CHUM Television announced today that an
application has been submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a digital over-the-air licence for its Toronto station Citytv. This licence will allow for the first HDTV signal to emanate from a Canadian broadcaster.
“We are proud to be taking a leadership role in the introduction of HDTV in Canada,” said Jay Switzer, President of CHUM Television. “CHUM,
particularly throughout the evolution of Citytv, has forged the way in the use of new technologies and innovations, which over the years have become industry standards.”
Launched on September 28, 1972, Citytv Toronto was Canada’s first commercial UHF station and the world’s first all videotape station. Citytv was also the first station in Canada to rely solely on ENG newsgathering and the first to hit the streets with a live microwave newsgathering vehicle.
CHUM Television’s Toronto headquarters, the CHUMCity Building, is recognized as the world’s first studio-less storefront/streetfront media
complex. Cameras plug into any one of 35 remote outlets in the building allowing anywhere/anytime broadcasting. The CHUMCity Building serves as the
broadcast center for Citytv Toronto in addition to six of CHUM’s national analogue specialty channels (CablePulse24, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, Bravo!, SPACE, Star!) and five of its digital services (FashionTelevisionChannel, Book
Television, SexTV, MuchLoud and MuchVibe).