CHUM Limited

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The famous ChumCity Building on the corner of Queen and John in Toronto.

CHUM Limited Template:Tsx is a publicly traded media corporation based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It currently has control over eight independent television stations, and 18 branded specialty television channels. In addition, CHUM controls 30 radio stations across Canada.

CHUM began in 1945 with a single AM radio station in Toronto. In 1954 it was purchased by Allan Waters, and today several of his children stand on the board of directors of the company. In 1967 Waters founded CHUM Limited to control his growing number of media properties.

Although CHUM's radio holdings tend to retain traditional formats, their television stations reflect the avant garde philosophy of former senior executive Moses Znaimer, who turned his hip, local style of television broadcasting into an image as perhaps Canada's most flamboyantly visible media titan in the 1980s and 1990s. (Znaimer retired from active management at CHUM in 2003, although he continues to work on projects with the company.)

CHUM Limited's headquarters are located at 299 Queen St. W. in Toronto, the famous CHUM-City Building.

On December 1, 2004, CHUM purchased Craig Media Inc. for $265 million (CAD). In the deal, CHUM acquired Craig's three A-Channel stations (CKAL in Calgary, Alberta, CKEM in Edmonton, Alberta, and CHMI in Winnipeg, Manitoba), CBC-affiliate CKX in Brandon, Manitoba, and the digital specialty channels MTV Canada, MTV2 and TV Land. The transaction, announced by CHUM on April 12 of that year, was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on November 19. The A-Channel stations will be rebranded CityTV for the fall season of 2005.

Because CHUM already owns two TV stations in the Greater Toronto Area (CITY in Toronto and CKVR in Barrie), it was announced on August 20, 2004 that Craig's Toronto One could not be owned by CHUM and was sold to TVA and Sun Media the day after the purchase of Craig Media, on December 2, 2004, for the purchase price of $46 million (CAD) and Sun's 29.9% share in the Toronto news station CablePulse24, which is now wholly owned by CHUM.


Radio stations

City Call Sign Frequency Format
Brockville CHXL FM 103.7 "Bob FM" hot adult contemporary
CFJR FM 104.9 "JR FM" adult contemporary
Halifax CJCH AM 920 oldies
CIOO FM 100.1 "C100" CHR
Kingston CKLC AM 1380 oldies
Kitchener CKKW AM 1090 "Oldies 1090"
CFCA FM 105.3 "Kool FM" hot adult contemporary
Kawartha Lakes CKLY FM 91.9 "Y92" country
London CHST FM 102.3 "Bob FM" hot adult contemporary
Montreal CKGM AM 990 "The Team 990" sports
Ottawa CFRA AM 580 news/talk
CFGO AM 1200 "The Team 1200" sports
CKKL FM 93.9 "Bob FM" hot adult contemporary
CJMJ FM 100.3 "Majic 100" adult contemporary
Peterborough CKPT AM 1420 "1420 Memories" oldies
CKQM FM 105.1 "Country 105"
Toronto CHUM AM 1050 "1050 CHUM" oldies
CHUM-FM FM 104.5 "CHUM-FM" hot adult contemporary
Vancouver CKST AM 1040 "The Team 1040" sports
CFUN AM 1410 news/talk
CHQM FM 103.5 "QMFM" adult contemporary
Victoria CFAX AM 1070 news/talk
CHBE FM 107 "B107" hot adult contemporary
Windsor CKWW AM 580 "580 Memories" oldies
CKLW AM 800 news/talk
CIMX FM 89 "89X" modern rock
CIDR FM 93.9 "Lite Rock 93.9" adult contemporary
Winnipeg CFRW AM 1290 oldies
CHIQ FM 94.3 "Q94 FM" contemporary hit radio
CFWM FM 99.9 "Bob FM" hot adult contemporary

In November, 2004, CHUM and Astral Media filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for a satellite radio service in Canada. That application and two others were approved by the CRTC on June 16, 2005; official launch dates for the services have not yet been announced.

Television stations

Local stations

Analog specialty cable channels

Co-owned with Astral Media

Digital specialty cable channels

Co-owned with Viacom

Co-owned with Court TV

International joint ventures

Television channels using CHUM trademarks or formats



See also

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