YTV (TV channel)


YTV (TV channel)

Infobox TV channel
name = YTV
logofile = YTV logo.svg
logoalt = YTV logo
logosize = 150px
launch = September 1, 1988
closed date =
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owner = YTV Canada Inc.
(Corus Entertainment)
slogan = Woah!
country = Canada
broadcast area = National
headquarters = Toronto, Ontario
former names =
replaced names =
sister names = Treehouse TV
timeshift names =
web = [http://www.ytv.com YTV]
terr serv 1 =
terr chan 1 =
sat serv 1 = Bell TV
sat chan 1 = Channel 551 (East)
Channel 552 (West)
sat serv 2 = Star Choice
sat chan 2 = Channel 542 (East)
Channel 543 (West)
cable serv 1 = Available on most Canadian cable systems
cable chan 1 = Check local listings, channels may vary
sat radio chan 1 =
online serv 1 =
online chan 1 =
YTV is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel aimed at youth, available nationwide through cable and satellite television. Presently it is wholly owned by Corus Entertainment. Though "YTV" presumably stands for "Youth Television", the channel itself officially denies this. [cite web |url=http://www.ytv.com/about/index.asp#WhatDoesYTV |title=About YTV.com |accessdate=2007-04-15 |format= |publisher= ] Their 1988 logo had the slogan "The Youth channel".

YTV's schedule is primarily children's programming, with target audiences ranging from pre-schoolers to young adults. At the upper end of this range are repeats of dramas such as "Smallville". Until recently it aired a significant number of British sitcoms in late night; it now only airs "My Family". Among its claims to fame, it was the first to air the first completely computer-animated series, "ReBoot", and the English-version of the anime show, "Sailor Moon".YTV's flagship programming block is The Zone, aired on weekday afternoons; Carlos Bustamente and Joyce currently host the interstitial segments.

While it produces or commissions a substantial portion of its programming, YTV also acquires and airs most of the original series of the similar American service Nickelodeon, which is not available in Canada. Thanks to strong contractual ties, YTV has exclusive access to all Nickelodeon animated titles, and to date has aired every one of these productions. It has recently gained a strong anime element in an attempt to appeal more to teens, picking up titles ranging from "InuYasha" to "Zatch Bell". It is spearheading that effort by introducing YTV Anime On Demand, a new video-on-demand service offering "Anime 24/7".

The channel operates two timeshifted feeds, East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time).

History

Launched on September 1, 1988, YTV was the successor to two prior special programming services operated by various Ontario cable companies beginning in the late 1970s. The two largest shareholders in YTV were two cable companies, Rogers Cable and a company known as CUC Broadcasting which would later be acquired by Shaw Communications. By about 1995, through various acquisitions and trades, Shaw had secured full control of YTV; it was spun off as part of Corus in 1999.

After Corus took control of the channel in 1999, YTV began to use a Nickelodeon-style "gross-out" factor in its branding, albeit with much less slime, with its mantra (and former slogan) being "Keep It Weird". Over the years YTV used a number of different on-air logos, featuring the same arrangement of white letters on various bizarre and imaginative creatures. The logo used on production credits - and thus presumably the "official" logo - features this arrangement on a red screen on a stylized purple television set. The channel's advertisements often focused on promoting the brand through crude humour, often at the expense of the programs being advertised. As this advertising style permeated the station at all hours of the day, it was heavily criticized, especially by older fans of the channel.

In fall of 2005, a new post 6 p.m. advertising style was developed for older audiences which used a much simpler logo and much sleeker packaging with barely any gross-out tactics. In the spring of 2006, this look was adapted for the entire station.

Programming blocks

Since the station launched, YTV has been well-known for dividing their broadcasts into distinct programming blocks for a variety of reasons. An unnamed programming block which later became "The Treehouse", and "The Afterschool Zone", now known simply as "The Zone", were the first and second blocks established in the station's early years. This was done primarily as a tactic to comply with Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) restrictions on advertising in children's programming: popular imported programming would run a few minutes short due to fewer ads being permitted compared to US stations. Instead of filling the time with public service announcements or other filler material, the idea of devoting several minutes between programs to interaction between live-action hosts was utilized, and has proven successful to this day.

Other blocks, such as Limbo and Bionix, have been created for the specific purpose of designating programming intended for older or specific audiences. Without similar advertising restrictions being applied, these blocks are unhosted.

Current programming blocks

*3 Hairy Thumbs Up
*Big Fun Fridayshttp://corusent.com/corporate/press_room/pressReleaseDetail.asp?id=1572]
*Bionix
*CRUNCH
*Get Real!
*Nickelodeon Sundays
*The Zone
*ZAPX Movies

Past programming blocks

*The Treehouse:The Treehouse was a daily programming block aimed at children. It was hosted by Todd, Krista, and Katie, and featured puppets known as the Fuzzpaws. The Treehouse aired many shows such as "Wishbone", "Bananas in Pyjamas", "Once Upon a Hamster", "The Big Comfy Couch", "What-a-Mess", "Take Part", and "PJ Katie's Farm". :This segment originally did not have a specific name, and ran from 10 a.m. until switching over to The Afterschool Zone. The original hosts were PJ Jen and PJ Chandra. PJ Gord acted as a substitute for both this block and The Afterschool Zone. The Treehouse block has since been spun off into its own specialty channel, Treehouse TV.
*The Alley:The Alley was the original weekend morning programming block, which was hosted by the existing PJs from the weekday segments, along with the Grogs.
*"YTV News":"YTV News" was a 30 minute news show. It aired on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays and was advertised as being the only national, youth-oriented TV Newsmagazine. "YTV News" was hosted by Janis Mackey, Marret Green, Exan, Honey Khan, Cory Atkins, Mark McAllister, and Wilf Dinnick who covered many stories from Canadian elections to world issues. Viewers of "YTV News" were encouraged to create their own news editorials about themselves and send them in to be broadcast. "YTV News" shared facilities with "CTV News", and was briefly rebroadcast on CTV on weekend mornings, albeit with the title "Wuz Up".
*The Breakfast Zone:The Breakfast Zone or B-Zone was aired in a morning time slot as the name implies. Originally hosted by Jenn and Paul, with Aashna soon replacing Jenn, the block was intended as a morning version of The Zone, but functioned more as a long running single program than an actual block. Programs started at much more arbitrary times as the banter between the live-action hosts became more of a central focus than mere filler material. The block was later re branded as the B-Zone, hosted by Taylor, and then re branded again as the popular B-Zone, hosted by PJ Katie (Jennifer Katie Racicot) and Zeke... a curious creature from outer space (performed by puppeteer Todd Doldersun)
*"Short Circutz" was a series of short computer-generated animation with music that was aired every hour, between each show. Aired around 1992.
*Shift:Shift was broadcast in prime time and aired many of YTV's most popular shows. Some of Shift's programming included "ReBoot", "Are You Afraid of the Dark?", "Beasties", and "Goosebumps". Shift was hosted by Aashna and Paul. It was dropped in favour of extending The Zone by one hour.
*Brainwash:Brainwash was a former weekend programming block that aired on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. It was hosted by Carrie (musician and puppeteer Ali Eisner) and Ed (Shaun Majumder early in his career) from a colourful set featuring pipes and video screens. Shaun Majumder left the show in 1997 and was replaced by Peter Oldering. Concept created and originally produced by Kim J. Saltarski and Atul N. Rao (eventually forming writer/producer team "The Membrains"), later produced by Karen Young. Brainwash had many slogans such as "Put a spin on your reality", "Headaches are an excellent source of iron", and "YTV's laundromat of choice". The theme was a play on the name using bubbles, washing machines, and brain visuals. Brainwash was similar to The Zone but was much longer. It featured programs such as "Bump in the Night", "Astro Boy", "Sailor Moon", and "The Pink Panther". Brainwash was eventually replaced with Snit Station.
*Snit Station:Snit Station replaced Brainwash in the weekend morning slot and was hosted by YTV's robotic mascot Snit and Denise. Snit Station programming included "Animaniacs", "The Jetsons", "The Flintstones", "Garfield", "Huckleberry Hound", and "Alvin and the Chipmunks". When Snit later left Snit Station this block became known as the Vortex block and programming dramatically changed.
*Limbo:Limbo was YTV's first attempt at a block for teenagers and featured programming such as "Daria", "Stressed Eric", "Home Movies", and "Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married". Limbo originally aired from 8 p.m. to midnight ET, but was eventually pushed back to 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. ET before being cancelled. Bionix is Limbo's closest current equivalent.
*The Dark Corner:A former programming block that aired on Saturday evenings. The Dark Corner featured many of YTV's darker shows such as "Goosebumps", "Are You Afraid of the Dark?", "Freaky Stories", and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
*YTV Jr:YTV Jr. boasted 40 hours of commercial-free programming per week and was aimed at the pre-school demographic. YTV Jr.'s programming included children's favourites such as "Rupert", "Groundling Marsh", and "The Big Comfy Couch". YTV Jr. later became obsolete as Treehouse TV, YTV's dedicated children's channel, became widely available.
*Vortex:Vortex aired on YTV from 2001 to June 24, 2006. It was formerly hosted by Stephanie Broschart, who left in 2002 and was replaced by Paula Lemyre. Unlike its predecessors, Vortex was exclusive to Saturday mornings. Vortex was also based mainly on action cartoons, not unlike Cartoon Network's Toonami block. It ended on June 24, 2006 upon Paula's departure from YTV and was replaced by The Zone Summer Weekends.
*The Zone Summer Weekends:The Zone Summer Weekends aired on YTV from July 1, 2006 to September 2, 2006. It was hosted by Sugar and Carlos. The Zone Summer Weekends replaced Vortex and was a Saturday morning spin-off of The Zone. It featured all of the programs that Vortex had but the only commonly noticed differences were the new logos and animations. A few times, The Zone Summer Weekends was extended into the afternoon. It ended on September 2, 2006 and has since been replaced by CRUNCH.

Program jockeys

In the earlier days, YTV had hosts called program jockeys or "PJ"s, in the same vein as "disc jockey" or "video jockey". Current hosts of these segments have since dropped the moniker of PJ.

Current

*Carlos Bustamente hosts The Zone, ZAPX Movies, and former block The Zone Summer Weekends
*Joyce Quansah co-hosts The Zone, replacing Sugar. She started on December 31, 2007. She had a cameo on Christmas Eve, when Carlos picked a tree for the Zone, she worked there.
*Simon Mohos hosts ZAPX Movies
*Andy hosts CRUNCH

Past

*Ajay Fry hosted the CRUNCH programming block.
*Stephanie Beard (Sugar) hosted The Zone and former block The Zone Summer Weekends
*Paula Lemyre hosted the Vortex
*Phil Guerrero (PJ Fresh Phil)
*Paul McGuire (PJ Paul)
*Daryn Jones
*PJ Jenn (Jenn Beech)
*Jennifer Katie Racicot (PJ Katie), whom also co-hosted The Zone (as Jenny rather than Katie)
*Shaun Majumder (Ed Brainbin)
*Anand Rajaram (Snit)
*Taylor (Phil McCordic)
*Gordon Michael Woolvett (Gord the PJ Man) was the tertiary PJ during the day time, and later gained a regular spot on The Afterschool Zone.
*PJ Todd
*PJ Krista
*Pat Kelly
*Janis Mackey-Frayer (PJ Jazzy Jan) also was an original anchor for "YTV News"
*Shandra (PJ Rockin Shan)
*Aashna Patel (PJ Aashna)
*Stephanie Broschart
*Ali Eisner (Carrie Funkwash - HOST)
*The Grogs (puppeteers Jamie Shannon & Jason Hopley)
*Marty Stelnick (puppeteer)
*Atul N. Rao (Puppeteer - The original Snit)
*Laurie Gelman (Laurie Hibberd)
*Michael Quast (Michael Q)
*Rachael Crawford

Programs of note

As an early specialty station with a focus on an ambiguously defined area such as youth programming, YTV has incorporated many unique and niche programs into their schedule over the years.

British sitcoms

Due to a general lack of original programming for specialty services in its early years, YTV often filled its schedule with older or more obscure types of acquisitions not normally seen on other services. One of the most well-known additions has been British sitcoms, which were initially used to fill prime time slots, but due to popular demand remained prominently on the station's late night schedule for well over a decade. Highlights included the North American premiere of "Red Dwarf" as well as a persistent run of the improv series "Whose Line is it Anyway?", but because YTV's standards for content had not been firmly established at the time, both series endured excessive censorship.

Although prime time programming slowly became more focused, programs such as "Are You Being Served?", "Keeping Up Appearances", and "Yes Minister" found cult audiences in late night time slots, and aired free of time and content edits for years as more focus was placed on younger audiences viewing at earlier hours. However, in 2003 when YTV began marketing their late night hours towards older youth viewers, it was finally decided to remove the remaining shows from the schedule.

Anime

Ever since hosting the North American broadcast premiere of "Sailor Moon" in August 1995, YTV has become a central hub for anime fandom in Canada. While "Sailor Moon" still remained their most popular and influential franchise (enough to provoke the final seventeen episodes of "Sailor Moon R" to be dubbed specifically for the Canadian market) franchises such as "Dragon Ball" and "Pokémon" saw massive success on the station in following years. However, in 1999, YTV's confusion in attempting to market "Gundam Wing", which had proven to be a monumental hit on weekday afternoons in the United States on Cartoon Network's Toonami block, posed significant problems for the medium's exposure in Canada. Although audiences were shocked to see the show's follow-up movie, "Endless Waltz" (which was aired before the actual series) shown completely uncut, YTV's decision to air an edited version of the series at 11:30 p.m. on weeknights due to uneven market research conducted through an online poll, essentially cut the series off from mainstream viewership.

This likely contributed to the complete lack of many popular anime series being run on YTV for the next several years. However, this dry period ended in 2003 when "InuYasha" was introduced to the station. Its popularity with teen viewers brought about the creation of the Bionix block. While some minor, inconsistent content edits occurred in programs like "Gundam SEED" as a result of this new focus (although the edits were few and nowhere near as severe as on American channels like Cartoon Network), the block has gradually matured with its content and tone falling more in line with that of Adult Swim. However, YTV's decision to air "" in 2005 met with some controversy due to the show's content and adult nature. Despite airing at midnight, the episode "Jungle Cruise" was skipped due to its gruesome theme and content, bringing more question as to why YTV would licence a show of this nature. While the episode was later reaired uncut in a later timeslot, it remains unclear whether or not YTV will air the series' much more graphic .

Between the end of Limbo and the beginning of Bionix, YTV launched the Anime Master forum. The Anime Master character is portrayed as a red-suited masked ninja, dubbed in Snit's voice, and has made a few guest appearances in The Zone and Vortex segments.

Live action show hosts have also done interviews in Anime North, most of the guests being voice actors for popular animated shows on the channel. The interviews were shown in the live action segments between programmes (called Animinutes), or as a separate block.

On September 29, 2006, YTV Canada Inc. announced it had applied to the CRTC for permission to launch a Category 2 English-language specialty channel called "The Anime Channel". The proposal included minimum 85% animated and related programming and maximum 15% information-based program, targeted at adults over the age of 18. A meeting with the CRTC was held on November 14, 2006. On January 30 2007, CRTC approved the application for the licence until August 31 2013. [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2007/db2007-41.htm] The licence allowed the channel to allocate not less than 65% of the broadcast year to anime programs, not more than 35% of the broadcast year to anime-related programs, not less than 85% of the broadcast year to programming from categories 7(d) (theatrical feature films aired on TV), 7(e) (animated television programs and films) and 7(g) (other drama), with no more than 15% of the broadcast year dedicated to information based programs.

YTV Anime On Demand

In 2005, Corus Entertainment began offering a video on demand service called "YTV Anime On Demand" to cable providers, as of yet Rogers Cable and Shaw Cable are the only providers to offer the service. The service offers old and new anime programs that do not air on YTV channel itself. The video on demand service has since been rebranded as "Bionix On Demand". [http://www.ytv.com/etc/vod/]

Related businesses

"Whoa! magazine", YTV's official magazine, is published four times a year (spring, summer, fall and winter). "Whoa!" is distributed through Pizza Hut, YTV Events, Chapters and Indigo book stores, Canadian newsstands, and subscriptions.

"Big Fun Party Mix" CDs contain many songs from YTV's "Hit List", plus performances by the station's own Nuclear Donkey.

The Big Rip is a site for online games. The first game "GalaXseeds", was launched on February 14 2007.

YTV Spotlight is an On Demand service, which offers monthly themed bundles, currently only available with Rogers Cable.

Logos

logans

"The Youth Channel" (1988–1990)
"The Spirit Of Youth" (1989–1991)
"The Coolest Station In The Nation" (1991–1998)
"You Rule!" (1995-1998, Used Alongside Previous Slogan)
"Keep It Weird" (1998–2002)
"Keeping it Weird" (2002–2005)
"Woah!" (2005-Present)

International distribution

* Jamaica - distributed on Flow Cable systems. [ [http://www.flowjamaica.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=133 Flow Cable channel lineup] ]
* Bahamas - distributed on Cable Bahamas systems. [ [http://www.cablebahamas.com/television/digital/valuepackages/index.lasso?package=5df943797f5b9841&groupDisplay=0&chanDisplay=214#99 Cable Bahamas channel lineup] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.ytv.com YTV]
* [http://corusmedia.com/ytv YTV Media]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/19970412205051/http://www.ytv.com/ Official Site as of 1997] (archive.org)
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20010308222626/http://www.ytv.com/ Official Site as of 2001] (archive.org)
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20050329020236/http://www.ytv.com/ Official Site as of 2005] (archive.org; original bugs not fixed)
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/Y/htmlY/youthtv/youthtv.htm Museum of Broadcast Communications: YTV]
* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=FuvODqTAD2I YTV Station ID's from 1993 on YouTube]
* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=M-eQqiRzxY0 YTV Station ID's from 1992 on YouTube]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_0fW2R0JaY YTV Station ID from 1992 on YouTube]


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