Archives and Special Collections
Fonds F0561 - Community Antenna Television Ltd. fonds
ACU GBA F0561
Community Antenna Television Ltd. fonds
- 1976-1981 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
30 video cassettes
Name of creator
In 1966 Jack Davis of Calgary established Community Antenna Television Ltd. (CATV). He immediately began petitioning the federal government to allow him to bring cable television to Alberta. In 1971, with the financial backing of Max Bell and Bob Brown, he was finally granted a licence by the Canadian Radio and Television Commission to supply cable TV to the south half of Calgary. In 1971 the company was sold to Toronto based Canadian Cable Systems (now Rogers Cable TV), although Davis was given a seat on the board of the parent company and remained president of Community Antenna. CATV produced television programs of local interest, including the "Calgary Show", "Canada West", and "Canada in Print".
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Community Antenna Television Ltd., 1981-1983.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of CATV-produced television programs about the Alberta oil sands (1976); John Diefenbaker (1978); branding at the Wyalta Ranch (1979); opening of Calgary's Gulf Canada Centre (1979); a Calgary Stampede chuckwagon race (1980); history of St. John Ambulance (1980); "Canada West" episodes about western alienation, the division of power, Robert Stanfield, Arthur Child, Patrick O'Callaghan, Mayor Dewar and Peter Lougheed (1980); "Canada in Print" episodes about the Mad Trapper, Canadian newspapers, and nature photography (1980); opening of the Calgary LRT (1981); and a "Calgary Show" episode about Glenbow collecting the archives of women's groups (1981).
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.