call_letters = CISA-TV
station_branding = Global Lethbridge
analog = 7 (VHF)
digital = "allocated 58 (UHF)"
other_chs = see below
affiliations = Global (secondary 1988-2000, primary since 2000)
November 20, 1955
location = Lethbridge, Alberta
callsign_meaning = Canadian
former_callsigns = CJLH-TV (1955-1972)
owner = Canwest Global Communications Corporation
licensee = Canwest Media, Inc.
former_affiliations = CBC (1955-1976)
effective_radiated_power = 325 kW
HAAT = 203.6 m
coordinates = coord|49|46|47|N|112|52|18|W|type:landmark
homepage = [http://www.canada.com/globaltv/lethbridge/ Global Lethbridge]
:"For other meanings of the four-letter initialism, see
CISA"CISA-TV is a Canadian television stationserving Lethbridge, Alberta. It is owned by Canwest, and is affiliated to their Global Television Network. It is branded as "Global Lethbridge" and transmits on channel 7 and cable channel 9 in Lethbridge.
The station began as CJLH-TV, broadcasting for the first time on
November 20, 1955. It broadcasted on channel 7 with a power output of 167,000 watts visual, and 33,400 aural from a 638 foot tower located at what was the city limits of Lethbridge.
The station was a joint venture between local radio station
CJOC(the CJ in the call sign) and the Lethbridge Herald(the LH). It was managed by CJOC's owners, Taylor Pearson and Carson, and began life as an affiliate of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) television network. Network programs on kinoscopearrived between a few days to a week after they went to air live in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, or the U.S. networks.
Three months after CJLH went to air, measurement services showed that the station had a potential audience of 9,400 homes, but within a year, that grew to 19,200, and of those, 16,000 had bought TV sets. At the time, CJLH was the only station in the Lethbridge area.
Local programming at the time included:
*Local news, sports and weather
*"Channel 7 Spotlight", showcasing area talent
*"Remember When", a series of programs hosted by
Harry Baalimusing slides, pictures and relics to tell the history of Southern Alberta. Many old timers were guests on that show, and
*"Home Gardener", featuring many experts in the field demonstrating proper horticultural technique.
These programs (amongst others) earned the station many awards, including seven
Liberty Magazineawards in the 1950s and 1960's.
In 1958, the Eastern Time problem the station had in relation to networked programming was eliminated when they were connected to the network and the Calgary time-delay centre. The problem still existed for live sports events, such as hockey and football.
In 1961, CJLH expanded into the
Crowsnest Passarea, by opening a repeater station at Burmis on channel 3. In 1967, The Lethbridge Herald sold its 50% holding to Selkirk Holdings Ltd, the successor to Taylor Pearson & Carson. Also that year, an application from CFCN-TV Calgary to open a repeater station in Lethbridge was unsuccessful.
However, a year later in 1968, an agreement was reached between CFCN and CJLH to share space on the CJLH tower and building for technical equipment. On
September 3, CFCN went on the air with a repeater station on channel 13. Also in 1968, the station's first 2" black and white video tape recorder was installed, and a repeater in Brooks was made operational, transmitting on channel 3 at low power.
In 1970, production was increased significantly when they became a two-camera operation. Two years later, in 1972, CJLH changed its call sign to CJOC-TV, and continued local production with shows such as
*"Thought for the Day"
*"Focus on University"
*and numerous specials
In 1974, CJOC went full colour with two colour cameras and three colour 1" VTRs. CFCN moved out of the CJOC building and into its own that year.
In 1975, CFAC-TV in Calgary, also owned by Selkirk, disaffiliated from the CBC, and became an independent station. CFAC and CJOC co-operated to protect local advertisers when CFAC was put on local cable services. In 1976, CJOC disaffiliated from the CBC and became a semi-satellite of CFAC, with the calls CFAC-TV-7. It added a satellite dish to get a news feed from Global Television. The station took on the same branding as CFAC Calgary, known as 2&7 Lethbridge Television. In 1979, the station increased its power to 167,000 watts video and 33,400 watts audio.
Local programming continued to play an important role at the station, with successful shows such as:
*"Sky West", which was syndicated to CHCH-TV Hamilton, BCTV Vancouver and CFCF-TV Montreal. It was also judged best syndicated show in the country at the time.
*"We Won’t Let Him Die", which won the
CanProFounders award in 1983
*"Kids Belong Together" (1990) and "Key to Literacy" (1992), both shows won the
Canadian Association of BroadcastersGold Ribbon Award for community involvement.
Maclean Hunterbought Selkirk Communications Ltd., and CFAC-TV-7 was purchased by Western International Communications, and joined the Westcom TV Group. A year later, the station became a full-fledged station once again as CISA-TV.
Through the years, CISA's commitment to local programming has continued to reap both industry awards, making it one of the country's most awarded stations, and audience numbers in its local area.
In 1998, the Griffiths family sold WIC to
Shaw Communicationsand Canwest. In 1999, agreements were lodged with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission(CRTC) to split WIC assets between Canwest, Corus Radioand Shaw. The CRTC approved the purchase in 2000: WIC Televisionwas sold to Canwest, and CISA-TV became Global Lethbridge on September 4that year.
CISA was the last Global station to have its website integrated into the
On September 10, 2008, news production for CISA shifted from Lethbridge to Calgary, with the addition of a new virtual set.
The station produces newscasts originating from Lethbridge at 6:00pm (News Hour) and 11:00pm (News Final).
On weekends, the station's newscasts air at 6:00pm (Evening News) and 11:00pm (News Final).
A local community affairs program is also produced by CISA. "Scene and Heard," is hosted by Mark Campbell, and airs at 12:30pm in place of the 2nd half of the Global Calgary Noon News Hour, and at 6:30pm on weekends.
The station also simulcasts the Morning News, the first half of the Noon News Hour, and the Early News from Global Calgary.
* News Hour (Weeknights 6 p.m.–7 p.m.)
** Amber Schinkel
** Ian McDonald
** Mark Campbell - Weather
** Marty Baceda - Sports
** Elisha Rasmussen - Profile, Senior Savvy
* News Final (Weeknights 11 p.m.–11:30 p.m.)
** Cheryl Oates
** Mark Campbell - Weather
** Marty Baceda - Sports
* Evening News (Weekends 6 p.m.–6:30 p.m.), News Final (Weekends 11 p.m.–11:30 p.m.)
** Danelle Boivin
** Paul Kingsmith - Sports
* Scene & Heard (Weekdays 12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.), (Weekends 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
** Mark Campbell - Host
"(All transmitters in Montana are owned either by local governments or television associations.)"
Holly Horton, cohost of TSN " SportsCentre"
Jackson Proskow, journalist with CIII-TV
* [http://www.canada.com/globaltv/lethbridge/index.html Global Lethbridge]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/television/histories.php?id=46&historyID=50 Canadian Communications Foundation - CISA-TV History]
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