MITV

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CIHF-DT
CHNB-DT
MITV Old Logo.png
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Canada
Branding MITV (general)
MITV News (newscasts)
Translators see below
Affiliations CanWest Global
Owner CanWest Global
First air date September 5, 1988
Last air date August 1997 (as MITV)
Call letters' meaning C Irving Family (station's original owner) Halifax & Fredericton
Former channel number(s) Analog: 8 (1988-2011)
Former affiliations Independent (1988-1997)
Transmitter power 1 kW
Height 241.0 m

Maritime Independent Television broadcasting as MITV was a collection of television stations in the Canadian Maritimes owned by the J.D Irving family, and later sold to Canwest Global. The television stations were branded as MITV in 1988 but re-branded as Global in 1997.

MITV Timeline[edit]

  • (1986) New Brunswick Broadcasting Co. Ltd. announced it would seek four new television stations to serve the Martimes. The Irving family owned company was also the licensee of CHSJ-AM and TV. The proposal called for transmitters at Saint John (134,000 watts on channel 23) and Halifax (128,200 watts on channel 20). Rebroadcast transmitters would be located at Moncton (channel 27 with 108,000 watts) and Fredericton (85,700 watts on channel 41). President Ken Clark said the plan would resolve the long-standing complaint of too little CBC-TV service in New Brunswick. The new network would carry many local productions now on CHSJ-TV and its rebroadcasters. This would allow CHSJ to schedule virtually all CBC network programs. Estimated costs for the new service: $6 million. MITV would create 97 new jobs - 69 of those in Halifax.
  • (1987) On January 22, the CRTC approved by majority vote, New Brunswick Broadcasting Company's applications for a third television service in the Maritime provinces. Maritime Independent Television or MITV would operate on UHF channels 23 - Saint John (effective radiated power of 134,000 watts), 41 - Fredericton (53,600 watts), 27 - Moncton (108,000 watts) and 20 - Halifax (128,200 watts). Co-owned CHSJ-TV agreed to a ten-year contract with the CBC, by which the station and its rebroadcasters would remain affiliated with the network. MITV would broadcast 116 hours a week. 21 hours of that time would be devoted to local productions. News would be complemented with the Global National news feed. Regional production would include business, sports and community affairs programs. The MITV service would be extended in time to the rest of the Maritimes, especially Prince Edward Island over time. The licences would expire August 31, 1990.
  • (1988) MITV was successful in its bid to switch from UHF to VHF channels in Saint John and Fredericton. A third application to change from channel 20 to channel 8 (10,800 watts) in Halifax was denied. Expecting to launch September 8, MITV would now broadcast with 18,300 watts on channel 12 (instead of 134 kw on ch. 23) at Saint John, and with 9,000 watts on channel 11 (instead of 53.6 kw on ch. 41) at Frederiction.
    • On September 5, 1988, CIHF-TV signed on the air. MITV was the region's only over the air independent television station. With studios and operations centered in Halifax (Dartmouth), and all other functions located in Saint John, the new station offered separate newscasts to each province, and an opportunity for advertisers to buy one or both provinces within the same program schedule.
      • It should be noted that New Brunswick Broadcasting had applied for a Halifax station in 1981 (channel 20 with effective radiated power of 192,800 watts). The application was turned down in 1982.
        • MITV's early news team included: Laura Lee Langley, Kelly Ryan and Carol McDade from ATV Halifax; Robin Smyth from CKPR-TV Thunder Bay and Ray Cormier from CKY-TV Winnipeg.
  • (1989) Transmitters were added in Truro (channel 18), Wolfville (channel 20), and Bridgewater (channel 9), Nova Scotia, bringing the MITV signal to the Valley and part of the south shore.
  • (1991) CIHF-TV received approval to decrease effective radiated power from 10,800 watts to 8,190 watts. The change was due to the relocation of CIHF-TV's antenna to a new tower recently erected by the CBC.
  • (1993) A second expansion was completed, adding transmitters in Sydney (channel 11 with ERP of 52,800 watts), New Glasgow (channel 34), Shelburne (channel 10), and Yarmouth (channel 45), Nova Scotia. This brought coverage to 90% of the province.
  • (1994) After losing an average of $5 million dollars per year since sign-on, CIHF-TV was sold to CanWest Global Communications Corp. on August 29, 1994, in a three way sale involving the CBC purchasing CHSJ-TV and moving it to Fredericton, renaming it CBAT-TV, as a full CBC station.
    • Halifax became the operational and business centre for CIHF-TV later in the year.
      • After two years as MITV's general manager, Ted Billo resigned. This followed the purchase of the stations by CanWest Global. Billo left on September 28.
  • (1997) The station changed its on air image, dropping the "MITV" label, and became "Global", as part of a national coordinated effort to brand the company across Canada.
    • It was announced that five new transmitters would be added to MITV's eleven-transmitter network in a $1.7 million expansion plan. The transmitters would be located at Antigonish (NS), Glen Valley (PE), St. Stephen (NB), Rogersville/Miramichi City (NB), and Hartland, (NB).
    • Rick Friesen was general manager, Ken Hauschildt was dir of engineering, and Patricia Wourms was promotions manager. Prime time newscasts were anchored by Bruce Graham and Judy Pal. Doug Vaessen anchored "Sportsline". Nelson Hansen was a reporter.
    • Anchor Judy Pal left MITV to return to the PR field. Carol McDade was news director.
    • Dan MacLellan joined MITV's newsroom. Stacey Jones had been filling in as news anchor. Nancy Sheppard remained on maternity leave.

Gallery[edit]

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