Citytv plans to be first HDTV broadcaster


Toronto, - CHUM Television announced today that an application has been submitted to the CRTC for a digital over-the-air license for its Toronto station Citytv. This license will allow for the first HDTV signal to emanate from a Canadian broadcaster.

"We are proud to be taking a leadership role in the introduction of HDTV in Canada," said Jay Switzer, president of CHUM Television. "CHUM, particularly throughout the evolution of Citytv, has forged the way in the use of new technologies and innovations, which over the years have become industry standards."

Launched on September 28, 1972, Citytv Toronto was Canada's first commercial UHF station and the world's first all videotape station. Citytv was also the first station in Canada to rely solely on ENG newsgathering and the first to hit the streets with a live microwave newsgathering vehicle.

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