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For the present-day CHCT in St. Andrews, New Brunswickmarker, see 'CHCT-TV.
CICT-TV (known on-air as Global Calgary) is a Canadian television station, licensed to and serving Calgarymarker, Albertamarker. It is owned by Canwest, and is an owned-and-operated station of the Global Television Network. It transmits on channel 2 and cable 7 in Calgary, and on the Bell TV (channel 244) and Shaw Direct (channel 338) services.

The station first went on air in 1954, making it the oldest station in the Network. It serves as the master control hub for all Global owned and operated stations across Canadamarker.

History

CICT-TV signed on October 8, 1954 as CHCT, an affiliate of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and the first television station in Albertamarker. The studios, offices and antenna were located on a hill seven miles west of the city. The station’s owners, Calgary Television Ltd., were a consortium of the three Calgary radio stations CFCN, CFAC and CKXL. The CT in CHCT stood for Calgary Television.

During the construction of the transmitter, the 70 foot, 5 ton antenna was being hoisted on the top of the 600 foot tower when the cable snapped and the antenna fell all the way down the tower to imbed itself 15 feet in the ground. Fortunately no one was injured, and the antenna was able to be repaired, but the station’s launch was delayed by 10 days. A year later, CHCT moved its studios and offices from the transmitter site on Old Banff Coach Road, to a renovated badminton club/sea cadet drill hall on 955 Rideau Road S.W. Calgary.

CICT-TV's logo montage of its different logos over the years, from the station's website
Notable productions at the original studio include:

In 1957, CKXL Ltd. sold its share in Calgary Television Ltd., to Fredrick Shaw, who had recently sold his share in CKXL-AM to Tel-Ray Ltd. Just over a decade later, CHCT was purchased by Selkirk Broadcasting, and the station’s call sign was changed to CFAC-TV, linking it to co-owned CFAC-AM.

On September 1, 1975, CFAC-TV disaffiliated from the network, becoming independent. This led to the CBC launching its own station, CBRTmarker. In 1979, the station branded itself as Channel 2&7, referring to its cable location. For a number of years afterwards, it continued to use the old CFAC "star" logo alongside the 2&7 logo.

In 1981, the station moved to its new home, the Calgary Television Center, a move reflecting its growth since its disaffiliation from the CBC. After obtaining the television rights to the Calgary Flames National Hockey League franchise the year before, the station purchased a seven camera mobile soon after. The station has been the Flames’ television partner since 1980.

In the fall of 1982, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day, a first for Calgary. Overnight shows consisted of Late Night movies and reruns of the Jackie Gleason Show amongst others.

In 1989, Maclean-Hunter purchased Selkirk Communications, but due to ownership regulations at the time (Maclean-Hunter already owned CFCN-TVmarker), CFAC-TV was sold to Western International Communications (WIC).

In March 1990, CFAC-TV was again given a new call sign, this time CKKX-TV. In 1992, CKKX’s news operations were expanded with the acquisitions of a satellite uplink truck and a fleet of electronic news gathering microwave trucks.

On September 7, 1993, CKKX was recalled CICT-TV, and also took on the brand of Calgary 7, referring to the station’s cable channel.
The Griffiths family holdings in WIC were sold to Shaw Communications Inc. and Canwest in 1998. This move required Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval, the plans for which were filed in 1999 and approved in 2000. The assets were split between Canwest, Shaw and its radio offshoot Corus Entertainment.

On September 4, 2000, CICT joined the Global Television Network, along with fellow Alberta stations CITV-TVmarker and CISAmarker. By 2001, CICT-TV began relays in Drumhellermarker (CICT-TV-1) and Banffmarker (CICT-TV-2). The station had been airing some Global shows since 1988.

On April 11, 2007, the station became the first in Calgary with a news helicopter. Named Global 1, it provides traffic reports on the Morning News in combination with studio traffic segments. It is also intended to provide breaking news coverage. The helicopter is also shared with AM 770 CHQR during the morning and afternoon rush hour.

Newscasts

Carolyn Kury de Castillo reporting for Global Calgary at City Hall in 2008


Global Calgary airs 38 hours of local news a week.



  • Noon News Hour (12:00 noon -1:00 p.m.)
    • Cara Fullerton
    • Bruce McCalister
    • Todd Gallant - Weather
    • Leslie Horton - Traffic Central, Entertainment, and Community Events Reporter (Tuesday-Friday)
    • Astrid Kuhn - Traffic Central (Mondays)


  • Early News (5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
    • Linda Olsen
    • Paul Dunphy - Weather
    • Heather Yourex - Health FYI
    • Gemma Lynne - Global 1 Helicopter Traffic


  • News Hour (6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
    • Gord Gillies
    • Brienne Glass
    • Paul Dunphy - Weather
    • Grant Pollock - Sports
    • Tomasia Dasilva - Minding Your Business


  • News Hour Final (11:00 p.m.-12:03 a.m.)
    • Brienne Glass
    • Paul Dunphy - Weather
    • Kevin Smith - Sports


  • Saturday Morning News (8-10 a.m.)
    • Leslie Horton
    • Heather Yourex - News


  • News Hour (6:00 p.m.)/News Final (11:00 p.m.) (Weekends)
    • Jayme Doll
    • Amber Schinkel - Weather
    • Ryan Leslie - Sports


  • Global News Calgary reporters
    • David Boushy
    • Jill Croteau
    • Jayme Doll
    • Reid Fiest
    • Dallas Flexhaug
    • Nancy Hixt (Crime Specialist)
    • Carolyn Kury de Castillo
    • Ryan Leslie (Sports)
    • Linda Olsen (Woman of Vision)
    • Lisa Ostrikoff
    • Heather Yourex (Health FYI)
    • Mia Sosiak
    • Kevin Smith (Sports)
    • Bindu Suri
    • Tony Tighe (Consumer Advocate/Relief Anchor)
    • Doug Vaessen
    • Heather Yourex
    • Tracy Nagai


  • Former Reporters/Personalities
    • Mil Arcega (was with WRC-TVmarker NBC affiliate, Washington, DC, weekend morning anchor/reporter (1998-2004))
    • Ashleigh Banfield (was with MSNBC, now at TruTV, formerly Court TV)
    • Larry Day (now the COO of Pyramid Productions)
    • Chris Gailus (now at CHAN-TVmarker)
    • John Gulka (retired)
    • Jimmy Hughes (weather - retired)
    • Louie Koutis (retired)
    • Tara McCool (now with CKAL-TVmarker)
    • Andrew Schultz (weather - now with CKAL-TVmarker)
    • Don Woods (weather - retired)
    • Nirmala Naidoo (news - now with CBRTmarker)
Tish Bell (Roving reporter/Traffic relief)

Programming

CICT airs the same schedule as Global Edmontonmarker. All non-news programming and some Calgary-based newscasts are also aired on Global Lethbridge.

Transmitters

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CICT-TV-1 Drumhellermarker 8 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA
CICT-TV-2 Banffmarker 13 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA


Digital television and high definition

CICT-DT received a construction permit for channel 41 on March 5, 2009 and began broadcasting on May 25, 2009. Digital television receivers will display CICT-DT's virtual channel as 2.1.

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on August 31, 2011 , CICT-DT will remain on UHF channel 41.

References

  1. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-119, CICT-TV Calgary – Transitional digital television
  2. http://www.ic.gc.ca/epic/site/oca-bc.nsf/en/ca02336e.html


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