Yes TV

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Yes TV
Type Broadcast television system
Country Canada
Availability Parts of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta
Owner Crossroads Christian Communications
Key people
Lorna Dueck (CEO)
Rob Sheppard (General Manager)
Launch date
September 30, 1998
Former names
Crossroads Television System (1998-2014)
Official website
Yes TV

Yes TV (stylized as yes TV) is a television system in Canada owned by Crossroads Christian Communications. It consists of three stations (located in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, and Edmonton), two rebroadcast transmitters, and several partial affiliates. Formerly known as the Crossroads Television System (CTS), the Yes TV stations and repeaters air a lineup consisting predominantly of Christian faith-based programming, such as televangelists and Crossroads' flagship Christian talk show 100 Huntley Street. During the late-afternoon and evening hours, Yes TV broadcasts secular, family-oriented sitcoms, game shows, and reality series; the system's September 2014 re-launch as Yes TV emphasized its newly acquired Canadian rights to a number of major U.S. reality series, such as American Idol and The Biggest Loser.

Outside of the three owned and operated Yes TV stations, the system also syndicates its acquired programming to other Canadian independent stations through a secondary affiliation network called "indieNET". It is operated out of Crossroads' headquarters in Burlington, Ontario. The channel can be streamed free of charge in Canada via the Yes TV tvOS app on the Apple TV.

History[edit]

The Crossroads Television System originally consisted of a single television station, CITS-TV in Hamilton, Ontario (also serving Toronto), with rebroadcast transmitters in London and Ottawa. CITS, launched in 1998, was the second religious terrestrial television station launched in Canada, after CJIL-TV in Lethbridge, Alberta.

On June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved Crossroads' application for new television stations to serve the Calgary and Edmonton markets. Respectively, these are CKCS-TV, which broadcasts on channel 32, and CKES-TV, which broadcasts on channel 45; both stations launched on October 8, 2007.[1]

On August 12, 2014, Crossroads announced that it would relaunch CTS as Yes TV on September 1, 2014. Describing the new brand as "embracing positivity and approaching the world with an affirmative position", the re-launch coincided with the announcement that it had picked up several new secular reality and game shows for the 2014-15 season, including America's Funniest Home Videos (formerly aired by City), American Idol (formerly aired by CTV and CTV Two), Judge Judy, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (both formerly aired most-recently by CHCH-DT), The Biggest Loser (formerly aired by City), and The X Factor UK.[2]

On September 13, 2016, Yes TV began airing a 3-hour block (now a 2 1/2 hour block) of BUZZR programs from 1-3:30 a.m. (Formerly 1-4 a.m.) [3] When the block began, the schedule aired original B&W episodes of To Tell the Truth, What's My Line? and I've Got a Secret followed by two episodes of Card Sharks on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Double Dare on Wednesday, Beat the Clock on Thursdays and Sale of the Century on Fridays. The schedule was updated on April 9, 2017 with 2 episodes of Match Game (78), episodes of Super Password and Tattletales and concluding with an episode from either Card Sharks, Double Dare, Beat the Clock or Sale of the Century (all four aired on the same day as previous schedule). The schedule was updated again on October 10th 2017, the current schedule as of now is 1 episode of Match Game (75), 1 episode of Super Password, 1 episode of Tattletales, 1 episode of Blockbusters, and an episode of Press your Luck.

Stations and affiliates[edit]

Owned and Operated[edit]

City of license/market Call sign Channel
TV (RF)
Owner
Hamilton, Ontario
(Greater Toronto Area)
CITS-DT Hamilton: 36.1 (36)
CITS-DT-1/Ottawa: 32.1 (42)
CITS-DT-2/London: 14.1 (14)
Crossroads Christian Communications
Calgary, Alberta CKCS-DT 32.1 (32) Crossroads Christian Communications
Edmonton, Alberta CKES-DT 45.1 (30) Crossroads Christian Communications

Secondary affiliates (indieNET)[edit]

Alongside the Crossroads O&O Yes TV stations, the system has also syndicated some of its secular programs to other independent stations in Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The arrangement was first referred to in advertising sales information as "Net5", referring to the three Yes TV stations and two secondary affiliates: CHEK-DT and CJON-DT.[4] Starting with the 2016-2017 broadcast season, Net5 rebranded as "indieNET" following the addition of CHCH-DT and CHNU-DT.[5]

City of license Call sign Channel
TV (RF)
Owner
Hamilton, Ontario CHCH-DT 11.1 (15) Channel Zero
Victoria, British Columbia CHEK-DT 6.1 (49) CHEK Media Group
Vancouver, British Columbia CHNU-DT 66.1 (47) ZoomerMedia
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador CJON-DT 21.1 (21) Stirling Communications International

Programming[edit]

Removal of Word TV[edit]

In December 2010, CTS removed Word TV, a program hosted by televangelist Charles McVety, from their schedule, following a decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council over statements that he disparaged gay people while commenting on Toronto's Gay Pride parade (which he called a "sex parade") and Ontario's sex education curriculum for public schools (which he charged that children would go to school not to learn, but to become gay). The CBSC has ordered CTS to announce the ruling at least twice on the air, and to take steps that incidents like this do not happen again.[6][7] In January 2011, CTS cancelled Word TV, leading McVety to announce his intention to sue CTS for political persecution.[8] CTS responded in a press release that McVety was asked many times to cease his distorting and polarizing behaviour, and to comply with broadcasting guidelines, yet he refused to do so.[9]

Logos[edit]

CTS Original Logo.png CITS.png Ctstv.svg
1998–2002 2002–2005 2005–2014

See also[edit]

  • Joytv, a former television system with affiliates in the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba carrying similarly styled multi-faith religious and secular programming
  • 2007 Canada broadcast TV realignment

References[edit]

  1. ^ CRTC Decision 2007-167
  2. ^ "Say "Yes" to YES TV - YES TV Set to Launch This Fall". CTSTV.com. Crossroads Christian Communications. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Paul, Jonathan (September 8, 2016). "Multicaster Buzzr expands internationally". Real Screen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Net5 Profile 2015" (PDF). Yes TV. Crossroads Christian Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "indieNET Coverage Map Fall 2016" (PDF). Yes TV. Crossroads Christian Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ Weisblott, Marc (December 9, 2010). "Television evangelist Charles McVety censured for claims of gay government agenda". Daily Brew. Yahoo News Canada. Archived from the original on February 4, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Charles (December 10, 2010). "Evangelical TV show pulled from the air". National Post. Archived from the original on December 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ Minsky, Amy (January 31, 2011). "Pastor claims censorship after TV show cancelled due to anti-gay remarks". Vancouver Sun. Postmedia News. Archived from the original on February 4, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ Innis, Carolyn (July 17, 2012). "CTS Refutes Comments made by Charles McVety and Word TV". News/Press. CTS Television. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 

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