CP24 is a Canadian English language Category A specialty cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Bell Media, a subsidiary of BCE, Inc. Based in Toronto, the channel focuses on local news from the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, while also covering national and international news. It is distributed through cable in Southern Ontario and direct broadcast satellite nationally.
|Launched||March 30, 1998|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV/letterbox)|
|Slogan||Toronto's Breaking News|
Where Toronto Gets Its Everything
|Broadcast area||Southern Ontario (analog)|
|Headquarters||299 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Bell TV||Channel 503 (SD)|
Channel 1566 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 509 (SD)|
Channel 97 (HD)
|Available on many Southern Ontario cable providers||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 503 (SD)|
Channel 1503 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 283 (SD)|
|VMedia||Channel 24 (HD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 24 (HD)|
The channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996 as Pulse 24, described as "a 24-hour-a-day specialty television service devoted to news and information, with a focus on southern Ontario local and regional news and information", and launched on March 30, 1998 as CablePulse 24, under the ownership of CHUM Limited and minority partner Sun Media, owner of the Toronto Sun daily newspaper. The channel was named as an extension of CITY-TV's newscasts, which were then known as CityPulse. For the first 10 years after its inception, CP24's programming was anchored and featured reports from Citytv personalities, live CityPulse news broadcasts were immediately repeated on CP24 after their initial broadcast on CITY-TV (except for breaking news coverage), and special coverage was simulcast between the channel and the television station. Select programming from other CHUM stations would also be featured on the channel including The NewMusic and Fashion Television.
On December 1, 2004, CHUM Limited acquired the remaining interest in CP24 (giving it 100% of its shares), when the Sun's owners sold their 29.9% share in CP24 after acquiring its independent broadcast station CKXT-TV, the same day that CHUM Limited took control of Craig Media and its assets also.
On July 12, 2006, Bell Globemedia (the latter which became CTVglobemedia in 2007) announced a friendly bid to take over CHUM Limited for an estimated $1.7 billion. One year later on June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved the CTV takeover of CHUM. However, the CRTC made the deal conditional on CTV selling the Citytv stations. On June 12, 2007, Rogers announced that it had agreed to buy the Citytv stations (including Citytv Toronto) for $375 million. The deal was finalized later that year, with a stipulation that CTV maintain ownership of CHUM's 299 Queen Street West headquarters and studios. CTV chose to keep CP24, and the rest of CHUM assets (including the A-Channel stations) it had said it would sell.
As a result of the ownership changes, CP24 began to separate its operations from those of CITY-TV. This process began in 2008, with the introduction of new CP24-only personalities (which meant they were no longer seen anchoring/reporting on the CityNews side), new live eye trucks (also known as Breaking News Vehicles) which were outfitted with white and black design bearing the CP24 and red "Breaking News" decals, the establishment of a new studio and newsroom on the second floor of the 299 Queen Street West building in November of that year, and the removal of nearly all Citytv's news simulcasts from its schedule few weeks later on December 10 of that year, (excluding Breakfast Television), and replacing the 6 p.m. CityNews simulcast with CFTO's CTV News Toronto at Six. Critics had speculated that the latter change was likely as a response to the announcement of the CRTC granting approval to an application by Rogers Media for its own regional news channel focusing on the Greater Toronto Area, the CityNews Channel.
On March 26, 2009, Breakfast Television was replaced with the launch of its own new morning show, CP24 Breakfast, which marked the completion of CP24's separation from Citytv. Also coinciding with the launch, included the rebranding of its oldies music radio station 1050 CHUM (another station which was acquired in the CTV/CHUM acquisition) to a news talk radio format which operated as an audio simulcast of CP24 called "CP24 Radio 1050". The move was intended to broaden the network's reach as a multi-platform news source, but did not prove successful; Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn in particular pointed out that the station was simply airing a straight simulcast of CP24 television content that was not properly formatted for radio. This arrangement ended on April 13, 2011, with the launch of a new TSN-branded sports talk format, "TSN Radio 1050", (which became the first station of the new national TSN Radio network) few weeks after Bell Canada took control of CTVglobemedia's assets including CP24, with the latter company becoming known as Bell Media.
Following the layoffs and cost-cutting measures that took place at the Citytv stations across Canada (including the cancellation of Citytv Toronto's CityNews at Five announced on January 19, 2010), CP24 immediately expanded its Live at 5 newscast (which had been airing for 15 minutes since its launch in 2008) to 30 minutes along with the launch of another half-hour newscast, Live at 5:30. As a result, CP24's late-afternoon talk shows, such as Animal House Calls and Hot Property, which had been seen weekdays at 5:15 p.m. were moved to a new 7:15 p.m. time slot on January 26, 2010.
On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD. The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011 and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.
On March 19, 2011, CP24 introduced a weekend edition of CP24 Breakfast, hosted by Pooja Handa and Gurdeep Ahluwalia, George Lagogianes is the remote host and Nneka Elliott (who resigned on May 2, 2011, and was replaced by Jamie Gutfreund) delivers the weather forecasts. The show runs from 7:00-10:15 a.m., however. CP24 at Night's branding was not changed.
Location and formatEdit
CP24 is based at 299 Queen Street West, at the corner of John Street and Queen Street West. It used to share the newsroom with CITY-TV on the ground floor (which uses the facilities of Bell Media's 24-hour business news channel, Business News Network). In November 2008, CP24 moved its operations to a new studio and newsroom on the second floor of the complex. Coinciding with the new studio, CP24 also adopted an updated on-air appearance, replacing the previous blue and gold colour scheme with a red, white and black design.
CP24's screen format uses a window in the top-left of the screen to show the current program, which is surrounded with a sidebar with weather and traffic reports, scrolling news headlines and local entertainment/event information, and tickers for stocks and sports. This format has been described[by whom?] as more closely resembling a website than a conventional television channel, and has been replicated with a similar look of CP24's enriched screen on its website.
On September 27, 2012, CP24 again updated its on-air appearance as the channel began broadcasting in high definition. The relaunched enriched screen includes several changes such as:
- the entertainment and concert listings were reallocated from the bottom screen to the right-hand corner between the weather and traffic boxes,
- the weather scroll was expanded to a "five-day" contrast (which previously only displayed in "four-day" contrast) on which the scroll displays the forecast breakdown for the next 24-hours (e.g., "MORN" for both the current morning and the next morning, "AFT", for afternoon, "EVE" for evening and "NITE" for overnight), and
- a larger sports headline news scroll was added at the bottom, in which business news from Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange and the American New York Stock Exchange takes over the sports headline scroll Monday-Friday.
CP24 shares news resources with other Bell Media-owned outlets, including the news/talk radio affiliate CFRB "Newstalk 1010", sports updates with TSN (and CHUM "TSN Radio 1050"), business news updates with the Business News Network and entertainment news updates with eTalk. Before its acquisition by CTV, CP24 was closely integrated with CITY-DT's newsroom, which had shared programming, anchors and hosts at the time. CP24, is now available on iHeartRadio Canada effective December 2017.
Carriage and popularityEdit
CP24 is seen on cable channel 24 on most cable providers that carry the channel. It is not carried on any analogue cable system outside of Central or Southern Ontario, although it is available on direct broadcast satellite and IPTV television providers in some markets. The channel is available across Canada on Bell TV, on which the station is part of the service's "News" package. It is also available in the "FYI" package provided to Shaw Direct customers.
Because of its diverse, localized and partially text-based content, the channel is among the most popular choices in the Greater Toronto Area and much of Southern Ontario (outside of Ottawa) for screening in public places such as waiting areas, train stations, restaurants, and lounges.
Remote camera useEdit
- CN Tower
- Highway 401
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Rogers Centre
- Toronto City Hall
- Don Valley Parkway
- 299 Queen Street West
Since 2008, CP24 has leased a Bell 206L-4 Long Ranger (C-FCTV) news helicopter which can broadcast live at 1500 feet above land; nicknamed Chopper 24, which is supplied by its sister station, CTV Toronto and is painted with CTV's colouring and logo.
Remote truck useEdit
CP24 operates a fleet of remote transmission trucks that use digital microwave and satellite uplink systems to do live news reports throughout the region. Known as "Breaking News Vehicles" the custom-built 2008 Chevrolet Suburbans were outfitted by Frontline Communications of Clearwater, Florida, USA. The vehicles use a red, white and black paint scheme with the channel's logo and the "Breaking News!" slogan also included in the design.
Beat the TrafficEdit
In 2009, CP24 became the first station in Canada to introduce a new Beat the Traffic system showing a three-dimensional animated map displaying traffic flow, roadwork, accidents and current highway travel times.
The CRTC approved an application by then-owners CHUM Limited in June 2007 to launch a high-definition simulcast of CP24. On September 27, 2012, CP24 began broadcasting in HD (with the SD feed letterboxed) initially on Bell Fibe TV coinciding with it, a new enhanced on-air appearance. The HD feed was also added on the Bell TV service in December 2012. On June 25, 2013, CP24 began broadcasting in HD on Rogers Cable, shortly after the competing Rogers-owned CityNews Channel, which had been available in HD on Rogers Cable since launch, announced it would be shutting down. On March 1, 2017, Shaw Direct added the HD version to its lineup, it was only available in SD until then on that provider.
In December 2013, CP24 (along with several other Bell Media television channels) launched a TV Everywhere service known as CP24 GO, which is offered for free to Bell TV customers. It can be accessed from a computer or on a mobile app such as a tablet or smartphone. However, CP24 continues to offer its occasional free live streaming of some major news events on its website.
Notable on–air staffEdit
- Steve Anthony – weekday morning co–host of CP24 Breakfast. Now head of Media Relations and member of the Advisory Board at Direct Global / Direct Co-ops
- Thalia Assuras (later moved to ABC and then CBS). Now media and crisis management consultant
- Hugh Burrill – CityNews/CP24 sports anchor and AutoShop (now with The Fan 590 Sports Radio)
- Bill Cameron (later with the CBC and now deceased)
- Lance Chilton – reporter (now in Real Estate)
- Francis D'Souza – CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter (now anchor for CityNews Toronto)
- Mark Dailey – CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter and host of CityNews Tonight (died on December 6, 2010, after a long battle with kidney cancer)
- Denise Donlon (later CEO of Sony Canada and CBC Radio)
- Dwight Drummond – CityNews/CP24 crime reporter – former host of The Chief (joined CBC News Toronto on October 12, 2010)
- Mary Garofalo (later at WNYW in New York City; formerly host of Global's 16x9)
- Melissa Grelo – former co–host of CP24 Breakfast and anchor/reporter with CityNews/CP24 (now co–host of CTV's The Social exclusively)
- Larysa Harapyn – CityNews/CP24 entertainment reporter. Now reporter with Financial Post
- Lorne Honickman – CP24 legal specialist and practicing lawyer
- Bob Hunter (founder of Greenpeace; later died of cancer)
- Stephen LeDrew – weekdays on CP24 Live at Noon. Fired from CP@4 in 2017.
- Avi Lewis (later with CBC; now with Al Jazeera English)
- Stephen Lewis – provided a commentary program (later appointed as Canadian ambassador to the United Nations)
- Gord Martineau – CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter, CityNews at Six anchor for CP24, and anchor of CityNews International (now with CITY–TV's CityNews Toronto). Now retired.
- Jim McKenny – CityNews/CP24 sports anchor (now retired)
- Tracy Moore – reporter (now host of Citytv's CityLine)
- Anne Mroczkowski – CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter – CityNews at Six anchor and host of The Mayor. Now media consultant and occasional actor
- Cynthia Mulligan – CityNews/CP24 anchor/reporter (now with CITY–TV's CityNews Toronto)
- David Onley – CP24 anchor and host of Homepage (served as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 2007-2014). Now senior lecturer at University of Toronto Scarborough
- Alex Pierson – CityNews/CP24 reporter (later with Global News in Toronto and Sun News Network. Now a radio host with Corus)
- John Roberts (credited as J.D. Roberts) – entertainment reporter and weekend anchor (later with CNN's American Morning; formerly Atlanta–based national correspondent for Fox News Channel, now White House correspondent for Fox News)
- Ann Rohmer – formerly host of CP24 Breakfast, Animal House Calls, Hot Property and On The Quarter. Returned to CP24 and is mainly weekend anchor
- Tonya Rouse – fitness specialist and host of CP24's Perfect Fit. Left broadcasting and moved to Chicago area
- John Saunders – sportscaster, later worked for ESPN
- Omar Sachedina – CP24 anchor/reporter (now a correspondent for CTV News)
- Devon Soltendieck – Evening News anchor and Autoshop host. Later as reporter with eTalk
- CRTC Decision 96-609
- CP24.com Exciting times as CP24 launches cutting-edge newsroom
- CP24 broadcasts Toronto's Number One Local 6pm Newscast
- CRTC Broadcasting Notice 2008-9
- "What Happened To CityNews On That Cable Channel?". Archived from the original on 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- Ted Woloshyn, "CP24 Radio is a disaster". Toronto Sun, March 28, 2009.
- "Ground shifting as broadcasters brace for sports war". Toronto Star, January 21, 2011.
- "TSN Radio a reality". The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2011.
- CP24 Now Offers Toronto Viewers More Early News With LIVE AT 5 and LIVE AT 5:30 Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine CTVglobemedia press release, January 19, 2010,
- CP24 now offering more news at 5 p.m. CP24.com, published January 19, 2010
- TalkTV shows move to better time-slot CP24.com, puiblished January 26, 2010
- Bell Canada (2010-09-10). "Bell to acquire 100% of Canada's No.1 media company CTV". CNW Group. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- CRTC approves BCE's purchase of CTVglobemedia Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Bell completes acquisition of CTV, launches Bell Media business unit Archived April 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine CNW 2011-04-01
- CP24 BREAKFAST Served Fresh Seven Days A Week Archived 2011-03-17 at the Wayback Machine CTV press release, March 14, 2011
- "CP24 November 18 press release for new on-air look and new cutting-edge newsroom". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- CP24 launches enhanced HD screen www.cp24.com, published on September 27, 2012
- "CP24's Beat The Traffic system online". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2009-10-13.