- Access (TV channel)
:"This article is about the television channel in Alberta. For the American infomercial channel, please see
Access Television Network."Infobox_Broadcast
call_letters = CJAL-TV / CIAN-TV
station_slogan = The Education Station
Combining education with great entertainment
station_branding = ACCESS
CJAL: 9 (VHF)
CIAN: 13 (VHF)
CJAL: "allocated 31 (UHF)"
CIAN: "allocated 51 (UHF)"
affiliations = A (selected primetime programming only)
airdate = CJAL:
June 30, 1973
location = CJAL: Edmonton, Alberta
CIAN: Calgary, Alberta
callsign_meaning = CJAL: CJ ALberta
owner = CTVglobemedia, Inc.
licensee = CTV Limited| sister_stations =
effective_radiated_power = CJAL: 15 kW
CIAN: 9.9 kW
HAAT = CJAL: 168.1 m
CIAN: 246.3 m
coordinates = CJAL:
homepage = [http://www.accesstv.ca/ ACCESS]
The channel is a "satellite-to-cable undertaking" [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2003/db2003-175.htm Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-175] , June 6, 2003] with two terrestrial transmitters, CJAL-TV (channel 9) in Edmonton, where the channel's main studios are located, and CIAN-TV (channel 13) in Calgary. Access is also available throughout Alberta on cable, on the
Bell TVsatellite service on Channel 267, and on Star ChoiceChannel 351.
Access airs a variety of educational and informative programs along with entertainment programs all of which include children's programs, documentaries, feature films, talk shows, dramas, comedies and more. Since August 2008, Access has officially been considered part of the A system during selected primetime hours, although it has retained the "Access" name, and its educational mandate limits the amount of A programming it can air.
Access produces, promotes and delivers television-based multimedia learning opportunities to learners of all ages, in partnership with
Alberta Learning, educational institutions and educators. Many of the programs, including all of the dramas, are connected to and promote formal courses of study offered by the province's universities and colleges or the formal learning objectives of Alberta Learning. In addition, Access also airs primetime programming from A, and also airs syndicated programming.
Access was launched on
June 30, 1973by the Alberta government through the Alberta Educational Communications Corporation (AECC). At this time Access was only available through cable and not over-the-air.
January 9, 1984, AECC was granted a licence from the CRTC for a television station in Calgary (CIAN) and on December 1, 1986, AECC was granted another licence for a television station in Edmonton (CJAL) to rebroadcast the programs from CIAN.
In 1993, the Government of Alberta undertook a re-evaluation of all provincially-funded activities, and announced that it would not provide direct funding for Access beyond 1994.
In 1995, Access was privatized and sold to Learning and Skills Television of Alberta Limited (60% owned by
CHUM Limited) and in February 2005, CHUM Limited acquired the remaining 40% interest in Learning & Skills Television of Alberta Ltd. (and renamed it access media group), giving the company 100% of its shares including Access.
July 12 2006, CTVglobemediaannounced that it would make a friendly takeover bid to buy CHUM Limited.cite web|url=http://www.cbc.ca/story/business/national/2006/07/12/chum-bell.html|title=Bell Globemedia makes $1.7B bid for CHUM|publisher= Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date= 2006-07-12|accessdate=2006-07-12] Due to CTVgm's plans to keep CTV and Citytv, Rogers Communicationswas expected to purchase Access (along with CHUM's A-Channelstations, CKX-TVin Brandon, Canadian Learning Televisionand ) as announced on April 9, 2007, pending Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission(CRTC) approval (and approval of CTV's purchase). With the CRTC electing to force CTV to sell the Citytv stations instead, the Rogers deal was rendered void and as such CTV retained Access along with CHUM's A-Channel stations, CKX-TVin Brandon and all of CHUM's specialty channels, and sold the Citytv stations to Rogers. The takeover transaction was finalized on June 22, 2007.
List of Canadian television channels
* [http://www.accesstv.ca/ Access]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/television/histories.php?id=155&historyID=96 Canadian Communications Foundation - CJAL-TV History]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/television/histories.php?id=156&historyID=71 Canadian Communications Foundation - CIAN-TV History]
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