, broadcast on channel 9 and cable 8, is a television station
owned by Bell Media
. Currently branded as CTV Toronto
, it is the flagship station
of the CTV Television Network
, and was one of the charter members of the network
when it was launched in 1961. It broadcasts from the CN Tower
with a power output of 316 kW
, and operates a digital transmitter on channel 40 (PSIP
9.1). In addition, the station currently operates two auxiliary transmitters serving the Orillia
areas, and is available on cable and satellite
throughout southern Ontario.
The station's studios are located at 9 Channel Nine Court
(which was temporarily renamed "Dave Devall
Way" throughout 2009 to honor the retiring reporter) in Agincourt
, near the junction of Highway 401
and McCowan Road
. CFTO now shares these premises with the network's headquarters, which includes studios for the network's news programming (Canada AM
, CTV National News
and the CTV News Channel
), along with most of Bell Media's specialty channels. CTV News has in fact been based at CFTO's studios for most of its history, dating to the days when the network was a cooperative (CFTO's parent company later acquired most of the other affiliates, eventually becoming the present-day Bell Media).
CFTO went on the air for the first time on December 31, 1960 at 10.00 p.m. The first official day of programming was January 1, 1961. The opening program was a telethon hosted by Joel......