Sydney, Nova Scotia
Branding CTV Atlantic
CTV News Atlantic (newscasts)
Channels Analog: 4 (VHF)
Digital: allocated 55 (UHF)
Translators see below
Affiliations CTV
Owner Bell Media
First air date October 9, 1954
Call letters' meaning CJ Cape Breton
Former affiliations CBC Television (1954-1972)
Transmitter power 180 kW
Height 98.1 m
Transmitter coordinates 46°7′20″N 60°10′27″W / 46.12222°N 60.17417°W / 46.12222; -60.17417 (CJCB)
Website CTV Atlantic

CJCB-TV is the CTV owned-and-operated television station in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. It broadcasts an NTSC analogue signal on VHF channel 4 from a transmitter located in the Cameron Estates neighborhood on Mira Road in Sydney. On August 1, 2012, it became the only terrestrial broadcaster in the market, as the CBC-TV repeater station, CBIT-TV, was closed the previous evening.

Owned by Bell Media, it is part of the CTV Atlantic regional system in the Maritimes and its studios are located on George Street/Trunk 22 in Sydney. This station can also be seen on Eastlink TV channel 8 and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV channel 6. It carries the same programming as sister station CJCH-DT in Halifax at all times, except for some commercials and an annual telethon.


CJCB-TV was the first television station to broadcast in Nova Scotia, when it signed on for the first time on October 9, 1954.[1] It was originally a CBC affiliate. It joined the CBC's national microwave network in 1958, linking all stations between it and British Columbia. Prior to the microwave connection, programming was either from live local studio productions or kinescope 16mm film copies of CBC network shows. The station fully converted to NTSC colour production in 1975, though it was able to transmit colour programming originated through the network starting in October 1966. It continues to broadcast an NTSC analogue terrestrial over-the-air signal, and does not currently have digital ATSC HDTV capabilities.[1]

CJCB was originally owned by the Nathanson family, that also owned CJCB radio at the time.[1] CHUM Limited, owner of CJCH-TV, bought CJCB-TV in 1971 and applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to switch it to the CTV network. The switch occurred on September 26, 1972, when the CBC put CBIT-TV on the air in Sydney.[1][2] After the switch occurred, it immediately joined the newly formed Atlantic Television System, CHUM's network of CTV affiliates in the Maritimes.

As part of CBIT's licence, it was not allowed to show local advertising, leaving CJCB with a monopoly in local advertising. CJCB's monopoly was reaffirmed in a CRTC decision in 1985 that denied a CBIT request to enter that part of the market.[2] CHUM continued to own CJCB-TV until 1997, when it swapped the entire ATV group to Baton Broadcasting in a deal that saw Baton become majority owner of CTV.[1] Notable staff members on-air include: Bill Jessome, news anchor; Darlene Chase, weather and reporter; Kathy MacDougall, co-anchor/newsperson; Joan Elman, program host; Ann Terry, news anchor and program host.

One of Canada's longest-running TV programs originates here; it's Mass for Shut-ins, which premiered on March 3, 1963,[3] and is still on the air today. It is telecast to all three Maritime provinces.[4] Shantytown was another TV program that originated here; it was aimed at children and ran from 1978 to 1984. Like Mass for Shut-ins, it was also telecast to all three Maritime provinces. Characters include Sam the Sailor, Katie the Craft Lady, Marjorie the Music Lady and their puppet friends.[5]


CJCB-TV television studio building and transmitter tower in 2012.

The station also has rebroadcast transmitters in the following communities:

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates Notes
CJCB-TV-1 Inverness 6 (VHF) 9.4 kW 310 m 46°9′13″N 61°22′58″W / 46.15361°N 61.38278°W / 46.15361; -61.38278 (CJCB-TV-1)
CJCB-TV-2 Antigonish 9 (VHF) 260 kW 274.9 m 45°32′44″N 62°15′38″W / 45.54556°N 62.26056°W / 45.54556; -62.26056 (CJCB-TV-2) formerly CFXU-TV
CJCB-TV-3 Dingwall 9 (VHF) 0.008 kW NA 46°56′58″N 60°28′2″W / 46.94944°N 60.46722°W / 46.94944; -60.46722 (CJCB-TV-3)
CJCB-TV-5 Bay St. Lawrence 7 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA 46°58′35″N 60°27′34″W / 46.97639°N 60.45944°W / 46.97639; -60.45944 (CJCB-TV-5)
CJCB-TV-6 Port Hawkesbury 3 (VHF) 15 kW 89.6 m 45°37′44″N 61°19′34″W / 45.62889°N 61.32611°W / 45.62889; -61.32611 (CJCB-TV-6)

The station originally operated CJCB-TV-4 channel 8 in New Glasgow, until that transmitter closed in late 2010.[6]

On February 11, 2016, Bell Media applied for its regular license renewals, which included applications to delete a long list of transmitters, including CJCB-TV-5. Bell Media's rationale for deleting these analog repeaters is below:

"We are electing to delete these analog transmitters from the main licence with which they are associated. These analog transmitters generate no incremental revenue, attract little to no viewership given the growth of BDU or DTH subscriptions and are costly to maintain, repair or replace. In addition, none of the highlighted transmitters offer any programming that differs from the main channels. The Commission has determined that broadcasters may elect to shut down transmitters but will lose certain regulatory privileges (distribution on the basic service, the ability to request simultaneous substitution) as noted in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-24, Over-the-air transmission of television signals and local programming. We are fully aware of the loss of these regulatory privileges as a result of any transmitter shutdown."

At the same time, Bell Media applied to convert the licenses of CTV2 Atlantic (formerly ASN) and CTV2 Alberta (formerly ACCESS) from satellite-to-cable undertakings into television stations without transmitters (similar to cable-only network affiliates in the United States), and to reduce the level of educational content on CTV2 Alberta.[7][8]


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