CFJC TV has a rich and colourful heritage. Our founder, Ian Clark, faced many obstacles. No city on the continent with a population under 50,000 had a TV station in 1957. Kamloops only had 16,000 citizens at the time. But with the help of CBC and the Department of Transport, he won his battle and CFCR-TV (now CFJC-TV) went on the air April 8th, 1957, becoming one of the first small market stations in the country.
Our first home is still standing on the corner of
St. Paul St. and Fourth Ave in Kamloops. With 5 hours of national
CBC programming and our own local shows we were on the air for a whopping 8 hours a day.There were many challenges in those early days. Portable cameras were a long ways away. The one and only studio camera was so large and cumbersome the Dominion Day Parade had to be re-routed so we could film it as it passed our studio. Our studio was too small to handle large groups so the first on location happened as we filmed our weekly square dancing feature in the street. We did commercials in our studio, because we did not have the equipment to go into the field. Many of our programs, such as Hockey Night in Canada, were sent to us by CBC on film, and had to run a week late.
- In 1960 a transmitter was raised on Mt. Dufferin, and over the years, rebroadcasting stations were added throughout the Cariboo. At one point, CFJC-TV served the largest land mass in North America with its repeater stations.
- We went colour on Sept 1, 1961. Our community affairs show "Telescope" was the first program to run in colour on CFCR-TV.
- We purchased our first colour camera for local programming in 1962.
- We relocated to our existing location (460 Pemberton Terrace) in 1964. Fred Davis and the cast of Front Page Challenge officially opened the building.
- In 1969 founder Ian Clark retired, turning the business over to his son Dave, and partner Jack Pollard. They ran the company until 1987, when the station was sold to Jim Pattison. Jimmy promoted Rick Arnish to the post of General Manager a year later, and Rick is now the President of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.
CFJC TV has been a pioneer in the development of local programming. From our award-winning local news to creating children's programs, documentaries, sports specials and the local Santa Claus Parade, our commitment has always been to the community. CFJC TV has one of the largest commitments to local programming of any station its size in Canada. Our local news has consistently been named the Best Small Market TV Newscast in Canada.
CFJC TV celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a 90 minute live special on Sunday Oct. 28, 2007 to rave reviews from the local and regional community. For 49 years, we were a CBC affiliate with that partnership ending in 2006, and CFJC-TV became part of the "E" network. In the fall of 2009, a partnership was struck with Rogers Broadcasting to keep our network programming strong and relevant to our audience.
With the support of our loyal viewers and the communities we serve, we will continue to provide quality shows and we look forward to being an integral part of life in Kamloops for many years to come.