|City of license||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Slogan||Canada Lives Here|
|Channels||Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 5.1 (PSIP)
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||October 1, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||Canadian
|Sister station(s)||CBXFT-DT, CBX (AM), CBX-FM|
|Former callsigns||CBXT (1961–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||5 (Analog, VHF, 1961–2011)|
|Transmitter power||131.71 kW|
CBXT-DT is the CBC Television owned-and-operated station serving the city of Edmonton and the central and northern portions of the Canadian province of Alberta. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 42 (or virtual channel 5.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter located in Sherwood Park.
Owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, it is sister to Radio-Canada outlet CBXFT-DT through the CBC's Société Radio-Canada arm. Both stations share studios at the Edmonton City Centre, across from Churchill Square, in downtown Edmonton. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 209.
The station first went on-air on October 1, 1961 as Edmonton's second television station; the previous CBC affiliate, CFRN, switched to the newly-established CTV on the same day. Initially, it was called "CBXT 5", or Channel 5. After being known as Edmonton/5 in the late 1970s, it became known as "XTV" in 1980. It reverted back to Edmonton 5 in the mid 1980s and then, by 1990, became "CBC Television Edmonton." Its local newscasts were originally known as "Metro".
When CBXT signed on, it was the first television station in Canada to use television cameras that could be remotely controlled from a control room, and did not need constant adjustment.
In 2004, CBC Edmonton operations moved into a new digital broadcast facility downtown, bringing all operations of Radio and TV, under one roof. The old TV facility on 75th Street had 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2), while the Radio building on 51st Ave. had 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2). The new combined facility has 38,700 total square feet. It is located at the Edmonton City Centre, on Winston Churchill Square.
When CKRD-TV (Red Deer) disaffiliated from the CBC Television Network in 2005 (switching to CH, reverting to its original calls CHCA-TV), CBXT was given control of the transmitter in Coronation, Alberta (CKRD-1) on channel 10. CBXT added a transmitter on channel 22 in Red Deer, broadcasting the full CBXT/CBC schedule to Red Deer and Central Alberta.
CBXT produces and broadcasts local newscasts from it's Edmonton City Centre studios seven days a week.
On weekdays, the station airs a 90-minute newscast from 5pm - 6:30pm and a 30-minute newcast at 11pm. At weekends, a 30-minute newscast airs at 11:30pm on Saturday and a ten-minute summary at 11pm on Sundays.
Due to federal funding reductions to the CBC, in April 2012, the CBC responded with substantial budget cuts, which included shutting down CBC's and Radio-Canada's remaining analog transmitters on July 31, 2012.
None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital.
On April 1, 2011, CBXT has began broadcasting in digital, on channel 42. The station is also available on Shaw Cable channel 209 and Optik TV channel 621. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CBXT's virtual channel as 5.1.
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