell Media received CRTC approval to delete that transmitter, citing the expense of having it replaced as its reason. On October 28, 2015, the CRTC announced that CJDC parent company Bell Media had applied to disaffiliate CJDC and sister station CFTK from CBC Television on February 22, 2016, at which point both stations became owned-and-operated stations of Bell's CTV 2 system. 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. With CJDC's switch to CTV 2, Vancouver CBC station CBUT-DT is now available on cable in the Peace River area to provide CBC service to the region. Since its affiliation with CTV 2, CJDC has become a semi-satellite of Victoria station CIVI-DT, with the exception of local newscasts and commercials. On October 4, 2017, Bell Media applied to the CRTC for a repeater of CJDC to broadcast in Fort St. John, British Columbia. The new CJDC retransmitter, named CJDC-TV-1 (taking the name of the former CJDC transmitter in Hudson's Hope), is a reactivation of a transmitter formerly owned by the CBC, CBCD-TV-3, which formerly rebroadcast CJDC until it was shut down on July 31, 2012 due to budget cuts by the CBC. The CRTC approved the application for the new CJDC-TV-1 on December 12, 2017.
Due to its location in northeast British Columbia's Peace River area, which does not observe daylight saving time but observes Mountain Standard Time year-round, CJDC follows two different schedules at different times of the year. When DST is in effect between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November, CJDC follows a Pacific Time Zone schedule in sync with stations in the rest of British Columbia, while the rest of the year when Standard Time is in effect, the station follows a Mountain Time Zone schedule in sync with stations in Alberta.
Current Prime-Time Schedule
Note: Schedule is subject to change due to live sports coverage and special programming.
|Monday||The Big Bang Theory||eTalk||The Voice||Criminal Minds||CJDC News|
|Wednesday||The Goldbergs||The Big Bang Theory|
|Thursday||The Big Bang Theory||Outmatched|
|Saturday||Holmes on Homes||Mighty Trains||Flashpoint||W5||CTV News Vancouver Island||Corner Gas|
|Sunday||Corner Gas||Corner Gas||American Idol||Flashpoint||Just for Laughs: All Access|
- Bell buys Astral Media for radio, TV content
- CRTC spikes BCE-Astral deal at the Globe and Mail
- Competition Bureau OK's BCE-Astral deal, with conditions at CBC.ca
- CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger at CBC.ca
- SUSPICIOUS FIRES – Hudsons’ Hope HH2015-124
- CRTC Application 2015-1227-8
- CRTC Application 2015-1226-0
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-443