call_letters = CFTO-TV
station_branding = CTV
analog = 9 (VHF)
digital = 40 (UHF)
other_chs = see below
affiliations = CTV
December 31, 1960
location = Toronto, Ontario
callsign_meaning = Canada
's Foremost, Toronto 's Own
owner = CTVglobemedia, Inc.
licensee = CTV Television, Inc.
CKVR-TV, CHUM (AM), CHUM-FM
former_affiliations = independent (1960-1961)
effective_radiated_power = 325 kW (analog)
17.4 kW (digital)
HAAT = 467 m (analog)
458.8 m (digital)
coordinates = coord|43|38|33|N|79|23|14|W|type:landmark
homepage = [http://toronto.ctv.ca/ CTV Toronto]
CFTO-TV (now identifying as CTV Toronto) is a
Canadian television station, licensed to, and serving Toronto, Ontario, and surrounding areas. It is the flagship station of the CTV Television Networkand was one of the charter members of the networkwhen it was launched in 1961. It broadcasts from the CN Towerin Toronto on channel 9 (cable 8) with a power output of 316 kW, with two repeater stations:
*Orillia (CFTO-TV-21, on channel 21 with 207.6 kW ERP)
*Peterborough (CFTO-TV-54, on channel 54, with 223.2 kW ERP)
Prior to 1995, CFTO only had one main transmitter (similar to
CFCFand CIVTnow), but with its two repeater stations, its signal now reaches all of Central Ontario.
It also transmits on the
Bell TV(channels 212 SD and 800 HD) and Star Choice(channel 313) satellite systems. The station shares its premises with the network's headquarters, which includes studios for the network's news programming (" Canada AM", " CTV National News" and the CTV Newsnetchannel), along with CTV's specialty channels. This arrangement had existed even before CFTO's founder, Baton Broadcasting, purchased the network.
CFTO is one of several television stations in Toronto that broadcast descriptive video services for the blind on the
Secondary Audio Program.
Being the flagship station of the CTV network, its schedule is the main CTV schedule. This schedule is also seen on the other CTV stations in Southern Ontario, as CFTO acts as the master control for these stations.
CFTO's news programming is aired at noon (Monday to Friday), 6 p.m. and at 11:30 p.m. (all week, 11:30 p.m. bulletin repeated at 5:55 a.m. Monday to Friday before "
Canada AM" begins). "CTV News at 6" is the highest rated local newscast in Toronto - getting approximately 500,000 viewers each newscast. CTV News Toronto is also known for having the most live trucks in the market (multiple satellite and microwave trucks). CFTO is one of three television stations in Canada to lease a news helicopter which can broadcast live at 1500 feet above land. CFTO's twin chopper is in Vancouver at CTV's CIVT. CTV News also has the most advanced weather technology compared to other Canadian stations which incorporates WSI's TrueView technology and real time doppler radar with zoom and pan capabilities. Moreover, CFTO has bureaus at City Hall, Queen's Park, and downtown Toronto (Front St.). CTV News Toronto has the support of the entire CTV National News Team; it is not uncommon to see live reports from any one of CTV National News bureaus.
**Tim Weber - news updates
*6 p.m. anchors
**Ken Shaw - formerly of
*11:30 p.m. anchors
**Pauline Chan - formerly of Global TV
Tom Gibney- retired as main evening news anchor
**Alicia Kay-Markson - on maternity leave
**Janice Golding - on maternity leave
**Alicia Kay-Markson - on maternity leave
**Jim Junkin - crime and police reporter
**Naomi Parness - formerly with
CTVglobemedia's A-Channel/CKVR in Barrie, ON
**Jacqueline Milczarek - formerly with Global News in Toronto, ON
**Karlene Nation - diversity producer and reporter
**Ken Regular - formerly with
Brad Giffen- formerly with WWSBand CHUM AM/FM
Zuraidah Alman- formaly with Global Ontario
**Jacintha Wesselingh - on maternity leave
*Consumer affairs reporter:
**Tom Brown - formerly of
CKCK-TV, (CTV Regina)
**Anwar Knight - formerly of Global TV
**Mairianna Bachynsky occasional fill-in
**Suneel Joshi - formerly of
The station brands its bulletin as "CTV News Toronto", in line with all of CTV's other owned and operated stations, using generic CTV News graphics.
Former reporters and program hosts
Glenn Cochrane- retired and living in the The Beachesarea of Toronto
Ali Velshi- now with CNNas business anchor
Tom Clark- now CTV Washington Bureau Chief, and fill in anchor for Lloyd Robertsonand/or Sandie Rinaldo
Gail Smith- co news anchor 1980s and later with the New VR in Barrie
* Anne Brodie - now writes a daily film column for Sympatico MSN and reviews films for Monsters and Critics
Jim Wicks- now Executive Producer, Wicks Films, West Palm Beach, Florida
Fraser Kelly- founding partner and Senior Associate - CorpWorld Group Incorporated, Toronto
Arthur Vaile- business reporter, now deceased
Teresa Roncon- now handling PR for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Garth Turner- now Liberal Member of Parliament
George Bryson (TV reporter)- sports reporter now with Rogers Televisionin Barrie, Ontarioas First Localnews anchor
Mary Ito- now with TVOntario
Marcia MacMillan(anchors evenings at CTV Newsnet) and formerly with the The Weather Network
Christine Crosbie- formerly with CIII (Global) in Torontoand The Weather Network
* Steve Jacobs (Chief Meteorologist) - whereabouts unknown
Pat Marsden- former Sports Editor, now deceased
* Sharon Caddy - former weekend weather anchor, quit CFTO August 14, 2006; now on CTS
Sharon Navarro- former reporter with Citytv; now senior consultant with Punch Communications
Bobby Ash- host of the " The Uncle Bobby Show", now deceased
John Lancaster- now reporter for CBLT in Toronto, Ontario
* Vic Phillips - 1960s and 70s anchor and crime reporter, wrote best-selling novel "The Heroin Merchants" and is Chief Correspondent for the nationally-syndicated Travel Hour with Stephen Pickford and Friends (formerly Travel World Radio Show)
* Ted Stuebing -- legendary long-time CFTO News Director
* Wayne Dayton -- currently consulting with radio and television stations across North America on format shifts and personnel selection
*Tony Parsons - late 1960s reporter, early 1970s late night news anchor. Currently longtime
News Houranchor at Global BC, a position he's held since 1975.
* Carla Collins - now an actor, host and comedienne in Los Angeles and Toronto
*Tim Ryan - (1960-1967) Assistant sports director, Play by Play announcer for
Toronto Marlborosgames, and host of Hamilton Tiger-Catsand Toronto Argonautshome games. [ [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/LandingPage.aspx?type=glpnews&search=ryan%20toronto%20broadcast&
] ] [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/sportsonradioandtv/CFL_The_TV_Years.html]
* Robin Ward (weatherman / entertainment reporter) - later with
The Weather Network; now retired
, complete with a fireworks ceremony. The telethon was for what was then known as the Ontario Association for Retarded Children.
The station was originally owned by Baton-Aldred-Rogers Broadcasting, made up of:
Telegram Corp("Ba"ssett and Ea"ton" families)
Aldred-Rogers Broadcasting Ltd(Joel "Aldred" & E.S. "Rogers")
Foster Hewitt Broadcasting Ltd(CKFH Radio)
US network ABC had a minority share in the partnership, but this was sold shortly before CFTO-TV went on the air to each of the partners. John Bassett trained at
WXYZ-TVin Detroit, and WABC-TVin New York.
The elder E. S. Rogers was a minority owner of Western Ontario Broadcasting, Ltd., owners of CKLW-TV (now
CBET) in Windsor, Ontario/Detroit (which was mostly owned by RKO General).
The station's original studios and transmitter were located at 1550 McCowan Road.
In March 1961, Joel Aldred sold his interest in CFTO, and on
October 1that year, the station joined the CTV Television Network. In 1970, Ted Rogers sold his interest in CFTO and the Bassett-Eaton group sold their interest in Rogers Cable.
May 31 1976, CFTO began broadcasting from the CN Tower, while studios remained in Agincourt. CFTO began broadcasting in stereo in 1985.
In 1994, the station became part of the
Baton Broadcast System, a subsystem within the CTV network.
In 1995, CFTO began operating rebroadcast stations at Orillia (channel 21) and Bobcaygeon (near Peterborough, channel 54).
January 27, 1998, the Eaton familysold its 41% interest in Baton. On the same day the Baton Broadcast System merged into CTV.
With rumours of a takeover impending,
Bell Canada Enterprisesproposed to buy CTV Inc. for $2.3 billion. This was approved by the CTV board in March 2000. The deal still required CRTC approval, but with the promise of the largest benefits package ever presented to the regulators, the deal was approved on December 7that year. BCE later sold most of its interest in CTV, with the parent company renamed CTVglobemedia.
The station began providing a digital signal on satellite on
November 17, 2003, and on January 30, 2004, CFTO was granted a digital televisionchannel signal, transmitting on channel 40VU from the CN Tower with an ERP of 17,400 watts. In mid 2005, CFTO's CN Tower transmitter began transmitting HDTV over the air. As this is the only HDTV feed of the CTV network emanating from eastern or central Canada, CFTO-DT is sometimes known as "CTV HD East".
hows produced at CFTO's studios
The CTV Toronto studios at the
9 Channel Nine Courtare also the main headquarters for the CTV national network and the main headquarters for CTVglobemedia(the parent of CTV).
*"CTV National News with
*"CTV National News with
Sandie Rinaldo" - weekends
*"Countdown with Mike Duffy" - certain seasons; others produced in Ottawa
The Uncle Bobby Show"The studio scenes in the 1976 film "Network" were filmed at CFTO.
CTV also owns
CablePulse 24(CP24), a 24-hour local news channel based in Toronto previously owned by CHUM which shares most of its news content with Rogers-owned Citytv Toronto. CP24 is based at the CHUM-City Buildingat Queen and John Streets along with other former CHUM Limitedchannels now owned by CTVglobemedia such as MuchMusic, Star!, Bravo!and Space are based.
Lotto 6/49and Lotto Super 7drawings are also held at CFTO studios, although the live draws are not televised on CFTO.
* [http://toronto.ctv.ca/ CTV Toronto]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/television/histories.php?id=4&historyID=15 Canadian Communications Foundation - CFTO-TV History]
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