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Citytv logo.svg
Edmonton, Alberta
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 51.1 (PSIP)
BrandingCitytv Edmonton (general)
AffiliationsCitytv (O&O; 2005-present)
OwnerRogers Sports & Media
(Rogers Media Inc.[1])
TV: CJEO-DT, Sportsnet West
First air date
September 18, 1997 (23 years ago) (1997-09-18)
Former call signs
CKEM-TV (1997-2011)
Former channel number(s)
51 (UHF, 1997-2011)
A-Channel (1997-2005)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP107 kW
HAAT294 m (965 ft)
Transmitter coordinates53°31?55?N 113°46?53?W / 53.53194°N 113.78139°W / 53.53194; -113.78139 (CKEM-DT)
Translator(s)See below
WebsiteCitytv Edmonton

CKEM-DT, virtual channel 51 (UHF digital channel 17), is a Citytv owned-and-operated television station licensed to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by the Rogers Sports & Media subsidiary of Rogers Communications, as part of a twinstick with Omni Television station CJEO-DT (channel 56). The two stations share studios with Rogers' local radio stations on Gateway Boulevard in Edmonton; CKEM-DT's transmitter is located near Yellowhead Highway/Highway 16A. The station also operates a rebroadcast transmitter (CKEM-DT-1) in Red Deer on virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 15).

On cable, CKEM-DT is available on Shaw Cable channels 7 and 213, and on Telus TV channel 106 in the Edmonton area.[2] On satellite, it is carried on Bell Satellite TV channel 241,[3] and Shaw Direct channel 194.[4]


Logo used as A-Channel, used from 1997-2005.

The station was established by Craig Media Inc., and went on the air for the first time on September 18, 1997 as the flagship station of the A-Channel television system. It promoted itself as a very locally oriented station whose schedule was not drawn up in Toronto, with the slogan "Very independent, Very Edmonton!"

In 1999, a letter bomb exploded in the CKEM newsroom, injuring the assignment editor and one of the general assignment reporters. The station simulcast the Live@Five and News@Six newscasts from Calgary sister station CKAL-TV, while police investigated the bombing. Local Edmonton newscasts resumed later on in the evening. Raymond Neal Best was charged with attempted murder and possession of explosive substances, in connection with the A-Channel letter bomb, and the attempted letter bombings aimed at both Calgary and Edmonton police chiefs.

On September 17, 2003, several employees who were members of the Canadian Energy and Paperworkers Local 1900 went on strike over worry of jobs being lost, wages, and jobs being moved to Calgary (including master control operations). The strike lasted 166 days. CKEM's master control facilities moved to the CKAL studios in Calgary in late 2003.

In 2004, Craig Media announced a deal to sell the A-Channel stations to CHUM Limited. The sale was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on November 19, 2004, and became official on December 1. On February 3, 2005, CHUM announced that the A-Channel stations would be relaunched under the Citytv brand (which originated at CITY-TV in Toronto) by that fall, effectively turning Citytv into a television system; the changes took effect on August 2 of that year.

Under Rogers ownership

On July 12, 2006, Bell Globemedia (later known as CTVglobemedia, and now Bell Media) announced plans to take over CHUM Limited. On June 8, 2007, the CRTC announced its approval of CTVglobemedia's purchase of CHUM Limited, but added a condition that CTVglobemedia must sell off CHUM's Citytv stations (including CKEM) to another buyer while keeping the A-Channel stations since the company already owned CTV owned-and-operated station CFRN-TV (channel 3) in the same market.[5] The following Monday, it was announced that Rogers Communications would buy the Citytv system's stations. The sale was approved by the CRTC on September 28, 2007, and was finalized on one month later on October 31.

In late 2015, Rogers' television stations in Edmonton moved from their studios in downtown Edmonton to the headquarters of Rogers' Edmonton radio stations on Gateway Boulevard.[6]

News operation

CKEM presently broadcasts 14 hours of locally produced newscasts per-week.

On July 12, 2006, the station's local newscasts (with the exception of CityNews at Noon) were immediately cancelled after years of ratings struggle in the Edmonton market. The local newscasts were replaced by a half-hour newsmagazine program called Your City at 6 and 11 p.m., along with a national and international newscast called CityNews International (produced at CITY-TV's studios in Toronto). On January 19, 2010, CityNews at Noon, Your City and CityNews International were cancelled as part of Citytv's corporate restructuring and concurrent layoffs.[7]

On May 7, 2015, Rogers announced that as part of further cuts, Breakfast Television would be cancelled on May 19, 2015. It was replaced by the spin-off Dinner Television, a two-hour newsmagazine and discussion program hosted by Jason Strudwick. The program did not feature original news reporting. An encore of the previous night's Dinner Television with on-screen news, weather, and traffic updates replaced Breakfast Television in its morning timeslot.[8][9][10]

On September 4, 2017, after a seven-year hiatus, CityNews was relaunched as part of an expansion of local news programming by Citytv's stations. The station airs hour-long newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. nightly (with the former replacing Dinner Television). Similarly to the format of its sister station in Toronto, CKEM's newscasts use an "anchorless" format, where all stories are presented by videojournalists on the field, eschewing in-studio anchors.[11][12]

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
51.1 1080i 16:9 CKEM-DT Main CKEM-DT programming / Citytv

Analogue-to-digital conversion

On May 26, 2010, CKEM began testing its digital signal with the broadcast of a test loop. On June 29 of that year, the station began broadcasting regular programming over its digital signal.[14] On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts,[15] the station's digital signal relocated from UHF channel 51 to channel 17. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers originally displayed CKEM-DT's virtual channel as 51.1.

On February 28, 2020, Rogers applied for permission to convert their Red Deer repeater (CKEM-TV-1) to digital operations as part of the 600 MHz spectrum auction.[16] The upgrade entailed moving from VHF 4 at 7 kW (at 229.7 metres HAAT) to UHF 15 at 35 kW (at 225.6 metres HAAT). The analogue signal was shut off on November 17, 2020.


Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter coordinates
CKEM-DT-1 Red Deer Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
35 kW 225.6 m (740 ft) 52°14?10?N 113°38?56?W / 52.23611°N 113.64889°W / 52.23611; -113.64889 (CKEM-TV-1)


  1. ^ Ownership Chart 27B - ROGERS - Radio, TV & Satellite-to-Cable
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  5. ^ "CRTC tells CTVglobemedia to sell 5 Citytv stations". via Yahoo! Canada News. 2007-06-08. Retrieved .[dead link]
  6. ^ "Forbes: TV anchors back at their desks". Edmonton Sun. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Citytv Restructures Television Operations To Improve Business and Better Serve Audiences Rogers Media press release via CNW Group, published January 19, 2010.
  8. ^ "Get Ready to Have Breakfast For Dinner! City Edmonton Launches Dinner Television, Premiering May 19". Rogers Media. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Rogers cuts 110 jobs, ends all OMNI newscasts". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Rogers axes OMNI news programs, cancels Breakfast Television in Edmonton". CBC News. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Forbes: CityNews replacing Dinner TV". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Local news gets a facelift: developments at City, CTV, other stations". Montreal Gazette. 2017-09-01. Retrieved .
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CBWFT
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  15. ^ Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) Archived 2013-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
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