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EDMONTON(September 17, 2014) – On October 17, CTV Edmonton celebrates 60years of delivering unmatched programming and trusted news coverage toEdmontonians across the region.Leadingup to its “diamond” anniversary, CTV Edmonton kicks off celebrations with aseries of retrospective stories slated to air each Thursday for six weeks onCTV NEWS AT SIX beginningthis Thursday, September18. ReporterDaveEwasuktakes viewers through historical, behind-the-scenes footage and on-air momentscaptured during the station’s early days as Channel 3, CFRN-TV. CTV Edmontonalso welcomes viewers to take a trip down memory lane as it presents RETURN TO POPCORN PLAYHOUSE, aspecial live-audience look back at the original CTV Edmonton children’s programPOPCORN PLAYHOUSE WITH KLONDIKE ERIC, airingFriday, October 24.
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Archived photo: Channel 3, CFRN-TV, 1963
“We haveimmense pride in our place in Edmonton’s history, and are honoured to bewelcomed into the homes of viewers across Edmonton and the surrounding region,”said Lloyd Lewis, Vice-President, CTV Edmonton and CTV Two Alberta. “We aredelighted to celebrate 60 years of telling the stories that matter most toEdmontonians, and look forward to marking similar milestones in thefuture.”
CTVEdmonton’s look back at its long and storied history also features specialonline and social media content including never before seen andbehind-the-scenes footage of the station through the years, available atedmonton.ctvnews.ca.
Launchedon October 17, 1954 by broadcast pioneer Dr. G.R.A “Dick” Rice, CFRN wasEdmonton’s first television station and the second station operating inAlberta. Beginning with a single live camera, its telecasts first appeared onEdmonton’s Channel 3 as the sole signal available in the region. Home tobeloved programs NOON SHOW and EYE ON EDMONTON, CFRN also fed the first networkprogram in Alberta, the official opening of the Northern Alberta JubileeAuditorium in May, 1957. In 1988, CFRN was sold to Electrohome Ltd., whichlater merged with Baton Broadcasting in 1997. The station was finally acquiredby CTV Inc. in 1999.
CTVis Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news,sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’smost-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV is adivision of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assetsin television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE:BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can befound on the network’s website at CTV.ca.
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