Starting September 12th, the Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) has a new look, a new schedule and according to the station's owners, a new approach to broadcasting.
Formerly owned by the Saskatchewan government, SCN will now air commercial-free educational and cultural programming early in the day and commercial laden American network programming such as 60 Minutes, 20/20, Nightline, 48 Hours Mystery, Supernatural, and The Insider during primetime.
On Weeknights, the station will also air 5 Days – Saskatchewan and Beyond, a magazine style series starring veteran broadcaster Brue Steele. The show will feature interviews, commentary and live events that cover the people and issues of the province.
Programming in late afternoon will consist of older shows Classic such as Cheers, Frasier, Gunsmoke, and Family Ties.
Commercial-free educational and cultural programming early in the day as part of its mandate as the designated provincial educational broadcaster. Daytime programming focused on children, young adults, and their parents will operate from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
In Saskatchewan, SCN is available on cable in Regina (Channel 12), Saskatoon (Channel 7), and on SaskTel Max (Channel 19). Satellite channels are Bell 266, Shaw Basic 352, and Shaw Advanced 031.
Launched in May of 1991, SCN was a Canadian English language cable television channel licensed by the CRTC as an educational programming service for the province of Saskatchewan.
In March of 2010, the Saskatchewan government announced it would wind up SCN's operations, citing low ratings, with some operations such as distance education broadcasts to be transferred to SaskTel. The channel was to have signed off at the end of April 2010, but it was later decided to keep the channel in operation while offers to buy it were evaluated.
On June 21, 2010, the Saskatchewan government announced the channel would be sold to Bluepoint Investment Corporation provided Bluepoint receive an amendment from that CRTC that would allow Bluepoint to sell commercial advertising during non-educational programming. The CRTC approved the sale of SCN to Bluepoint and the licence amendments in December of 2010.
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