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November 2001 - January 2002
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2002 - February 2003
M Is Here
Throughout the day today, Greater
Vancouver Shaw cable subscribers have found a full-screen caption
announcing CHNM/42 Channel M's 7pm launch on cable 8. Meanwhile,
cable 72, the supposed new location for for the displaced CTV
NewsNet, remained inaccessible as of 9pm.
During its 6pm newscast, CIVT had
a story on Channel M. Channel M's GM Art Reitmayer and news staff
were interviewed, and brief glimpses of the station's news
graphics and set were included. CIVT is involved in a news-sharing
agreement with CHNM.
The full-screen caption on cable
8 had been replaced in the first half of the 6pm hour with an
animated full-screen graphic, with circular texts radiating out
from a certain point on screen, and translucent lower-case m's
drifting across the screen over a blue background. There was a
"Channel M" bug in the lower-right corner of the screen,
and a ticker occasionally scrolled along the bottom, reading
"CTV News 1 can now be seen on channel 72", referring to
CTV NewsNet by its old name.
At 7pm, the full-screen graphic
was replaced by a video of the Vancouver's Children Choir singing
"O Canada" at a local beach. Following that, an
hour-long introduction to Channel M began, hosted by Dennis
Simpson (who served briefly as the Live Eye Guy on Citytv's
Breakfast Television). The program started by talking about the
need for a multi-cultural station in Vancouver (including listing
some of the stats found on the station's website), followed by a
look into its news team, its co-operation with local independent
producers to bring diversity to local television, its English
program lineup, its culturally diverse staff, and lastly
programming highlights from the station's first weekend on air.
Regular schedule, including local news production, will begin next
Station IDs revolve around dances
from different cultures, with different styles of jingle using the
same signature notes.
Latest on Channel M
In Greater Vancouver, instead of
CTV NewsNet, viewers now find on cable 8 a full-screen caption
announcing Channel M's 7pm launch. It also announces that CTV
NewsNet would be moved to cable 72, bumping TalkTV to cable 90,
which in turn bumps BookTelevision to cable 128. However, as of
9am, cable 72 is still inaccessible. No word yet on how the
shuffle on the Island goes.
6/26/2003: Channel M's website
has been updated with pictures of the station's building and news
set, as well as the programming schedule. The station will launch
tomorrow night at 7pm with apparently a special. It looks as
though the station's newscasts will not debut until next week.
6/25/2003: Channel M's
radio promotion has started. An ad for the station was heard this
morning on 103.5 QM/FM. The tentative cable 8 position was
6/24/2003: CHNM/42 Channel
M had announced that its interim position on the cable dial will
be channel 8 in the Lower Mainland, and channel 10
in Victoria and Nanaimo. Currently in the Lower Mainland,
CTV NewsNet occupies cable 8, while cable 10 in Victoria provides
TV listings, and cable 10 in Nanaimo is occupied by TSN, according
to Shaw's website. As of yet it is unknown to which channels they
will move, or whether the aforementioned positions for Channel M
will become permanent.
The same press
release mentions that the station will launch this
Friday at 7pm.
6/23/2003: Road to 2010:
The IOC will announce its
decision on the host city for the 2010 Winter Games next
Wednesday, July 2nd at about 8.30am Pacific. As that day nears,
some local stations have announced their plans for the coverage of
CHAN (Global): Coverage
will begin at 5.30am, the normal time for the Morning News, and
will continue until 10am. Not much detail has been announced.
CKVU (Citytv): There will
be a CityPulse special report on Tuesday, July 1st at 6.30pm. The
next morning, Dag Sharman, and Breakfast Television's Michael
Eckford and Fiona Forbes will be live at GM Place; Mark Docherty
will be on Robson Street, and Shane Foxman will be in Whistler.
Coverage starts at 6am.
CIVT (CTV): Live coverage
on Tuesday morning will begin at 7am from Canada Place, with
Pamela Martin, as well as Lloyd Robertson and Rod Black from the
network. According to Red Robinson's column in TV Times,
Mike Killeen will be in Prague, where the announcement will be
made. Live reactions from GM Place and Whistler will also be
covered. Coverage will end at approximately 10am, according to the
Other stations' plans are not
known to the webmaster yet.
Latest on Channel M; and Schedule Changes at Fairchild
Northwest Broadcasters reports
that Channel M is already showing color bars on CHNM/ Channel 42.
The station is scheduled to officially launch next Friday, June
27. So far its cable position is still unknown.
Over at Fairchild TV, the
Cantonese cable station, some schedule changes are being made,
probably in anticipation of Channel M's launch. The station's main
newscast will move from 7.30pm to 7pm, and there will be a new
15-minute bulletin at 11pm with news from Western Canada. Since
the single national feed began in July 2001 in compliance with the
CRTC, much of Fairchild's evening newscast has been coming out of
Toronto, with its crew in Vancouver handling stories from Western
Canada and the Greater China region. The changes will take effect
next Monday, June 23.
|6/12/2003: More on
A promotional feature for Channel
M, the soon-to-launch multicultural broadcast station in
Vancouver, is included in this week's issue of TV Week
(available in Adobe Acrobat format here).
Here are the highlights:
- Live daily Cantonese, Mandarin
and Punjabi newscasts during primetime at 8, 9 and 9.30pm
respectively; from what TVYVR has learned, the morning
newscasts will be rebroadcasts of the ones from the previous
night, with live updates
- Live Korean and Tagalog
newscasts at 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays respectively
- News personalities include
Karen So, Endora Fan and Iris Tong for the Cantonese newscast
(all formerly of Fairchild Vancouver); Quan Gu (Mandarin) and
Jasbir Cheema (Punjabi)
- English programming include
Nash Bridges, Magnum PI and Rockford Files in the early
afternoon; King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Wheel of Fortune
and Jeopardy! in early evening/ prime access (the former two
also on during the 10pm hour); and Inside Edition and The Late
Show with David Letterman during late night. (Simultaneous
substitution, although not indicated, may probably be
However, as of yet the station's
cable position is still unknown (the station will be on air
channel 42). In the meantime, TVYVR will continue to follow any
developments leading up to the launch of Channel M, scheduled for
Friday June 27.
Froese's Last Night At CKVU
As reported earlier, tonight was
Russ Froese's last night at CKVU, after 15 years as the station's
lead anchor. Throughout tonight's 6pm newscast, there had been
several mentions of Russ's departure, including interviews on the
street about what people thought of Russ (or whether they
recognized him from a picture), and other presenters' remarks on
their pleasure of having had worked with Russ, and how much they
would miss him.
After the sports report with
Shane Foxman, Marke Dreisschen appeared in the main studio (as
opposed to the roof where he normally does the weather) to
introduce David Kincaid's tribute to Russ. The tribute began with
the station's various former news open animations featuring Russ,
leading into interviews with his former co-anchors Tamara Stanners
and Jennifer Mather about their memorable moments with Russ.
Anchors from competing stations, like Pamela Martin from CIVT
(also on behalf of Bill Good), Gloria Macarenko from CBUT and Tony
Parsons from CHAN even set aside newsroom rivalries as they wished
Russ the best of luck during the tribute. After the tribute,
numerous members of the CityPulse news team gathered around Russ
in the studio and gave him a round applause, as he remarked that
the thing he would miss the most was the people he worked with,
and thanked viewers for watching. He signed off from his last
newscast saying, "The measure of a man is the friends and the
respect he picks up along the way, so I am a very rich man
tonight." The newscast closed as Russ cut into a cake.
The Vancouver Sun reported
that Mark Docherty would take over as the 6pm anchor until a
permanent replacement is announced. In the meantime, TVYVR once
again would like to wish Mr. Froese all the best in the future.
Video of the aforementioned
tribute will be available on this site shortly.
Froese Leaves CKVU
reports that CKVU's lead anchor, Russ Froese, will leave the
station. He has been at the station since 1988, currently as the
anchor on CityPulse at 6pm. He has not announced where he
would go next, but he has expressed intentions of producing
documentaries and other such projects. He had worked for CKNW-AM,
BCTV and CBC before coming to CKVU. His last day at CKVU will be
Thursday, June 5. As of yet, no replacement has been named. TVYVR
wishes him best of luck in his future endeavors.
Magazine, via Nelson Media
Laidlaw Leaves CKVU
TVYVR has learned that CKVU-TV
reporter Jocelyn Laidlaw had left the station for an anchor
position at CFCN-TV, the CTV station in Calgary. While at CKVU,
she had covered many court trials, including the preliminary
hearing of the Robert Pickton case, and she had also filled in as
a back-up anchor on several occasions. TVYVR wishes her the best
of luck in Calgary.
Sign For Channel M?
Nelson Media has notified TVYVR
that the possible call sign for the soon-to-launch multicultural
TV station in Vancouver is CHNM-TV. Channel M is listed on this
site under such call sign, and a search in the list of
available call signs for FM and TV stations on Industry Canada's website
shows that the "CHNM" calls had been taken. This
information has not been officially confirmed; however there has
been no indication so far that disproves it. According to its
website, Channel M will launch June 27, 2003. TVYVR will continue
to report the events leading up to the station's launch.
Look "Colombie-Britannique Ce Soir"
Radio-Canada's station in BC,
CBUFT/26, had adopted the new generic news graphics for its news
program "Colombie-Britannique Ce Soir". The open
animation, in-show graphics (except for the over-the-shoulder) and
the news theme had all been changed. The new generic news graphics
had been in use in other regions, like Montreal and Alberta, for a
while; and now the lower-third graphics on "C.-B. Ce Soir"
match those on network newscast "Le Téléjournal".
4/4 Update: Multimedia
files and screenshots
of the new look will be available on TVYVR soon.
Television News in
Vancouver: Right Here. Right Now.