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Commonwealth Broadcasting Network (CBN) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Asian Television Network (ATN).

Commonwealth Broadcasting Network
CBN TV.PNG
CBN logo
LaunchedApril 19, 2005 (pay service)
June 17, 2012 (specialty service)
Owned byAsian Television Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMarkham, Ontario
Formerly calledATN Caribbean (2005–late 2000s[specify])
WebsiteCBN
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 730
Cable
Rogers CableChannel 798
Shaw CableChannel 526
IPTV
Bell Fibe TVChannel 796
Bell MTSChannel 516
Optik TVChannel 2371
VMediaChannel 789

CBN primarily focuses on cricket programming such as live and tape-delayed matches featuring Commonwealth nations. CBN also broadcasts a select number of lifestyle, entertainment, and informational series aimed primarily at the Caribbean and African communities.

HistoryEdit

In November 2000, ATN, through one of its subsidiaries, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Caribbean & African Network, described as "a national ethnic Category 2 pay television service targeting Caribbean and African communities."[1]

The channel was launched on April 19, 2005 as ATN Caribbean on Rogers Cable, airing a variety of programming aimed at the Caribbean and African communities in Canada with such programming as sports, music, dramas, and more.[2]

The channel later rebranded in the later 2000s as the Commonwealth Broadcasting Network (CBN) and began focusing more on cricket and other programming that would appeal to those outside the Caribbean and African communities, such as other Commonwealth nations.

On September 25, 2012, CBN's broadcasting licence to operate as a pay service was revoked at ATN's request.[3] The channel subsequently re-launched as a regular specialty service on June 17, 2012, under the following license: ATN Cricket Channel One

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