CablePulse 24

CablePulse 24

CablePulse 24 (commonly known as CP24) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty news channel owned and operated by CTVglobemedia. Based in Toronto, it focuses on local news from the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, although it also covers national and international news. It is distributed through cable in southern Ontario and direct broadcast satellite nationally.

History

The channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as Pulse 24 in 1996 and was launched as CablePulse 24 (CP24) on March 30, 1998, under the ownership of CHUM Limited and minority partner Sun Media, owner of the Toronto Sun daily newspaper. Sun writers and commentators were featured regularly on the channel.

On December 1, 2004 CHUM Limited acquired the remaining interest in CP24 (giving it 100% of its shares), when the Sun's owners sold their 29.9% share in CP24 after acquiring its independent broadcast station CKXT, the same day that CHUM Limited took control of Craig Media and its assets.

On June 22, 2007, CTVglobemedia took control of CP24 as a result of a buyout of CHUM Limited.

Format

CP24 shares the newsroom with Citytv Toronto, which is owned by Rogers Communications. News programming airing on Citytv Toronto, such as CityNews (with the exception of CityNews at Five), Breakfast Television and special coverage, always air on CP24. Despite having different ownership since fall 2007, CP24 continues to air Citytv Toronto news programming.

CP24 also shares news resources with other CTV-owned outlets, such as entertainment news anchored by Star!'s Husein Madhavji, and traffic coverage with the newsrooms of CTVglobemedia's CHUM Radio stations (CHUM and CHUM-FM) in the city, as well as via the CP24 traffic centre in the assignment desk.

CP24's visual format is a window using about two-thirds of the screen, where news and information programs are broadcast; the surrounding space contains weather and traffic information, along with scrolling news headlines and other details. This format has been described as more closely resembling a website than a conventional television channel.

In overnight periods, the station broadcasts historical newscasts from the CityNews archive as Rewind, and news from international sources such as Deutsche Welle originated in English, or bearing English dubbing or subtitling, as Daily Planet.

Carriage

Most cable companies that carry the station air it on cable channel 24. The station does not air on any cable system outside of Central or Southern Ontario, but is available on direct broadcast satellite in some markets. The station is available across Canada on Bell TV, on which the station is part of the service's "News" package. It is also available in the "FYI" package provided to Star Choice customers. There have been at least tentative plans to launch localized versions of CP24 for other markets on the same channel, such as Vancouver, Ottawa and Barrie, and the other cities where the Citytv and A-Channel (now A) stations exist.

Future

Since the acquisition of CHUM Limited by CTVglobemedia, CTV Newsnet and CP24 have been under the same ownership since June 2007. CTVglobemedia has announced that they plan to maintain all CHUM's specialty channels including CP24 and CTV Newsnet.

Ratings

On average, the news station draws in an average of 10,000 viewers at any given point during the day. The highest ratings CP24 has ever achieved came on August 10, 2008 when 2 million viewers tuned into the station after a series of propane explosions in Toronto. Two other highly rated days came on December 16, 2007 and March 8, 2008 when 1.9 million and 1.7 million viewers, respectively, tuned into the channel during winter snowstorms in the local area.

Noted programs

A News This Week: a weekly newscast produced out of A Barrie with pre-recorded wrap of the week's top stories from Muskoka, Simcoe County (including Barrie, Ontario) and York Region anchored by A's Lance Chilton. Animal Housecalls: hosted by Ann Rohmer. A phone-in show with guests about animals. Arts & Minds AutoShop: a phone-in show about automobiles. Hosted by Hugh Burrill Breakfast Television: the morning news co-anchored by Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese Careers TV CityNews at Noon: the noon news hosted by Francis D'Souza and Laura DiBattista CityNews at Six: the six o'clock news co-anchored by Anne Mroczkowski and Gord Martineau CityNews at Six Weekend: the six o'clock weekend news anchored by Farah Nasser CityNews International: anchored by Gord Martineau, a newscast about foreign stories from Canada and around the world. CityNews Tonight : the eleven o'clock news anchored by Mark Dailey CityNews Tonight Weekend: the eleven o'clock weekend news anchored by Farah Nasser CityOnline: a phone-in show about current topics. Primarily hosted by Tracy Moore, formerly hosted by Ann Rohmer. CP24 @ One: CP24 @ Eight: Fashion Television: a fashion show, hosted by FashionTelevisionChannel's Jeanne Beker HelpTV! Home Page: a technology television show. Primarily hosted by Jee-Yun Lee, formerly hosted by David Onley. Hot Property: a real estate show hosted by Ann Rohmer Legal Briefs: hosted by Lorne Honickman, a civil litigation lawyer, who was a reporter for CityPulse from 1981-1992. In Fashion: a fashion newsmagazine, hosted by FashionTelevisionChannel's Glen Baxter. Live at 5: Toronto's 5:00 p.m. news program with commuter information. Hosted by Ann Rohmer and George Lagogianes Newserial Gold: a late-night 1980s travel show On the Quarter: hosted by Ann Rohmer and TD Waterhouse money expert Patricia Lovett Reid, aired once every three months. Hour Town: hosted by Adam Vaughan - former Citytv personality and now Toronto City Councillor. Also, son of notable former Citytv news reporter Colin Vaughan. Rewind: late-night program that airs CityPulse broadcasts from the 1980s and 1990s, usually corresponding to the present date. TalkTV: a weekly Monday show with Dr. Karl Kabesele on health matters The NewMusic: a weekly music and culture television news magazine. The Mayor: usually hosted by Anne Mroczkowski, with Toronto mayor David Miller; originally Mel Lastman. Wylde on Health: hosted by Dr. Bryce Wylde, weekly on Thursdays.

Remote camera use

In addition to the Freeway Management System - COMPASS and RESCU cameras, CP24 operates Bell EYES cameras located at:

Chopper 24

Since January 2008, CP24 has used aerial footage from the CTV Toronto news chopper under the guise of "Chopper 24".

Coverage

CP24 can be viewed in these stations on the following cable providers:
Station Network Ch. City Bell TV Star
Choice
Rogers Greater Toronto Area
Toronto/
Etobicoke
Scarborough/
Pickering
Ajax/
Whitby/
Oshawa/
Pine Ridge
Newmarket &
areas north
CP24 Toronto 503 509 24 24 24 24

Cogeco VCR Plus
Hamilton/Oakville Niagara Falls Barrie Horseshoe L. Peterborough Kawartha Lakes
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