Canwest closes two, sells two, rebrands one
After putting the five conventional television stations comprising its secondary E! network (formerly CH) on the block for a “strategic review”, the results are in:
- CHCH Hamilton and CJNT Montreal will be sold to a company called Channel Zero for a grand total of $12.
- CHBC Kelowna (B.C.) will be brought into the Global network as a Global station (its local programming minimums being dropped from 13.5 hours a week to 7 will no doubt be taken advantage of here)
- CHEK Victoria and CHCA Red Deer (Alta.) will close on Aug. 31. CHEK couldn’t be turned into a Global station because of a CRTC rule that it not duplicate CHAN in Vancouver. CHCA is right between Calgary and Edmonton, both of which have Global stations.
Get the news from your favourite source:
- Canwest press release
- Vancouver Sun (focusing on CHEK), plus piece from the archives on CHEK history
- Canadian Press
The decisions mean the end to the E!/CH network.
CTV closes one, sells one, keeps one
Meanwhile, after Shaw backed away from buying three CTV stations for $1, there is similar mixed news at those stations:
- CHWI Windsor will be kept on the air for at least another year, thanks to an infusion of funding
- CKX Brandon (Man.) will be sold for $1 (press release) to Bluepoint Investment Corp. (don’t ask me who that is), who may be looking to buy other TV properties
- CKNX Wingham (Ont.) will be shut down on Aug. 31 and converted into a retransmitter for CFPL London
This leaves six A-channel stations left, including CHWI and the cable-only Atlantic A network.