NetworkCTV Atlantic
OwnerBell Media Inc.
First air date
January 1, 1961 (63 years ago) (1961-01-01)
Former call signs
CJCH-TV (1961–2011)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analogue: 5 (VHF, 1961–2011)
  • Digital: 48 (UHF, until 2020)
Independent (1961)
Call sign meaning
Chronicle Herald (newspaper)
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP365 kW
HAAT212 m (696 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°38′47″N 63°39′40″W / 44.64639°N 63.66111°W / 44.64639; -63.66111 (CJCH Transmitter)
Translator(s)see § Transmitters
WebsiteCTV Atlantic

CJCH-DT (channel 5) is a television station in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, part of the CTV Television Network. Owned and operated by network parent Bell Media, the station maintains studios on Robie and Russell Streets in Halifax, and its transmitter is located on Washmill Lake Drive on the city's west side.

CJCH-DT is the flagship of the CTV Atlantic regional system, producing all of the system's programming except for some commercials and local news inserts on the other stations.


CJCH-TV first went on the air on January 1, 1961, as an independent station, and it became one of the original CTV stations when the network began operations on October 1, 1961. CHUM Limited sold CJCH-TV along with ATV and the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) to Baton Broadcasting (CTV) on February 26, 1997[1] (with CRTC approval given on August 28, 1997[2]), but kept CJCH radio. CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM Limited on June 22, 2007, brought CJCH-TV and CJCH radio back under common ownership.

Notable former on-air staff

Technical information


Subchannel of CJCH-DT[3]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
5.1 1080i 16:9 CJCH CTV

Analogue-to-digital conversion

The station ceased broadcasting in analogue on August 31, 2011, and began broadcasting in digital on the same date.


Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter coordinates
CJCH-TV-1 Canning 10 (VHF) 18.1 kW 270 m 45°12′12″N 64°24′3″W / 45.20333°N 64.40083°W / 45.20333; -64.40083 (CJCH-TV-1)
CJCH-TV-2 Truro 12 (VHF) 0.008 kW NA 45°24′37″N 63°14′58″W / 45.41028°N 63.24944°W / 45.41028; -63.24944 (CJCH-TV-2)
CJCH-TV-3 Valley 12 (VHF) 0.008 kW NA 45°24′37″N 63°14′58″W / 45.41028°N 63.24944°W / 45.41028; -63.24944 (CJCH-TV-3)
CJCH-TV-4* Bridgetown 13 (VHF) 0.008 kW NA 44°52′35″N 65°18′23″W / 44.87639°N 65.30639°W / 44.87639; -65.30639 (CJCH-TV-4)
CJCH-TV-5 Sheet Harbour 2 (VHF) 1.5 kW 70.7 m 44°55′29″N 62°29′52″W / 44.92472°N 62.49778°W / 44.92472; -62.49778 (CJCH-TV-5)
CJCH-TV-6 Caledonia 6 (VHF) 100 kW 192.9 m 44°20′26″N 65°6′31″W / 44.34056°N 65.10861°W / 44.34056; -65.10861 (CJCH-TV-6)
CJCH-TV-7 Yarmouth 40 (UHF) 33 kW 167.3 m 43°54′56″N 66°5′16″W / 43.91556°N 66.08778°W / 43.91556; -66.08778 (CJCH-TV-7)
CJCH-TV-8 Marinette 23 (UHF) 0.01 kW NA 44°58′10″N 62°39′51″W / 44.96944°N 62.66417°W / 44.96944; -62.66417 (CJCH-TV-8)

* The Bridgetown transmitter was among a long list of CTV rebroadcasters nationwide to shut down on or before August 31, 2009, as part of a political dispute with Canadian authorities on paid fee-for-carriage requirements for cable television operators.[4] A subsequent change in ownership assigned full control of CTVglobemedia to Bell Canada; as of 2011, these transmitters remain in normal licensed broadcast operation.[5]

On February 11, 2016, Bell Media applied for its regular license renewals, which included applications to delete a long list of transmitters, including CJCH-TV-2 and CJCH-TV-8. Bell Media's rationale for deleting these analog repeaters is below:

"We are electing to delete these analog transmitters from the main licence with which they are associated. These analog transmitters generate no incremental revenue, attract little to no viewership given the growth of BDU or DTH subscriptions and are costly to maintain, repair or replace. In addition, none of the highlighted transmitters offer any programming that differs from the main channels. The Commission has determined that broadcasters may elect to shut down transmitters but will lose certain regulatory privileges (distribution on the basic service, the ability to request simultaneous substitution) as noted in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015–24, Over-the-air transmission of television signals and local programming. We are fully aware of the loss of these regulatory privileges as a result of any transmitter shutdown."

At the same time, Bell Media applied to convert the licenses of CTV 2 Atlantic (formerly ASN) and CTV 2 Alberta (formerly ACCESS) from satellite-to-cable undertakings into television stations without transmitters (similar to cable-only network affiliates in the United States), and to reduce the level of educational content on CTV 2 Alberta.[6][7]

On July 30, 2019, Bell Media was granted permission to close down two additional transmitters as part of Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-268. The transmitters for CJCH-TV-3 and CJCH-TV-4 will be shut down by December 3, 2021.[8]


  1. ^ "Baton picks up CTV web". February 27, 1997.
  2. ^ "ARCHIVED - Decision CRTC 97-527, Approval of applications by Baton Broadcasting Incorporated and certain of its subsidiaries, CHUM Limited, and CTV Television Network LTD. For authority to transfer either the assets, or share equity representing effective control, of the CTV Television network, and of various English-language television and other programming undertakings across Canada". August 28, 1997.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CJCH
  4. ^ CTV list of transmitters to be shut down
  5. ^ "CRTC renews licences of most English-language television services: New licence terms to bolster funding for original Canadian programs". Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Runtime Service cannot communicate with Entitlements Service".
  7. ^ "Notice of hearing - 22 to 24 November 2016 - Laval, Quebec - 28 November to 2 December 2016 - Gatineau, Quebec - Renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups". June 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "CRTC Decision 2019-268". July 30, 2019.

44°39′31.1″N 63°36′0.8″W / 44.658639°N 63.600222°W / 44.658639; -63.600222 (CJCH Studio)