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Fonds F0561 - Community Antenna Television Ltd. fonds

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Community Antenna Television Ltd. fonds


  • 1976-1981 (Creation)

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30 video cassettes

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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".


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Gift of Community Antenna Television Ltd., 1981-1983.

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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).

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The material is in English.

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