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CBAT-TV

CBAT-TV is the call sign for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) television station in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The station's main transmitter is on Mount Champlain near Saint John (where the station is licenced, broadcasting terrestrially on channel 4.

For the station's entire existence, it has broadcast CBC programming. It first went on the air on March 22, 1954 as CHSJ-TV, owned by the New Brunswick Broadcasting Co. and located in Saint John. Its network of rebroadcasters was built up between 1961 and 1978.

CBC bought the station in 1994, recalled it as CBAT, and relocated its studios to Fredericton. New Brunswick was the last province without an owned-and-operated CBC station; although CBC's Fredericton and Moncton studios produced programming for CHSJ as early as the 1970s. CHSJ's pre-emptions of large blocks of CBC programming, forcing an entire province to miss several of CBC's most well-known shows, was the subject of complaints to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which mandated that CHSJ clear the minimum block of CBC programming in 1988.

The flagship 6:00 p.m. newscast has been broadcast from Fredericton since the 1980s, first as the CBC News for New Brunswick, then later as NB Now until the national restructuring of CBC local news led to the creation of Canada Now (now called CBC News at Six). The current local anchor on CBAT is Todd Battis. Past anchors have included Andy Wilson, Terry Seguin, Carole MacNeil, Geoff Britt, and Anita Sharma. Weathercaster Rose Arseneault was popular with viewers until she lost her job due to budget cutbacks in 2000. The weather forecast is now done by meteorologist Peter Coade via Satellite from CBC Halifax.

In 2003 CBAT made a controversial programming decision by pre-empting CBC's broadcast of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in order to carry live returns from a provincial election.

For reasons unknown, despite there being no radio station using "CBAT", and the CBC's preference for television call signs that do not use the "-TV" suffix, the Fredericton station is listed in Industry Canada's database as "CBAT-TV", not "CBAT".

Coverage

The station is also carried on cable across the border in Maine, particularly in the cities of Presque Isle, Bangor and Houlton, Maine, as well as in Washington County, Maine.

Transmitters of the station are shown below, with stations in bold as semi-satellites.

Town/Location Callsign Channel Power (kW) Notes
Fredericton, New Brunswick CBAT-TV 4 100 Main station, also covers Saint John
Bon Accord CBAT-TV-1 6 100 Near Perth-Andover, New Brunswick
Moncton, New Brunswick CBAT-TV-2 7 325 Formerly CHMT-TV.Covers eastern New Brunswick
Miramichi, New Brunswick CBAT-TV-3 6 12.76 formerly CHCN-TV, and formerly licenced to Chatham, New Brunswick
Campbellton, New Brunswick CBAT-TV-4 4 25.12 Formerly CHCD-TV. Also serves Edmundston, New Brunswick
Doaktown, New Brunswick CBAT-TV-5 8 0.008
Boiestown, New Brunswick CBAT-TV-6 13 0.009

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