CBUT-DT British Columbia City of license Vancouver, British Columbia Branding CBC Television Slogan Canada Lives Here Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 2.1 (PSIP)
Translators (see article) Affiliations CBC Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation First air date December 16, 1953 Call letters' meaning Canadian
Television,also, CBUTrepresents Bute St.;the original street CBUT was headquartered at
Sister station(s) CBUFT-DT, CBU (AM), CBU-FM, CBUF-FM, CBUX-FM Former callsigns CBUT (1953-2011) Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1953-2011)
58 (UHF, 2006-2011)
Former affiliations Radio-Canada (secondary, 1973-1976) Transmitter power 103.34 kilowatts Height 615.4 metres Transmitter coordinates Website CBC British Columbia
CBUT-DT is the CBC's television station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the flagship CBC Television station for the Pacific Time Zone. The station transmits its main terrestrial signal from a tower atop Mount Seymour.
CBUT currently produces a number of CBC Television programs. Portions of Marketplace are produced at CBUT, as were portions of the program Hemispheres, the now-cancelled national version of Canada Now and the late-night independent film program ZeD.
In addition to British Columbia, CBUT has a significant American audience in Washington state. It is available over the air in Bellingham. Nearly one million Comcast cable subscribers in the Puget Sound region can receive CBUT's programming. Comcast's Puget Sound system also began offering the digital version of CBUT, offering CBC HD programming, in 2009. Additionally CBUT and CBUT HD are available in Central Washington on Broadstripe Cable's system in the Lake Chelan area.
- 1 History
- 2 Transmitters
- 3 Programming
- 4 Digital television and high definition
- 5 News operation
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
CBUT is the oldest television station in Western Canada, first going on the air on December 16, 1953 from its original location, a converted auto dealership, at 1200 West Georgia Street and Bute Street in Downtown Vancouver. However, CBUT was not the first television station to serve Vancouverites. The first TV station to serve Vancouverites was cross-border KVOS-TV in Bellingham, Washington, which signed on the air months earlier as a CBS affiliate and is currently an independent station. CBUT has broadcast in English for most of its existence, except for a period from 1973 to 1976 when French language shows from Radio-Canada aired on weekend mornings; this secondary affiliation ended with the launch of CBUFT in 1976. CBUT was known mainly as Channel 2 from its inception until 1976. Since then, it has been known as CBC British Columbia.
During the station's early years until 1976, CBUT's station IDs consisted of slides of local Vancouver landmarks with the CBUT logo (the number 2 in Clarendon Bold typeface, contained within a stylized TV screen) added, with the announcement "This is CBUT, Channel 2 in Vancouver", while the ID slide used at the end of local programs on CBUT was a larger version of the station logo on a navy blue background with the announcement "This is CBC Television, Vancouver". Beginning with the introduction of CBC's "gem" logo in December 1974, CBUT (unlike other CBC O&Os, which continued using station IDs at the end of their local shows) began using the "gem" network ID at the end of all programming, network and local.
In 1975, CBC consolidated its radio and TV operations into one building. Prior to this, CBC's radio operations in Vancouver (CBU, CBU-FM and CBUF-FM) had been broadcasting out of separate studios at 701 Hornby Street, the basement of the Hotel Vancouver. Together, those stations formed the basis of the Regional Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street, a few blocks east of their previous radio and television facilities.
The station's IDs were changed in 1976 with CBUT's on-air rebranding as CBC British Columbia, with the initial IDs featuring a totem pole superimposed over local landmarks, followed by the totem pole zooming away from the viewer and turning into the letter T in the station brand.
In recent years, CBUT, as with all CBC-owned stations, had de-emphasized local programming in favour of network programming out of Toronto. As of 2002, the station only aired sporadic local non-news programming and dropped all use of local station IDs in favour of using only network IDs, and in budget cuts, the CBC integrated CBUT's master control (as did all other owned stations) into Toronto's master control. Recently, however, local programming on CBUT has increased with the introduction of a locally themed lifestyles program, Living Vancouver (which has since been cancelled), as well as the addition of several new local newscasts. 
The only retransmitters of CBUT are located on the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, and areas not previously occupied by a private CBC affiliate.
Semi-satellites are in bold italics
Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates CBUT-1
(Station off air due to transmitter fire) (details)
Courtenay 9 (VHF) 1.25 kW 158.8 m CBUT-2 Chilliwack 3 (VHF) 1.51 kW 214 m CBUT-3 Port Alberni 4 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-4 Bowen Island 13 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-5 Squamish 11 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUT-6 Hope 9 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-7 Ucluelet 7 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-8 Campbell River 3 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-10 Sayward 4 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-12 Gold River 7 (VHF) 0.004 kW NA CBUT-13 Woss Camp 12 (VHF) 1.414 kW 392 m CBUT-14 Tahsis 9 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA CBUT-16 Alert Bay 11 (VHF) 0.386 kW -34.7 m CBUT-17 Port Alice 10 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-18 Port McNeill 2 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUT-19 Port Hardy 6 (VHF) 0.4 kW 99.7 m CBUT-20 Coal Harbour 8 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA CBUT-22 Tofino 10 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUT-23 Harrison Hot Springs 13 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-25 Chilliwack 36 (UHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-26 Ruby Creek 25 (UHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-28 Sooke 3 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-30 Phoenix 15 (UHF) 0.1 kW NA CBUT-31 Greenwood 31 (UHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-32 Midway 7 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-33 Rock Creek 33 (UHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUT-34 Squamish/Brackendale 35 (UHF) 0.08 kW NA CBUT-35 Sechelt 18 (UHF) 0.1 kW 204.4 m CBUT-36 Madeira Park 31 (UHF) 0.1 kW NA CBUT-37 Grand Forks 5 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUT-38 Kelowna 45 (UHF) 14 kW 513.8 m CBUT-39 Braeloch 15 (UHF) 0.1 kW 70 m CBUT-40 Penticton 17 (UHF) 3.98 kW 239.9 m CBUT-41 Vernon 18 (UHF) 4.235 kW 52.5 m CBUT-42 Oliver 6 (VHF) 0.23 kW -71.7 m CBUT-43 Salmon Arm 3 (VHF) 0.095 kW 764 m CBUT-44 Enderby 26 (UHF) 2.388 kW -190.3 m CBUT-45 Celista 5 (VHF) 0.003 kW 115.3 m CBUT-46 Revelstoke 11 (VHF) 0.05 kW 75.5 m CBUAT Trail 11 (VHF) 2.94 kW 254.3 m CBUAT-2 Castlegar 3 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUAT-3 Fruitvale 9 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUAT-4 Erie 13 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA CBUAT-5 Salmo 10 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUAT-6 Trail 52 (UHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUAT-7 Christina Lake 13 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUBT-1 Canal Flats 12 (VHF) 9.57 kW -245 m CBUBT-2 Golden 13 (VHF) 0.157 kW -26.7 m CBUBT-3 Invermere 2 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUBT-4 Donald 3 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUBT-5 Radium Hot Springs 17 (UHF) 4.6 kW -507.8 m CBUBT-7 Cranbrook 10 (VHF) 2.2 kW 1049.6 m CBUBT-8 Fernie 21 (UHF) 0.32 kW 549.9 m CBUBT-9 Fernie 8 (VHF) 1 kW -550 m CBUBT-10 Sparwood 11 (VHF) 1.206 kW -257.4 m CBUBT-13 Field 11 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA CBUBT-14 Moyie 6 (VHF) 0.005 kW NA CBUCT Nelson 9 (VHF) 2.245 kW 405 m CBUCT-1 Crawford Bay 5 (VHF) 0.935 kW -134.1 m CBUCT-2 Creston 3 (VHF) 0.79 kW 615.4 m CBUCT-3 Winlaw 12 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUCT-4 Crescent Valley 33 (UHF) 0.02 kW NA CBUCT-5 Slocan 39 (UHF) 0.004 kW NA CBUCT-6 New Denver 17 (UHF) 2.5 kW -779.8 m CBUDT Bonnington Falls 13 (VHF) 0.159 kW -392.3 m CBUGT Fort Nelson 8 (VHF) 1.07 kW 140.8 m CBUHT-1 Purden Lake 10 (VHF) 0.156 kW 185 m CBUHT-3 McBride 6 (VHF) 3 kW -159 m CBUHT-4 Tete Jaune 10 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA CBUHT-5 Valemount 12 (VHF) 1.567 kW -420 m CBUIT-1 Bella Bella 13 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUIT-3 Bella Coola 7 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUIT-4 Hagensborg 11 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUJ-TV Blue River 7 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUO-TV Bamfield 4 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBUPT Pemberton 4 (VHF) 0.195 kW -827 m CBUWT Whistler 13 (VHF) 0.27 kW -220 m CBCB-TV-1 Vanderhoof 18 (UHF) 0.01 kW NA CBCB-TV-2 Fort Fraser 13 (VHF) 0.83 kW 408 m CBCB-TV-3 Fort St. James 7 (VHF) 0.005 kW NA CBCD-TV-1 Pouce Coupe 7 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBCD-TV-2 Chetwynd 7 (VHF) 0.055 kW 212.5 m CBCD-TV-3 Fort St. John 9 (VHF) 0.66 kW 245.7 m CBCD-TV-4 Taylor 12 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBCY-TV-1 Burns Lake 4 (VHF) 0.597 kW 323 m CBCY-TV-2 Smithers 5 (VHF) 0.622 kW 242 m CBCY-TV-3 Moricetown 4 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA CBCY-TV Houston 2 (VHF) 0.641 kW 452 m CBRG-TV Princeton 6 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA
Cable and satellite only
Until the disaffiliation of CHBC, CBUT was available only on cable in Kelowna. After the disaffiliation in 2006, new transmitters were installed. However, due to the ties with CFJC, this station also disaffiliated. CBUT did not replace the transmitters in Kamloops and its surrounding area. This left CBC dependent on cable and satellite to reach the area.
Until the disaffiliation of CKPG, CBUT was available in Prince George. However, after the disaffiliation in 2008, the transmitters were never replaced. This also left CBC dependent on cable and satellite to reach the area.
Locally produced programs on CBUT
- CBC News: Vancouver at 5 (local weekday supper-hour newscast)
- CBC News: Vancouver at 5:30 (local weekday supper-hour newscast)
- CBC News: Vancouver at 6 (local supper-hour newscast - formerly Canada Now, seen on CHEK-TV on weekends)
- CBC News: Vancouver Late Night (local ten-minute late-night news update. Airs at 10:55 PM)
- CBC News: Vancouver Saturday (local late-night weekend newscast. Airs at 10:30 PM)
- CBC News: Vancouver Sunday (local late-night weekend newscast. Airs at 11:00 PM)
Locally produced programs formerly aired on CBUT
Some of these programs were also seen on the CBC network, either regionally or nationally.
- Aquarium (aquatic wildlife profiles)
- @ The End (current affairs discussion)
- BC Schools Telecasts (educational)
- Bob Switzer Show/Switzer Unlimited (talk show)
- Booked on Saturday Night (literature discussion)
- Camera West (documentary films)
- Canada Now (national supper-hour newscast)
- Canadian Gardener (gardening)
- Cariboo Country (drama)
- Celebrity Cooks (cooking)
- Dr. Bundolo (sketch comedy)
- Doctor Doctor (medical issues)
- Downtown Saturday Night (variety)
- Good Rockin' Tonite (music videos)
- Hockey Talk (sports talk)
- Hourglass (local supper-hour newscast)
- In The Company of Women (current affairs discussion)
- Klahanie (outdoor activities)
- Leo and Me (comedy)
- Living Vancouver (lifestyles)
- Lotus Land (arts and entertainment magazine)
- Night Final (local late-night newscast)
- Northwood (teen drama)
- Pacific Report (current affairs)
- Reach For The Top (quiz show)
- Rich Little's Christmas Carol (holiday special)
- Ritters Cove (drama)
- See BC on CBC (documentary films)
- Sportfishing BC (outdoor activities)
- Sportsline (sports highlights)
- Switchback (teen variety)
- Talkback Live (current affairs call-in)
- The Beachcombers (drama)
- The 11th Hour (sketch comedy)
- The Inventors (inventions)
- The Paul Anka Show (musical variety)
- The Raes (musical variety)
- The Score (sports talk)
- This Week in BC (news review)
- Urban Peasant (cooking)
- Wok with Yan (Oriental cooking)
- Wolfman Jack Show (musical variety)
- ZeD (independent short films)
- Zero Avenue (arts and entertainment magazine)
Digital television and high definition
Broadcasting in Digital Yes (Vancouver transmitter only) Programs in HD Yes News in HD No (Widescreen SD) PSIP functioning properly No (Note: this was functioning properly until Spring 2009 and has not been functional since)
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which was scheduled to take place on August 31, 2011, (CBC didn't actually transition until September 1), CBUT moved from its pre-transition channel number, 58, to its post-transition channel number, 43 with an ERP of 103 kW. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers displays CBUT's virtual channel as 2.1.
The Vancouver transmitter is CBUT's only transmitter planned to transition to digital.
Post-transition, the picture format for CBUT's digital signal switched from 1080i to 720p. 
Currently, CBUT produces a total of ten hours of local newscasts each week (with 1 hour, 40 minutes on weekdays and an hour on Saturdays and Sundays).
As of February 19, 2007, CBUT returned to an hour-long local newscast with the debut of a local edition of CBC News at Six, retaining the Canada Now name and hosted by former national Canada Now hosts Ian Hanomansing and Gloria Macarenko; in July 2007, the newscast was renamed as CBC News: Vancouver. In September 2009, it would expand to 90 minutes. In past years, the supper hour newscast (which was fully local until the introduction of the national Canada Now) was known as Hourglass, Newscentre, CBC Evening News and Broadcast One.
Since April 2010, the CBC and CHEK have had a news sharing agreement, in which both stations share news stories and resources. Tony Parsons also joined the CBC to anchor CBUT's evening newscast, CBC News: Vancouver, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.; and anchors CHEK's 10 p.m. newscast from the CBC studios in Vancouver. The weekday 6 p.m. portion of CBC News: Vancouver is simulcasted on CHEK and the weekend 6 PM newscast is seen only on CHEK.
- Susana da Silva - weeknights at 10:55-11:05 p.m.
- Gloria Macarenko - weeknights at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m.
- Tony Parsons - weeknights at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m.
- Miyoung Lee - weekends at 6 (CHEK only), Saturdays at 10:30 and Sundays at 11 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Claire Martin (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; CMOS-endorsed weathercaster) - senior meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10:55 p.m.
- Simone Grewal - weather anchor; weekends at 6 (CHEK only), Saturdays at 10:30 and Sundays at 11 p.m.
- David Jones (CMOS-endorsed weathercaster) - meteorologist; fill-in (with Environment Canada)
- Ann Luu - weather anchor; fill-in
- Shane Foxman - sports anchor; weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m.
- Karin Larsen - sports anchor; weekends at 6 (CHEK only), Saturdays at 10:30 and Sundays at 11 p.m., also sports reporter
- Jody Vance - sports anchor; fill-in
- Emma McLagan - sports anchor; fill-in, also sports reporter
- Chris Brown - general assignment reporter
- Tim Chung - general assignment reporter
- Deborah Goble - general assignment reporter
- Navjot Heir - general assignment reporter
- Lisa Johnson - general assignment reporter
- Bob Nixon - general assignment reporter
- Stephen Quinn - general assignment reporter
- Eric Rankin - general assignment reporter
- Heather Robinson - general assignment reporter
- Moe Sihota - political analyst
- Susana da Silva - general assignment reporter
- Stephen Smart - general assignment reporter
- Kathy Tomlinson - "Go Public" feature reporter
- Alan Waterman - general assignment reporter
- Tim Weekes - general assignment reporter
- Kirk Williams - general assignment reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- Adrienne Arsenault - reporter (1993–1998; now with CBC News The National)
- Gillian Findlay - reporter (1982–1985; now at the fifth estate)
- Dawna Friesen - reporter (now anchor of Global National)
- Bill Good, anchor, now at CIVT-TV
- Ian Hanomansing - anchor/reporter (1988–2010; now reporter for CBC News The National)
- Anton Koschany - reporter (1977–1979; now executive producer CTV W5)
- Jack Webster - reporter, Hourglass (deceased)
- ^ Comcast's list of 33 new HD channels includes MSNBC, MTV
- ^ http://www.broadstripe.com/files/lineup/Chelan.pdf
- ^ Vancouver Broadcasters station history (1976)
- ^ Lori Jenks (2008-10-28). "Suspicious fire destroys transmission tower near Cumberland". Canwest News Service. http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/capital_van_isl/story.html?id=7f8604ab-fd01-4abc-bf0a-7db270a266f4. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- ^ http://www.ic.gc.ca/epic/site/oca-bc.nsf/en/ca02336e.html
- ^ http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showpost.php?p=1310207&postcount=919
- ^ Tony Parsons joins CBC News Vancouver
- ^ CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 & 6 p.m.
- ^ About CBC News Vancouver Saturday & CBC News Vancouver Sunday
- ^ About CBC News Vancouver Late Night
- ^ Infantry, Ashante (July 13, 2010). "Dawna Friesen named Global news anchor". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/printarticle/835209.
- CBC British Columbia
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CBUT History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CBUT
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CBUT
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See also: List of television stations in British Columbia, Northwest Washington and Seattle TV
1 CHBC and CHKL carry separate evening newscasts (local and provincial respectively), but identical programming otherwise.
2 Available on over the air retransmitters in certain towns.
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