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CTV is an English-language Canadian commercial television network owned by media company Bell Media. It airs a mix of American TV shows and movies, along with some Canadian shows.

CTV began broadcasting on October 1, 1961. Its creation was the result of a decision made in 1958 by Canada's Progressive Conservative government at the time, led by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, to form a new Canadian broadcasting regulator, the Board of Broadcast Governors, to take over those duties from the state-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which had been both Canada's public broadcaster and broadcast regulator until then. The BBG was formed to answer demands by private broadcasters to allow alternate choices to CBC Television and Télévision de Radio-Canada, the CBC's respective English and French-language television units. When CTV first went on air, it originally consisted of eight affiliated stations in Vancouver (CHAN-TV), Calgary (CFCN-TV), Edmonton (CFRN-TV), Winnipeg (CJAY-TV, now CKY-TV), Toronto (CFTO-TV), Ottawa (CJOH-TV), Montreal (CFCF-TV) and Halifax (CJCH-TV).[1] Of those eight stations, CFRN was originally a CBC affiliate while the others all began as independent stations before joining CTV.

Since CTV first went on the air, the number of its affiliated stations has grown to its current level of 22 stations, making it Canada's largest privately owned television network, as well as the largest and most-watched Canadian network based on size and audience reach. While all of those stations began under independent owners, most of those stations, except for two, are now owned by the network itself due to CFTO's then-parent company, Baton Broadcasting, buying up most of the CTV affiliates between the mid-1980s and 2001. Baton itself changed its corporate name to CTV Inc. in January 1998, giving it control of both the network and its owned-and-operated stations.

In addition to CTV itself, parent Bell Media also operates several CTV-branded media outlets, including the secondary TV system CTV 2 (consisting of stations in smaller cities adjacent to and targeting the major markets), themed cable channels CTV Drama Channel (formerly the Canadian version of American channel Bravo), CTV Sci-Fi Channel (formerly Space), CTV Comedy Channel (formerly the Comedy Network) and CTV Life Channel (formerly Gusto) and online video on demand services CTV Movies (devoted to feature films) and CTV Throwback (focused on classic TV shows).

Criticism of liberal bias, journalistic unprofessionalism, racism and sexism

Once a bastion for fair reporting in its newscasts, CTV, like the rest of the mainstream media, has recently taken a turn toward the Left akin to the CBC and most of the American networks in its news reporting and has shown blatant liberal bias in certain reports it has filed.

  • In one report in which former Rebel News reporter Faith Goldy was viciously attacked and assaulted by far-Left Antifa rioters who showed up to crash an anti-illegal immigration protest in Quebec at the Canada-United States border and fight with the protesters,[2] CTV Montreal reporter Angela MacKenzie whitewashed the incident in her Twitter account by downplaying and minimizing Antifa's actions (including their calls to throw Goldy into moving traffic), calling them "counter-protestors" instead of the rioters and criminals they are (and even refused to identify them as Antifa) and used the leftist term "far-Right" (a smear term used by the Left to refer to conservatives) to refer to Goldy. MacKenzie's tweet drew immediate and heavy criticism against her on her Twitter account for her biased reporting[3] and against CTV for selective editing of the video capturing the Antifa assault on Goldy.[4]
  • In a press conference with Liberal environment minister Catherine McKenna, CTV Ottawa reporter Mike Arsalides engaged in journalistic unprofessionalism by asking softball questions of McKenna while simultaneously belittling Rebel News reporter Keean Bexte, then was seen on camera putting on a smug and arrogant expression as he looked toward the Rebel News camera. Arsalides was also caught on camera interrupting and disrespecting Bexte when the latter tried asking tough questions of McKenna, following up on his disgraceful behavior after the conference by telling Bexte point-blank that "(he had) no credibility" and falsely calling Rebel News "fake news", then he started getting personal against Bexte by dragging Bexte's mother into his argument.[5]
  • On an episode of daytime talk show The Social (the Canadian equivalent of The View) in November 2019, Friday co-host and liberal elitist Jessica Allen engaged in racism, sexism and bigotry when, while trashing the sport of hockey, she accused it of being played by "white boys" (despite the fact that Allen is white herself) and falsely labeled long-time Hockey Night in Canada co-host and analyst Don Cherry a "bigot" and a "misogynist" during a discussion over the fallout of the firing of Cherry from that program by the CBC for making comments defending Canada's military veterans, which liberal pundits falsely claimed were "racist" and "anti-immigrant" but were, in fact, deliberately misinterpreted and twisted out of context by those same pundits.[6] Allen was subsequently trashed on Twitter for her racist and anti-hockey comments (with a large number of posters calling for CTV to fire her from The Social) after she first tried to dismissively blame those who criticized her for her comments and she refused to take responsibility for them,[7] then attempted to backpedal on the comments and offered a hollow, non-apology "apology" for them.[8]

CTV affiliates

Owned by Bell Media

Station City First sign-on date Notes
CIVT-DT Vancouver, British Columbia September 22, 1997 Replaced CHAN-DT as Vancouver's CTV affiliate when CHAN switched to the Global Television Network on September 1, 2001
CFCN-DT Calgary, Alberta September 9, 1960 Was Canada's first independent TV station prior to CTV signing on
CFRN-DT Edmonton, Alberta October 25, 1954 Was Edmonton's original CBC affiliate until October 1, 1961, when it switched to CTV after CBC-owned CBXT signed on
CFQC-DT Saskatoon, Saskatchewan December 5, 1954 Was Saskatoon's original CBC affiliate until 1969, then a dual CBC-CTV affiliate until CBC-owned CBKST went on the air on October 17, 1971
CIPA-TV Prince Albert, Saskatchewan January 12, 1987
CKCK-DT Regina, Saskatchewan July 28, 1954 Was Regina's original CBC affiliate until September 12, 1969, when it joined CTV after the CBC purchased original Regina CTV affiliate CHRE-TV and switched it to CBC with the new call sign CBKRT (now CBKT-DT)
CICC-TV Yorkton, Saskatchewan Fall 1971
CKY-DT Winnipeg, Manitoba November 12, 1960 Was originally called CJAY-TV until May 31, 1973
CHBX-TV Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario September 23, 1978 Was originally call CKCY-TV until 1986
CICI-TV Greater Sudbury, Ontario October 25, 1953 Was Sudbury's original CBC affiliate until October 3, 1971, when it switched to CTV when new CBC affiliate CKNC-TV signed on; was originally called CKSO-TV until 1980
CITO-TV Timmins, Ontario April 1, 1971 Began as CKSO-TV-2, a rebroadcaster of CKSO-TV in Sudbury; became a standalone station and changed to its current call sign in 1980
CKNY-TV North Bay, Ontario December 19, 1955 Was North Bay's original CBC affiliate until October 15, 1971, when it switched to CTV when new CBC affiliate CHNB-TV signed on; was originally called CKGN-TV until 1960, then CFCH-TV until 1970
CKCO-DT Kitchener, Ontario March 1, 1954 Was a CBC affiliate until 1964
CFTO-DT Toronto, Ontario December 31, 1960 Flagship station of CTV
CJOH-DT Ottawa, Ontario March 12, 1961
CFCF-DT Montreal, Quebec January 20, 1961
CKLT-DT Saint John, New Brunswick September 21, 1969
CKCW-DT Moncton, New Brunswick November 30, 1954 Was Moncton's original CBC affiliate until September 21, 1969, when it switched to CTV the same day Saint John CBC affiliate CHSJ-TV (now CBC-owned CBAT-DT) added a rebroadcaster in Moncton
CJCH-DT Halifax, Nova Scotia January 1, 1961
CJCB-TV Sydney, Nova Scotia October 9, 1954 Was Sydney's original CBC affiliate until September 26, 1972, when it switched to CTV when CBC-owned CBIT signed on

Independently owned

Station City First sign-on date Notes
CITL-DT Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan July 28, 1976 Owned by Stingray Digital Group
CKPR-DT Thunder Bay, Ontario October 4, 1954 Owned by Dougall Media; was a CBC affiliate until September 1, 2014; was called CFPA-TV until July 20, 1957, then CFCJ-TV until 1967


  1. CTV history
  2. Media’s “true allegiance” revealed in Antifa’s violent attack on Faith Goldy at the Rebel Media (Warning: Video contains coarse language and violence)
  3. Angela MacKenzie: "Far-right blogger Faith Goldy makes an appearance and counter protestors push her out" at Twitter
  4. Faith Goldy: "ANTIFA EVERYWHERE" at Twitter
  5. CTV News reporter MELTS DOWN after Rebel News asks McKenna tough questions at Rebel News YouTube channel
  6. CTV host's hockey-hating, “white boy” rant on Don Cherry goes viral at Rebel News YouTube channel
  7. Jessica Allen: "I hate to say it but a lot of you are proving the point I tried to make" at Twitter
  8. Jessica Allen: "I never said every white boy, just the ones whose unsavoury behaviour, which didn’t feel very Canadian, I witnessed" at Twitter

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