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This article is about the television channel in Alberta. For the American infomercial channel, see Access Television Network.
CJAL-TV / CIAN-TV
Access Alberta.svg
City of license CJAL: Edmonton, Alberta
CIAN: Calgary, Alberta
Branding ACCESS
Slogan The Education Station
Combining education with great entertainment
Channels Analog:
CJAL: 9 (VHF)
CIAN: 13 (VHF)
Digital:
CJAL: allocated 31 (UHF)
CIAN: allocated 51 (UHF)
Affiliations Educational independent
A (carries most primetime programming)
Owner CTVglobemedia
(CTV Limited)
First air date CJAL: June 30, 1973
CIAN: ?
Call letters’ meaning CJAL: CJ ALberta
CIAN: CI Access Network
Sister station(s) CFRN-TV, CFCN-TV
Transmitter Power CJAL: 15 kW
CIAN: 9.9 kW
Height CJAL: 168.1 m
CIAN: 246.3 m
Transmitter Coordinates CJAL:
53°24′19″N 113°20′42″W / 53.40528°N 113.345°W / 53.40528; -113.345 (CJAL-TV)
CIAN:
51°3′53″N 114°12′51″W / 51.06472°N 114.21417°W / 51.06472; -114.21417 (CIAN-TV)
Website ACCESS

Access (styled ACCESS) is a Canadian English language, privately owned educational television channel in the province of Alberta. It is owned by CTVglobemedia.

The channel is a "satellite-to-cable undertaking" [1] with two terrestrial transmitters, CJAL-TV (channel 9) in Edmonton, where the channel's main studios are located, and CIAN-TV (channel 13) in Calgary. Access is also available throughout Alberta on cable, on the Bell TV satellite service on Channel 267, and on Shaw Direct Channel 351.

Access airs a variety of educational and informative programs along with entertainment programs all of which include children's programs, documentaries, feature films, talk shows, dramas, comedies and more. Since August 2008, Access has officially been considered to be a defacto A station as it airs most of the A's primetime schedule. Its logo was also modified to more closely resemble the A logo — however, it has retained the "Access" name, and its educational mandate limits the amount of A programming it can air.

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Programming

Access logo from the 1970s

Access produces, promotes and delivers television-based multimedia learning opportunities to learners of all ages, in partnership with Alberta Learning, educational institutions and educators. Many of the programs, including all of the dramas, are connected to and promote formal courses of study offered by the province's universities and colleges or the formal learning objectives of Alberta Learning.

The above programming includes primetime series from A, as well as syndicated shows, much of which must be related to some sort of educational aim. For example, in fall 2008, Access broadcast Mad Men and Pushing Daisies, tied to an English course at Mount Royal College titled "Reading the Popular",[2] as well as Fringe as part of Lethbridge Community College's "Basic Television Production" course.[3]

Starting March 9, 2009, Access will start airing a province-wide news and current affairs magazine program called Alberta Prime Time, from the CTV/Access studios in Edmonton. Resources from CFRN-TV and CFCN-TV will be used to produce the program.[4]

History

Access was launched on June 30, 1973 by the Alberta government through the Alberta Educational Communications Corporation (AECC). Prior to this point, English-language educational programs were airing on Radio-Canada television station CBXFT in Edmonton. At this time Access was only available through cable and not over-the-air.

Former logo used during the early 2000s

On January 9, 1984, AECC was granted a licence from the CRTC for a television station in Calgary (CIAN) and on December 1, 1986, AECC was granted another licence for a television station in Edmonton (CJAL) to rebroadcast the programs from CIAN.

In 1993, the Government of Alberta undertook a re-evaluation of all provincially-funded activities, and announced that it would not provide direct funding for Access beyond 1994.

In 1995, Access was privatized and sold to Learning and Skills Television of Alberta Limited (60% owned by CHUM Limited) and in February 2005, CHUM Limited acquired the remaining 40% interest in Learning & Skills Television of Alberta Ltd. (and renamed it access media group), giving the company 100% of its shares including Access.

Former logo, 2006-2008.

On July 12, 2006, CTVglobemedia announced that it would make a friendly takeover bid to buy CHUM Limited.[5] Due to CTVgm's plans to keep CTV and Citytv, Rogers Communications was expected to purchase Access (along with CHUM's A-Channel stations, CKX-TV in Brandon, Canadian Learning Television and SexTV: The Channel) as announced on April 9, 2007, pending Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval (and approval of CTV's purchase). With the CRTC electing to force CTV to sell the Citytv stations instead, the Rogers deal was rendered void and as such CTV retained Access along with CHUM's A-Channel stations, CKX-TV in Brandon and all of CHUM's specialty channels, and sold the Citytv stations to Rogers. The takeover transaction was finalized on June 22, 2007.

Digital television and high definition

As of January 2009, neither station has begun broadcasting in digital.

After the analogue television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on August 31, 2011,[6] in Calgary CIAN-DT is required to begin broadcasting on its current assigned and analog channel number, 13, however should the station sign-on before the analog shut off date, the station will broadcast on channel 51. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CIAN-DT's virtual channel as 13.1. In Edmonton, CJAL-DT will broadcast on channel 26, but will broadcast on channel 31, if its digital signal is activated prior to 2011. However, receivers will display CJAL-DT's virtual channel as 9.1 with PSIP.

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