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2014-08-29 at 17:22

CKPR Television to switch to CTV programming Monday

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Viewers of CKPR Television can look for some big changes starting next week.

This comes following a decision by the CBC to end its affiliation agreements across Canada.

In its place, viewers of CKPR will now be able to enjoy the full program slate offered by the CTV Television Network.

This will provide access to the top-rated program line-up in Canada, Including shows such as Grey's Anatomy and The Amazing Race Canada, and new offerings like the highly anticipated How to Get Away With Murder.

The changeover will take place starting Monday.

(TBT News)

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eeffoc says:
Where do Thunder Bay residents apply for their rebate on taxes paid that fund CBC for programming we can no longer watch without paying for basic cable? Either that or my $30+ per month basic cable package should be tax deductible. This has got to be the only major city (i.e. 100k residents or more) in Canada that can't get tax subsidized CBC over the air.
9/4/2014 8:59:13 PM
progress now says:
CKPR was always associated with the CBC in my mind, so I am sorry for this.

Times change, and that is that.

9/1/2014 8:34:21 PM
Melvin Pitt-Balsam says:
"...a decision by the CBC to end its affiliation agreements across Canada."

Interesting...on Superior Morning last week, Lisa Laco said that (paraphrasing here) "...Dougal Media decided to end their relationship with the CBC early..."

Not that I am feeling the urge to seek out CBC's ancient Rick Mercer re-runs and endless repetitions of Just for Laughs, wherever it ends up on the Idiot Box...
8/31/2014 7:12:29 AM
mandy says:
If you go and read all the articles leading up to this decision, you'll find the timeline for CBC to end the affiliation.... right before the Olympics. Kind of a re-run of what CTV did back in 2010. I can only assume Dougall didn't want a repeat of pissed off people losing a network the day before it starts. So this was probably just a safe move.
8/31/2014 10:56:02 AM
Leith Dunick says:
The bottom line is that CBC was going to end the agreement, forcing our company to seek out alternative programming. When the CTV opportunity came along, we took it.

Only those relying on over-the-air signals will be without CBC.
8/31/2014 10:59:34 AM
Back-in-the-bay says:
Hey leith,
Don't bother printing or responding to my first comment on this, even though it was both on topic and completely within the guidelines...you're choosing not to only confirms again to me your real character and professionalism.
9/2/2014 2:30:08 PM
Leith Dunick says:
First of all, I neither wrote nor posted the story. As I said, it was a corporate statement issued by our company on a change to our programming. We've allowed a number of comments detailing where CBC can be found, which quite frankly, I approved. Your comment was a cheap shot, pretty easy to do anonymously.
9/5/2014 12:23:04 AM
lonewolf9 says:
Shaw Cable has already added the new CBC Channel (CBLT-Toronto) on Channel 2 (HD-209). CKPR remains on Channel 5 and moves to (HD-210).
8/30/2014 6:19:06 PM
freddyc says:
So, it appears that the cons in their dying gasps are following through in their attempts to destroy the CBC. Does this mean no more Rick Mercer, This Hour has 22 mins., or any other shows that point out the lunacy of our present governments in a humorous manner? At least the humourous presentations make the insanity a little less painful...
It truly amazes one that the true agenda behind this change is not apparent to all and most just see the 'shiny red ball'.
8/30/2014 2:59:50 PM
bubba says:
Did CBC end it's agreements or just want to negotiate new ones? Sounds like getting ahead of the storm to me. Channel 2 on cable I think.
8/30/2014 1:17:04 PM
Leith Dunick says:
They were planning on ending the agreement and indicated they weren't interested in negotiating a new one. It's been coming for several years, but we managed to hold it off until now.
8/31/2014 11:13:55 AM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
Just use the internet to download whatever programs get chopped from our viewing times...

8/30/2014 3:49:09 AM
mercy mercy me says:
hope we still have the option to watch a a US broadcast of the Superbowl and not have the CTV broadcast 'Putin'[read supersede] every channel as it did in the past Dougal 'affiliation' with CTV
8/30/2014 1:49:38 AM
sandstorm says:
It's not Dougallmedia's fault. It's part of the CRTC Guidnlines. CTV is the Canadian Carrier of Superbowl.. last few years we didn't have CTV here, therefor had the US Feeds. This year unfortunately it won't be the same. Since CTV is in the market, by law any viewing of the same Show will have to be Simulcast through the local CTV station. Don't blame Dougallmedia. Blame the CRTC.
8/30/2014 5:48:22 PM
SomeGuy says:
So no more CBC anymore? I hope the cable companies add CBC to our channel line up without having to buy a stupid bundle. If not I'm gonna miss their programs like Doc Zone, and Nature of Things.
8/29/2014 8:28:58 PM
RAM501 says:
I agree, we have obvious questions. This story is the same text read on the news last night (Friday). I hate when the reporters just print a press release. We need a reporter who can anticipate the questions the consumer of the news would ask. Not reprint what CKPR wants to say.
8/30/2014 8:09:21 AM
Leith Dunick says:
The story is the company statement. We are CKPR.
8/31/2014 11:07:47 AM
tbay87 says:
Except I'd like to think there is a difference between a news story and a press release. I expect press releases to be inherently biased and one-sided. I'd like to think news - which is what I hope tbnewswatch is trying to be, rather than a press release hosting site - would include information like where to find CBC programming, if CBC is planning their own local affiliate, etc - even if this information could help a competitor.

To be fair to tbnewswatch, the article on CBC had the exact same (although opposite point of view) problem: mentioned where to see CBC but nothing about the future of CKPR.
8/31/2014 10:35:36 PM
tsb says:
Cable companies are required by law to carry the CBC on basic cable, in English and French, nationwide.
8/30/2014 10:40:58 AM
Joey_J says:
There was a release. The CBC feed from Toronto will be available.
9/1/2014 3:57:25 PM
The Beaver…. says:
ok good show but is there anybody at the station to tell us dummies what this is all about.Maybe just maybe we don't count .
Do we change channels...do we stay where we are..I can figure it out...but i did not make the change...CKPR did.Not making many good friends here
8/29/2014 8:09:00 PM
sandstorm says:
I thought it was pretty clear in the text.. CBC TV wants full control of their channels. Therefore are pulling out of Thunder Bay, leaving dougallmedia and CKPR-TV with nothing. CTV is coming in to fill the void. Channel will be the same. only difference you'll notice is programming.
8/30/2014 5:50:11 PM
hunterthedog says:
There's still local television?? Really?
8/29/2014 5:43:43 PM
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