CICT-DT (Global Network), Calgary, Global Television Network
A joint application by radio stations CFAC, CFCN and CKXL was filed under the name Calgary Television Ltd. They proposed to use channel 2 with an effective radiated power of 10,900 watts video and 5,450 watts audio. Antenna height would be 287 feet above average terrain. The application was deferred by the CBC Board of Governors. The board wanted to allow additional applications from the city to be reviewed, applications which were almost complete. This included one on behalf of Calgary's mayor, Don MacKay. The Calgary applications were heard again later in the year and the CBC approved the Calgary Television Ltd. application. Bert Cairns, manager of CFAC, was likely to run the new TV station.
During construction of the transmission tower, the 70 foot, 5 ton antenna was being hoisted to the top of the 600 foot tower when the cable snapped and the antenna fell almost the full 600 feet to imbed itself almost 15 feet in the ground. No one was injured, and the antenna was able to be repaired causing a ten day delay in the opening of the station.
The first program broadcast on CHCT was a CBC News bulletin, followed at 7:00 p.m. with an educational film entitled How to Build an Igloo. This was followed by the film Jeannie at 7:30, and the September 20th WIFU football game between Regina and Winnipeg at 9:30. The Calgary Herald criticized the football telecast for not following the ball closely enough. CHCT signed off that night at 10:30.
CHCT moved its studios and offices from the transmitter site on the old Banff Coach Road to a renovated badminton club/sea cadet drill hall at 955 Rideau Road S. W. As a result, for the first time in almost a year, CHCT was now broadcasting live shows from its studios. Station manager Herb Stewart estimated there would be at least 22 hours of locally produced shows every week.
Bob Nystedt joined CHCT-TV as promotions manager. He had been employed by the Calgary Herald.
otable production successes at the original studio were: "Klara's Korner", a cooking show which was in national syndication for many years; "Yan Can Cook" with host Martin Yan; over 600 of these shows were produced and syndicated throughout North America; "Stampede Wrestling" was produced for over 20 years and found loyal audiences world wide; "It Figures" originated at CFAC-TV and was in continuous production for nearly 20 years.
By the time the station was a year old, CHCT signed on the air weekdays at 4:30 p.m., at 5:00 on Saturdays and 1:30 on Sundays, and signed off nightly after midnight. CHCT broadcast CBC national news Monday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m., followed by local news, weather and sports from 6:40 to 7:00.
Ownership of Calgary Televison Limited: H. R. Carson 0.1%; St. Clair Balfour 0.1%; The Southam Co. Ltd. 19.8%; Taylor, Pearson & Carson 13.3%; CKXL Ltd. 33.1%; F. R. Shaw 0.1%; A. R. McKenzie 0.1%; H. G. Love 7.2%; Mrs. M. Love 3.8%; J. A. Love 5.8%; W. N. Love 6.4%; G. L. Carter 5.2%; Mrs. Flora Carter 0.6%; R. W. Lamb 2.9%; Mrs. Emma Bruce 1.5%.
Ad slogan: The live station - that gets results - CHCT-TV Channel 2 Calgary.
Ad: When you think of CALGARY you think of CHCT-TV channel 2. First in Calgary.
George Brown was sales manager.
CFCN applied for rebroadcast transmitters at Lethbridge, Cardston and Claresholm. CJLH-TV (Lethbridge) offered conditional rental of their facilities for CFCN for its Lethbridge operation. Stipulation: CJLH wanted to tie itself to CHCT so the Calgary station could feed much of the CBC's programming to Lethbridge. CJLH said in this way an alternative service could be provided and the Lethbridge studios could become a production centre for two stations. The CBC requested that CHCT use channel 10 in Lethbridge so channel 13 could be reserved for future CBC plans. The applications were deferred. The BBG wanted to hear an application by CJLH to operate as a part-time rebroadcaster of CHCT.
CICT-TV had its licence renewed on August 24th. At the renewal hearing, Westcom told the Commission that CICT-TV reflects Calgary's diverse cultures through community programs, promotions and telethons. CICT-TV also broadcasts locally-produced children's programs such as "Kidstreet" and "Monty's Travelling Reptile Show".
Leslie Miller left CICT to co-anchor CFRN-TV's Eyewitness News team as of September 11.
Jim Bagshaw, who was in charge of CICT-TV, became president and CEO of WIC's Alberta television stations, splitting time between CICT and CITV. His promotion followed Art Reitmayer's move to president and CEO of BCTV.
Westcom TV announced plans to cut 95 jobs as part of "restructuring" following the licensing of new competitors in B.C. and Alberta. Following the elimination of 46 positions already, 51 would be cut at BCTV in Vancouver and Victoria; another 44 would be lost at WIC's four Alberta stations. CEO Art Reitmayer said the jobs would be phased out gradually and he hoped most affected workers would take early retirement or buyouts.
CFAC morning personality Jim Hughes also did weather at Calgary 7.
Emily Griffiths, president of Western Broadcasting and controlling shareholder of WIC, retired on the third anniversary of her husband Frank's death. She said she had always intended to leave at age 75. Mrs. Griffiths remained with the company as chairman emeritus. She was succeeded on the board of directors by Edmondo Giacomelli.
The Commission would however continue to explore various regulatory measures "...to ensure that English-language television broadcasters devote an appropriate proportion of their expenditures to Canadian programming."
CICT-DT channel 41 began broadcasting on May 25.
On March 4, the CRTC approved the application by Canwest Television GP Inc. (the general partner) and Canwest Media Inc. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Canwest Television Limited Partnership, to replace the current transitional digital transmitter for CICT-TV Calgary with the post-transition transmitter CICT-DT. The authorized contours of the transmitter would be changed by increasing the average effective radiated power from 3,200 to 50,000 watts, by modifying the antenna radiation pattern from directional to non-directional, by increasing the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 51 to 378 meters and by relocating the antenna. The licensee indicated that because tower space was limited in the Calgary area, moving its antenna and increasing the ERP would enable it to provide four times the coverage of its current transitional antenna located at the CICT-TV station.
On October 22, the CRTC approved an application by Shaw Communications Inc., on behalf of Canwest Global Communications Corp., for authority to change the effective control of Canwest Global's licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, which will henceforth be exerciced by Shaw. This change would be effected through a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shaw known as 7316712 Canada Inc. Upon the closing of the proposed transaction, Shaw, through its wholly-owned subsidiary 7316712 Canada, would become the sole owner of Restructured Canwest and of CWI, and would acquire control of all broadcasting undertakings currently controlled by Canwest Global. Shaw ascribed a total value of $2.005 billion for the acquisition of all broadcasting assets controlled by Canwest Global and initially proposed a tangible benefits package in the amount of $23 million.
Events leading up to the October 22, 2010 decision: On October 6, 2009, Canwest Global, along with its operating subsidiary Canwest Media Inc. and certain other subsidiaries, filed for creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C. 1985 c. C-36, as amended. At the beginning of November, Canwest Global, with the assistance of RBC Capital Markets, initiated an equity solicitation process to identify potential new Canadian investors. On February 19, 2010, after arm's length negotiations between Shaw, Canwest Global and the Ad Hoc Committee (comprised of holders of over 70% of the 8% senior subordinated notes issued by Canwest Investments Co., due 2012), Canwest Global's board approved Shaw's offer. On March 31, Shaw filed an application with the CRTC for approval of its acquisition of effective control of the conventional and specialty television undertakings indirectly owned by Canwest Global. Under that original offer, Shaw was to subscribe for Class A Voting shares representing a 20% equity and 80% voting interest in Restructured Canwest for a minimum $95 million in the aggregate. On May 3, Shaw scquired from Goldman Sachs & Co. affiliates 29.9% of the voting shares and 49.9% of the common non-voting shares in the capital of CWI. On May 4, Shaw advised the CRTC that, pursuant to an amendment to the March 31 application, Shaw's indirect equity interest would be 100% of Restructured Canwest. Shaw also advised that, in addition to acquiring the shares of CWI indirectly held by Canwest Global, it would acquire, by way of an option, the remaining shares in the capital of CWI, held by Goldman Sachs entities, immediately following Commission approval of the application. On May 18, Canwest Global filed an application for authority to effect a multi-step corporate reorganization for restructuring purposes, as contemplated in the document entitled "Plan of Compromise, Arrangement and Reorganization", of the Canwest Global licensed broadcasting subsidiaries pursuant to the CCAA, resulting in the issuance of new broadcasting licences. On July 28, at the end of the CCAA Proceedings, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice rendered an Order approving the Plan.On October 27, Shaw Communications announced it had reached the final stage in its purchase of Canwest's television operations. There would be a gradual shift of branding to Shaw Media, and the company would gradually retire the Canwest name. Shaw would also close the Canwest corporate headquarters in Winnipeg. Shaw announced a new management team for the broadcasting division. It would be headed by Paul Robertson, who previously served as president of Shaw-controlled Corus Entertainment's television division and oversaw the purchase of the Canwest assets.
On November 22, CICT began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition from a brand new digital studio.
Some departures following Shaw's take over of CanWest: Calgary-based Chris McGinley, the Senior VP, Operations and David McCauley, the Senior VP, Human Resources. Global CalgaryVice President/General Manager Ron Bell retired. McGinley's career path began to flourish in early 2005 when she was appointed VP, Western Stations, overseeing all Global stations in B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In August of 2007 she was promoted to Senior VP of Station Operations at CanWest MediaWorks, overseeing the operations of all company TV and radio stations. Bell became Station Manager for the Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer stations in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed VP/GM of the Calgary and Lethbridge stations. Filling Bell's role at Calgary in the interim was Tim Spelliscy, the Edmonton-based VP/GM Edmonton/Prairie Region.
On March 29, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for a number of conventional television and transitional digital television stations until August 31, 2011. More... The Commission said it would consider the applications for renewal of the broadcasting licences for the major English-language private conventional television ownership groups, by taking into account the determinations set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-167. These applications were announced in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2010-952 and would be heard at a public hearing to be held on 4 April 2011 in Gatineau, Quebec. Shaw Television G.P. Inc. (the general partner) and Shaw Media Global Inc.(the limited partner), carrying on business as Shaw Television Limited Partnership (The limited partner changed name on 3 December 2010 from 7509014 Canada Inc. to Shaw Media Global Inc.). The CRTC noted that it does not intend to renew authorizations for full-power analog transmitters operating in the mandatory markets or on channels 52 to 69 outside the mandatory markets beyond August 31, 2011. By that time, the Commission expected licensees to have the necessary authority to broadcast in digital. In addition, the Commission imposed the following condition of licence on the stations that operate in mandatory markets or on channels 52 to 69 outside the mandatory markets: Unless otherwise authorized by the Commission, the licensee shall not transmit analog television signals after 31 August 2011 in mandatory markets designated as such by the Commission in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2011-184 or transmit television signals on channels 52 to 69. The Commission also noted that, pursuant to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-69, it does not intend to renew, beyond 31 August 2011, authorizations for the transitional digital transmitters included in the broadcasting licences of the licensees set out in the appendix to this decision.
On July 27, the CRTC renewed the licence for CICT-DT Calgary and its transmitters CICT-TV-1 Drumheller and CICT-TV-2 Banff, until August 31, 2016.
The final day for analog television broadcasting in mandatory markets was August 31. CICT-TV channel 2 was shut down on this date. The station carried on as CICT-DT channel 41 (virtual channel 2.1).
Senior Global News team changes: Boston Kenton, the Senior Director, National News and Global Vancouver Station Manager, was promoted to VP, BC and National News; Mike Omelus, the Eastern Regional Director responsible for Global Maritimes, Global Montreal and Global Winnipeg, was promoted to Senior Director, Southern Alberta; Tim Spelliscy, the Regional Director, News, AB and Station Manager at Global Edmonton, was promoted to Senior Director, Edmonton and Prairie Region; and Ward Smith was promoted from News Director/Station Manager at Global Toronto to Senior Director, Eastern Region. Boston continued responsibility for all national and foreign news operations, including the Ottawa Bureau and The West Block, as well as all BC news operations, including CHBC/Global Okanagan; Omelus moved to Calgary and was responsible for all Global News operations in Calgary and Lethbridge, and would work with Shaw on community engagement strategies and develop models for delivering Global News to new markets; Spelliscy continued to oversee operations at the Edmonton production centre, and had new responsibilities for Global Saskatoon, Global Regina and Global Winnipeg; and Smith remained in charge of Global Toronto as well as Global Montreal and Global Maritimes, as well as the Network Resource Centre based in Toronto. Moving to Vancouver and reporting to Boston was Jeff Bollenbach, the Station Manager/News Director at Global Calgary. He would work preparing the new BC regional 24/7 news channel (BC-1) for its anticipated launch on March 1.
Shaw Communications announced plans to renovate and restore the Shaw Court building in downtown Calgary which, when complete would also house Global Calgary. The redesigned building would feature collaborative work spaces, rooftop terraces, a fitness centre for employees and it would use sustainable building concepts to reduce Shaw's environmental footprint. Global Calgary would be housed on the ground floor.
Global Calgary's new News Director was Chris Bassett who moved up from managing editor, a position he'd held since November of 2010. Before that, he was senior news and online producer at CTV for eight years.
Bill Dulmage - Updated June 2013