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CHAT TV Now a Part of Citytv

It was a year exactly since CHAT TV went from CBC to an E! Canada station when Canwest Media decided to shut down the E! counterpart in Canada, leaving all the stations in limbo. CHAT TV, as well as its sister stations in Kamloops and Prince George, BC, switched over to an affiliation with Citytv. This brought forth a change the schedule yet again. Instead of news at noon, 5, 6, & 11 weekdays, it is now at noon, 5:30, 6:30, & 11.

With the switchover, it brings in new Citytv programming,┬ásuch as CityLine, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Rachel Ray, the Jay Leno Show, Murdoch Mysteries, 30 Rock, and the Office. So you can be sure to have your “Mom” shows, but not so much “guy” shows. Hmm, what’s the matter with that picture? So, welcome in your hit comedy shows as well.

You may be asking what happened to the other E! stations/affiliates in Canada, well here’s what happened:

  • CHEK Victoria was schedule to close, but instead was sold to a group of private investors and continues to run independently.
  • CHBC Kelowna became Global Okanagan.
  • CHCA Red Deer closed on August 31st after 52 years of being on air as RDTV, CH, and E!
  • CHCH Hamilton was sold to Channel Zero and currently carries a news and movies format.
  • CJNT Montreal was sold to Channel Zero and continues its multicultural format with addition of foreign movies and music videos.

Goodbye E! Welcome to the new Citytv era! Another entry for the Jim Pattison Broadcast History Books!

User Comments

8 Responses to “CHAT TV Now a Part of Citytv”

  1. October 2nd, 2009 at 8:39 AM


    Sean says:

    Is that why the TV schedule around 5PM ish changed somewhat recently? As far back as I can recall, The Simpsons were ALWAYS on at 5PM, and now they aren’t.

  2. October 2nd, 2009 at 8:59 AM


    Scott says:

    Yes Sean on September 1, 2008 CHAT TV 6&3 Switched to CHAT TELEVISION with no CBC affiliation. The news programming went from 1 hour a day to 3 hours a day with thw switchover from NEWSWATCH to CHAT NEWS, and more! I have just recentley found out the they will also have NFL Sundays

  3. October 2nd, 2009 at 12:19 PM


    Sean says:

    That is stupid. I have no reason to ever watch that channel now, especially since I don’t care about televised news or competitions. So much for 15 or so year tradition of Simpsons at 5PM.

  4. October 2nd, 2009 at 1:48 PM


    Dusty says:

    Is that the only channel you have Sean? I’m glad I don’t have cable to be affected by this. Shows are cooler when you get to watch them without commercials … and can watch entire seasons in a single weekend.

  5. October 2nd, 2009 at 3:55 PM


    Sean says:

    It isn’t all I watch, but lots of the schedules from the 5-7PM slots during weekdays are all shifted or changed.

    I used to watch shows and seasons without commercials BEFORE YOU STOLE VON FROM ME.

  6. October 2nd, 2009 at 11:45 PM


    Dean says:

    Canwest expanded rapidly buying networks, digital channels and newspapers creating a massive debt. With the sudden downturn in the economy, paying on the debt became a negotiating task with the main debt holders and Canwest has continued to get extensions.

    Advertising revenues in both tv and newspapers have forced Canwest to abandon networks such as E! and stations that were barely hanging on or losing money. Recently Canwest sold an investment in Australia to help pay down debt in Canada and their shares rose, as well as temporarily satisfying debtholders.

  7. October 5th, 2009 at 12:47 PM


    MK says:

    Is that why the TV schedule around 5PM ish changed somewhat recently? As far back as I can recall, The Simpsons were ALWAYS on at 5PM, and now they aren’t.

  8. October 6th, 2009 at 1:28 PM


    travis says:

    Now that I think about it (and this is pretty sad) I haven’t watched CHAT since they switched from CBC and stopped showing the hockey games…

    I don’t watch much TV aside from my sports addictions, and when I do it’s usually on Discovery or History.

    And I guess I assumed wrong, but when they changed over to the E! network, I just assumed they stopped being a content channel and just had entertainment shows that talked about the real content other networks had… (just kidding)

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