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CISA-TV
CISA Logo
City of license Lethbridge, Alberta
Branding Global Lethbridge
Channels Analog: 7 (VHF)
Digital: allocated 58 (UHF)
Translators see below
Affiliations Global (secondary 1988-2000, primary since 2000)
Owner Canwest Global Communications Corporation
(Canwest Media, Inc.)
First air date November 20, 1955
Call letters’ meaning Canadian
Independent
Southern
Alberta
Former callsigns CJLH-TV (1955-1972)
CJOC-TV (1972-1976)
CFAC-TV-7 (1977-1990)
Former affiliations CBC (1955-1976)
independent (1976-2000)
Transmitter Power 325 kW
Height 203.6 m
Transmitter Coordinates 49°46′47″N 112°52′18″W / 49.77972°N 112.87167°W / 49.77972; -112.87167
Website Global Lethbridge
For other meanings of the four-letter initialism, see CISA

CISA-TV is a Canadian television station serving Lethbridge, Alberta. It is owned by Canwest, and is affiliated to their Global Television Network. It is branded as Global Lethbridge and transmits on channel 7 and cable channel 5 in Lethbridge.

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CJLH-TV

The station began as CJLH-TV, broadcasting for the first time on November 20, 1955. It broadcast on channel 7 with a power output of 167,000 watts visual and 33,400 watts aural from a 638-foot tower located at what was the city limits of Lethbridge.

The station was a joint venture between local radio station CJOC (the CJ in the call sign) and the Lethbridge Herald (the LH). It was managed by CJOC's owners, Taylor Pearson and Carson, and began life as an affiliate of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) television network. Network programs on kinescope arrived within a few days to a week after they went to air live in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, or the U.S. networks.

Three months after CJLH went to air, measurement services showed that the station had a potential audience of 9,400 homes, but within a year, that grew to 19,200, and of those, 16,000 had bought TV sets. At the time, CJLH was the only station in the Lethbridge area.

Local programming at the time included:

  • Local news, sports and weather
  • Channel 7 Spotlight, showcasing area talent
  • Remember When, a series of programs hosted by Harry Baalim using slides, pictures and relics to tell the history of Southern Alberta. Many old timers were guests on that show, and
  • Home Gardener, featuring many experts in the field demonstrating proper horticultural technique.

These programs (amongst others) earned the station many awards, including seven Liberty Magazine awards in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1958, the Eastern Time problem the station had in relation to networked programming was eliminated when they were connected to the network and the Calgary time-delay centre. The problem still existed for live sports events, such as hockey and football.

In 1961, CJLH expanded into the Crowsnest Pass area, by opening a repeater station at Burmis on channel 3. In 1967, The Lethbridge Herald sold its 50% holding to Selkirk Holdings Ltd, the successor to Taylor Pearson & Carson. Also that year, an application from CFCN-TV Calgary to open a repeater station in Lethbridge was unsuccessful.

However, a year later in 1968, an agreement was reached between CFCN and CJLH to share space on the CJLH tower and building for technical equipment. On September 3, CFCN went on the air with a repeater station on channel 13. Also in 1968, the station's first 2-inch black and white video tape recorder was installed, and a repeater in Brooks was made operational, transmitting on channel 3 at low power.

CJOC-TV

In 1970, production was increased significantly when they became a two-camera operation. Two years later, in 1972, CJLH changed its call sign to CJOC-TV, and continued local production with shows such as

  • Time Out
  • Ski Reports
  • Our Town
  • Sunday Hour
  • Thought for the Day
  • Focus on University
  • College Campus
  • and numerous specials

In 1974, CJOC went full colour with two colour cameras and three colour 1" VTRs. CFCN moved out of the CJOC building and into its own that year.

CFAC-TV

In 1975, CFAC-TV in Calgary, also owned by Selkirk, disaffiliated from the CBC, and became an independent station. CFAC and CJOC co-operated to protect local advertisers when CFAC was put on local cable services. In 1976, CJOC disaffiliated from the CBC and became a semi-satellite of CFAC, with the calls CFAC-TV-7. It added a satellite dish to get a news feed from Global Television. The station took on the same branding as CFAC Calgary, known as 2&7 Lethbridge Television. In 1979, the station increased its power to 167,000 watts video and 33,400 watts audio.

Local programming continued to play an important role at the station, with successful shows such as:

CISA-TV

CISA-TV's last independent logo, before gaining the Global affiliation

In 1989, Maclean Hunter bought Selkirk Communications Ltd., and CFAC-TV-7 was purchased by Western International Communications, and joined the Westcom TV Group. A year later, the station became a full-fledged station once again as CISA-TV.

Through the years, CISA's commitment to local programming has continued to reap both industry awards, making it one of the country's most awarded stations, and audience numbers in its local area.

CISA-TV's first Global logo, used from 2000 to 2006

In 1998, the Griffiths family sold WIC to Shaw Communications and Canwest. In 1999, agreements were lodged with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to split WIC assets between Canwest, Corus Radio and Shaw. The CRTC approved the purchase in 2000: WIC Television was sold to Canwest, and CISA-TV became Global Lethbridge on September 4 that year.

CISA was the last Global station to have its website integrated into the canada.com network.

On September 10, 2008, news production for CISA shifted from Lethbridge to Calgary, with the addition of a new virtual set.

Programming

The station produces newscasts originating from Lethbridge at 6:00pm (News Hour) and 11:00pm (News Final).

On weekends, the station's newscasts air at 6:00pm (Evening News) and 11:00pm (News Final).

A local community affairs program is also produced by CISA. "Scene and Heard," is hosted by Mark Campbell, and airs at 12:30pm in place of the 2nd half of the Global Calgary Noon News Hour, and at 6:30pm on weekends.

The station also simulcasts the Morning News, the first half of the Noon News Hour, and the Early News from Global Calgary.

Gloval Calgary Anchors:

  • Morning News (Weekdays 5:30-9am)
    • Bruce McAllister
    • Angela Kokott
    • Todd Gallant - Weather
    • Leslie Horton - Traffic Central (Tuesday - Friday)
    • Astrid Kuhn - Traffic Central (Monday)
    • Josh Groberman - Global 1 Helicopter Traffic
    • Cara Fullerton - Live News Reporter/Relief Anchor
  • Noon News Hour (Weekdays 12-12:30pm)
    • Cara Fullerton
    • Bruce McAllister
    • Todd Gallant - Weather
    • Leslie Horton - Traffic Central, Entertainment, and Community Events Reporter (Tuesday-Friday)
    • Astrid Kuhn - Traffic Central (Mondays)
  • Early News (Weeknight 5-5:30 pm)
    • Linda Olsen
    • Paul Dunphy
    • Heather Yourex - Health FYI
    • Gemma Lynne - Global 1 Helicopter Traffic

Global Lethbridge Anchors:

  • News Hour (Weeknights 6 p.m.–7 p.m.)
    • Danelle Boivin
    • Ian McDonald
    • Mark Campbell - Weather
    • Marty Baceda - Sports
    • Elisha Rasmussen - Profile, Senior Savvy
  • News Final (Weeknights 11 p.m.–11:30 p.m.)
    • Cheryl Oates
    • Mark Campbell - Weather
    • Marty Baceda - Sports
  • Evening News (Weekends 6 p.m.–6:30 p.m.), News Final (Weekends 11 p.m.–11:30 p.m.)
    • Alison Hawkins
    • Paul Kingsmith - Sports
  • Scene & Heard (Weekdays 12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.), (Weekends 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
    • Mark Campbell - Host

Relief Anchor

    • Quinn Ohler

Transmission

The station broadcasts over the following over-the-air transmitter:

  • Lethbridge (CISA-TV, Channel 7/SHAW cable 5, with ERP of 167 kW visual and 33.4 kW aural; primary transmitter)

Digital television and high definition

CISA-TV has not yet applied to transmit in the digital ATSC system but will in the future. After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on August 31, 2011,[1] CISA-TV will flip from analog to digital overnight.

Alberta Translators

(These translators will be turned off after CISA-TV Lethbridge flips from Channel 7 analog to Channel 7 digital on August 31, 2011. Homes watching Global Television Lethbridge in the following communities will be able to watch only on cable after that date. Due to the current economic conditions, it is only feasible to sell the land of the following translators and amend the licenses.)

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CISA-TV-1 Burmis 3 (VHF) 0.409 kW 128 m 49°31′54″N 114°11′41″W / 49.53167°N 114.19472°W / 49.53167; -114.19472 (CISA-TV-1)
CISA-TV-2 Brooks 3 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 50°32′3″N 111°55′0″W / 50.53417°N 111.916667°W / 50.53417; -111.916667 (CISA-TV-2)
CISA-TV-3 Coleman 12 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 49°34′39″N 114°30′6″W / 49.5775°N 114.50167°W / 49.5775; -114.50167 (CISA-TV-3)
CISA-TV-4 Waterton Park 12 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA 49°3′32″N 113°54′23″W / 49.05889°N 113.90639°W / 49.05889; -113.90639 (CISA-TV-4)
CISA-TV-5 Pincher Creek 9 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA 49°28′48″N 113°58′1″W / 49.48°N 113.96694°W / 49.48; -113.96694 (CISA-TV-5)

Montana Translators

(All transmitters in Montana are owned either by local governments or television associations.)

Station City of licence Channel ERP
K65BR Chinook 65 0.07 kW
K12DJ Conrad 12 0.01 kW
K08IU East Glacier Park 8 0.01 kW
K63AQ Sweetgrass 63 0.24 kW
K36DK Toole 36 1.26 kW

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