|City of license||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|Branding||Thunder Bay Television|
Digital: allocated 49 (UHF)
|Translators||16 CBLK-TV Nipigon|
(Thunder Bay Electronics Ltd)
|First air date||October 4, 1954|
|Call letters’ meaning||CK Port ARthur|
|Former callsigns||CFPA-TV (1954-1957)
|Transmitter Power||CKPR-TV: 56 kW
CBLK-TV: 4.3 kW
CBLK-TV: 263.9 m
|Website||Thunder Bay Television|
CKPR-TV is a Canadian English language television station. It is a private affiliate of CBC Television licensed to the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. CKPR-TV is a twinstick along with the CTV affiliate CHFD-TV; both of which are owned by Thunder Bay Television, a division of Dougall Media.
CKPR-TV broadcasts on Channel 2 and Cable 5 in Thunder Bay, and via a transmitter owned by the CBC in the Nipigon area (CBLK-TV, channel 16 with an ERP of 4.3 kW). It can also be seen on the Bell TV (channel 211) and Shaw Direct (channel 304) satellite services. The station is also available over the air and also to cable television viewers in Keweenaw County, Michigan and in parts of Cook County, Minnesota.
As one of CBC Television's private affiliates, CKPR-TV clears the majority of the CBC schedule, but does not air the full network schedule. Although now rare, Global programs that cannot be cleared by CHFD-TV, such as Survivor, will occasionally air on CKPR-TV instead. In the past, some CTV programming not cleared by CHFD may have also aired on CKPR.
In many cases (as of fall 2008, up to five times per day) CBC network shows on the daytime or late-night schedules are preempted by paid programming, even though, when Kids' CBC expanded to five hours on Monday August 31, CKPR is not airing the final hour of the expanded block, just like Corus-owned stations in Peterborough, Oshawa and Kingston. CKPR also signs off most nights after the network late-night movie, even though CBC now provides a full, 24-hour schedule.
CKPR-TV began broadcasting on October 4, 1954 as CFPA-TV (the "PA" stood for Port Arthur). The station was then owned by Ralph H. Parker Ltd. Three years later on July 20, 1957, CFPA-TV changed its callsign letters to CFCJ-TV and then another ten years later in 1967, Thunder Bay Electronics bought CFCJ-TV and changed its callsign again to CKPR-TV. In 1972, Thunder Bay Electronics launched the CTV affiliate CHFD-TV and thus CKPR-TV and CHFD-TV became one of the first private twinstick stations in Canada.