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A sad moment for JBNBlog: CBC-TV analog is gone, says A Face in the Crowd*

- August 1st, 2012

As we honour a moment in broadcast history, good friend to JBNBlog & London in general, AFITC* has sent in the following report from the “bunny ears” front lines of London TV reception. Here is the news as of Aug. 1, 2012 . . . take it away, Face:

As promised, CBC-TV’s analogue, over-the-air signals have disappeared from the London airwaves.  At the moment (8:30 a.m.) the former English language Channel 23 shows a vertical coloured bars video signal, accompanied by a audio mono-tone.  The French language Channel 53 is fuzzier, with flickering b&w horizontal bars and no audio at all.  There will be no replacement with digital, over-the-air signals as the corporation just can’t afford it, a billion tax dollars per year notwithstanding.
Meanwhile, competitors CTV-1 (Ch.42) and Global (Ch.29) continue to broadcast analogue, over-the-air signals in this most populous area of Canada. Long live the ‘ears!’

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8 comments

  1. David Winter says:

    CBC did not go Digital, 29 is going digital this year. But do not fear you can get digital channels, by new tv’s, or converter boxes. CTS went Digital, CBC did not.

  2. james.reaney says:

    Thanks David . . . others here have noticed the loss of the analogue signal & commented on Twitter etc. Doesn’t affect me at home but am nostalgic for my bunny ears youth watching Razzle Dazzle with Howard the Turtle & the decoder wheel.

  3. M.J. says:

    I’m amazed that some media outlets have reported that this is only affecting rural Canada, conveniently forgetting whole cities like London and Saskatoon, while the CBC itself reports that affected viewers can get the digital OTA signals, which in London is simply not true.

  4. Ed Gulliver says:

    I’ve enjoyed CBC now for over 56 years of my life. As a tax payer I believe if they(CBC) are not going to broadcast anymore as they promise their funding should be cut & let the private broadcasters take over the airwaves. They(CBC) are suppose to be a channel for the people of Canada, not to get high price help or Olympics you have to pay for!!!!!!
    Get back to what I pay tax dollars for !! Either it for all of CANADA or no one!!!

    ED Gulliver

  5. amy m says:

    I have noticed that CBC analogue has been out for about 3 days now… really miss it, can afford channels from all these dish companies. Miss watching Information Morning with Terry Sega :(

  6. Rob says:

    Miss it at the trailer. News from CBC is more balanced, less biased, more informative, more in depth than CTV. I should not have to pay for cable or satellite to get the public broadcaster. CBC should broadcast via free satellite signal so one can pick it up with a dish anywhere in Canada.

  7. cris says:

    so let me understand this….. taxpayers fund the CBC but now the only way to get a tv show from them is to pay a satellite or cable company? Is this some kind of sick joke? How the heck can I watch the national when I dont have cable or satellite and my internet speed is too slow for streaming video? Where do we complain?

  8. suri says:

    My child and I are not rich. We did find some pleasures in watching Heartland on CBC every Sunday night.

    I know alot of families across the board must feel this loss as it is good natured shows as this that bind a family, if not, a nation.

    Sad to see it end. It is the little things that make us know that we do not have it as good as it once was. Times are changing… yuck!

    Suri

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