CHUM Limited was a media company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 1945-2007. Immediately prior to its acquisition, it held full or joint control of two Canadian television systems — Citytv and A-Channel (incorporating NewNet) — comprising 11 local stations, and one CBC Television (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) affiliate, one provincial educational channel, and 20 branded specialty television channels, most notably MuchMusic and its various spinoffs. In addition, CHUM controlled 33 radio stations across Canada. At various points in its history, CHUM owned other radio stations and ATV/Atlantic Satellite Network in Atlantic Canada.
In July 2006, CHUM announced it was to be taken over by Bell Globemedia (now renamed CTVglobemedia), owner of the CTV Television Network. Regulatory approval was made conditional on the sale of CHUM's five Citytv stations to Rogers Communications. CTVglobemedia took control of CHUM's other assets effective June 22, 2007.
CHUM, now renamed CTV Limited, continues as a subsidiary of CTVgm. Its Toronto radio stations 1050 CHUM and CHUM-FM still carry the CHUM name, and the company's radio subsidiary retains the name CHUM Radio. However, it is no longer a broadcasting company separate from its new parent.
Although CHUM's radio holdings tend to retain traditional formats, their television stations reflected the avant garde philosophy of former senior executive Moses Znaimer, who turned his hip, local style of television broadcasting into an image as perhaps Canada's most flamboyantly visible media titan in the 1980s and 1990s. (Znaimer retired from active management at CHUM in 2003, and briefly continued to work on projects with the company, before moving on to other ventures such as CFMZ-FM.)
On December 1, 2004, CHUM purchased Craig Media Inc., which owned five local TV stations, mainly in the Prairies, and three digital specialty services, for $265 million. While Craig's three largest stations were integrated into Citytv, Craig's Toronto station CKXT-TV (then branded "Toronto 1", now "Sun TV") was sold to Quebecor.
Few details are known about CTV's specific plans for the company following approval. What is known is as follows:
Immediately following the announcement, CHUM separately announced 281 layoffs, primarily at its local stations in western Canada; local newscasts (other than Breakfast Television and the Noon News in Calgary and Edmonton) at all Citytv stations in the region were immediately pulled. CHUM claims the layoffs were part of an ongoing process to streamline its operations and not directly related to the takeover.
On June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved the CTV takeover of CHUM. However, the CRTC made the deal conditional on CTV divesting itself of Citytv rather than A-Channel. This consequently voided the Rogers deal; on June 11, 2007, Rogers announced that it has agreed to buy the Citytv stations. CTV said it would keep all other assets, except CHUM's interest in MusiquePlus/MusiMax, and potentially CKX-TV and CLT. And the company officially ceased operations on June 22, 2007.
|Brockville||CJPT||FM 103.7||"Bob FM" adult hits|
|CFJR||FM 104.9||"JR FM" adult contemporary|
|Calgary||CKCE||FM 101.5||"Energy FM" hot adult contemporary|
|Edmonton||CHBN||FM 91.7||"The Bounce" rhythmic top 40 (Co-owned with Milestone Radio)|
|CIOO||FM 100.1||"C100" CHR|
|CFLY||FM 98.3||"FLY-FM" CHR|
|Kawartha Lakes||CKLY||FM 91.9||"Bob FM" adult hits|
|London||CHST||FM 102.3||"Bob FM" adult hits|
|Montreal||CKGM||AM 990||"The Team 990" sports|
|CFGO||AM 1200||"The Team 1200" sports|
|CKKL||FM 93.9||"Bob FM" adult hits|
|CJMJ||FM 100.3||"Majic 100" adult contemporary|
|Peterborough||CKPT||AM 1420||"1420 Memories" oldies|
|CKQM||FM 105.1||"Country 105"|
|Toronto||CHUM||AM 1050||"1050 CHUM" oldies|
|CHUM-FM||FM 104.5||"CHUM-FM" hot adult contemporary|
|Vancouver||CKST||AM 1040||"The Team 1040" sports|
|CHQM||FM 103.5||"QMFM" adult contemporary|
|CFBT||FM 94.5||"94.5 THE BEAT" CHR|
|CHBE||FM 107.3||"Kool FM" hot adult contemporary|
|Waterloo||CKKW||AM 1090||"Oldies 1090"|
|CFCA||FM 105.3||"Kool FM" hot adult contemporary|
|Windsor||CKWW||AM 580||"580 Memories" oldies|
|CIMX||FM 88.7||"89X" modern rock|
|CIDR||FM 93.9||"939 The River" adult album alternative|
|CHIQ||FM 94.3||"CURVE 94.3" hot adult contemporary|
|CFWM||FM 99.9||"Bob FM" adult hits|
In November, 2004, CHUM and Astral Media filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for a subscription radio service in Canada. That application, along with two satellite radio services, were approved by the CRTC on June 16, 2005. While the two satellite services launched soon after the decision, CHUM did not implement its service, the authority for which expired on June 16, 2007 (two years after licensing).