CBXT-DT
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 5.1
BrandingCBC Edmonton (general)
CBC Edmonton News (newscasts)
Programming
AffiliationsCBC Television (O&O)
Ownership
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
CBXFT-DT, CBX (AM), CBX-FM
History
First air date
October 1, 1961 (59 years ago) (1961-10-01)
Former call signs
CBXT (1961–2011)
Former channel number(s)
Analogue:
5 (VHF, 1961–2011)
Digital:
42 (UHF, 2011–2021)
Call sign meaning
Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation
X
Television
Technical information
Licensing authority
CRTC
ERP90.8 kW
HAAT234 m (768 ft)
Transmitter coordinatesCoordinates: 53°30′48″N 113°17′6″W / 53.51333°N 113.28500°W / 53.51333; -113.28500 (CBC Television)
Links
WebsiteCBC Edmonton

CBXT-DT, virtual channel 5.1 (UHF digital channel 25), is a CBC Television owned-and-operated station licensed to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with Ici Radio-Canada Télé station CBXFT-DT (channel 11). The two stations share studios at the Edmonton City Centre (across from Churchill Square) in Downtown Edmonton; CBXT-DT's transmitter is located on Wye Road in Sherwood Park.

On cable, the station is available on Shaw Cable channels 4 and 209 in Edmonton.[1] On satellite, the station is carried on Shaw Direct channel 192,[2] and on Bell Satellite TV channel 1120.[3] CBXT-DT is also available on CBC Gem, the public broadcaster's video streaming service.[4]

History

The station first went on the air on October 1, 1961 as Edmonton's second television station; the previous CBC affiliate, CFRN (channel 3), switched to the newly established CTV on the same day. Initially, it was branded as "CBXT 5", or "Channel 5". After being known as "Edmonton/5" in the late 1970s, it became known as "XTV" in 1980. It reverted to the "Edmonton 5" brand in the mid-1980s and then, on January 1, 1986, became "CBC Television Edmonton". Its local newscasts were originally known as Metro.

When CBXT signed on, it was the first television station in Canada to use television cameras that could be remotely controlled from a control room, and did not need constant adjustment. In 2004, the CBC's Edmonton operations moved into a new digital broadcast facility downtown, bringing all operations of radio and television, under one roof. The old television facility on 75th Street was 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2), while the radio building on 51st Avenue was 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2). The new combined facility at the Edmonton City Centre totals 38,700 square feet (3,600 m2). At the same time, master control was consolidated with those of CBRT in Calgary into a single facility presently based at the CBC Studios in Calgary.

When Red Deer's CKRD disaffiliated from CBC Television in 2005 (switching to E!, reverting to its original calls CHCA-TV), CBXT was given control of the transmitter in Coronation, Alberta (CKRD-1) on channel 10. CBXT added a transmitter on channel 22 in Red Deer, broadcasting the full CBXT/CBC schedule to Red Deer and Central Alberta.

News operation

CBXT airs 12 hours of local news programming; in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the lowest local newscast output out of any English-language television station in the Edmonton market.

CBC Edmonton News is broadcast live at 6 and 11 p.m. on weekdays from its studios at Edmonton City Centre Mall. Hourly 1-minute summaries at :59 past the hour are also produced by CBC Edmonton, and are broadcast in the afternoons and evenings.

In addition, the station produces a weekend provincial newscast for both CBC stations in Calgary and Edmonton. CBC Alberta News airs at 11:30 p.m. or following Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, and at 11 p.m. on Sundays.

The 11 p.m. edition of CBC Edmonton News, and the Saturday and Sunday editions of CBC Alberta News are simulcast on CBC North. Forecasts for Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon Territory are included in the weather segments.

CBXT also simulcasts Edmonton AM from CBX weekday mornings from 6–7 a.m. The radio program is presented with an enhanced news/weather/traffic ticker alongside live shots of its radio studio.

A weekly current affairs program, Our Edmonton also airs on weekend mornings.

As of May 22, 2017, CBXT began broadcasting all live TV news programming originating from its Edmonton studios using a control room in Toronto.[5] The technical change has enabled the station to produce its local news in high-definition, the fourth and final station in Edmonton to do so.

Transmitters

CBXT had nearly 30 rebroadcasters in certain Central and Northern Albertan communities. Due to federal funding reductions to the CBC, in April 2012, the CBC responded with substantial budget cuts, which included shutting down CBC's and Radio-Canada's remaining transmitters on July 31, 2012.[6] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital, leaving those areas dependent on cable television to receive CBC Television programming.

Former transmitters

City of license Callsign Channel ERP[7]
Athabasca CBXT-1 8 25.7 kW
Battle River CBXAT-6 9 9 watts
Beaver Lodge CBXAT-1 4 10 watts
Chateh CBXAT-7 5 151 watts
Daysland CBXT-11 40 100 watts
Forestburg CBXT-12 52 29 watts
Fort Chipewyan CBXBT 10 9 watts
Fort McMurray CBXT-6 9 6 watts
Fort Vermilion CBXAT-5 11 5 watts
Fox Creek CBXT-7 5 10 watts
Fox Lake CBXAT-10 9
Grande Prairie CBXAT 10 36 watts
High Level CBXAT-4 8 468 watts
High Prairie CBXAT-2 2 6 watts
Hinton CBXT-3 8 350 watts
Jasper CBXT-4 5 9 watts
Jean D’ore Prairie CBXAT-9 13 28 watts
Lac La Biche CBXT-5 10 825 watts
Manning CBXAT-3 12 2 watts
Peace River CBXAT-1 7 4,800 watts
Plamondon CBXT-8 4 10 watts
Rainbow Lake CBXAT-8 11 9 watts
Slave Lake CBXAT-11 11 672 watts
Wabasca CBXAT-12 7 10 watts
Whitecourt CBXT-2 9 9,400 watts

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
5.1 1080i 16:9 CBXT-DT Main CBXT-DT programming / CBC Television

Analog-to-digital conversion

On April 1, 2011, CBXT began broadcasting its digital signal on UHF channel 42. On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts,[9] the station's digital signal remained on UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CBXT's virtual channel as 5.1. On March 20, 2021, CBXT-DT changed its frequency to channel 25.[10]

References

  1. ^ https://www.shaw.ca/uploadedfiles/bundles/traditional/edmonton_channel_lineup.pdf
  2. ^ https://assets.aws.shawdirect.ca/uploadedfiles/national-channel-lineup-numerical.pdf
  3. ^ https://www.tvchannellists.com/List_of_Bell_Satellite_TV_channels
  4. ^ https://gem.cbc.ca/
  5. ^ Alicia Asquith [@AAsquithCBC] (May 21, 2017). "End of an era...this is CBC Edmonton's new control room in Toronto. Last show in our local control room tonight" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix regarding measures announced in the context of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan
  7. ^ TV & Cable Factbook (65th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Warren Communications News. 1997. p. B-308 and B-309.
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CBXT
  9. ^ "Digital Television – Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)". Archived from the original on November 19, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  10. ^ https://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/media-centre/edmonton-television-channel-switch