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Thunder Bay Television
Thunder Bay Television is the name under which the two television affiliates in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada operate: CKPR, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation affiliate, and CHFD, a CTV affiliate. It is what is known as a twinstick station.
As the affiliate of two networks, Thunder Bay Television airs programs from both CBC and CTV on their respective stations. The stations also purchase local rights to some programming aired on Global and CH elsewhere in Canada, as neither of those networks broadcast in Thunder Bay. It also produces and broadcasts local news and current affairs programs and specials, such as Thunder Bay Idol and live coverage of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves hockey team.
The stations are independentaly owned and operated by Fraser Dougall, who also runs a pair of radio stations, 580 CKPR and 94.3 FM The Rock, a weekly newspaper, Thunder Bay's Source and the news website tbsource.com.
The company has been defensive of its revenue in the past few years. Even though it airs some Global and CH programs, network stations CIII and CHCH can not be received either over the air or via cable. It also has no plans to sell the station, following the cutbacks on the news operations of nearby CTV station MCTV (although the long distance from Thunder Bay to any other major community would make the cutbacks less likely).
Its programming practices are also considered weird (although not on the level of CJBN ), with many CTV programs being aired on CKPR, the CBC station.
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