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CHUM: Landmarks


This chronology is indicative only.

It covers -

  • beginnings (1945)
  • into television (1968)
  • content production (1994)
  • CTV and cable tv deals (1997)
  • Craig Media (2004)
  • BGM bid (2006)

Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline.


1944 York Broadcasters incorporated

1945 launch of Toronto radio station CHUM-AM (1050 chum)

1954 York Broadcasters Ltd acquires CHUM-AM (1050 chum) from Jack Q'Part

1957 CHUM-AM reformatted, becomes Canada's first Top 40 24-hour rock station

1962 York acquires CKPT-AM (1420 Memories) in Peterborough, Ontario

1963 CHUM-FM Toronto (104.5 CHUM-FM) launched as classical music station

1965 CHUM acquires CJCH-AM (AM 920 CJCH) in Halifax, Nova Scotia

1967 CHUM becomes a publicly traded company on Toronto Stock Exchange

1967 acquires radio stations CFRA-AM (580 CFRA) and CFMO-FM in the Ottawa, Ontario market

Into television

1968 becomes the majority owner of CKVR-TV, the largest privately owned CBC affiliate in Canada

1969 CHUM-FM Toronto relaunched as 'Progressive Rock' station

1969 CHUM buys The Associated Broadcasting Corporation (later CHUM Satellite Services), becoming Canadian franchise holder for Muzak

1971 acquires CJCH-TV in Halifax, CJCB-TV in Sydney and CKCW-TV in Moncton

1972 acquires CFUN-AM (1410 C-FUN) in Vancouver, British Columbia

1974 acquires CFRW-AM (Oldies 1290) and CHIQ-FM (Q94 FM) in the Winnipeg, Manitoba market

1977 receives licences to launch new radio stations CKQM-FM (Country 105) in Peterborough, Ontario and C100-FM (C One Hundred FM) in Halifax, Nova Scotia

1977 acquires CFL's Ottawa Football Club

1978 CHUM acquires Toronto television station Citytv

1984 launch of MuchMusic as Canada's first 24-hour music specialty station

1985 CHUM acquires CKGM-AM (Team 990) and CHOM-FM in Montreal, Quebec

1985 acquires CKWW-AM (580 Memories CKWW) and CJOM-FM (later CIMX-FM 89X) in Windsor, Ontario

1987 sells Ottawa Football Club

1988 MusiquePlus (50% CHUM stake) launched as 24-hour French music specialty station in Montreal

1990 CHUM acquires CHQM-FM (103.5 QM FM) in Vancouver, B.C.

1993 acquires CKLW-AM (AM 800 CKLW) and CKLW-FM (later CIDR-FM and Lite Rock 93.9 FM)

1993 acquires CKKW-AM (Oldies 1090) and CFCA-FM (105.3 KOOL-FM) in Kitchener, Ontario market

Content production

1994 CHUM Television Interactive launched

1994 forms Bravo! channel partnership with Cablevision

1994 CHUM Television International launched as international distribution and development arm

1994 Learning & Skills Television of Alberta (LTA, 60% held by CHUM) incorporated to purchase ACCESS Network, Alberta's privatized educational broadcaster

1995 CHUM launches Bravo!

1995 CKVR-TV relaunched by CHUM as The NewVR

1995 launch of ACCESS - The Education Station (formerly ACCESS Network)

1996 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 (later CJPT-FM 103.7 BOB.FM) in Brockville, Ontario

1996 CFMO-FM becomes CKKL-FM (later 93.9 BOB-FM)

1997 launch of MusiMax (50% held by CHUM) as French Canadian adult contemporary music station

1997 launches.SPACE: The Imagination Station

CTV and cable tv deals

1997 CHUM acquires CTV's CFPL-TV (The New PL), CKNX-TV (The New NX), CHWI-TV (The New WI) and CHRO-TV (The New RO) in Ontario and Ottawa

1997 sells CJCH-TV Halifax, CJCB-TV Sydney and CKCW-TV Moncton to CTV

1998 CHUM Television launches CablePulse24 regional 24-hour English-language news and information specialty channel

1998 national specialty service MuchMoreMusic launched

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

1999 CHUM acquires CFGO-AM (Team 1200) and CJMJ-FM (Majic 100) radio stations in the Ottawa, Ontario market

1999 launch of CLT (60% CHUM ownership), Canada's first national specialty educational television service

1999 launch of Star! The Entertainment Information Station

2000 launches of DAB stations in Vancouver and Windsor

2000 launches a new radio station, CHST-FM (102.3 BOB-FM) in London, Ontario

2000 sells 50% stake in MuchMusic USA to Cablevision

2000 CRTC approves CHUM's application for new tv station CIVI-TV (The New VI) in Victoria, British Columbia

2001 CHUM acquires CKLY-FM (Y92) in Lindsay, Ontario

2001 CHUM Radio launches The Team Sports Radio Network

2001 CHUM buys 42% stakein The Learning Annex, 'continuing education school'

2001 CHUM Television launches digital specialty channels FashionTelevisionChannel and BookTelevision: The Channel (60% ownership through LTA), CourtTV Canada (60% ownership through LTA), Drive-In Classics, SexTV: The Channel, MuchVibe and MuchLoud

2001 CHUM completess purchase of Vancouver's CKVU-TV from CanWest Global Communications

2001 CRTC approval for acquisition of CFWM-FM (BOB-FM) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2002 CHUM relaunches CKVU-TV as Citytv Vancouver.

2003 CRTC approval for acquisition of CKST-AM (Team 1040) Vancouver, British Columbia

2003 CHUM launches Canada's first digital over-the-air tv signal with Toronto station Citytv

2003 re-launches Brockville's CJPT-FM as 103.7 BOB-FM and moves CFJR-AM to the FM dial, re-launched as 104.9 JR FM

2003 CHUM Television launches MuchMoreRetro

2004 CHUM Television & MuchMusic launch - "Canada's first third party wireless content store"

2004 CHUM and Milestone Media Broadcasting receives CRTC approval for VIBE 91.7 FM in Edmonton,

Craig Media

2004 CHUM buys Craig Media Inc. (inc three "A Channel" conventional television stations in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg; CBC-affiliate station CKX in Brandon; newly launched Toronto1 station and the MTV, MTV2 and TV Land digital specialty television channels)

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

2004 sells Toronto1 television station to Quebecor subsidiaries TVA Group and Sun Media for C$46m, buys 30% stake in Toronto news station CP24

2004 CRTC approval for purchase of radio assets of Seacoast Communications Group Inc. in Victoria, B.C (inc radio stations C-FAX AM and CHBE FM and music production operation, Seacoast Sound)

2004 CHUM launches MuchPhone joint venture with Rogers Wireless

2005 CHUM buys outstanding 40% of Learning and Skills Television of Alberta

2005 launches 91.7 THE BOUNCE in partnership with Milestone Media

2005 CHUM and Astral Media awarded licence by CRTC for their digital subscription radio service, CSRC

2005 CHUM launches Razer youth lifestyle channel and PunchMuch, Canada's first fully-automated, all-request, music video station (previously MTV Canada and MTV 2 respectively)

2005 Y92 in Lindsay reformats as BOB FM

2006 CHUM Television International becomes CHUM International

2006 CHUM International licensing agreement with Much Czech a.s. for new MuchMusic channel format in Czech Republic

Bell Globemedia bid

2006 Bell Globemedia (later CTVglobemedia Inc.) agrees to pay C$1.4bn for CHUM