Other Canadian stations
OTHER CANADIAN STATIONS
The following Canadian TV channels also carried Doctor Who, but the number of broadcasts on each was only limited.
(NOTE: We have revised this page; previously we had profiles on both Educational Television Saskatchewan (ETV) and CPN, but on further investigation have come to the conclusion that what we thought had been a separate educational station in Saskatchewan was in fact CPN, so we have combined the two profiles. However, if anyone can confirm and provide supporting information that there was a station called ETV in Saskatchewan in the late 1970s, please drop us a line at BroaDWcast@hotmail.com.)
CPN (SASKATCHEWAN) (1978-79)
The CO-OPERATIVE PROGRAMMING NETWORK (CPN) was a closed circuit pay television service established in late 1977, and operated by a federation of cooperatives in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, in the Province of Saskatchewan. The service was not licenced by the Canadian federal government.
It commenced transmissions in March 1978, initially on Channel 3, but by May the station was transmitting on three separate channels – Channel 15, 16 and 17, the latter of which was also called Just For Kids. But after less than a year of operation, the station began to experience severe technical and structural difficulties, and by the end of the year it had gone into receivership. Its final broadcasts were in June 1979.
The Wikipedia entry for DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA says: "There were also some local broadcasts of the series outside Ontario: for example, in 1978-79 a Saskatchewan-based pay-cable provider, CPN, aired Doctor Who episodes on its Just for Kids channel."
Stories bought and broadcast
It hasn't been confirmed but three of the Pertwees may have been:
Again, from anecdotal evidence a run of Tom Baker stories aired in 1978/79; these presumably came from the same general package of stories that aired on TVO (and in the United States) around the same time. But given the short run of episodes, if CPN had purchased the standard 23-story package of Bakers, they certainly did not screen them all.
The series commenced on Sunday, 5 November 1978 at 5.00pm. From 7 January 1979, the timeslot moved to 5.30pm. Broadcasts also extended to three extra days a week, with episodes now on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (The US comedy Nanny and the Professor occupied the Tuesday and Thursday slot.)
The 40th and final episode aired on Wednesday, 28 February 1979.
If the named Pertwees were part of this package, that accounts for 14 episodes, leaving 26 unidentified. Assuming the package commenced with Robot and ran in story order, the run ended half way through a four-parter!
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Listings have been taken from the Star-Phoenix from Saskatoon and Leader Post of Regina. The Star-Phoenix Friday paper contained a pull-out TV guide for the upcoming week. In all cases the series was called "Dr Who". No episode titles were given.
For the later week day screenings, the listing said "Dr Who (Mon, Wed, Fri)".
There are some generic station idents for CPN here:
CITV was an independent television station in Edmonton, Alberta, transmitting on Channel 13.
Stories bought and broadcast
One movie, 84 minutes:
The 1996 TV Movie (which had been filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia earlier that year) had its WORLDWIDE DEBUT on CITV in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday, 12 May 1996, at 10.00pm, Canadian Mountain Time. This was two days ahead of the US screening on the Fox network, and 14 days ahead of its UK broadcast. This is the first and so far only time that Doctor Who has premiered in Canada.
(The movie played two days later on CHCH (Channel 11), Hamilton, Ontario, on Tuesday, 14 May 1996, at 9.00pm, Canadian Eastern Time.)
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