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CTV Canada is a Canadian English-language terrestrial television network launched in 1960. Since 2000, it is owned by the CTV Inc. subdivision of the Bell Media division of BCE Inc. It is Canada’s largest privately or commercially owned network.
There has never been an official full name corresponding to the initials “CTV”; however, it is generally assumed to mean “Canadian Television”, a branding used in a promotional campaign by the network in 1998, and also in pre-promotion for the network prior to its launch in 1960. However, that branding was dropped before the network’s launch when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation objected to it, claiming exclusive rights to the term “Canadian”.
CTV Canada Programming
CTV Canada programming consists of the nightly CTV National News, national morning program Your Morning on CTV stations in Eastern Canada, local morning program CTV Morning Live on CTV stations in Western Canada, local newscasts branded as CTV News, and newsmagazines W-Five and Question Period, which interviews politicians and recaps political events during the week.
The network’s programming consists mainly of hit American series (such as The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Castle, CSI, Dancing with the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, The Michael J. Fox Show, Unforgettable and The X Factor), but it has also had success with Canadian-made shows such as Due South, Power Play, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Corner Gas, Instant Star, The Eleventh Hour, Flashpoint, The Listener, Canadian Idol and MasterChef Canada.
CTV also regularly produces and airs Canadian-made television movies, often based on stories from Canadian news or Canadian history, under the banners CTV Signature Series or CTV Movie. CTV has purchased Canadian broadcast rights to a number of American cable series, such as The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, Punk’d, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Osbournes.
In many cases, CTV has been one of the few conventional broadcast networks in the world to air these series in prime time, which has attracted some controversy from Canadian media watchdogs and parents groups who object to the profanity, violence and sexual content of Nip/Tuck, The Sopranos and The Osbournes–which, unlike originating broadcaster MTV, CTV aired uncensored. It has broadcast MTV programming live, starting with the MTV’s New Year of Music special during New Year’s 2005/2006.
CTV Canada Sports Programming
CTV Sports existed as a stand-alone division; with CTV’s purchase of cable network TSN in 2001, TSN has assumed responsibility for all sports output on CTV since. In 2005, CTV sports was part of the consortium that won the Canadian broadcast rights to Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics hosted by Canada itself and the London 2012 Summer Olympics. CBC had consistently won Olympic broadcast rights from the 1996 Summer Olympics through to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In the 1996 Summer Olympics being held in their main fiction TV series source, the United States. CTV and V (formerly TQS) were the primary broadcasters, with TSN, RDS and Sportsnet providing supplementary coverage. CTV promised to broadcast 22 hours per day of event coverage during the 2012 Olympics, regular CTV programming was reallocated to CTV’s secondary television system CTV Two during the Olympics.
On May 22, 2007, it was announced that CTV had acquired the broadcast rights to the National Football League early-afternoon Sunday games, the full NFL playoffs, and the Super Bowl, starting with the 2007 NFL season, effectively ending a lengthy association between the NFL and Global. TSN, a sports channel co-owned with CTV, airs primetime NFL games and produces the CTV broadcasts in tandem with CBS and Fox.
CTV Canada Logos
CTV original logo was an oval-shaped letter “C”, the inside shaped like a television tube. Contained within the C were the initials “CTV”. In 1966, colour programming was ushered in with a new logo, depicting a red circle containing the initial “C”, a blue square with a “T”, and a green inverted triangle with a “V” This logo has been used, albeit with minor variations along the way ever since.
In 1967, the letters “CTV” were rounded and easier to see, with the “base/TV” graphic added later. In 1998, CTV introduced a new “ribbons” identity that has remained in use, with various minor adjustments, ever since. Initially, CTV used the three coloured ribbons and shapes of its logo to represent its different divisions.
In-network branding, the red ribbon and sphere represented entertainment programming, the blue ribbon and cube represented news programming, and the green ribbon and inverted cone referred to sports programming. For a period, the identity featured bumper idents featuring CTV personalities manipulating the logo’s shapes as physical objects.
In 2005, the cone was replaced by a pyramid. On September 24, 2018, CTV introduced a refreshed logo and branding elements with a flatter, “digital” appearance, as well as a new promotional campaign, “Get into it”.
CTV Canada Documentaries series
- Cash Cab (reruns on CTV)
- The Amazing Race Canada (2013)
- MasterChef Canada (2014)
- Pop Life
- Mary’s Kitchen Crush (reruns on CTV 2; 2019–present)
- Highway Thru Hell (reruns on CTV 2; 2019–present)
- Jade Fever (reruns on CTV 2; 2019)
- Heavy Rescue: 401 (reruns; 2019)
- Holmes on Homes (reruns on CTV 2; 2020)
- I Do, Redo (2020)
CTV Canada High-definition and Digital transition
On November 19, 2003, CTV launched an HD simulcast of its Toronto station CFTO, with the free-to-air feed launching in 2005. CTV has since launched HD simulcasts of CIVT Vancouver on June 1, 2004 (the terrestrial feed followed suit in 2006), CFCN Calgary on January 8, 2009, CFCF Montreal on December 1, 2009 (the free-to-air feed followed suit on January 28, 2011), CJOH Ottawa on December 1, 2009 (BDU only), CFRN Edmonton in January 2011, CKY Winnipeg in February 2011, and CJCH Halifax on May 11, 2011.
CTV Canada American TV Series
- 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
- 8 Simple Rules (sitcom)
- Access Hollywood
- According to Jim (sitcom)
- Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1989–1990)
- Alias (drama)
- Ally McBeal (1997-2002)
- Almost Family (2019–20)
- America’s Funniest People (1990–1995)
- Anderson Live (talk show)
- Andy Barker, P.I.
- The Andy Griffith Show
- Animal World
- Another World
- Anything But Love
- Barnaby Jones
- Batfink (1967–1968)
- Battlestar Galactica
- Baywatch (1990)
- Beat the Clock
- The Beatles (1966–1968)