CITY-DT

CITY-DT
Citytv logo.svg
City of license Toronto, Ontario
Branding Citytv Toronto
Slogan Everywhere!
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 57.1 (PSIP)
Translators see below
Affiliations Citytv
Owner Rogers Media
(Rogers Broadcasting, Ltd.)
First air date September 28, 1972
Call letters' meaning CITY
Sister station(s) TV: CFMT, CJMT
Radio: CFTR, CHFI, CJCL, CKIS
Former callsigns CITY-TV (1972-2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
79 (1972-1983)
57 (1983-2011)
Digital:
53 (2003-2011)
Former affiliations Independent (1972-2002)
Transmitter power 21 kW
Height 501.4 m
Transmitter coordinates 43°38′33″N 79°23′14″W / 43.6425°N 79.38722°W / 43.6425; -79.38722
Website Citytv Toronto

CITY-DT, Channel 57 (known on-air as Citytv Toronto or simply Citytv), is a television station based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada owned and operated by Rogers Media. CITY was best known for its unconventional approach to news and local programming, creating the basis upon which the Citytv television system (of which it is the flagship station) was built.

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History

Former version of the Citytv logo, used from 1972 - 2005. The red-blue version no longer appears on-air but it is still present on several Citytv vehicles.

CITY signed on air for the first time on September 28, 1972, as an independent station. It originally transmitted a 31 kW signal on UHF channel 79, since all the VHF licences in the Toronto area were taken. The founding ownership group Channel Seventy-Nine Ltd. consisted of Phyllis Switzer, Moses Znaimer, Jerry Grafstein, Edgar Cowan and others. The studio was located at 99 Queen Street East near Church Street.

The station was in debt by 1975. Multiple Access Ltd. (the owners of CFCF in Montreal) purchased 45% of the station, and sold its stake to CHUM Limited three years later. CITY was purchased outright by CHUM in 1981 with the sale of Moses Znaimer's interest in the station. Znaimer remained with the station as an executive until 2003, when he retired from his management role but continued to work with the station on some production projects.

In 1976, the station began broadcasting at 208 kW from the CN Tower. The station moved from channel 79 to channel 57 on July 1, 1983, because of complaints that it was interfering with mobile radio in the Toronto area, and so that the frequencies used by channels 70 to 83 could be reclaimed for use by new AMPS mobile phones as a result of a CCIR international convention in 1982.

On September 1, 1986, a transmitter was put into operation in Woodstock (CITY-TV-2 on channel 31, also serving nearby London), and another was set up in Ottawa in 1996 (CITY-TV-3 on channel 65).

299 Queen Street West, the former home of Citytv Toronto.

In 1987, CITY and the other CHUM-owned television stations moved to the headquarters at 299 Queen Street West, which became one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city.

CITY launched a test broadcast of its digital signal using the ATSC DTV standard on January 16, 2003, and began regular digital transmission on March 3 of the same year, becoming the first digital television station in Canada.

Despite efforts to extend the brand to other major markets, for 30 years CITY was the only Canadian station to identify on-air as "Citytv", making "Citytv" and "CITY" interchangeable names for the station. In 2001, however, CHUM purchased Vancouver's CKVU from Canwest Global. CKVU was re-branded as Citytv in 2002, making Citytv a two-station system. (See 2001 Vancouver TV realignment.)

In 2005, three more Citytv stations were added in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg after CHUM purchased the A-Channel television stations and the other assets owned by Craig Media, the existing A-Channel brand was revamped and was transferred to CHUM's former NewNet stations. On the day when the three A-Channel stations were rebranded as Citytv, the flagship CityPulse newscast was rebranded CityNews.

On July 12, 2006, CTVglobemedia announced its offer to acquire CHUM Limited and its assets, including the Citytv stations, and related cable properties.[1] Since CTV already owned local stations in all Citytv markets (including Toronto, where CTV owns and operates CFTO), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) stipulated the sale of the Citytv stations as a condition for the approval of the CHUM purchase. The Citytv stations (including CITY) were subsequently sold to Rogers Communications, with the sale approved by the CRTC on September 28, 2007, and Rogers officially taking ownership on October 31 of the same year. (See 2007 Canada broadcast TV realignment.)

CTV kept ownership of 299 Queen Street West, where CHUM's specialty television channels now owned by CTV (such as CP24, MuchMusic, Star!, Bravo! and Space) would remain. As such, Rogers had to find a new home for CITY-TV. Rogers subsequently purchased 33 Dundas Street East, the former Olympic Spirit building located at the edge of Dundas Square, for the use of its Toronto television stations, and CITY-TV moved into the new facility on September 8, 2009.[2][3]

Programming

Citytv has traditionally pursued a programming strategy targeting hip, young and urban audiences, as well as science fiction series, such as the Stargate and Star Trek franchises, with significant cult followings. The system has also sometimes aired more adult-oriented fare than most television stations, including Baby Blue Movies and the television edition of Naked News, both very late at night. Citytv also aired The Oprah Winfrey Show from its debut in 1986 until the start of the 1992-1993 season when the show's broadcasting rights were bought by CTV and its local affiliate CFTO-TV, which aired the show until the end of its run in 2011.

The station has also historically produced much more local programming than most other Canadian television stations, including the daily talk show CityLine (hosted first by Dini Petty, then Marilyn Denis, and now Tracy Moore); magazine series such as The New Music, Toronto Rocks, FashionTelevision, Life on Venus Ave. and MovieTelevision; and interactive series such as Speakers' Corner. As well, the station often pursued synergies with its sister cable networks, sharing programming with MuchMusic, Bravo!, Space and CP24.

Shortly after its takeover by Rogers, Citytv's Great Movies block was cancelled in favour of more series. Late night reruns of the Great Movies block were replaced by infomercials.

On March 2, 2008, CITY aired its first Toronto Blue Jays baseball game, a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds.[4] Citytv and the Blue Jays share common ownership by Rogers Media. This is not the first time that a live sport event has aired on a Citytv network station, it also was the Canadian broadcaster for ABC's Monday Night Football until its move to ESPN in 2006. Beginning in the 2007 NFL season as part of Rogers Media's broadcast rights with the NFL; two late regular season games are shown by CITY and Vancouver sister station CKVU-TV weekly, the opposite games air regionally on their respective Rogers Sportsnet feed. As a part of a series of games played at the Rogers Centre, CITY also became a part of the television network of the Buffalo Bills, adding their pre-season games to its lineup in the 2008 season.[5]

News operation

CITY-DT currently produces a total of 32 hours of local newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays and one hour on weekends).

On January 19, 2010, Rogers Media announced the cancellation of CityNews at Noon, CityOnline, CityNews at Five, Citytv's national and international newscast CityNews International, and the weekend newscasts, effective immediately as part of massive restructuring and layoffs at the Citytv stations. Among those laid off were long-time 6 p.m. co-anchor Anne Mroczkowski and reporters Farah Nasser, Jee Yun Lee, Laura Di Battista, Marianne Dimain, Merella Fernandez and Michael Serapio; Pam Seatle was also let go but returned one month later.[6][7]

The weekend newscasts returned in March 2011, followed by the return of the weekday CityNews at Five and the half-hour expansion of Breakfast Television (with its start time moved up to 5:30 a.m., and expanding to 3½ hours as a result) on September 5, 2011.[8]

Newscasts

Weekdays

  • Breakfast Television – 5:30-9 a.m.
  • CityNews at Five – 5-6 p.m.
  • CityNews at Six – 6-7 p.m.
  • CityNews Tonight – 11-11:30 p.m.

Weekends

  • CityNews at Six – 6-6:30 p.m.
  • CityNews Tonight – 11-11:30 p.m.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • CityPulse (1972–2005)[9]
  • CityPulse Tonight (1972–2005; 11 p.m. newscast)[10]
  • Breakfast Television (1989–present; morning newscast)
  • CityNews (2005–present)[11]
  • CityNews Tonight (2005–present; 11 p.m. newscast)

Station slogans

  • Everywhere! (1972–present)[12]

News music packages

News team[13]

Anchors

  • Francis D'Souza - weeknights at 5 p.m.
  • Kevin Frankish - Breakfast Television (weekday mornings, 5:30-9 a.m.)
  • Gord Martineau - weeknights at 6 p.m.
  • Melanie Ng - weekends at 11 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Roger Petersen - CityNews Tonight (weeknights at 11 p.m.); also reporter
  • Dina Pugliese - Breakfast Television (weekday mornings, 7-9 a.m.)
  • Pam Seatle - weekends at 6 p.m.; also weeknight reporter

Weather team

  • Adam Stiles - lead meteorologist; CityNews Tonight (weeknights at 11 p.m.)
  • Frank Ferragine - weather anchor; Breakfast Television (weekday mornings, 5:30-9 a.m.), also gardening specialist
  • Sangita Patel - weather specialist; weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Natasha Ramsahai (CMOS-endorsed weathercaster) - meteorologist; weeknights at 5 and 6 p.m.

Sports team

Reporters

  • Audra Brown - general assignment reporter
  • Avery Haines - general assignment reporter
  • Peter Kim - general assignment reporter
  • Saphia Khambalia - general assignment reporter
  • Cynthia Mulligan - general assignment reporter
  • Andrea Piunno - general assignment reporter
  • Jennifer Valentyne - "Live Eye" reporter for Breakfast Television
  • Anna Vlachos - general assignment reporter

Notable alumni

  • Comedian Dan Aykroyd moonlighted as Citytv's announcer from 1972 until 1975 while working at Toronto's Second City before he moved to New York City to join Saturday Night Live.
  • Former CBS News anchor and current co-host of CNN's American Morning John Roberts first got his start at CITY, where he was known on-air as "J.D. Roberts". Roberts also was an entertainment reporter on CityPulse at 6 in the early 1980s and a host of The New Music, before becoming the anchor of CityPulse Tonight in 1987.
  • Afternoon CTV host Dini Petty got her start on Citytv as the co-host of CityPulse and later as host of CityLine.
  • Long-time continuity announcer and CityNews Tonight anchor Mark Dailey passed away on December 6, 2010, after a long battle with cancer.[14]

Incidents

On November 9, 2010, Citytv cameraman, Bill Atanasoff, was struck by a car while crossing Kipling Avenue, near Albion Road. Atanasoff was heading to the scene of a police investigation in Rexdale when the incident occurred. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, was listed in stable condition,[15] and recuperated from his injuries.[16]

Transmitters

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CITY-DT-2 Woodstock 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 31.1 (PSIP)
20 kW 293.0 m 43°2′46″N 80°46′4″W / 43.04611°N 80.76778°W / 43.04611; -80.76778 (CITY-TV-2)
CITY-DT-3 Ottawa 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 65.1 (PSIP)
5.1 kW 215.4 m 45°13′2″N 75°33′49″W / 45.21722°N 75.56361°W / 45.21722; -75.56361 (CITY-TV-3)

Digital television and high definition

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which took place on August 31, 2011,[17] CITY-TV moved from its pre-transition channel number, 53, to its post-transition channel number, 44. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CITY-DT's virtual channel as 57.1.

References

External links

Coordinates: 43°38′59″N 79°23′25″W / 43.649701°N 79.390233°W / 43.649701; -79.390233


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