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Global Calgary – FULL
September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Global Calgary (also known as CICT) signed on October 8th, 1954 as CHCT, the first television station in Alberta. The studios, offices, and antenna were located seven miles west of the city of Calgary.
Almost twenty years later, CHCT was purchased by Selkirk Broadcasting, and the station’s call sign was changed to CFAC-TV. In 1979, the station branded itself as Channel 2&7, referring to its cable location.
In 1989, CFAC-TV was once again sold, this time to Western International Communications (WIC). In March 1990, the call letters were changed to CKKX-TV. Two years later, the station’s news operations expanded with the purchase of a satellite uplink truck and a fleet of electronic news gathering microwave trucks.
On September 7th, 1993, CKKX was renamed CICT-TV, the call letters used today. It also took on the brand of Calgary 7.
The station was sold to Canwest in 1998 but required approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Approval was given in 2000. On September 4th of that year, CICT-TV joined the Global Television Network, along with fellow Alberta stations, CITV-TV (Edmonton), and CISA (Lethbridge). By 2001, Global Calgary also began airing in Drumheller and Banff.
On April 11th, 2007, CICT became the first station in Calgary with a news helicopter. Named Global 1, it provides traffic reports during Global News Morning and Global News at 5 & 6, as well as breaking news coverage you can’t find anywhere else.
Now, Global Calgary is part of the expansive team with Corus Entertainment, that offers Canadians from coast to coast a host of news and information – from breaking news in their community to deep engaging content that puts complex world issues in perspective. Our local newsrooms provide up-to-the-minute community-based news, weather, and information, while our national coverage features stories, analysis and deep, engaging content about issues in Canada and abroad.
Visitors will receive a guided tour of Calgary’s #1 News Station, meet & greets with Global News anchors and reporters and see the magic behind television news.
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