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CITV-TV is a television station in Edmontonmarker, Albertamarker, Canadamarker. Known on air as "Global Edmonton", the station is owned by Canwest, and is an owned-and-operated station (O&O) of the Global Television Network. It transmits on channel 13 and cable 8 in Edmonton, and is carried on the Bell TV (channel 240) and Shaw Direct (channel 339) DBS services.

CITV is carried by the Cancom system from 1981 as an independent signal for Canadian cable television systems too distant to receive a variety of television signals over-the-air.

CITV's programming is similar to CICT-TVmarker, the Global O&O in Calgarymarker. CITV's master control is also based out of CICT, along with all the rest of Canwest's television stations. The station carries the full Global network schedule along with 39 hours a week of local news programming.

History

First logo used while as ITV, used from 1974 until the 1990s.
The station was launched on September 1, 1974. CITV was originally owned by Allarcom, owned by Dr. Charles Allard, and launched as Independent Television (ITV), a brand used until 2000 when it became part of the Global Television Network. In 1991, Allarcom was purchased by Western International Communications' WIC Television division, which in turn was purchased by Canwest in 1999. It joined the Global Television Network on September 4, 2000, along with fellow Alberta stations CICTmarker and CISAmarker, but had been carrying Global's programming since 1988.

News operation

The station produces 7 hours of news every weekday, and 5 hours on the weekends (a 2-hour Saturday morning show, an hour of news at 6 pm, and 30 minute newscasts at 11 pm on both Saturday and Sunday).

The station is also the first in Edmonton to have a helicopter. The helicopter, called Global 1, is shared with CHED marker for their traffic reports during the Morning News (5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) and the Early News (5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). The helicopter is also used frequently for breaking news coverage.

Current personalities











  • Saturday Morning News, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
    • Shane Jones
    • Kevin O'Connell, weather specialist




Reporters



Past personalities



Transmission (Analog)

The station broadcasts over the following over-the-air transmitters:
  • Edmonton (CITV-TV, channel 13/cable 8, with ERP of 325kW; primary transmitter)
    • Red Deermarker (CITV-TV-1, channel 10, with ERP of 325kW)


CITV is considered as a "superstation" of sorts. Years before digital cable and satellite services began offering "time-shifting" packages of multiple network affiliates, CITV was offered in such locations as Squamish, British Columbiamarker; Prince Albert, Saskatchewanmarker; and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labradormarker. It still is offered in some areas of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Digital television and high definition

On March 3 2009, CITV-DT obtained a construction permit for UHF channel 47 and later on June 29th began broadcasting using ATSC.

After the analogue television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on August 31, 2011 , CITV-DT will return to channel 13. Digital television receivers will continue to display CITV-DT's virtual channel as 13.1, with the use of PSIP.

References

  1. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-120, CITV-TV Edmonton – Transitional digital television
  2. Global Edmonton HD Information Page GlobalTV | Global Edmonton | Global Edmonton Goes HD
  3. http://www.ic.gc.ca/epic/site/oca-bc.nsf/en/ca02336e.html


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