CKCS-DT, Yes, Calgary

Crossroads Television System

StationYearChannelNetwork AffiliateOwner/Info
CKCS-TV201132.1 (32)CTSCrossroads Television System
CKCS-TV200732Crossroads TVCrossroads Television System


On June 8, Crossroads Television System received approval to operate television stations at Calgary and Edmonton. A competing application by The Miracle Channel Association (CJIL-TV Lethbridge) was denied. Crossroads currently provides “family values” and religious programming to the Ontario communities of Hamilton, Burlington, St. Catharines, Toronto, London and Ottawa through its over-the-air service CITS-TV Hamilton and its transmitters in London and Ottawa. 
Crossroads proposed two services that would consist of religious programming for both Christian and non-Christian faith groups, including presentations from Muslim and Buddhist viewpoints. Specifically, the proposed services would include in each broadcast week a minimum of 18 hours of balance programming, of which 11 hours would be original balance programming and 8 hours would be broadcast between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. The proposed services would also include 11 hours of local and/or regional church and ministry programming reflecting the religious communities of Calgary and Edmonton, taken together. No less than 4 hours of the programming broadcast by the proposed services each broadcast week would be programming by non-Christian faith groups. In addition, 1 hour each week would be devoted to showcasing Calgary independent film and television producers.

The station in Calgary will operate on channel 32 with an effective radiated power of 75,000 watts.

CKCS-TV Calgary signed on the air on October 8.


The CRTC approved an amendment to the licence of CKCS-TV Calgary, to add a post-transition digital television transmitter, operating on channel 32 with an effective radiated power of 36,000 watts (non-directional) and effective height above average terrain of 207.4 metres. The existing CTV tower would be used and programming would be received by fibre-optic cable.

On July 12, the CRTC administratively renewed CKCS-DT’s licence until August 31, 2013.

CKCS-TV became CKCS-DT on August 8. The digital transmitter broadcast on channel 32 (32.1 digital) just as the analog operation did. The deadline for conversion to digital in mandatory markets was August 31.

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