|Country||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Availability||Columbus subscribers in Trinidad and Tobago|
|Owner||Trinidad Publishing Company Ltd.|
|Launch date||late September 2005|
CNC3 is a privately owned television station serving Trinidad and Tobago. It is broadcasts over-the-air on channels 12 and 14 and is seen throughout the Flow cable system on channel 3. CNC3's studios are located at the Trinidad Guardian building in downtown Port of Spain.
The acronym CNC3 originally stood for Cable News Channel 3, as the station was originally a news and current affairs themed channel which was carried on channel 3 on the Flow national cable service. When the station went free-to-air, the name CNC3 was retained, but the focus shifted from exclusively news programming to include general entertainment and movies as well.
Cable News Channel 3 broadcasts were to have begun on 15 September 2005. Approximately three hours prior to the station's debut, the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) ordered that CNC3 not proceed with its broadcasts claiming the broadcaster had no authority to proceed. TATT reversed its decision late the following day, and broadcasts began shortly thereafter (the actual start date is not confirmed).
In December 2007, CNC3 was recommended by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for a national free-to-air broadcast license. The station went free-to-air on November 1, 2008. The station can also be seen on VHF channel 12, UHF channel 14 and UHF channel 22 in Tobago.
The station carries at least eight hours of original programming on weekdays. It airs one main newscast at 7:00pm, with supporting bulletins on weekdays at 12.00noon and 9.30pm. The station entered into a strategic alliance with Gayelle The Channel on April 1st to simulcast its newscast on Gayelle due to Gayelle's closure of its News department. There are also hourly news bulletins on weekdays from 6am to 6:30pm. There is one newscast on weekends at 7:00pm. The station's breakfast show, CNC3 Early Morning, hosted by Dr. Keith Clifford, is shown on weekdays from 6:00am to 8:00am.
When the station was launched there was an implied public perception that it would feature a twenty-four hour news schedule. Instead, the station carries its major newscasts at the same time as competing broadcast stations, and it carries no news content during the afternoon or overnight periods, and there is only one thirty-minute news broadcast on weekends. The station does not have the capacity to broadcast live pictures from remote locations around the country, but instead relies on phoned-in reports from its correspondents in the event of breaking news.
As the station went free-to-air in November 2008, the schedule was expended to add prime time shows such as Hannah Montana, Army Wives, Boston Legal and Cory In The House. The Oprah Winfrey Show, all staples of the station's lineup. In November, the station plans to add Family Guy, Nip/Tuck, Eve, The Unit and Blade- The Series to their programming line-up.
CNC3 boasts a team of experienced anchors and presenters including: