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The history of CHUM
Globe and Mail



Dec. 11, 1954: CHUM Limited (the Company at this time is incorporated under 
the name York Broadcasters Limited) acquires Toronto radio station CHUM-AM 
(1050 chum) from Jack Q'Part. Originally launched in 1945, the station is 
1,000 watts on 1050 and its transmission is limited to Toronto. Daily 
broadcasts air from sunrise to sunset. In 1957, the station is reformatted 
and becomes Canada's first Top 40 24-hour rock station. This purchase marks 
the start of a series of acquisitions that embody CHUM Limited today.


CHUM acquires CKPT-AM (1420 Memories) in Peterborough, Ontario.


CHUM-FM Toronto (104.5 CHUM-FM) goes to air as a classical music station. 
In 1969, the station changes to a "Progressive Rock" format.


CHUM acquires CJCH-AM (AM 920 CJCH) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


CHUM becomes a publicly traded company on the TSE (now TSX).

CHUM acquires radio stations CFRA-AM (580 CFRA) and CFMO-FM (which becomes 
CKKL-FM in 1996 and today is 93.9 BOB-FM) in the Ottawa, Ontario market.


CHUM becomes the majority owner of CKVR-TV, the largest privately owned CBC 
affiliate in Canada.


CHUM becomes the Canadian franchise holder for environmental music service, 
Muzak, with the purchase of The Associated Broadcasting Corporation, now 
known as CHUM Satellite Services.


CHUM acquires three local television stations: CJCH-TV in Halifax, CJCB-TV 
in Sydney and CKCW-TV in Moncton. (The stations were later sold to CTV in 
1997 in a deal where four CTV stations were transferred to CHUM).


CHUM acquires CFUN-AM (1410 C-FUN) in Vancouver, British Columbia


CHUM acquires two stations in the Winnipeg, Manitoba market: CFRW-AM 
(Oldies 1290) and CHIQ-FM (Q94 FM).


CHUM receives licences to launch new radio stations CKQM-FM (Country 105) 
in Peterborough, Ontario and C100-FM (C One Hundred FM) in Halifax, Nova 

CHUM acquires the CFL's Ottawa Football Club. Owned and operated by CHUM 
for 10 years, the Club was sold in 1987.


CHUM acquires Toronto television station Citytv, Canada's first commercial 
UHF station. Citytv has been widely recognized for adding an original voice 
to television


Aug. 31, 1984: Canada's first 24-hour music specialty station, MuchMusic, 
launches coast-to-coast via satellite and cable. Today, MuchMusic 
programming is seen in over 120 countries.


CHUM acquires CKGM-AM (Team 990) and CHOM-FM in Montreal, Quebec, and 
CKWW-AM (580 Memories CKWW) and CJOM-FM (now CIMX-FM 89X) in Windsor, Ontario.


Sept. 4, 1986: CHUM Limited announces that holders of its common shares and 
non-voting Class B shares have authorized a three-for-one subdivision (also 
known as a "stock split") of the Company's common shares and non-voting 
Class B shares.

Sept. 2, 1986: Two years after MuchMusic began, CHUM Television launches 
its French counterpart, MusiquePlus. At the time, the station is 100 per 
cent owned by CHUM Limited as a division of MuchMusic.


CHUM Television moves to its new headquarters, The CHUMCity Building, at 
299 Queen Street West in Toronto, which was reengineered into one of the 
world's most innovative media complexes.

CRTC approval is granted for a MusiquePlus station licence.


Sept. 1, 1988: MusiquePlus goes to air as a 24-hour French music specialty 
station from its downtown Montreal headquarters. The station has a 50% CHUM 


CHUM Television launches Speakers Corner on Citytv.

CHUM acquires CHQM-FM (103.5 QM FM) in Vancouver, B.C.


CHUM becomes the first Canadian broadcaster in Canada to own more than one 
AM and FM station in a market when CKLW-AM (AM 800 CKLW) and CKLW-FM (which 
became CIDR-FM and is now Lite Rock 93.9 FM ) are acquired. These two 
stations join CHUM's CKWW-AM (580 Memories CKWW) and CJOM-FM (CIMX-FM 89X) 
in Windsor, Ontario.

CHUM moves into the Kitchener, Ontario market with the purchase of CKKW-AM 
(Oldies 1090) and CFCA-FM (105.3 KOOL-FM).


CHUM Television Interactive launched.

CHUM launches an international distribution and development arm, CHUM 
Television International, to distribute originally produced CHUM 
programming and formats worldwide.

Learning and Skills Television of Alberta (LTA) is incorporated in the fall 
of 1994 to purchase Alberta's privatized public sector educational 
broadcaster, ACCESS Network. LTA is majority-owned by CHUM Limited (60 per 

CHUM Radio Network (CRN) becomes the first news/talk network supplying 
programs to CHUM-owned and non-CHUM stations alike. Today, CRN syndicates 
long and short-form programs to stations across Canada.


Jan. 1, 1995: CHUM launches Bravo!

Sept. 1, 1995: CKVR-TV (Barrie, Ontario) ends 40-year affiliation with the 
CBC, relaunched by CHUM as The NewVR.

ACCESS - The Education Station (formerly ACCESS Network) re-launches on 
September 1, 1995, with a commitment to market, promote and deliver 
television-based learning opportunities in partnership with other 
stakeholders in the educational community.


CHUM acquires CKLC-AM (1380 CKLC All Time Favourites) and CFLY-FM (FLY-FM) 
in Kingston, Ontario, and CFJR-AM (104.9 JR FM Hometown Radio) and CHXL-FM 
(now CJPT-FM 103.7 BOB.FM)) in Brockville, Ontario.


Sept. 8, 1997: Canada's French adult contemporary music specialty station 
MusiMax (50 per cent CHUM ownership) launches.

Oct. 17, 1997: SPACE: The Imagination Station launches.

Nov. 1, 1997: CTV acquires CHUM's Maritime television properties, while 
CHUM acquires CTV's CFPL-TV (The New PL) in London, Ontario; CKNX-TV (The 
New NX) in Wingham, Ontario; CHWI-TV (The New WI) in Windsor, Ont. and 
CHRO-TV (The New RO) in Ottawa/Pembroke.


March 30, 1998: CHUM Television launches CablePulse24, Canada's first 
regional 24-hour English-language news and information specialty channel 
covering Southern Ontario.

Oct. 5, 1998: National specialty service MuchMoreMusic launches, bringing 
music fans the best in adult contemporary musicvideos, international music 
specials, documentaries, movies, and a roster of exclusive original 


Nov. 1, 1999: CHUM Radio launches Canada's first commercial DAB (Digital 
Audio Broadcasting) digital radio stations in Toronto and Montreal.

CHUM acquires two more radio stations in the Ottawa, Ontario market, 
CFGO-AM (Team 1200) and CJMJ-FM (Majic 100), increasing CHUM's local 
presence to four radio stations, and one local television station.

Sept. 7, 1999: Canada's first national specialty educational television 
service, CLT (60 per cent CHUM ownership) launches.

Sept. 10, 1999: Star! The Entertainment Information Station launches.


CHUM launches into DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) with digital radio 
stations in Vancouver and Windsor.

CHUM launches a new radio station, CHST-FM (102.3 BOB-FM) in London, Ontario.

July 6, 2000: CRTC approves CHUM's application for a new television 
station, CIVI-TV (The New VI), in Victoria, British Columbia.


CHUM acquires CKLY-FM (Y92) in Lindsay, Ontario.

CHUM Radio launches The Team Sports Radio Network. Today, CHUM Radio's 
local all-sports format is heard on Team 990 in Montreal, Team 1200 in 
Ottawa and on Team 1040 in Vancouver.

CHUM purchases 42 per cent interest in The Learning Annex, a continuing 
education school offering personal and professional development courses on 
a wide range of subjects.

Sept. 7, 2001: CHUM Television launches seven digital specialty channels. 
FashionTelevisionChannel and BookTelevision: The Channel (60 per cent CHUM 
ownership through LTA); CourtTV Canada (60 per cent CHUM ownership through 
LTA), Drive-In Classics, SexTV: The Channel, MuchVibe and MuchLoud.

Oct. 4, 2001: Vancouver Island's first new television station in 45 years, 
CIVI-TV (The New VI) launches.

Oct. 31, 2001: CHUM announces the completion of its purchase of Vancouver's 
CKVU-TV from CanWest Global Communications Corp.

CHUM receives CRTC approval for the acquisition of CFWM-FM (BOB-FM) in 
Winnipeg, Manitoba.


July 22, 2002: CHUM launches Vancouver's CKVU-TV as Citytv Vancouver.


Feb. 10, 2003: CHUM receives CRTC approval for the acquisition of CKST-AM 
(Team 1040) Vancouver, British Columbia.

Feb. 28, 2003: CHUM Television launches Canada's first digital over-the-air 
signal with its Toronto station Citytv.

July 14, 2003: CHUM Radio re-launches Brockville's CJPT-FM as 103.7 BOB-FM 
and moves CFJR-AM to the FM dial, re-launching as 104.9 JR FM.

Sept. 4, 2003: CHUM Television launches MuchMoreRetro.

Dec. 12, 2003: CHUM Limited announces that holders of its common shares and 
non-voting Class B shares have authorized a two-for-one stock split of the 
Company's common shares and non-voting Class B shares.


Jan. 26, 2004: CHUM Limited announces the purchase of Victoria radio 
stations C-FAX AM and CHBE FM from Seacoast Communications Group Inc., 
subject to CRTC approval.

Jan. 27, 2004: CHUM Television & MuchMusic launch shop.muchmusic.com - 
Canada's first third party wireless content store with multiple direct 
billing relationships.

Feb. 16, 2004: CHUM submits an application to the CRTC for a broadcasting 
licence for a national multi-channel subscription radio programming service 
called CHUM Subscription Radio Canada (CSRC).

April 5, 2004: CHUM, in partnership with Milestone Media Broadcasting Ltd., 
receives CRTC approval for VIBE 91.7 FM in Edmonton, which will offer a 
unique blend of culturally diverse Urban music.

April 12, 2004: CHUM announces the purchase of Craig Media Inc., which 
includes the three "A Channel" conventional television stations in 
Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg; CKX, a CBC-affiliate station in Brandon; 
the newly launched Toronto1 station in Toronto; and the MTV, MTV2 and TV 
Land digital specialty television channels, subject to CRTC and other 

July 12, 2004: CHUM announces details of its CRTC application for a 
broadcasting licence for a national multi-channel subscription radio 
programming service.

Aug. 20, 2004: CHUM Television releases Going The Distance, its first 
wholly owned and produced theatrical feature.

Aug. 20, 2004: CHUM sells Toronto1 television station to TVA Group Inc. and 
Sun Media Corporation, both subsidiaries of Quebecor Media Inc.

Sept. 3, 2004: CHUM receives CRTC approval for the purchase of the radio 
assets of Seacoast Communications Group Inc. in Victoria, B.C. The 
transaction includes Victoria radio stations C-FAX AM and CHBE FM and music 
production operation, Seacoast Sound.

Sept. 20, 2004: CHUM makes joint application with Astral Media Inc. for the 
operation of CHUM Subscription Radio Canada (CSRC). The application for the 
service was submitted in February, 2004.

Nov. 9, 2004: CHUM launches MuchPhone, a joint venture with Rogers 
Wireless. The MuchPhone connects young Canadians with MuchMusic exclusive 
content, celebrity voicemail, video and photo downloads and more.

Nov. 19, 2004: CHUM receives CRTC approval for its purchase of all the 
shares of Craig Media Inc. and the subsequent sale of Toronto 1 to TVA 
Group Inc. and Sun Media Corporation.

Dec. 1, 2004: CHUM completes its purchase of Craig Media Inc. and its 
divestiture of Toronto 1 via sale of the station to TVA Group Inc. and Sun 
Media Corporation. The deal makes CHUM the new owner of A-Channel Calgary, 
A-Channel Edmonton, A-Channel Manitoba, CKX Television (Brandon), MTV 
Canada, MTV2, and TV Land.


Jan. 5, 2005: CHUM raises a grand total of $4.5 million - the largest 
amount ever raised by a national media fundraising initiative in Canadian 
Red Cross histor, for tsunami disaster relief.

Feb. 3, 2005: CHUM announces plans to rebrand A-Channel Edmonton, A-Channel 
Calgary and A-Channel Winnipeg as Citytv stations for the fall 2005 
television season.

Feb. 15, 2005: CHUM completes its purchase of the outstanding 40 per cent 
of shares in Learning and Skills Television of Alberta Limited. LTA 
comprises CLT, ACCESS, CourtTV Canada and BookTelevision. The LTA 
operations are consolidated into CHUM's downtown Edmonton media facility 
along with A-Channel Edmonton.

Feb. 17, 2005: CHUM launches 91.7 THE BOUNCE in partnership with Milestone 
Media, the station is located in CHUM's downtown Edmonton media facility.

March 15, 2005: CHUM announces plans to rebrand its local NewNet channels 
(The New VR, The New RO, The New PL, The New NX, The New VI) as A-Channels 
for the fall 2005 television season.

April 25, 2005: CHUM implements a new management structure for the 
television division.

May 2, 2005: Canada's No.1 FM radio station, 104.5 CHUM FM, launches a 
daily podcast of its morning show, Roger, Rick & Marilyn.

June 16, 2005: CHUM Limited and Astral Media Inc. are awarded a licence by 
the CRTC for their proposed digital subscription radio service, CSRC. Two 
U.S.-supported satellite services are also awarded broadcast licences.

June 23, 2005: CHUM picks up a record 36 wins, including 25 Golds, at the 
2005 PROMAX/BDA Awards in New York City. CHUM was honoured during the 
ceremony as the top international winner receiving more Gold honours than 
any other international broadcaster.

June 30, 2005: CHUM launches Razer, a new youth lifestyle channel, and 
PunchMuch, Canada's first fully-automated, all-request, music video 
station. The stations were previously MTV Canada and MTV 2 respectively.

Aug. 2, 2005: CHUM Television's local stations The New VR (Barrie/Toronto), 
The New RO (Ottawa/Pembroke), The New PL (London), The New WI (Windsor), 
The New NX (Wingham) and BC station The New VI (Victoria/Vancouver) debut 
as A-Channels. As also previously announced, CHUM's A-Channels in Winnipeg, 
Edmonton and Calgary debut today as Citytv stations.

Aug. 22, 2005: Y92 in Lindsay reformats as BOB FM bringing the number of 
CHUM Radio stations under the highly successful BOB format to five, 
including Winnipeg, Brockville, Ottawa, and London.

Sept. 1, 2005: CHUM announces MuchMusic VJ Search: The Series, CHUM's first 
original primetime reality series extending the popular VJ Search brand. 
The series premiered in January, 2006.

Sept. 6, 2005: CHUM Television launches Star! Daily, a new half-hour daily 
entertainment program from Star!, Canada's first and only entertainment 

Oct. 6, 2005: CHUM Interactive launches a North American first with 
text-based television gaming on its youth lifestyle channel, Razer.

Oct. 28, 2005: Allan Waters, founder of CHUM Limited, steps down from 
CHUM's Board of Directors after 50 years in the broadcasting industry. He 
is named an Honorary Director.

Nov. 21, 2005: CHUM Television announces creation of Canada's Next Top 
Model, an Canadian reality series based on the enormously successful 
America's Next Top Model program. Canada's Next Top Model premiered in May 
on Citytv.

Dec. 3, 2005: Allan Waters, company founder and Canadian broadcasting 
pioneer, dies.


Jan. 11, 2006: CHUM Television International becomes CHUM International.

Jan. 23, 2006: CHUM International signs a licensing agreement with Much 
Czech a.s. for a new MuchMusic channel format in the Czech Republic.

Feb. 14, 2006: CHUM becomes the first Canadian broadcaster to offer a 
television series for video podcast when full episodes of hit reality show 
MuchMusic VJ Search: The Series is made available for free download from 
www.muchmusic.com. The program can now be viewed via computers, iPods and 
other mobile devices.

July 12, 2006: Bell Globemedia offers to pay $52.50 for the common shares 
of CHUM Ltd., in a blockbuster deal that will see one of Canada's iconic 
private broadcasters merged into the BCE-owned media conglomerate.

George Antunes, Political Science Dept
University of Houston; Houston, TX 77204
Voice: 713-743-3923  Fax: 713-743-3927
antunes at uh dot edu

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