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CHAN-TV's Current Logo
British Columbia
City of license Vancouver, British Columbia
Branding Global BC
Slogan TV for BC
Channels Analog: 8 (VHF)
Digital: 22 (UHF) and returning to 8 in 2011
Virtual: 8.1 (PSIP)
Translators See list
Affiliations Global
Owner Canwest
(Canwest Media, Inc.)
First air date October 30, 1960
Call letters’ meaning CHANnel
Former affiliations Independent (1960-1961)
CTV (1961-2001)
Transmitter Power 250 kilowatts (analog)
8.3 kilowatts (digital)
Height 711 metres (analog)
670 metres (digital)
Transmitter Coordinates 49°21′26″N 122°57′13″W / 49.35722°N 122.95361°W / 49.35722; -122.95361
Website Global BC
BCTV redirects here. For the former Boston Catholic Television, see CatholicTV.

CHAN-TV is a television station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, broadcasting over-the-air on analog channel 8 and digital channel 22, and available via cable providers in the area on channel 11. It is the flagship station of the Global Television Network. CHAN-TV's studios are located in the city of Burnaby. It is Global's owned-and-operated station in B.C., and it currently uses the on-air brand Global BC, and was previously known as BCTV. The station is available throughout British Columbia, and its 6:00 p.m. News Hour is the highest-rated newscast in the province and the highest-rated local newscast in Canada, with an average of 500,000 viewers per night.[1] As of October 6, 2009, this station, as well as other Global stations and several cable channels owned by licensee Canwest Media, are under creditor protection, with its future ownership in question.[2] It is also carried on Bell TV channel 252 and Shaw Direct channel 336 on the classic lineup and channel 5 on the advanced lineup.



CHAN's first logo, branded as Channel 8, the station would continue to use the logo until 1973.
CHAN-TV and CHEK-TV shared this logo in the 60s, it was often used when they simulcasted programming.

CHAN began broadcasting on October 30, 1960 at 4:45 p.m. as an independent station[3], joining CTV upon the new network's launch on October 1, 1961. Temporary studios were housed in Downtown Vancouver, at 1219 Richards Street, until its current studios at 7850 Enterprise Street in Burnaby were completed in early 1961. Soon after launch, the station began installing relay transmitters across the province, and now reaches 96 percent of British Columbia. Via OTA channel 8, CHAN also reaches an American audience in neighbouring Whatcom County, Washington.

BCTV's iconic original logo, used for more than 20 years from 1973-1994. The logo featured the pacific dogwood flower, the provincial flower of British Columbia.[4]

In 1963, local entrepreneur Frank Griffiths, the owner of radio station CKNW, purchased the station from original owner Vantel Broadcasting, along with nearby CBC affiliate station CHEK-TV, based in Victoria on Vancouver Island, from its original owner, David Armstrong. CHEK then began airing a few CTV shows, usually at different times from CHAN. It would become a full CTV affiliate in 1981, but aired a shuffled schedule.

Griffiths' Western Broadcasting Co. later sold a minority share to Selkirk Communications, buying back full control in 1989.

As early as 1971, CHAN began unofficially using the on-air name BCTV.[5][6] In 1973, BCTV became CHAN's official on-air brand, which it used until 2001, when it became Global BC. BCTV was retained for its local news programs up until February 2006, but the branding was so effective that many people still call the station by that name today. Also in 1975, the current newsroom was constructed. It was rebuilt in the early nineties, moving the studio out of the newsroom, but keeping it as a backdrop, and remodelled again in 2006.


Hostility to CTV

CHAN was one of the backbones of the CTV network for many years and one of the network's most successful affiliates. However, it was always somewhat hostile toward CTV. Management believed that the network's flagship station, CFTO-TV in Toronto, received favoritism in the production of CTV's Canadian programming in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The final logo for BCTV. The stylized pacific dogwood was modernized in 1994 and was used until the affiliation switch on August 31, 2001.[7]

In the 1990s, CHAN's goal became the production of a new, early-evening national newscast from its studios. In fact, several newscast pilots were produced at CHAN, suggesting the network was seriously considering such a move. However, that newscast never materialized; instead, CHAN began producing Canada Tonight, which aired on most WIC-owned stations beginning in the mid-nineties.

Nonetheless, until 1997, CHAN bought the provincial rights to several popular series from CFTO's parent company, Baton Broadcasting. However, tensions were exacerbated that year when Baton won a license for a new station in Vancouver, CIVT-TV. Baton became sole owner of CTV soon after CIVT's launch, and it became an open secret that CIVT would eventually replace CHAN as the CTV station for Vancouver. CHAN had signed a long-term contract several years prior that would not expire until 1999, but was extended to 2001. However, outside of the 40 hours of programming per week that this allowed for, and CHAN's own local news, the station had to rely on lower-profile programming supplied by parent company WIC. A small amount of CHUM programming also aired on CHAN at times during the 1997-2001 period, including CityLine.

The affiliation shakeup of 2001

In 2000, WIC's stations were purchased by Canwest, and as a result, CHAN would become the British Columbia O&O station of the Global Television Network. When BCTV's affiliation with CTV expired on September 1, 2001, a major shakeup in British Columbia television occurred:

  • The CTV affiliation, jointly held by CHAN and sister station CHEK, moved to CTV-owned independent station CIVT, becoming a CTV O&O station which was briefly known as BC CTV (later simply CTV). Both switches left CTV dependent on cable and satellite to reach the rest of the province.
  • The Global affiliation, held by CKVU, a former Canwest station that was in the process of being sold to CHUM Limited, moved to CHAN, which became new O&O Global BC.
  • Most of BCTV's former WIC programming, now part of Canwest's CH system, moved to CHEK (where other WIC programs already aired). The station was rebranded CH Vancouver Island.
  • Finally, CKVU adopted the ckvu13 brand and became an independent station carrying CHUM programming, some of which had aired on KVOS-TV the previous season. The station became Citytv Vancouver several months later, after the sale to CHUM was approved.
  • A religious station, CHNU, launched two weeks later, and a CHUM-owned NewNet station in Victoria, CIVI, launched just over two weeks after that.


CHAN's news operation is well respected in the industry. Ever since the station decided to produce a one hour news bulletin in the late 1960s, a major part of the station's cash flow has gone into its news programming, and it has garnered high ratings and major awards since then. The station's on-air news style was even used as an inspiration for Ted Turner's CNN, as both use the newsroom as a backdrop during the broadcast.

Global BC's microwave ENG vans.

In addition to its various local newscasts, CHAN also produced Canada Tonight, an early-evening newscast focusing on national news. Two versions were produced: one for BC itself, hosted by CKNW radio commentator Bill Good (now at CIVT, CTV's current Vancouver O&O station) and a national version, hosted by Tony Parsons, who also presented CHAN's nightly news program, the News Hour. When Canwest purchased CHAN, the stories that were once sourced from CTV's other affiliates throughout the country, were replaced by stories sourced from Global's affiliates.

From 2001, when the station became Global BC, the news organization underwent a minor name change - BCTV News on Global. CHAN opted to keep the BCTV name for their newscast, as it was still a widely recognized name in BC; also, to keep CIVT from using the name itself, as it contained the letters "CTV". In addition, CHAN became home to Global's national news centre and a new national newscast, Global National--thus fulfilling its longstanding dream of producing a national newscast. anchored by former ABC reporter and presenter, Kevin Newman. The program goes live from tape from Vancouver at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone), and is followed by the News Hour at 6:00 p.m. with Chris Gailus. Carolyn Jarvis and Robin Gill share the anchoring duties on the weekend edition of Global National, followed by Robin Stickley, who anchors the weekend version of the News Hour.

The BCTV brand was finally dropped when Global launched its new look on February 6, 2006. CHAN's local news brand became Global BC at this point.

In 2006 Global struck a deal with the Canadian Traffic Network to supply the station with a Robinson R44 news helicopter with gyroscopic camera mounts. It will be shared with CKNW - the second news helicopter in Vancouver after that used by CIVT. [4] Global has named the helicopter Global 1 - the same designation used for the news helicopters of other Global stations.

On December 16, 2009, Tony Parsons anchored his final newscast at Global BC after 34 years as anchor of the News Hour.[8] It was expected that he would remain until after the 2010 Winter Olympics, but due to unknown reasons, Tony Parsons left the station much earlier than expected. Tony Parsons began anchoring CHEK Victoria's 10 PM newscast March 15, 2010.[9]

Global BC produces 48.5 hours of news content per week, 47.5 hours locally between the Morning News, Noon News Hour, Noon News Extra (online only) Early News, News Hour, News Hour Final and News Final and 1 hour nationally with Global National. However, only 46 hours per week of news content is aired on CHAN-TV.

Current Personalities


  • Lynn Colliar - Morning News (Weekdays at 5:30 a.m.)
  • Steve Darling - Morning News (Weekdays at 5:30 a.m.)
  • Anne Drewa - News Final (Weekends at 11 p.m.)
  • Chris Gailus - News Hour (Weekdays at 6 p.m.)
  • Deborra Hope - Early News/News Hour Insight (Weekdays at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
  • Jill Krop - News Hour Final (Weekdays at 11 p.m.)
  • Sophie Lui - Weekend Morning News and Weekend Noon News Hour (Saturdays at 7 a.m./Sundays at 8 a.m. and Weekends at Noon)
  • Randene Neill - Noon News Hour (Weekdays at 12 p.m.)
  • Robin Stickley - News Hour (Weekends at 6 p.m.)

Global National Anchors

  • Carolyn Jarvis - Global National (Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Robin Gill - Global National (Sundays at 5:30 p.m.)

Noon News Extra (online only)

  • Squire Barnes - Co-host (Weekdays at 1 p.m.)
  • Peter Mesizner - Web producer/moderator (Weekdays at 1 p.m)
  • Randene Neill - Co-host (Weekdays at 1 p.m.)


  • Wayne Cox - Early News/News Hour/News Hour Final forecaster
  • Kristi Gordon - Weekend meteorologist
  • Arran Henn - Substitute Forecaster
  • Mark Madryga - Morning meteorologist
  • Wesla Wong - Noon News Hour forecaster


  • Squire Barnes - Noon News Hour/News Hour
  • Barry Deley - News Hour Final (Thursday/Friday), News Hour and News Final (Weekends)
  • Jay Durant - News Hour Final (Monday - Wednesday)
  • Dan Elliott - Substitute Sportscaster
  • Jay Janower - Weekend Morning and Noon News
  • Kristin Reid - Substitute Sportscaster


  • Kaitlyn Herbst - Weekday mornings in Global 1 (Also in the air with AM 730 and CKNW)
  • Leah Holiove - Weekday at 5 in Global 1 (Also in the air with AM 730 and CKNW)
  • Wesla Wong - Weekday mornings


  • Linda Aylesworth (Health & Human Interest)
  • Keith Baldrey (political/Vancouver Island)
  • Tanya Beja
  • Ron Bencze
  • Jane Carrigan (also fill in anchor)
  • Erin Cebula (entertainment)
  • Ted Chernecki
  • Brian Coxford (investigative)
  • John L. Daly (crime)
  • Rumina Daya
  • Anne Drewa
  • Samantha Falk (also fill in anchor)
  • Ted Field
  • Darlene Heidemann
  • Grace Ke
  • Claudia Kwan (Morning News reporter)
  • Sophie Lui (also weekend Morning and Noon News anchor)
  • Aaron McArthur (also fill in anchor)
  • Mike McCardell (human interest)
  • Michelle Miller
  • Randene Neill
  • Jennifer Palma
  • Catherine Pope
  • Robin Stickley (also weekend News Hour anchor)
  • Eric Szeto
  • Marisa Thomas
  • Catherine Urquhart
  • Elaine Yong


For the most part, CHAN-TV airs a typical Global network schedule, but with a few differences.

  • CHAN owns the British Columbia rights to The Oprah Winfrey Show, dating back to its days as a CTV affiliate, and airs it at 4:00 p.m. PT. In every other market in which CTV owns a station, CTV owns the local rights to Oprah.
  • Some programs seen on Global's daytime schedule in other markets – primarily library programs from Canwest's specialty channels, as well as Days of our Lives – are not cleared on CHAN in order to make room for Oprah and the station's various local news programs. For similar reasons, some other daytime programs are aired in different timeslots compared to other Global stations.
    • Previously, some of the absent programs would be shown on CHEK, however this has ceased as of fall 2009 with Canwest's sale of the station.
    • Canadian content regulations effectively limit Global to airing four hours of foreign programming per day on its daytime (6:00 am – 6:00 pm) schedule. With ATWT, Y&R, and The Doctors being aired on all Global stations, carrying Oprah makes it impossible for CHAN to fit DOOL onto its schedule as well.
  • There are also sometimes minor changes to the overnight schedule as well. Currently, reruns of That '70s Show are absent from the CHAN overnight schedule despite airing on several other Global stations.

Selected former non-network programs

(280-JOCK followed News Hour Final at 12:05 a.m. until it was cancelled in late 1994, which pushed back Late Show to 12:37 a.m. for several months.)
(As CHUM held the rights to this program throughout the rest of the country, when CIVI-TV lanuched in nearby Victoria, British Columbia, the broadcast rights transferred over to there.)


CHAN operates the single largest private transmitter network in North America, with roughly one hundred transmitters (some of which are community-owned) serving 97 percent of British Columbia. Therefore, the network relies exclusively on cable and satellite in the remaining municipalities (including most where CFCN and CFRN were already available over-the-air before 2001).

Owned-and-operated transmitters

Semi-satellites are in bold italics.
Note that the transmitters in Kelowna and area (CHKL-TV) are in addition to CHBC-TV, a separate Global station in Kelowna that originates its own local evening newscasts, but which carries Global BC's programming at virtually all other times.

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CHAN-TV-1 Chilliwack 11 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA 49°4′9″N 122°1′41″W / 49.06917°N 122.02806°W / 49.06917; -122.02806 (CHAN-TV-1)
CHAN-TV-2 Bowen Island 3 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA 49°23′16″N 123°22′41″W / 49.38778°N 123.37806°W / 49.38778; -123.37806 (CHAN-TV-2)
CHAN-TV-3 Squamish 7 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA 49°38′51″N 123°12′39″W / 49.6475°N 123.21083°W / 49.6475; -123.21083 (CHAN-TV-3)
CHAN-TV-4 Courtenay 11 (VHF) 2.55 kW 402.6 m 49°44′54″N 125°14′58″W / 49.74833°N 125.24944°W / 49.74833; -125.24944 (CHAN-TV-4)
CHAN-TV-5 Brackendale 9 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 49°46′24″N 123°7′44″W / 49.77333°N 123.12889°W / 49.77333; -123.12889 (CHAN-TV-5)
CHAN-TV-6 Wilson Creek 23 (UHF) 19.3 kW 174.3 m 49°13′19″N 124°0′15″W / 49.22194°N 124.00417°W / 49.22194; -124.00417 (CHAN-TV-6)
CHAN-TV-7 Whistler 9 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 50°8′43″N 122°58′24″W / 50.14528°N 122.97333°W / 50.14528; -122.97333 (CHAN-TV-7)
CHKL-TV Kelowna 5 (VHF) 7 kW 509.6 m 49°58′2″N 119°31′50″W / 49.96722°N 119.53056°W / 49.96722; -119.53056 (CHKL-TV)
CHKL-TV-1 Penticton 10 (VHF) 1.08 kW 358 m 49°39′34″N 119°34′22″W / 49.65944°N 119.57278°W / 49.65944; -119.57278 (CHKL-TV-1)
CHKL-TV-2 Vernon 12 (VHF) 0.564 kW 176.2 m 50°16′58″N 119°19′13″W / 50.28278°N 119.32028°W / 50.28278; -119.32028 (CHKL-TV-2)
CHKL-TV-3 Revelstoke 7 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA 50°53′7″N 118°15′4″W / 50.88528°N 118.25111°W / 50.88528; -118.25111 (CHKL-TV-3)
CHKM-TV Kamloops 6 (VHF) 4 kW 152.7 m 50°40′9″N 120°23′52″W / 50.66917°N 120.39778°W / 50.66917; -120.39778 (CHKM-TV)
CHKM-TV-1 Pritchard 9 (VHF) 0.008 kW NA 50°38′55″N 119°50′18″W / 50.64861°N 119.83833°W / 50.64861; -119.83833 (CHKM-TV-1)
CHRP-TV-2 Revelstoke 9 (VHF) 0.005 kW NA 50°53′7″N 118°15′4″W / 50.88528°N 118.25111°W / 50.88528; -118.25111 (CHRP-TV-2)
CHSH-TV-2 Chase 13 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 50°54′7″N 119°38′24″W / 50.90194°N 119.64°W / 50.90194; -119.64 (CHSH-TV-2)
CIFG-TV Prince George 12 (VHF) 4.7 kW 474 m 53°54′48″N 122°27′15″W / 53.91333°N 122.45417°W / 53.91333; -122.45417 (CIFG-TV)
CISR-TV Santa Rosa 68 (UHF) 0.1 kW NA 49°1′30″N 118°3′34″W / 49.025°N 118.05944°W / 49.025; -118.05944 (CISR-TV)
CISR-TV-1 Grand Forks 7 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA 49°0′35″N 118°23′29″W / 49.00972°N 118.39139°W / 49.00972; -118.39139 (CISR-TV-1)
CITM-TV 100 Mile House 3 (VHF) 1.3 kW 584.3 m 51°54′10″N 121°15′42″W / 51.90278°N 121.26167°W / 51.90278; -121.26167 (CITM-TV)
CITM-TV-1 Williams Lake 13 (VHF) 0.005 kW NA 52°6′55″N 122°11′15″W / 52.11528°N 122.1875°W / 52.11528; -122.1875 (CITM-TV-1)
CITM-TV-2 Quesnel 8 (VHF) 0.005 kW NA 52°53′0″N 122°20′10″W / 52.883333°N 122.33611°W / 52.883333; -122.33611 (CITM-TV-2)
CKKM-TV Oliver/Osoyoos 3 (VHF) 0.93 kW 964 m 49°8′15″N 119°40′14″W / 49.1375°N 119.67056°W / 49.1375; -119.67056 (CKKM-TV)
CKTN-TV Trail 8 (VHF) 18 kW 480.4 m 49°5′30″N 117°49′14″W / 49.09167°N 117.82056°W / 49.09167; -117.82056 (CKTN-TV)
CKTN-TV-1 Castlegar 5 (VHF) 0.009 kW NA 49°18′50″N 117°37′34″W / 49.31389°N 117.62611°W / 49.31389; -117.62611 (CKTN-TV-1)
CKTN-TV-2 Taghum 23 (UHF) 0.009 kW NA 49°29′40″N 117°27′19″W / 49.49444°N 117.45528°W / 49.49444; -117.45528 (CKTN-TV-2)
CKTN-TV-3 Nelson 3 (VHF) 0.33 kW -569 m 49°29′35″N 117°16′19″W / 49.49306°N 117.27194°W / 49.49306; -117.27194 (CKTN-TV-3)
CKTN-TV-4 Creston 12 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 49°5′25″N 116°22′49″W / 49.09028°N 116.38028°W / 49.09028; -116.38028 (CKTN-TV-4)

Videotape Format

CHAN-TV uses Betacam SP analogue videotape for all of its local advertisements and non-live parts of their newscasts. MPEG-2 transmission is used in nearly all non-local broadcasts. The station is slowly moving away from Betacam SP and moving to a digital format.


  • Ernie Rose, 1960-1981
  • Ron Morrier, 1960-1981
  • Jean Cannem, 1960-1978
  • Frank Griffiths, 1963-1994
  • Ray Peters, 1963-1989
  • Peter Rolston, 1963-1979
  • Cameron Bell, 1968-1989
  • Bernie Pascall, 1969-1999
  • Norm Grohmann, 1970-1979, 1983-1998
  • Keith Bradbury, 1972-1998
  • Robert Malcolm, 1972-1991
  • John McKeachie, 1973-1999
  • Patrick Clancey, 1974-1978
  • Clem Chapple, 1977-2003
  • Pamela Martin, 1977-2001 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
  • Russ Froese, 1977-1980
  • Jack Webster, 1978-1987
  • Harvey Oberfeld, 1979-2006
  • John Gibbs, 1981-1992
  • Barry Houlihan, 1983-1997
  • Elaine McKay, 1984-2006
  • Jennifer Mather, 1991-1998
  • Linden Soles, 1991-1993
  • Mi-Jung Lee, 1992-1998 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
  • Kimberly Halkett, 1993-1997, 2002-2006
  • Bill Good Jr., 1993-2001 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
  • Zack Spencer, 1994-2006
  • Sarah Daniels, 1997-2005
  • Reg Hampton, 1998-2006 (Now at CTV Calgary)
  • Keri Adams, 2001-2002 (Now at CTV Vancouver)
  • Naz Salimian, 2002-2005
  • Leigh Morrow, 2006-2007
  • Dennis Bell,

Digital television and high definition

On April 11, 2008, CHAN's digital signal went on the air.[10]

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on August 31, 2011 [11], CHAN-TV will move from its current pre-transition channel number, 22, to its post-transition and current analog channel number, 8. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CHAN-TV's virtual channel as 8.1.


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