C Television (CTV) is the flagship television station of the Caribbean New Media Group, a state-owned media company in Trinidad and Tobago. C Television broadcasts from studios at 11 A Maraval Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago. The station boasts that its facilities are the most technologically advanced of its kind in the Caribbean region.
The Caribbean New Media Group was formed in 2005 after the financial demise of its predecessor, the National Broadcasting Network (NBN), the parent company of the flagship television station, Trinidad & Tobago Television (TTT). The studios located on Maraval Road, Port of Spain were refurbished where the station commenced operations on June 5, 2006. During the initial test period, programming consisted of a four-hour block from 6.00 to 10.00p.m.
The formal launch of the Caribbean New Media Group occurred in mid-2007 and the station was re-branded from CNMG Television to C. In 2011, the station was then rebranded to CTV.
C TV's programming line-up includes local and foreign content. The station gained popularity with its broadcast of the Miss World Pageant annually, Digicel Rising Stars program and the coverage of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. C TV's foreign line-up includes popular US television series such as Pretty Little Liars, Hawaii Five-0, Hellcats, The Cleveland Show, The Doctors, The Simpsons, Grimm (TV series), Blue Bloods (TV series), Law & Order SVU, House (TV Series), Motive (TV series), NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Vampire Diaries among others.
News and current affairs
CTV broadcasts four and a half hours of the news programming on weekdays and thirty minutes of the news programming on weekends. The station's breakfast program First Up, has been one of the highest-rated programs in the country. "First Up" is simulcast on its sister radio station Talk City 91.1. CTV also carries an hour-long newscast at 7.00pm and news updates carried at 6 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm There is also a thirty-minute newscast at noon. All newscasts are available on-demand on the station's website.
On November 8, 2010, outspoken First Up presenter Fazeer Mohammed was replaced by GISL Chief Executive Officer Andy Johnson. The incident has led many commentators to speculate that it was politically motivated, stemming from an interview between Mohammed and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Suruj Rambajhan. The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago has condemned the action. The incident also caused a massive public outcry on the station's social networking sites.
CTV broadcasts on VHF channels 9 and 13 on the island of Trinidad and channels UHF 20 on the island of Tobago. The station is also transmitted on all of the country's major cable systems on the following channels:
- Flow (National): Ch. 6 (Digital) Ch. 106 (Advanced Video Service)
- Massy Communications (National): Ch. 105
- Digicel Play: Ch. 7
- Trico (Tobago): Ch. 2
- RVR International (Rio Claro): Ch. 9
- Mayaro Cable: Ch. 9
- Diamond Vale Cable: Ch. 13
CTV is also available on national platforms Blink (IPTV) and Green Dot (Satellite).
Anchors and presenters
- Samantha John - C News At 7
- James Saunders - C News At 7 (sports)
- Ean Wallace - C News At 7 (weather)
- StacyAnn Providence - C News At Noon
- Paul Richards - Good Morning T&T
- Jessie May Ventour - Good Morning T&T
C TV is available to listen live on Talk City 91.1 FM.