CFRE-DT
Channels
BrandingGlobal Regina (general)
Global News (newscasts)
Programming
AffiliationsGlobal
Ownership
Owner
CFSK-DT
History
First air date
September 6, 1987 (36 years ago) (1987-09-06)
Former call signs
CFRE-TV (1987–2011)
Former channel number(s)
Analogue:
11 (VHF, 1987–2011)
Independent (1987–1997)
Call sign meaning
Regina
Technical information
Licensing authority
CRTC
ERP17.3 kW
HAAT300.0 m (984 ft)
Transmitter coordinates50°35′45″N 105°4′10″W / 50.59583°N 105.06944°W / 50.59583; -105.06944
Links
WebsiteGlobal Regina

CFRE-DT (channel 11) is a television station in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, part of the Global Television Network. The station is owned and operated by network parent Corus Entertainment, and maintains studios on Hoffer Drive and McDonald Street on the northeast side of Regina; its transmitter is located near Louis Riel Trail/Highway 11, northwest of the city.

History

Logo used while as STV, used from 1987–1997. Shared with CFSK Saskatoon.

The Communications Tower (associated with the local early broadcasts in 1987) is the tallest structure in Saskatchewan at over 300 metres (984 ft) with lights and top antenna. The Tower was constructed by Towerectors, a company that specialized in constructing Communications Towers. Towerectors was owned and operated by Gerhard F. Hein and George Anderson.

This section needs expansion with: further information on the history of CFRE. You can help by adding to it. (September 2011)

The station first signed on the air on September 6, 1987, under the ownership of Canwest. CFRE and its sister station in Saskatoon, CFSK, were branded as "STV", and became part of the CanWest Global System in 1990 until the Global Television Network brand was expanded to all of Canwest's stations in 1997.

News operation

Former logo of CFSK-TV and CFRE-TV from 1997 to 2006

CFRE-DT presently broadcasts 24½ hours of local newscasts each week (with 4½ hours each weekday and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). The station also airs the public affairs program Focus Saskatchewan.

On May 31, 2011, Shaw Media announced that a new local weekday morning newscast would begin broadcasting on CFRE in late-August 2011. The morning newscast runs for three hours from 6 to 9 a.m.[2] On August 11, 2011, it was announced that Heather Anderson would anchor the program.[3]

In late 2011, CFRE-DT became the first television station in the Regina market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. On August 20, 2012, CFRE expanded its half-hour 10 p.m. newscast to one hour, and changed the name of the program from Prime News to News Hour Final (it has since been renamed Global News at 10); the expansion was part of a tangible benefits package mandated as a condition of Canwest Global's sale to Shaw Communications.[4]

Starting in August 2015, Global News at 10 and all weekend news programming was being produced out of Toronto; anchors were provided by the centralized news operation, but the broadcasts continued to feature local reporting. However, local news anchors have since returned to the weekday broadcast on Global News at 10. The program is hosted by Global Regina anchors Carlyle Fiset and Elise Darwish, who also produce the newscasts at 6 and 10 for Global Saskatoon.[5] Although the newscasts are anchored from Regina, Global Regina no longer has a permanent evening weather specialist. Instead, meteorologist Peter Quinlan from Global Saskatoon anchors Global Regina's weather reports. Weekend newscasts are still produced in Toronto and anchored by Mark Carcasole.

Technical information

Subchannel

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[6]
11.1 1080i 16:9 CFRE-HD Main CFRE-DT programming / Global

Analogue-to-digital conversion

On August 10, 2011, three weeks before Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets were slated to transition from analogue to digital broadcasts, CFRE flash cut its digital signal into operation on VHF channel 11.[7] On June 13, 2019, the CRTC approved a request by Corus to shut down CFRE-TV-2 in Fort Qu'Appelle.[8]

References

  1. ^ Ownership Chart 32H – CORUS – TV & Discretionary Services
  2. ^ "News - Media | Global News Redefines Morning Television in Toronto with the Morning Show Featuring the Return of Liza Fromer". Archived from the original on 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2011-08-11.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Global News Boosts Local Programming Across the Country Archived 2014-01-07 at the Wayback Machine, Broadcaster Magazine, May 30, 2012.
  5. ^ Faguy, Steve. "Another step in Global's faking of local news". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CFRE
  7. ^ "Digital Television – Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)". Archived from the original on 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  8. ^ "CFRE-DT | History of Canadian Broadcasting".