|Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Channels||Digital: 48 (UHF)|
(to move to 15 (UHF))
Virtual: 5.1 (PSIP)
|Branding||CTV Atlantic (general)|
|Affiliations||CTV (1961-present; O&O since 1997)|
|Owner||Bell Media Inc.|
First air date
|January 1, 1961|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
5 (VHF, 1961-2011)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||211.5 m (694 ft)|
CJCH-DT, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 48), is a CTV owned-and-operated television station licensed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The station is owned by the Bell Media subsidiary of BCE Inc. CJCH-DT's studios are located on Robie and Russell Streets in Halifax, and its transmitter is located on Washmill Lake Drive on the city's west side.
CJCH-DT is the flagship of the CTV Atlantic regional system, producing all of the system's programming except for some commercials and local news inserts on the other stations. On cable, it is available on Eastlink TV channels 9 and 603 in the Halifax area. On satellite, the station is carried on Bell Satellite TV channel 1011, and on Shaw Direct channel 103.
CJCH-TV first went on the air on January 1, 1961 as an independent station, and it became one of the original CTV stations when the network began operations on October 1, 1961. CHUM Limited sold CJCH-TV along with ATV and the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) to Baton Broadcasting (CTV) on February 26, 1997 (with CRTC approval given on August 28, 1997), but kept CJCH radio. CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM Limited on June 22, 2007 brought CJCH-TV and CJCH radio back under common ownership.
The station ceased broadcasting in analogue on August 31, 2011 and began broadcasting in digital on the same date.
|Station||City of licence||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates|
|CJCH-TV-1||Canning||10 (VHF)||18.1 kW||270 m|
|CJCH-TV-2||Truro||12 (VHF)||0.008 kW||NA|
|CJCH-TV-3||Valley||12 (VHF)||0.008 kW||NA|
|CJCH-TV-4*||Bridgetown||13 (VHF)||0.008 kW||NA|
|CJCH-TV-5||Sheet Harbour||2 (VHF)||1.5 kW||70.7 m|
|CJCH-TV-6||Caledonia||6 (VHF)||100 kW||192.9 m|
|CJCH-TV-7||Yarmouth||40 (UHF)||33 kW||167.3 m|
|CJCH-TV-8||Marinette||23 (UHF)||0.01 kW||NA|
* The Bridgetown transmitter was among a long list of CTV rebroadcasters nationwide to shut down on or before August 31, 2009, as part of a political dispute with Canadian authorities on paid fee-for-carriage requirements for cable television operators. A subsequent change in ownership assigned full control of CTVglobemedia to Bell Canada; as of 2011, these transmitters remain in normal licensed broadcast operation.
On February 11, 2016, Bell Media applied for its regular license renewals, which included applications to delete a long list of transmitters, including CJCH-TV-2 and CJCH-TV-8. Bell Media's rationale for deleting these analog repeaters is below:
"We are electing to delete these analog transmitters from the main licence with which they are associated. These analog transmitters generate no incremental revenue, attract little to no viewership given the growth of BDU or DTH subscriptions and are costly to maintain, repair or replace. In addition, none of the highlighted transmitters offer any programming that differs from the main channels. The Commission has determined that broadcasters may elect to shut down transmitters but will lose certain regulatory privileges (distribution on the basic service, the ability to request simultaneous substitution) as noted in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-24, Over-the-air transmission of television signals and local programming. We are fully aware of the loss of these regulatory privileges as a result of any transmitter shutdown."
At the same time, Bell Media applied to convert the licenses of CTV 2 Atlantic (formerly ASN) and CTV 2 Alberta (formerly ACCESS) from satellite-to-cable undertakings into television stations without transmitters (similar to cable-only network affiliates in the United States), and to reduce the level of educational content on CTV 2 Alberta.
On July 30, 2019, Bell Media was granted permission to close down two additional transmitters as part of Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-268. The transmitters for CJCH-TV-3 and CJCH-TV-4 will be shut down by December 3, 2021.