- BCTV redirects here. For the former Boston Catholic Television, see CatholicTV.
CHAN-TV is a television station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, broadcasting over-the-air on channel 8, and available via cable providers in the area on channel 11. Its studios are located in the city of Burnaby. The Global Television Network's owned-and-operated station in B.C., it currently uses the on-air brand Global BC, and was previously known as BCTV. The station is available throughout British Columbia, and its 6:00 p.m. News Hour is the highest-rated newscast in the province, with an average of 500,000 viewers per night.
CHAN began broadcasting on October 30
at 4:45 p.m. as an independent station, joining CTV
upon the new network's launch on October 1, 1961. Temporary studios were housed in downtown Vancouver, at 1219 Richards Street, until its current studios at 7850 Enterprise Street in Burnaby were completed in early 1961. Soon after launch, the station began installing relay transmitters across the province, and now reaches 97 percent of British Columbia. Via OTA channel 8, CHAN also reaches an American audience in neighbouring Whatcom County, Washington
In 1963, local entrepreneur Frank Griffiths, the owner of radio station CKNW, purchased the station from original owner Vantel Broadcasting, along with nearby CBC affiliate station CHEK-TV, based in Victoria on Vancouver Island, from its original owner, David Armstrong. Griffiths' Western Broadcasting Co. later sold a minority share to Selkirk Communications, buying back full control in 1989.
As early as 1973, CHAN began unofficially using the on-air name BCTV. In 1975, BCTV became CHAN's official on-air brand, which it used until 2001, when it became Global BC. "BCTV" was retained for its local news programs up until February 2006, although some people still refer to it that way. Also in 1975, the current newsroom was constructed. It was rebuilt in the early nineties, moving the studio out of the newsroom, but keeping it as a backdrop, and remodelled again in 2006.
Hostility with CTV
CHAN was one of the backbones of the CTV network for many years and one of the network's most successful affiliates. However, it was always somewhat hostile toward CTV. Management believed that the network's flagship station, CFTO
, was given undue favouritism in the production of CTV's Canadian programming in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In the 1990s, CHAN's goal became the production of a new, early-evening national newscast from its studios. In fact, several newscast pilots were produced at CHAN, suggesting the network was seriously considering such a move. However, that newscast never materialized; instead, CHAN began producing Canada Tonight, which aired on most WIC-owned stations beginning in the mid-nineties.
Nonetheless, until 1997, CHAN bought the B.C. rights to several popular series from CFTO's parent company, Baton Broadcasting. However, tensions were exacerbated that year when Baton won a licence for a new station in Vancouver, CIVT. After Baton bought majority control of CTV, it became an open secret that CIVT would eventually replace CHAN as the CTV station for Vancouver. CHAN had signed a long-term contract several years prior that would not expire until 1999, but was extended to 2001. However, outside of the 40 hours of programming per week that this allowed for, and CHAN's own local news, the station had to rely on lower-profile programming supplied by parent company WIC. A small amount of CHUM programming also aired on CHAN at times during the 1997-2001 period, including CityLine.
The affiliation shakeup of 2001
In 2000, WIC's stations were purchased by Canwest, and as a result, CHAN would become the British Columbia O&O station
of the Global Television Network. When BCTV's affiliation with CTV expired on September 1
, a major shakeup in British Columbia television occurred:
- The CTV affiliation, jointly held by CHAN and sister station CHEK, moved to CTV-owned independent station CIVT, becoming a CTV O&O station which was briefly known as "BC CTV" (later simply "CTV"). Both switches left CTV dependent on cable and satellite to reach the rest of the province.
- The Global affiliation, held by CKVU, a former Canwest station that was in the process of being sold to CHUM Limited, moved to CHAN, which became new O&O "Global BC".
- Most of BCTV's former WIC programming, now part of Canwest's CH system, moved to CHEK (where other WIC programs already aired). The station was rebranded "CH Vancouver Island".
- Finally, CKVU adopted the "ckvu13" brand and became an independent station carrying CHUM programming, some of which had aired on KVOS-TV the previous season. The station became Citytv Vancouver several months later, after the sale to CHUM was approved.
- A religious station, CHNU, launched two weeks later, and a CHUM-owned NewNet station in Victoria, CIVI, launched just over two weeks after that.
CHAN's news operation is well respected in the industry. Ever since the station decided to produce a one hour news bulletin in the late 1960s, a major part of the station's cash flow has gone into its news programming, and it has garnered high ratings and major awards since then. The station's on-air news style was even used as an inspiration for Ted Turner
, as both use the newsroom as a backdrop during the broadcast.
In addition to its various local newscasts, CHAN also produced Canada Tonight, an early-evening newscast focusing on national news. Two versions were produced: one for BC itself, hosted by CKNW radio commentator Bill Good (now at CIVT, CTV's current Vancouver O&O station) and a national version, hosted by Tony Parsons, who also presented (and continues to anchor) CHAN's nightly news program, the News Hour. When Canwest purchased CHAN, the stories that were once sourced from CTV's other affiliates throughout the country, were replaced by stories sourced from Global's affiliates.
From 2001, when the station became Global BC, the news organization underwent a minor name change - BCTV News on Global. CHAN opted to keep the BCTV name for their newscast, as it was still a widely-recognised name in BC; also, to keep CIVT from using the name itself, as it contained the letters "CTV". In addition, CHAN became home to Global's national news centre and a new national newscast, Global National, anchored by former ABC reporter and presenter, Kevin Newman. The program goes live from tape from Vancouver at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone), and is followed by the News Hour at 6:00 p.m. with Tony Parsons. Tara Nelson anchors the weekend edition of Global National, and is also the primary substitute anchor for the weekday editions, followed by Chris Gailus, who anchors the weekend version of the 'News Hour'.
The BCTV brand was finally dropped when Global launched its new look on February 6, 2006. CHAN's local news brand became "Global BC" at this point.
In 2006 Global struck a deal with the Canadian Traffic Network to supply the station with a Robinson R44 news helicopter with gyroscopic camera mounts. It will be shared with CKNW - the second news helicopter in Vancouver after that used by CIVT. Global has named the helicopter Global 1 - the same designation used for the news helicopters of other Global stations.
Global BC produces 48.5 hours of news content per week, 45 hours locally between the Morning News, Noon News, Early News, News Hour & News Hour Final and 3.5 hours nationally with Global National.
- Lynn Colliar - Morning News (Weekdays @ 5:30 a.m.)
- Steve Darling - Morning News (Weekdays @ 5:30 a.m.)
- Anne Drewa - News Final (Weekends @ 11 p.m.)
- Chris Gailus - News Hour (Thursdays-Mondays @ 6 p.m.)
- Deborra Hope - Early News/News Hour Insight (Weekdays @ 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
- Jill Krop - News Hour Final (Weekdays @ 11 p.m.)
- Randene Neill - Noon News Hour (Weekdays @ 12 p.m.)
- Tony Parsons - News Hour (Tuesdays/Wednesdays @ 6 p.m.)
- Sophie Lui - Weekend Morning News and Weekend Noon News Hour (Saturdays @ 7 a.m./Sundays @ 8 a.m. and Weekends @ Noon) Global National Anchors:
- Chris Gailus - Global National (Weekends @ 5:30 p.m.)Weather
- Mark Madryga - Morning meteorologist
- Wesla Wong - Noon News Hour forecaster
- Wayne Cox - Early News/News Hour/News Hour Final forecaster
- Kristi Gordon - Weekend meteorologistSports
- Squire Barnes - Noon News Hour/News Hour
- Barry Deley - News Hour Final (Thursday/Friday), News Hour and News Final (Weekends)
- Jay Durant - News Hour Final (Monday - Wednesday)
- Jay Janower - Weekend Morning and Noon News Traffic
- Kaitlyn Herbst - Weekday mornings in Global 1
- Wesla Wong - Weekday mornings
- Leah Holiove - Weekday @ 5 in Global 1
- Linda Aylesworth (health)
- Keith Baldrey (political/Vancouver Island)
- Ron Bencze
- Jane Carrigan (also fill in anchor)
- Erin Cebula]] (entertainment)
- Ted Chernecki
- Mike Chisholm
- Brian Coxford (investigative)
- John L. Daly (crime)
- Rumina Daya
- Anne Drewa (also fill in anchor)
- Samantha Falk
- Ted Field
- Anna Gebauer
- Darlene Heidemann
- Grace Ke (Morning News reporter)
- Sophie Lui (also fill in anchor)
- Aaron McArthur (also fill in anchor)
- Mike McCardell (human interest)
- Michelle Miller
- Randene Neill
- Jennifer Palma
- Catherine Pope
- Robin Stickley (also fill in anchor)
- Marissa Thomas
- Catherine Urquhart
- Elaine Yong
For the most part, CHAN-TV airs a typical Global network schedule, but with a few differences:
Previously aired US programs
- (280-JOCK followed News Hour Final at 12:05 a.m. until it was cancelled in late 1994, which pushed back Late Show to 12:37 a.m. for several months.)
- (As CHUM held the rights to this program throughout the rest of the country, when CIVI-TV lanuched in nearby Victoria, British Columbia, the broadcast rights transferred over to there.)
CHAN operates the single largest private transmitter network in North America, with roughly one hundred transmitters (some of which are community-owned) serving 97 percent of British Columbia. Therefore, the network relies exclusively on cable
in the remaining municipalities (including most where CFCN
were already available over-the-air before 2001).
Semi-satellite are in bold italics.
CHAN-TV uses Betacam SP
analogue videotape for all of its local advertisements and non-live parts of their newscasts. MPEG-2
transmission is used in nearly all non-local broadcasts. The station is
slowly moving away from Betacam SP and moving to a digital format.
- 1960: CHAN-O-RAMA (Used in Newscasts)
- 1976: There's No Place Like BCTV
- 1977: We've Got It On BCTV
- 1978: The Best Goes On
- 1979: Putting On the Hits
- 1980: We've Got a Good Thing Showing
- 1981: First of All
- 1982: Our Best is Showing
- 1983: We're Givin' it all We've Got
- 1984: Coming Through For You
- 1985: Together We'll Have the Best Year Yet
- 1986: Now You Know BCTV
- 1987: BCTV, Oh So Much To Share
- 1990: BCTV, Together We'll See It
- 1993: BCTV, All The Right Stuff
- 1994-2001: TV for BC
- 1994: Your Choice BCTV
- 1994: Coverage. We Go All The Way
- 2001-2006: Global's Got It!
- 2003-2006: KnoW Sooner (Used in News Promos)
- 2006-present: It's Our People. (Used in News Promos)
- Ernie Rose, 1960-1981
- Ron Morrier, 1960-1981
- Jean Cannem, 1960-1978
- Frank Griffiths, 1963-1994
- Ray Peters, 1963-1989
- Peter Rolston, 1963-1979
- Cameron Bell, 1968-1989
- Bernie Pascall, 1969-1999
- Norm Grohmann, 1970-1979, 1983-1998
- Keith Bradbury, 1972-1998
- Robert Malcolm, 1972-1991
- John McKeachie, 1973-1999
- Patrick Clancey, 1974-1978
- Clem Chapple, 1977-2003
- Pamela Martin, 1977-2001 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
- Russ Froese, 1977-1980
- Jack Webster, 1978-1987
- Harvey Oberfeld, 1979-2006
- John Gibbs, 1981-1992
- Barry Houlihan, 1983-1997
- Jennifer Mather, 1991-1998
- Linden Soles, 1991-1993
- Mi-Jung Lee, 1992-1998 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
- Kimberly Halkett, 1993-1997, 2002-2006
- Bill Good Jr., 1993-2001 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
- Zack Spencer 1994-2006
- Sara Daniels, 1997-2005
- Reg Hampton, 1998-2006 (Now at CTV Calgary)
- Keri Adams, 2001-2002 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
- Naz Salimian, 2002-2005
- Leigh Morrow, 2006-2007
- Dennis Bell
- Don Timbrell
- Alan Edwards
- Ed Cosgrove
- Belle Puri
- Margo Harper
- Fred Cawsey
- Colleen Leung
- Chester Grant
- Rena Heer (2005-2007, Now at CTV Vancouver)
- Leigh Carter 1983-86
- Dale Hicks (first BCTV reporter)
Digital television and high definition
On April 11
, CHAN's digital signal went on the air.
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on August 31, 2011 , CHAN-TV will continue digital broadcasts on its current pre-transition channel number, 22. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CHAN-TV virtual channel as 8.