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Station Overview
Dial Position Call Letters License City Network Affiliation
2 CBUT Vancouver CBC
4 KOMO Seattle ABC
5 KING Seattle NBC
6 CHEK Victoria CTV
7 KIRO Seattle CBS
8 CHAN Vancouver CTV
9 KCTS Seattle PBS
10 CKVU Vancouver Global
11 KSTW Seattle UPN
12 KVOS Bellingham Ind.
13 KCPQ Tacoma Fox
26 CBUFT Vancouver Radio-Canada
32 CIVT Vancouver Ind.
CBUT is a CBC O&O station. It's programming is very similar to other CBC O&Os. They identify themselves as "CBC," though officially they are "CBC Vancouver"/"CBC British Columbia." Their local news program was "Broadcast One" anchored by Gloria Macarenko, but because of the budget cut, it was axed and replaced by a nationwide generic "Canada Now" anchored by Ian Hanomansing, which is incidentally produced at CBUT. Gloria Macarenko still anchors the latter half of the show, which consists of local news. Their logo is very logically that of CBC's.
CHEK/CH6 Victoria
CHEK is a CTV station. In the 1950s-60s, when they were a CBC station, they built a transmitter on one of the Gulf Islands so that their signal can make it to Vancouver and get back some of the advertising revenues "stolen" from KVOS Bellingham. In 1963 they were bought by Frank Griffiths's company (which later became WIC), and they switched to CTV in 1979. CHEK became secondary to BCTV, which got to simulcast CTV's American shows. On the other hand, CHEK airs some of CTV's shows at alternate time slots, plus some other shows which WIC owns right to. WIC was purchased by CanWest Global in June 2000, and CHEK might become a secondary Global station after disaffiliating with CTV (probably in 2001).

They identify themselves as "CHEK-TV", hence the checkmark logo. Their local news program is called "CHEK-TV News." They also simulcast BCTV's "News Hour" at 6pm.

CHAN is one of the founding members of the CTV network. They launched on Halloween 1960. (creepy!) In the 1960s-70s they expanded their signals to the interior of the province, and officially became BCTV. At first they were always in fierce competition with other CTV stations (CFTO Toronto in particular) for the amount of network programming each of them contributed. The competition ended in the late 1980s, when the network started buying shows from American networks and independent producers. They carry the standard CTV programs, but not some of the optional ones. (eg. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" in the 1999-2000 season.) Their parent company, WIC, was bought by CanWest Global in June 2000, and BCTV will switch to Global in September 2001.

They identify themselves as "BCTV," and I think their logo is a Pacific Dogwood, BC's floral emblem. Their news operation is called "BCTV News." Their flagship program, "BCTV News Hour," is BC's most watched newscast. "News Hour" has one of the largest local news audience not only in Canada, but the entire North America, exceeded only by 2 stations in New York (I think WABC and WNBC) and 1 in Philadelphia (most probably WPVI). Starting 1993, they also produce "Canada Tonight," which airs on WIC's independent stations in Alberta (recently switched to Global) and CHCH Hamilton. They are also the only local station to air newscasts everyday at noon and on weekend mornings.

Future Outlook: Since WIC was bought by CWG, BCTV will switch to Global, and more than likely be rebranded as simply "Global." Therefore their news operation would become "Global News."

Officially CKVU isn't affiliated to Global. CKVU, along with some other stations owned by CanWest Global, are only a "system" of "independent" stations which carry similar programs, and which are branded as "Global." Before being branded as such, CKVU was known as UTV. Their primetime programming is very similar to that of other Global stations, with shows such as "Friends," "Will And Grace," "The Practice" and "The Simpsons." Because of CWG's purchase of WIC, they have to drop CKVU. They are looking for potential buyer, which should be decided soon.

Being branded as "Global," their logo would very logically be Global's arc. Their local news program is "Global News," anchored on weekdays by Russ Froese and Jennifer Mather (who according to my English teacher went to my high school).

Future Outlook: Potential buyers for CKVU are CHUM-CITY and Craig Broadcasting. But CHUM is not really likely to be the new owner because they were successful in applying for a new station in Victoria. That leaves Craig Broadcasting. If they are successful, CKVU is likely to join their Prairies stations to be branded as "A-Channel," and operate as a CITY style station. That means a lot of old movies and music programs, but also more time slots for news, including a morning news program. (I look forward to that!)

CIVT/CH32/Cable 9
CIVT is an independent station owned by CTV, Inc. They launched on September 22, 1997. They operated very much in Toronto's CITY-TV style: a lively station with the studio located right at the heart of the city; and a breakfast show with a set consisting of giant eggs, forks and juice box. That triggered complaints from CHUM Group, one of the applicants for the license and the owner of CITY-TV, who accused Baton (now CTV, Inc.) of stealing their ideas. Nevertheless CIVT carries shows that are more than just music programs and old movie re-runs: They carry shows such as "Law and Order" and the first season of "...Millionaire?", most of them optional shows CTV owns right to, but not carried by CHAN.

They identify themselves as "Vancouver Television" or more commonly "VTV," and in some of their short idents they have a big numeral 9 spinning around in the background, a number which represents their cable channel. Their news operation from 1997-1999 is "Vancouver News Live @ (the hour)," which operates in the CITY-TV style: a highly open set in the middle of the newsroom, with the anchors walking around and sitting only during breaks. In 1999 they had a revamp, which almost totally got rid of the CITY style. The new name is "VTV News." Their news set is still in the middle of the newsroom, but now the anchors can sit down comfortably. The news format is now more strict. Well, they still kept the eggs and stuff for "VTV Breakfast;" that is, until September 2000, when the breakfast show got a revamp themselves. The format is still the same, but the eggs and forks and juice box are gone :-( ...replaced by thousands of clocks and mini-versions of the breakfast plate stuck on the wall. Personally I don't like the new set: it's too empty and unimaginative.

Future Outlook: Since The Affiliation Switch would leave Vancouver without a CTV station, CTV, Inc. is likely to convert CIVT into one of their O&Os. It means that "VTV News" should still be "VTV News," but during the rest of the day they would identify themselves as simply "CTV," with blue and green and most commonly red silk streamings flying around the screen, representing news, sports, and entertainment respectively. If that is the case, they might also get a new dull logo, something like this:

That would also mean they would use the generic CTV news graphics or even the open.