On June 8, Crossroads Television System received approval to operate television stations at Calgary and Edmonton. A competing application by The Miracle Channel Association (CJIL-TV Lethbridge) was denied. Crossroads currently provides "family values" and religious programming to the Ontario communities of Hamilton, Burlington, St. Catharines, Toronto, London and Ottawa through its over-the-air service CITS-TV Hamilton and its transmitters in London and Ottawa.
Crossroads proposed two services that would consist of religious programming for both Christian and non-Christian faith groups, including presentations from Muslim and Buddhist viewpoints. Specifically, the proposed services would include in each broadcast week a minimum of 18 hours of balance programming, of which 11 hours would be original balance programming and 8 hours would be broadcast between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. The proposed services would also include 11 hours of local and/or regional church and ministry programming reflecting the religious communities of Calgary and Edmonton, taken together. No less than 4 hours of the programming broadcast by the proposed services each broadcast week would be programming by non-Christian faith groups. In addition, 1 hour each week would be devoted to showcasing Calgary independent film and television producers.
The station in Edmonton operates on channel 45 with an average effective radiated power of 34,000 watts.
CKES-TV Edmonton signed on the air on October 8. Local programming featured former CITV-TV news anchor Doug Main hosting "Top Story", one hour of current affairs weeknights at 6:00 p.m.
The CRTC approved the amendment to the licence of CKES-TV Edmonton, to add a post-transition digital television transmitter, operating on channel 30 with a maximum effective radiated power of 2,000 watts (average ERP of 19,000 watts) and effective antenna height above average terrain of 178 metres, using the existing Astral Radio tower. Programming would be received at the transmitter by fibre-optic cable.
On July 12, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CKES-DT until August 31, 2013.
CKES-TV channel 45 became CKES-DT (digital) channel 30 (virtual channel 45.1) on August 17. The deadline for television stations in mandatory markets to convert to digital was August 31.
Updated September, 2011