CKSA-DT, Global, Lloydminster
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Sask-Alta Broadcasters Ltd. (CKSA) announced plans to apply for a television licence. President Arthur F. Shortell said the proposed station would serve an area within 75 air miles of Loydminster, into both Alberta and Saskatchewan. He said this was the largest remaining populated area in western Canada not presently receiving television service. Plans for television were actually started when CKSA opened in April of 1957. Studies favoured the need for live telecasting opposed to a satellite (repeater) service. Shortell expected to use a 500 foot antenna with effective radiated power of around 67,000 watts (video).
On September 23, CHSA-TV Limited put CHSA-TV Channel 2 on the air. It was an affiliate of the CBC Network.
In January, CHSA-TV became CKSA-TV.
CKSA-TV had an effective radiated power of 116,000 watts video and 58,000 watts audio. Arthur F. Shortell was President of CHSA-TV Limited.
The first of its re-broadcasting stations, CKSA-TV 1, channel 12, was added at Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.
CBC Network colour broadcasts were carried by CKSA-TV.
Local colour programs were inaugurated.
CKSA-TV Ltd. brought CTV service to the Lloydminster area on channel 4 when it launched CITL-TV.
Art Shortell died August 29th. His wife, Mary, took over the management of the stations.
CKSA-TV-3 Wainwright (channel 8 with 10 watts) and CKSA-TV-4 Provost (channel 12 with 10 watts) opened on December 23. Transmitters were also established at these locations for CITL-TV.
In December, both CKSA-TV and CITL-TV established re-broadcasting stations at Wainwright, on channels 8 and 6 respectively, and at Provost on channel 12 and 5 respectively.
In January, CKSA-TV Ltd. changed its name to MidWest Television.
CITL-TV extended its coverage by adding a re-broadcasting outlet at Bonnyville on channel 7.
Peter L. Senchuk left CKSA-AM-TV as vice president and general manager to become president of Access Alberta. He had been with CKSA since 1969.
New transmitters were installed for both stations in Lloydminster.
On July 23, the CRTC approved a change of program source for CBCS-TV-1 Meadow Lake, from CKSA-TV to CBKST-3 Leoville, Saskatchewan.
A complete retrofit of control rooms to digital AVID systems resulted in CKSA-TV and CITL-TV becoming the first TV stations in Canada to go direct to broadcast from hard drive.
On December 22, Newcap Inc. was given approval to purchase Lloydminster stations CILR-FM, CKSA-FM, CITL-TV, and CKSA-TV from Sask-Alta Broadcasters Ltd. (radio) and Mid West Television Ltd. (TV).
At this time, CKSA-TV operated the following transmitters: CKSA-TV-2 Bonnyville, CKSA-TV-3 Wainwright and CKSA-TV-4 Provost.
The new General Manager/General Sales Manager at Newcap Lloydminster was Tim Weinberger, formerly of Global Edmonton. Former GM Wayne Frolick, who had been away on sick leave, fully recovered but decided to move his vocation in another direction. As well, Brian Labrie’s Regional Retail Sales Manager position was eliminated.
CKSA TV Lloydminster celebrated 50 years of service on September 23. Owner, Newcap, said the focus was to be on recognizing founder Art Shortell’s vision five decades ago and his legacy.
On March 2, the CRTC approved the application by Newcap Inc. to amend the licence for CKSA-TV to add a post-transition digital transmitter to serve the population of Lloydminster. The transmitter would operate on channel 2 with an effective radiated power of 8,100 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 220.6 metres).
On July 12 the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CKSA-DT and its transmitters until August 31, 2013.
August 31 was the deadline for mandatory market television stations to convert from analog to digital. The conversion of CKSA-TV channel 2 to CKSA-DT (also channel 2 – virtual channel 2.1) was scheduled to take place on September 1. On the same date, the station was expected to shut down its rebroadcast transmitters at CKSA-TV-4 Provost and CKSA-TV-3 Wainwright.
Jacob Zehr became manager of news and information services at Newcap Television Lloydminster on July 1. For the past two and a-half years, he had been the station’s senior anchor. He would continue in that role until a successor could be found.
The CRTC approved an amendment to the licence for CKSA-TV Lloydminster by deleting the transmitters CKSA-TV-3 Wainwright and CKSA-TV-4 Provost.
Jacob Zehr was the new assignment editor at Global Regina. He moved from Newcap Television Lloydminster where he was senior anchor/senior news producer.
Jack Haskins, formerly of Newcap TV Loydminister, was now a Sports Anchor/Reporter at Global Saskatoon. He’s the son of Jim Haskins who runs the CBC Alberta sales team from his base in Edmonton.
On August 10, the CRTC approved the application by CKSA-DT (and CKSA-TV-2 Bonnyville) to disaffiliate from the CBC television network. The exiting affiliation agreement would expire August 31, 2016.
On September 1, CKSA changed network affiliation from CBC to Global.
On October 23, the CRTC approved an application by Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, on behalf of Newcap Inc. and its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, for authorization to effect a change in the ownership and effective control of various radio and television broadcasting undertakings in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, so that effective control of the undertakings would be exercised by Eric Boyko (Stingray Digital Group Inc.). Stingray took ownership of the stations just a few days later.
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