Manitoba’s last TV station outside of Winnipeg fades to black

Staff at Brandon’s CKX-TV graciously said farewell to viewers just a few hours ago, bringing 54 years of broadcasting history to an end.

The Brandon station was one of several local TV outlets across Canada to shut down this year, rendered unprofitable by sinking ad revenues, high digital switchover costs and the inability to secure space on satellite feeds.

CKX signed on in 1955 as Manitoba’s first privately owned TV station, owned by Western Manitoba Broadcasters Ltd.

After a failed attempt to launch a Winnipeg station in 1974 — the broadcasting licence was instead given to upstart Canwest Broadcasting, which launched CKND (now Global Winnipeg) a year later — CKX’s sister station 13 MTN (now Citytv Winnipeg) was launched out of Portage in 1986. MTN was relocated to Winnipeg in 1999 to be rebranded as “A-Channel”, leaving CKX once again as Manitoba’s only non-Winnipeg-based station.

As noted by the anchors, CKX was a “training station” staffed by young university and college graduates from all over Canada, many of whom gained valuable experience in Brandon prior to moving on to Winnipeg and other larger markets.

The final minutes of CKX-TV

Related: TV Stations No Longer a Licence to Print Money

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