Global Calgary is an owned-and-operated station of the Global Television Network, owned by Canwest Media Inc.Our station has been part of the Calgary marketplace for over 50 years. As Calgary’s first television station, giving back to the community has always played a major role in Global’s history, and the station continues to dedicate its people, airtime and resources to countless local organizations, events and charitable causes.
A few of the local groups with whom Global Calgary has developed partnerships with include the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Stampeders, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Calgary Stampede, the Global Woman of Vision Program, and many, many more.
Global Calgary (also known as CICT) signed on October 8th, 1954 as CHCT, the first television station in Alberta. The studios, offices and antenna were located seven miles west of the city of Calgary. The station’s owners, Calgary Television Ltd., were a consortium of three Calgary radio stations. The “˜CT’ in CHCT stood for “˜Calgary Television.’
Notable productions the original studio produced were “Klara’s Korner” (a cooking show that was in national syndication for many years), “Yan Can Cook” (another cooking show hosted by Martin Yan), “Stampede Wrestling” (produced for over 20 years), and “It Figures” (also ran for nearly 20 years.)
Almost twenty years later, CHCT was purchased by Selkirk Broadcasting, and the station’s call sign was changed to CFAC-TV. In 1979, the station branded itself as Channel 2&7, referring to its cable location. For a number of years afterwards, it continued to use the old CFAC “star” logo alongside the 2&7 logo.
In 1980, the station obtained the television rights to the Calgary Flames NHL franchise, a partnership that continues today. A year later, the station moved to its new home, the Calgary Television Centre.
In the fall of 1982, the station began broadcasting 24-hours a day, a first for Calgary. Overnight programming included late night movies and re-runs of the “Jackie Gleason Show.”
In 1989, CFAC-TV was once again sold, this time to Western International Communications (WIC). In March 1990, the call letters were changed to CKKX-TV. Two years later, the stations news operations expanded with the purchase of a satellite uplink truck and a fleet of electronic news gathering microwave trucks.
On September 7th, 1993, CKKX was renamed CICT-TV, the call letters used today. It also took on the brand of Calgary 7.
The station was sold to Canwest in 1998, but required approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Approval was given in 2000. On September 4th of that year, CICT-TV joined the Global Television Network, along with fellow Alberta stations, CITV-TV (Edmonton), and CISA (Lethbridge). By 2001, Global Calgary also began airing in Drumheller and Banff.
On April 11th, 2007, CICT became the first station in Calgary with a news helicopter. Named Global 1, it provides traffic reports during the Morning News and Early News, as well as breaking news coverage you can’t find anywhere else.
Where to Watch Us
Here’s how you can watch Global Calgary:
- analog channel 2 (in the Calgary-area)
- Calgary Shaw Cable 7
- Calgary TELUS TV 7
You can also tune in on satellite:
- Bell ExpressVu 244
- Star Choice 338
Global Calgary is also available on various other cable and satellite systems around the world. Check your local cable company for Global Calgary or our call letters, CICT.
Global Calgary News offers more local news at more times of the day than any other station in the market.
Calgary starts early and so does the Morning News, now at five thirty. Breaking news, 7-day weather forecast with Todd Gallant and Calgary’s best live traffic reports – on the ground with Leslie Horton, and in the air from Global One, Calgary’s only television news helicopter. It’s the news that Calgarians need to start their day.
Weekdays from 5:30 to 9am.
A lively hour of the day’s top headlines from around the world and around the corner – delivered in a friendly and informative style by Global Calgary News anchors Cara Fullerton and Bruce McAllister.
Sixty minutes of local and international news combined with live weather updates, traffic reports, and the people and organizations making a difference in our community.
Weekdays from 12 – 1pm.
Early News on Global Calgary is the city’s first look at the day’s headlines. Anchored by Calgary news veteran Gord Gillies, the Early News features the days top stories, in depth interviews, plus full weather with Paul Dunphy and a slice of human interest from our community.
The Early News launches two hours of award winning journalism on Global Calgary. It’s followed by Global National with Kevin Newman weekdays at 5:30pm and the News Hour at six.
Weekdays from 5 – 5:30pm.
News Hour on Global Calgary delivers 60 minutes of the most comprehensive local news coverage available. Nirmala Naidoo and Gord Gillies bring viewers unmatched top story coverage from Calgary’s most experienced team of television journalists.
Established features include the highly rated Health, Business & Consumer Beat franchises plus a one of a kind segment featuring an ‘offbeat’ look into the city and the characters that make Calgary and area a special place to live.
Weekdays from 6 – 7:00pm.
News Hour Final
Brienne Hurlburt anchors Calgary’s late local news. A fast paced hour that provides viewers with the days top news stories, weather and sports. A final wrap up of the day’s events including local, national and international news combined with an extensive weather and sports package to help viewers plan for the day ahead.
Weekdays from 11:00pm – 12:00am.
Saturday Morning News
Start your morning with Leslie Horton and Tish Boychuk as they update you on what’s happening around the city over the weekend. A lively, conversational two hours, you’ll learn tasty new recipes from the Saturday Chef, gardening advice, the latest child care tips and family friendly events from Calgary’s Child, plus a listing of community events.
The Saturday Morning News delivers your top local, national, and international news stories every half-hour at 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, and 9:30am, along with your full weather forecast, and weekend weather.
Saturdays from 8:00 – 10:00am
Weekend Evening News & News Final
Global Calgary has your weekend news covered with the Evening News at 6pm, followed by News Final at 11pm. Global News anchorJayme Doll delivers the stories and events making news over the weekend. Viewers also get the most accurate weekend weather forecast and a peek at temperatures for the following week.Ryan Leslie rounds out the weekend newscasts with a comprehensive look at sports – both amateur and professional.
Weekends from 6:00 – 6:30pm & 11:00 – 11:30pm.
Local or national, amateur or professional, Grant Pollock, Kevin Smith and Ryan Leslie score big with the days top sports stories seven days a week! Watch Global Sports weeknights during the News Hour and the News Hour Final and weekends in the Evening News and News Final.