Craig Wireless

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Craig Wireless Systems, Ltd. (formerly Craig Broadcast Systems, Inc. & Craig Media, Inc.) is a Canadian company which offers Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service in Manitoba and British Columbia.

History[edit]

The company has its roots in Craig Broadcast Systems, which was founded in the early 1970s by Stuart Craig.

In the mid-1940s, Craig's father, John, had bought radio station CKX-FM from the Manitoba Government Telephone System upon its relinquishment of its two licenses for CKX & CKY-FM.

By 1955, Craig had succeeded his father as President and General Manager of CKX-TV (which brought television to Brandon, Manitoba) & CKX-FM (which followed in 1963). Craig took it upon himself to expand the operations of both CKX stations; those expansion operations resulted in the launch of the broadcast company.

The company was based in Brandon, Manitoba, then later in Calgary, Alberta with Drew Craig, John's grandson & Stuart's son, as its CEO. Craig Broadcast Systems was the owner of the original A-Channel system; CKX, a CBC affiliate, in Brandon, Manitoba; Toronto One, local television station in located in Toronto; and three digital television specialty channels: MTV Canada (now MTV2), MTV2 (now Juicebox) and TV Land Canada (now Comedy Gold).

In 2003, after securing financing in the area of $145 million ($110 million from Providence Equity Partners & a $35 million line of credit from RBC Capital Markets and BMO Nesbitt Burns), the company reorganized its conventional and specialty operations under the brand name Craig Media Inc.

In 2004, the company was acquired by CHUM Limited. CHUM did not acquire the company's telecommunications operations, which remain in operation under the Craig Wireless name, which the company took on after CHUM's acquisition of its television broadcasting assets. Upon the name change, another of John's grandsons, Boyd, took over the company.

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