|Branding||Global Edmonton (general)|
Global News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Our City. Our News.|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
Virtual: 13.1 (PSIP)
|Translators||10.1 CITV-DT-1 28 (UHF) Red Deer|
|Affiliations||Global (secondary, 1988-2000; O&O since 2000)|
|First air date||September 1, 1974|
|Call letters' meaning||Canadian |
|Sister station(s)||Radio: CHED, CHQT, CKNG-FM, CISN-FM|
|Former callsigns||CITV-TV (1974-2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
13 (VHF, 1974-2011)
47 (UHF, 2009-2011)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1974-2000)|
|Transmitter power||CITV-DT: 25 kW|
CITV-DT-1: 132 kW
|Height||CITV-DT: 228.1 m|
CITV-DT-1: 263.5 m
CITV-DT, VHF channel 13, is a Global owned-and-operated television station located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by Corus Entertainment. CITV's studios are located on Allard Way Northwest in the Pleasantview neighbourhood of Edmonton, and its transmitter is located just off of Highway 21, southeast of the city. The station carries the full Global network schedule, and its programming is similar to Global owned-and-operated sister station CICT-TV in Calgary. CITV's master control is also based out of CICT, along with the remainder of Shaw's television stations.
This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable (corporate sister through parent company Shaw Communications) channel 8, Bell TV channel 240. On Shaw Direct, the channel is available on 339 (Classic) or 021 (Advanced), and in high definition on channel 011 (Classic) or 511 (Advanced). There is also a high definition feed available on Shaw Cable digital channel 211 and Telus Optik TV channel 104 (HD) and channel 9104 (SD).
This section needs expansion with: further information on CITV-DT's history. You can help by adding to it. (September 2011)
The station first signed on the air on September 1, 1974. CITV was originally owned by Allarcom, owned by Dr. Charles Allard, and launched under the brand "Independent Television" (ITV), a brand that the station 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 Global Communications in 1999. CITV joined the Global Television Network on September 4, 2000, along with fellow Alberta stations CICT in Calgary and CISA in Lethbridge, but CICT had been carrying Global's programming since 1988.
Beginning in 1981, CITV became a national superstation, being offered on most cable television systems across the country through the Cancom (now Shaw Broadcast Services) service for Canadian cable television providers too distant to receive most over-the-air television signals. It is still carried on satellite television nationwide through Bell TV and Shaw Direct, as well as on several cable systems across Canada outside Alberta, including in all of Newfoundland and Labrador and some areas of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Yukon.
From 1980 to 1982, the station's studios were used for taping episodes of the Canadian sketch comedy SCTV; since the station itself was the focus of the storylines, CITV's lobby and control room were often used for SCTV scenes. (The show had previously taped in Toronto at CIII, Global's flagship station, somewhat ironically.)
CITV presently broadcasts 43 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with seven hours on weekdays, and five hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output out of any English-language television station in the Edmonton market.
The station was the first in the Edmonton market to have a news helicopter. The helicopter, called Global 1, is shared with radio station CHED for their traffic reports during the Morning News and the Early News. The helicopter is also used frequently for breaking news coverage. Both CHED (which is owned by Corus Entertainment) and Shaw Media-owned CITV are owned by the Shaw family, but are operated as separate businesses.
On November 15, 2010, CITV became the first television station in Alberta to begin broadcasting its locally produced programming in high definition. On September 10, 2011, CITV-DT expanded its Saturday morning newscast to three hours. The following day, on September 11, the station debuted a two-hour Sunday morning newscast.
On August 27, 2012, CITV-DT expanded its weekday morning newscast to four hours, with the addition of a half-hour; in addition on September 2, 2012, the station expanded its Sunday morning newscast to three hours with an additional hour. The expansions to CITV's morning news programming was part of a benefits package that was included as a condition of the sale of the Global Television Network to Shaw Communications.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||1080i||16:9||CITV-DT||Main CITV-DT programming / Global|
|13.2||480i||4:3||CITV-DT programming / Global (testing?)|
On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, the station's digital signal relocated from channel 47 to VHF channel 13.
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