CICI-TV, CTV, Sudbury
CTV Television Network
Baton Broadcasting Ltd.
Cambrian Broadcasting Ltd.
Cambrian Broadcasting Ltd.
CKSO filed an application for the operation of a television station at Sudbury, broadcasting on channel 5 with an effective radiated power of 1,250 watts video and 625 watts audio through an antenna 205 feet above average terrain.
The CBC opened Canada's first television stations in September of 1952 - CBFT Montreal, followed two days later by CBLT in Toronto. The corporation had plans for a number of additional stations of its own, across the country. In March, the CBC, which was also the broadcast regulator, recommended for approval (to the Department of Transport), television licences for the private sector at Hamilton, London, Quebec City, Saint John, Sudbury, Sydney and Windsor. An application for Kitchener was denied. In approving the application, the CBC said in the opinion of the board the application was satisfactory and the station would extend national service coverage as well as provide local service. The proposed station would provide an adequate service to the region it was intended to serve. The CBC also announced that private stations would be required to carry programs produced by the CBC. The stations would be paid by the CBC part of the revenue the corporation received from commercial programs, while sustaining and other programs would be supplied free of charge. There was no opposition to the CKSO application for television. CKSO manager Wilf Woodill said the station would be owned by the Sudbury Star which wanted to pioneer television as it had with radio. He said the new station would depend heavily on CBC programs at the start, and if operation became too expensive, it might be necessary to transfer the TV station's license to the Star since it was more profitable than the radio station.
In May, it was announced that the target opening date was expected to be delayed by extensive construction...until the fall of 1954.
A 7-storey hotel building would be designed to house CKSO-TV, among other things. Work on the building would not start before July. Wilf Woodill estimated that installation of the TV station would start a year from now and probably begin broadcasting in the fall. Equipment was not being purchased as yet. Predicted good coverage area would be some 30 miles, although Woodill said they had hopes of taking in Sturgeon Falls and Espanola, about 40 miles away. Conservative estimates placed the population of the expected coverage area at 125,000 and these people own a total of over 37,000 radio receivers. TV had hardly taken this area by storm yet. Signals from the US and Toronto penetrated the area fairly regularly - once a month or so. Woodill said most of the TV sets owned in the area were owned by he and his staff. The TV was expected to be staffed by radio people in its early stages. CKSO-TV would operate primarily from films and taking programs from the CBC as the basis of its programming.
June ad: construction underway, test pattern by October 31 and regular schedule by December.
Plans for the development of a national TV network composed of privately-owned and CBC stations were tentatively agreed to in June. Present licensees agreed to carry a minimum of 10 1/2 hours of CBC-produced programs weekly.
CKSO-TV had already sold its test pattern for nine hours a day starting September 20 to various TV dealers and distributors in Sudbury. CKSO-TV expected to begin showing its test pattern on this date, along with CBC kinescope network programs and program commercials on film. Cameras would be operational on October 15 and the station's official opening was scheduled for December 15.
The building to house the studios, offices and transmitter was nearing completion in early August. The two storey brick structure contained 9,000 feet of floor space (on two floors). There would be one large studio - 58' x 27' with 20' ceiling, off-camera announce studio, film projection room, two film editing rooms, storage rooms, business offices, art and dark rooms, and engineering quarters.
CKSO-TV would use an RCA 2 kW transmitter. The transmission equipment was quickly assembled and put on the air for testing in August. At the time of licensing, there were some five television sets in Sudbury. There were now over 300.
Ad: The eyes of the north - CKSO-TV Sudbury is on the air. Canada's first private commercial television station commenced Test Patterns on October 15. Full commercial...schedule...network, national and local - will commence October 25.
Canada's first independent television station began on-air testing just a few days before its October 25 launch. The tests featured films and test patterns. CKSO-TV was licensed to CKSO Radio Ltd. which was backed by a group of Sudbury business men headed by George Miller, Q.C. along with W.E. Mason, owner of the Sudbury Star, Jim Cooper Q.C, and W.B. (Bill) Plaunt, president of CKSO Radio. The TV station broadcast on channel 5 and had an effective radiated power of 2,020 watts video and 1,210 watts audio.
Wilf Woodill, as general manager of CKSO radio was in charge of the application to the CBC Board of Governors, then in charge of licensing. He noted that CKSO-TV went on the air just six months after receiving its authorization. CKSO also beat CFPL-TV in London by just over a month in the race to get on the air as the country's first private station. CKCO-TV in Kitchener then followed. Up to this point there were only three television stations on the air in Canada - all owned by the CBC: CBFT Montreal, CBLT Toronto and CBOT in Ottawa. Sudbury became the fourth Canadian city to have a TV station. 1
Sudbury residents had only heard stories about Television since they were not exposed to TV from the U. S. and the only Canadian stations on the air were the three CBC stations in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. They gathered in front of appliance stores on Sudbury's main street to watch the "Indian Head" test pattern on TV sets in the store windows. 2
As a CBC affiliate, the station received CBC programs by kinescopes from Toronto by air, except on the odd occasions when weather intervened, when they would be rushed by car.
Initially, programming started at 7:00 pm through 11:00 pm but by the end of the first year on the air the schedule had been expanded from 3:30 pm to mid-night, adding a cooking show and children's program to the news, weather sports offering in the early days. 3
Sudbury was the sixth largest market in Ontario, mining based (Inco) and affluent, resulted in very fast growth in the sale of TV sets. By the end of the first year there was a 36 % saturation of homes with TV. That figure rose to almost 80 % by the end of the 10th year.
The station was "in the black" on an operating basis. Advertising sales were brisk. Even the "test pattern" was sold to Admiral Television (TV sets). Inco sponsored a daily dinner hour 15 minute News 6 days a week with Bill Keyhoe. Everything was live when it came to local commercials. There would be as many as ten "sets" around the walls of the studios continually being changed as the evening progressed with the announcers moving from one to the next as the programming on film or Network continued.
Local shows in the early days were "Tele Wives Time", "Juvenile Jury", Kiddies on Kamera" and later "Occupation Please" a show where the panel had to guess the occupation of the mystery guest - all local people.
During the afternoon there was a three hour women's show, an hour on cooking with Kay Woodill, interviews with Trudy Manchester and Fashions with Judy Jacobson (who later became Judy Erola - a federal Cabinet Minister under P. M. Pierre Trudeau). She was also the station's "weather person" during the dinner hour News-Weather-Sports show. 4
Live commercials throughout these shows were often handled by the host or could be aided by another announcer. Everyone did everything - moving scenery - changing signs on the news desk to sports or helping Bruno, the operator of the single camera move the camera from one end of the studio to the other. 5
Ingenuity was the hallmark to the full time staff of 10 assisted by a dozen or so part timers. For example taking a camera shot of a swim suit fashion show through a fish tank with the fish swimming by gave the viewer the impression of swimming. After sign-off at night, or during a breakdown of equipment, taking the studio camera up to the newsroom to take a shot out the window of the "tailings" from the Inco smelter being dumped on the slag heap as the glowing embers cooled made a spectacular way to close the evening, accompanied by suitable background music. 6
Early staff members included: Frank Guile (cameraman), Paul Heikkilla, Don Martz, Jim Boyd.
CKSO-TV received approval to increase effective radiated power from 1,250 watts video and 625 watts audio to 1,740 watts video and 870 watts audio. Antenna height would increase from 205 to 276 feet above average terrain.
Less than a month after opening of CKSO-TV, local merchants had sold about 2,000 TV sets.
Many Canadian television stations were now entering into daytime programming. CKSO-TV planned to start its broadcast day at 2:00 p.m. in September.
Construction started on an addition to the TV building and on a new radio building. 6,000 square feet of new space would include an 80 x 20 foot storage area, new art department and a small stage for TV. A parking lot for 50 cars was also being added.
Canadian Professional Football games, including the Grey Cup final, would be seen live from Vancouver on inter-connected Eastern stations. Delayed telecasts would be seen on all other stations on either the Sunday or Monday following the game. The 10 connected stations in the East were: CBLT, CBOT, CBMT, CHCH, CFPL, CKCO, CKLW, CKWS, CHEX, and CKVR. These stations would carry 20-26 games. Fourteen games would be seen on CKSO, CJIC and CFPA...stations not connected to the microwave. In the West, seven stations would carry kinescopes of the games to be played in Western Interprovincial Football: CBWT, CKX, CKCK, CFQC, CHCT, CFRN and CBUT.
CKSO-TV joined the Canadian Television News Film Cooperative, a joint operation of the CBC and private stations. The number of member stations was now eight. Helen Rutka and Bob Staton were station personalities.
The microwave had brought the live CBC Network, and on October 26th, 1957 CKSO-TV1 went on the air in Elliot Lake on channel 3, re-broadcasting the Sudbury signal. This new boom town 60 miles west of Sudbury was the site of Uranium mines.
CKSO-TV Channel 5 was operating at this time with an effective radiated power of 1,740 watts video and 870 watts audio. It was owned by CKSO Radio Limited (G.M. Miller 29.8%), W.B. Plaunt Sr. 27.0%, J.M. Cooper 30.0%, W.J. Woodill 10.0%, W.B. Plaunt Jr. 3.0%, 2 other shareholders 0.2%).
On October 26, CKSO-TV-1 went on the air in Elliot Lake on channel 3, re-broadcasting the Sudbury signal. This new boom town 60 miles west of Sudbury was the site of Uranium mines.
Effective radiated power at the Sudbury transmitter was increased to 30,000 watts video and 16,000 watts audio.
Ad slogan of the day for CKSO Radio & Television –- Twin Airpowers of the North.
Some of the staff: Betty Beaudry, Claire Donovan, Peter Orfanks (chief photographer) and Hub Beaudry (sports director). Jack Henderson was at CKSO-TV.
The BBG turned down colour telecasting for now. There was mixed reaction to the decision. Wilf Woodhill said, "It appears there is no public interest, or more sets would have been purchased".
Joe Budd joined CKSO-TV as sales manager. He had been sales manager at CKRM Radio in Regina. Don Mackintosh became CKSO Radio sales manager. He had been news director for CKSO Radio & TV. Don Hogle took over as news director for the stations. He had held the same post at CKRM Regina. Jack Boitson was now promotion and public relations director.
At the time of CKSO-TV's tenth birthday, the staff had risen to 80 full time employees. Updating equipment brought video tape, new film processing equipment and two new studio cameras.
By this time, CKSO Radio Ltd. had become Cambrian Broadcasting Ltd.
CKSO-FM signed on the air.
W.L. Smith was news director. Alec Bridge, former CKSO Radio-TV promotion director was named TV program director. He would continue to supervise on-air and off-air promotions for radio and television.
In the fall of 1969, the CRTC considered four competing applications to establish second television service at Sudbury. These specific applications were denied on the grounds that, in view of the market's limited broadcasting base, the licensing of such service, at Sudbury only, would have rendered the extension of second service to other parts of the region unlikely for many years.
Accordingly, the Commission proposed an alternate framework to provide for the early introduction of second television service in Northern Ontario, which was predicated upon co-operation between the region's existing broadcasters and designed to preserve a balance between them. On the basis of this co-operative approach, J. Conrad Lavigne and Cambrian Broadcasting were subsequently licensed to provide CBC and CTV service respectively at each of Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay and other surrounding communities.
On August 5, Cambrian Broadcasting Ltd. was authorized to switch CKSO-TV’s network affiliation from CBC to CTV. This was connected with the approval this date for J. Conrad Lavigne Ltd. to operate a new television station in Sudbury. It would be the CBC affiliate.
On the same date, CKSO-TV was authoirzed to operate rebroadcast transmitters at Timmins (channel 7, 164,000 watts video, 33,000 watts audio, antenna height of 542 feet, directional), Kearns (channel 11, 64,000 watts video, 13,000 watts audio, antenna height of 734 feet, directional) and North Bay (channel 4, 26,000 watts video, 5,100 watts audio, antenna height of 643 feet, directional). Cambrian’s rebroadcaster at Elliot Lake would continue to deliver CBC service until other arrangements could be made with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
On April 8, Cambrian was authroized to make these changes to the Timmins transmitter: operate on channel 3 with effective radiated power of 63,500 watts video, 12,500 watts audio, with antenna height of 537 feet (directional).
CKNC-TV Channel 9 entered the Sudbury market on October 4, becoming the CBC affiliate with CKSO-TV switching to the CTV Network. This marked the end of almost 20 years of exclusive TV service to the Sudbury area by CKSO-TV.
CKSO-TV-3 Kearns was authorized to increase effective radiated power from 65,000 watts to 162,000 watts.
On December 21, Montreal’s Multiple Access Ltd. failed in its bid to acquire Cambrian Broadcasting Ltd.
CKSO-TV received permision to add a transmitter at Kapuskasing to rebroadcast CKSO-TV-2 Timmins. It would broadcast on channel 10 with effective radiated power of 900 watts.
CKSO-TV had applied to broadcast some separate programming on CKSO-TV-2 Timmins, CKSO-TV-3 Kearns and CKSO-TV-4 Kapuskasing. The CRTC denied the proposal on Ocotber 28.
Cable brought in U.S. signals and the Global television signal.
Cambrian sold its radio stations to United Broadcasting.
The viability of local services was the focus of a CRTC decision which approved applications whereby the competing CTV and CBC affiliated stations licensed to Cambrian and Lavigne came under the ownership of Mid-Canada, and under the ultimate control of Northern Cable Services Limited which owns 95.8% of Mid-Canada.
The Commission acknowledged the various factors which make Northern Ontario a difficult and unusually expensive market to serve. The marginal profitability and frequent financial losses encountered by Lavigne and Cambrian in the operation of their CBC and CTV television affiliate services provided clear evidence of these difficulties. The relatively slow growth rate of the area's economy, the escalating costs of program production and acquisition, increasing cable penetration and the introduction of additional television services were identified as placing further strains on the viability of over-the-air broadcasting services in the region.
The Commission said that it viewed the purchase of the CBC related assets by Mid-Canada as being a realistic interim measure towards achievement of the goal of improved television service in the region, and noted the applicant's statement that this was an "in trust" arrangement until the CBC had sufficient funds to purchase the transmitters and associated equipment. The Commission also noted the applicant's commitment to offer the CBC the opportunity to buy or rent surplus equipment for the production of a CBC regional news service.
As stated above, Mid-Canada is owned 95.8% by Northern. The largest shareholder of Northern is CUC Limited with 48.3% of the outstanding voting shares. CUC Limited has extensive cable television interests across Southern Ontario and is deemed to be controlled by G.R. Conway and its other founding shareholders. The remaining 51.7% of Northern's voting shares are owned by Northern Ontario investors who also form a majority on Northern's Board of Directors. The largest of these is The Sudbury Broadcasting Company Limited, which owns 20.1% of Northern's voting shares and is controlled by F. Baxter Ricard. Mr. Ricard has been involved in broadcasting in Northern Ontario since the late 1940's and is a long-time associate of G.R. Conway.
Following the sale to Mid-Canada, CKSO-TV became CICI-TV.
On March 27, Mid-Canada Communications (Canada) Corp. received approval to purchase CHNO (AM), CFBR (AM) and CJMX-FM Sudbury from Sudbury Broadcasting (1977) Ltd.; as well as the assets of CJNR Blind River, CKNR Elliot Lake and CKNS Espanola from Huron Broadcasting Limited (Huron).
When CICI-TV (and CICI-TV-1 Elliot Lake) had its licence renewed, the CRTC noted the CTV affiliate, had consistently met its local programming commitment during the current licence term. For the new licence term, CICI-TV had increased its commitment in this respect from 12 hours and 50 minutes to 13 hours and 26 minutes of original local productions per week.
Local programs produced by CICI-TV include the community access/talk show "The Peter Mallette Show", the news magazine "News Conference" as well as the science magazine "The World Around Us" and "Fishing the North". CICI-TV also broadcasts the co-operatively-produced local programs "Business Week", "Counterpoint" and "Image North", as well as "The Secret of My Success" which is co-produced by Mid-Canada and My Country Productions.
Mid-Canada produces both early and late evening local newscasts in Sudbury: the early evening newscast, which is produced seven days a week, is broadcast on CICI-TV, while the late evening newscast, which is produced every night except Saturday, is simulcast on CICI-TV and CKNC-TV.
On July 26, Pelmorex Broadcasting Inc. was given approval to acquire effective control of Mid-Canada Radio Inc. through the transfer of 100% of that company's issued and outstanding common voting shares from Northern Cable Holdings Limited. Mid-Canada was a company formed from the amalgamation of CKCY 920 Ltd. with The Ottawa Valley Broadcasting Company Limited in January 1990. It was licensee of 14 radio stations in northeastern Ontario. Northern was also the 100% shareholder of Mid-Canada Communications (Canada) Corp. the licensee of 7 television stations and their rebroadcasters in northeastern Ontario, including CBC and CTV twin-stick operations at Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins. (With the change, CKSO-AM became CIGM)
Baton Broadcasting Inc. of Toronto purchased Mid-Canada Communications (Canada) Corp. from Northern Cable Holdings Ltd. The purchase included CHRO-TV (CBC) Pembroke, CICI-TV (CTV) and CKNC-TV (CBC) Sudbury, CITO-TV (CTV) and CFCL-TV (CBC) Timmins, and CHNB-TV (CBC) and CKNY-TV (CTV) North Bay and their respective rebroadcasters. At the same time, Mid-Canada (Baton) purchased CHBX-TV (CTV) and CJIC-TV (CBC) Sault Ste. Marie from Huron Broadcasting Ltd. The CRTC approved these transactions on October 22. Baton, is controlled by members of the Eaton family of Toronto through their indirect ownership of a majority of Baton's voting shares.
William Plaunt, 78, died November 6. His business interests over the years included the Sudbury Star and CKSO Radio and Television.
On September 1, Nation's Capital Television Inc. amalgamated with CFTO-TV Ltd., South West Ontario Broadcasting Inc. and Mid-Canada Communications (Canada) Corp. to become BBS Ontario Inc. (All were Baton subsidiaries)
On January 23, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CICI-TV by adding to the licence the following condition of licence: In addition to the 12 minutes of advertising material permitted by subsection 11(1) of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987, the licensee may broadcast more than 12 minutes of advertising material in any clock hour in a broadcast day, in order to broadcast infomercials as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1994-139 and in accordance with the criteria contained in that public notice, as amended.
Baton Broadcasting laid off 25 employees at MCTV in Northern Ontario. Local news was replaced with regional coverage on weekends. City councillors in Sault Ste. Marie asked BBS to reconsider the layoffs.
Mid-Canada Television's George Lund was named vice president of Baton Broadcasting's Ontario stations
On January 27, the Eaton family sold its 41% interest in Baton.
John White Hughes Bassett (longtime head of Baton) passed away on April 27.
After purchasing the CTV Television Network, Baton Broadcasting Inc. changed its name to CTV Inc. The name change was effective December 21.
In February, Bell Canada Enterprises through its subsidiary BCE Media, proposed to purchase CTV Inc. for $ 2.3 billion.
In June BCE submitted their brief to the CRTC with the largest "benefits package" ever presented to the regulative body. The benefits, money allocated over the proposed seven year licence term, were almost entirely to be spent on new Canadian programming. Ivan Fecan agreed to stay with the network under BCE ownership.
The CRTC hearing was held in September and the ownership application was approved on December 7th.
BCE entered into an agreement with The Woodbridge Company Limited and The Thomson Corporation (owners of The Globe and Mail newspaper). Bell Globemedia Inc. was formed by these companies. Bell Globemedia became the parent of CTV Inc.
In November, MCTV stations in North Bay and Timmins lost their local newscasts. All news now came from CICI-TV Sudbury. Short local inserts were produced for the other two stations.
On October 10, the CRTC approved the sale by CTV Television Inc. of its CBC affiliated stations (CFCL-TV-3 Kapuskasing, CFCL-TV-2 Kearns, CHNB-TV North Bay, CJIC-TV Sault Ste. Marie, CKNC-TV Sudbury, and CFCL-TV Timmins) to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. These transmitters became rebroadcasters of CBLT in Toronto. CICI-TV Sudbury and the other CTV affiliated stations in the north remained in CTV’s hands.
On February 14, the CRTC approved the application by CTV Television Inc. to amend the licence for CICI-TV in order to operate a transmitter in Huntsville. The transmitter to be added was CKNY-TV-11. CTV indicated that CKNY-TV-11 rebroadcast the programming of CICI-TV, and had ceased to provide separate news programming directed to Huntsville. The applicant expressed the view that it was therefore no longer necessary for it to hold a separate licence for CKNY-TV-11. CTV further indicated that, if this application were approved, the broadcasting licence to operate a separate television programming undertaking at Huntsville should be revoked. CTV committed to continue to serve the Huntsville community by maintaining locally based reporting staff in the Huntsville area, and by the on-going inclusion, in the regional newscasts on CICI-TV, of news stories of relevance to Huntsville. The new transmitter would continue to operate on channel 11 with an average effective radiated power of 178,900 watts.
On July 21, the CRTC approved an application for ownership restructuring by Bell Globemedia (BGM), parent company of CTV, stemming from a deal in December 2005 that saw two new investors added to the company. Thomson family's Woodbridge Co. Ltd. increased its stake in BGM to 40 per cent from 31.5 per cent, while BCE Inc. reduced its holding to 20 per cent from 68.5 per cent. Two other investors were added to the deal, including Torstar Corp. and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, each with 20 per cent.
On December 14th, it was announced that effective January 2007, Bell Globemedia would be renamed CTVglobemedia Inc.
On May 15th, the CRTC announced a one-year licence renewal, effective September 1st 2009, for all of CTVglobemedia's Over-The-Air stations, including CICI-TV, "to give these broadcasters some flexibility during the current period of economic uncertainty." Group-based licence renewals would then be addressed in the spring of 2010. The Commission also stated that it recognized the impracticability of imposing any conditions relative to 1-1 ratios between Canadian and non-Canadian programming in the ensuing year, given the programming commitments that were already in place.
The Commission would however continue to explore various regulatory measures "...to ensure that English-language television broadcasters devote an appropriate proportion of their expenditures to Canadian programming."
On October 7, the CRTC denied an application by CTVglobemedia Inc., on behalf of its wholly owned subsidiary CTV Television Inc., to reduce the overall minimum level of Canadian programming broadcast by its conventional television stations from 60% to 55%.
On March 7, the CRTC approved an application by BCE Inc. on behalf of CTVglobemedia Inc., for authority to change the effective control of CTVgm's licensed broadcasting subsidiaries to BCE. The Commission concluded that the transaction would be beneficial to the Canadian broadcasting system by ensuring the long-term stability of a significant Canadian television network and advancing the Commission's objective of providing relevant high-quality Canadian programming to Canadians through conventional and new media distribution channels. BCE was a public corporation and controlled by its board of directors. Before this approval, BCE held 15% of the voting interest in the capital of CTVgm. The other shareholders were 1565117 Ontario Limited (a corporation ultimately controlled by Mr. David Kenneth R. Thomson) (40% of the voting interest), Ontario Teacher's Plan Board (25% of the voting interest) and Torstar Corporation (20% of the voting interest). Under the transaction agreement dated September 10, 2010, BCE would acquire the remaining 85% of the voting interest in the capital of CTVgm and would therefore exercise effective control.
On March 15, CTV Inc., CTV Corp., CTV Limited and CTVglobemedia Inc. amalgamated to continue as CTV Inc.
On March 29, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for a number of conventional television and transitional digital television stations until August 31, 2011. The CRTC noted that it did not intend to renew authorizations for full-power analog transmitters operating in the mandatory markets or on channels 52 to 69 outside the mandatory markets beyond August 31, 2011. By that time, the Commission expected licensees to have the necessary authority to broadcast in digital.
BCE Inc. announced on April 1 that it had completed its acquisition of CTV and that it had launched Bell Media (replacing CTVglobemedia), a new business unit that would make CTV programs and other Bell content available on smartphones and computers as well as traditional television. In addition to CTV and its television stations, Bell Media now also operated 29 specialty channels, 33 radio stations, Dome Productions, a mobile broadcast facilities provider, and dozens of high-traffic news, sports and entertainment websites, including the Sympatico.ca portal.
On July 27, the CRTC renewed the licence for CICI-TV and its transmitters CICI-TV-1 Elliot Lake and CKNY-TV-11 Huntsville, until August 31, 2016. With respect to CKNY-TV-11 Huntsville, the licensee may broadcast no more than 6.5% of the commercial availabilities on this station separately from those broadcast on CKNY-TV North Bay for each hour of station-produced programming broadcast exclusively on the Huntsville station each week. Additional commitment for CHBX-TV Sault Ste. Marie, CICI-TV Sudbury, CITO-TV Timmins and CKNY-TV North Bay - the Commission noted the licensee's commitment to broadcast 7 hours of local programming per week between all four stations, averaged over the broadcast year, to the communities served by these stations.
The CRTC approved a change to the ownership of Bell Media Inc., from BCE Inc. to Bell Canada. This transaction would not affect effective control of Bell Media Inc. and of its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, which continued to be exercised by BCE Inc. Bell Media Inc. held, directly and through its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, various radio and television programming undertakings as well as specialty and pay-per-view television services.
Courteney Heels left CTV Northern Ontario to become weekend anchor at CTV Barrie.
Gerry Currie died at age 64. He spent his last years in broadcasting as GM/GSM at Newcap Sudbury. He joined CKSO-TV Sudbury in 1978 as an account executive then moved to CKSO Radio in 1985 in a similar capacity. In 2009 he joined Newcap as its sales manager. One year later the company added GM duties.
When the CICI licence was renewed in May, CICI‐TV‐1 Elliot Lake was removed from the licence at the request of Bell Media. The existing licence would expire August 31, 2017.
It was announced in June that CTV Northern Ontario would begin airing a 5:00 p.m. weekday newscast in the fall. This move was being made by all CTV stations not already airing news in this time period.
Monsignor John Caswell died July 1 at the age of 83. He was behind the television broadcasts that brought weekly mass to thousands of Catholics across northeastern Ontario. Caswell created, produced and directed the weekly television program Mass for Shut-Ins which aired on CTV. He remained part of the TV program up until 2012.
Sarika Sehgal passed away at age 42 in May. Sehgal’s career took her from CICI-TV Sudbury to the anchor desks at CBC Newsworld and CTV News Channel. There were stops in between at A-Channel Edmonton, CTV Calgary, CHCH Hamilton, and CKXT-TV Toronto.
On July 30, the CRTC gave Bell Media permission to delete 28 analog rebroadcasting transmitters across the country. Bell stated the transmitters did not generate any incremental revenue and generally attracted little to no added viewership. CKNY-TV-11 Huntsville would close down on October 9, 2020.