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Fairchild TV logo
|Owned by||Fairchild Group (80%)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Headquarters||Richmond, British Columbia|
Richmond Hill, Ontario
|Sister channel(s)||Fairchild TV 2 HD|
|Website||Fairchild TV (in Cantonese)|
|Bell TV||716 (East - Man)|
717 (East - Can)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 281 / 801 (West)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||716 (East - Man)|
717 (East - Can)
|Bell MTS (West)||Channel 506 (West)|
|Optik TV||Channel 2801 (West)|
Channel 2802 (East)
|SaskTel||Channel 291 (West)|
|VMedia||Channel 717 (East)|
Fairchild TV Studio in Richmond Hill
Fairchild TV or FTV is a Canadian Cantonese language exempt specialty channel. It is owned by Fairchild Group, with Hong Kong broadcaster TVB holding a 20% minority stake. Fairchild TV has studios in the Greater Toronto Area (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Greater Vancouver (inside Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, British Columbia).
The channel's origins can be traced to the Cantonese broadcasting service, Chinavision Canada was rebranded as Fairchild TV in 1993 when Thomas Fung purchased Chinavision.
In the Greater Toronto Area, Fairchild TV signs on at 06:00 EST and signs off at 04:05 EST. In Greater Vancouver, Fairchild TV signs on at 06:00 PST and signs off at 04:05 PST. In Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton), Fairchild TV signs on at 07:00 MST and signs off at 05:05 MST.
More than 475,000 Chinese Canadians across Canada watch Fairchild Television each day, roughly 30% of the whole Chinese population in Canada.
FTV operates two standard definition television channels: Fairchild TV in Cantonese and Talentvision in Mandarin. Both stations use programming from Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. As of 23 May 2013, Fairchild TV launched two High Definition (HD) channels: Fairchild TV 2 HD in Cantonese and Talentvision 2 HD in Mandarin.
Fairchild TV broadcasts local (Canadian) and overseas (Asian) programming in the Cantonese language. It also serves as an overseas station of Hong Kong television station TVB. Due to that, Fairchild TV broadcasts TVB programmes, although at a time delay of up to one year due to obtaining overseas broadcasting rights. Fairchild TV also organises annual events, such as the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant, Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant, New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition, New Talent Singing Awards Toronto Audition and Calgary New Talent Singing Awards. These programs are broadcast live nationally. Many of the contestants from these contests have gone on to hosting television shows on Fairchild TV and some earn fame in Asia. Most notable are Bernice Liu (廖碧兒), Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), and Leanne Li (李亞男), they were former Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant and Miss Chinese International Pageant winners, and Jacky Chu, Elva Hsiao and Jade Kwan of New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition.
Current local programming list
- Leisure Talk 大城小聚
- Morning Exercise 最緊要運動
- Saturday Sneak Preview 星期六搜畫
- Timeline Magazine 時代雜誌
- What's On 熒幕八爪娛
- Magazine 26 26分鐘見證實錄
- Media Focus 傳媒對焦
- Chatting Platform 時事評台
- Miss Chinese (Toronto) Pageant 多倫多華裔小姐競選
- Miss Chinese (Vancouver) Pageant 溫哥華華裔小姐競選
- New Talent Singing Awards Calgary Audition 卡加利新秀歌唱大賽
- New Talent Singing Awards Toronto Audition 新秀歌唱大賽多倫多選拔賽
- New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition 新秀歌唱大賽溫哥華選拔賽
Current artistes & presenters
|Name||Active at FTV since||Associated city||Currently hosting||Previously hosted||Notables|
|2000||Vancouver||Magazine 26||Smart Consumer||Also news anchor for Fairchild TV News|
|1999||Vancouver||Saturday Sneak Preview|
|2001||Calgary||Alberta Report||Also DJ at FM 94.7|
|2000||Toronto||Leisure Talk||What’s On|
|1998||Vancouver||Leisure Talk, Cantonese Opera II||80s Hong Kong Cantopop singer|
|2000||Vancouver||What’s On, Angling Unlimited||NTSA Vancouver 2000 First Runner-Up|
|1995||Vancouver||Cooking is Fun series|
|Ca Lee Mo
|2006||Vancouver||What’s On||Modern Design|
|1998||Toronto||Leisure Talk||previous Hong Kong TVB presenter|
|2009||Vancouver||Vancouver-Shanghai Expo Gala 2009||Miss Chinese Vancouver 2008; Miss Chinese International Pageant 2009 Second Runner-Up|
|2005||Vancouver||Leisure Talk,Education in Canada||Also DJ at FM 96.1|
|1995||Vancouver||Living with Deborah||Miss Hong Kong 1981 Second Runner-up. Also Program Hostess at AM 1470|
|1999||Vancouver||Saturday Sneak Preview||Also DJ at AM 1470|
|1995||Toronto||Leisure Talk||Current TVB contract artiste in Hong Kong. Also DJ at AM 1430 in Toronto|
|2006||Toronto||What’s On||MCT 2005 Winner|
|2008||Vancouver||Leisure Talk||Martial Art Rhythm|
|2008||Vancouver||What's On||NTSA Vancouver 2008 Finalist|
|2001||Calgary||Alberta Report||Also DJ at FM 94.7|
|2009||Calgary||Alberta Report||NTSA Calgary 2008 First Runner-Up|
|2008||Toronto||What's On||MCT 2008 First Runner-Up|
|2008||Vancouver||What's On||Also DJ at FM 96.1|
|2005||Vancouver||What’s On||NTSA Vancouver 2005 Finalist|
|2004||Vancouver||What’s On||Broadway Camera Photography II|
|1995||Vancouver||Leisure Talk||Hit Music Zone||Also DJ at AM 1470|
|1993||Vancouver||Leisure Talk||Fast & Fun English, Broadway Camera Fun with DV|
|2004||Vancouver||Leisure Talk||Cantonese Opera III||Also Morning Radio Show host at AM 1470|
|2002||Vancouver||Saturday Sneak Preview||Canadian film producer|
|2002||Vancouver||Saturday Sneak Preview||Also Film Reviewer at Fairchild Radio Vancouver FM 96.1, member of Vancouver Film Critics Circle|
|2008||Vancouver||Martial Art Rhythm|
|2000||Toronto||Leisure Talk||Toyota World of Wildlife||Also DJ at AM 1430|
|2001||Toronto||Leisure Talk||What's On|
|2005||Calgary||Alberta Report||Also DJ at FM 94.7|
|2007||Toronto||What’s On||NTSA Toronto 2007 First Runner-Up|
|2005||Toronto||What's On||NTSA Toronto 2004 Second Runner-Up|
|2008||Calgary||Alberta Report||NTSA Calgary 2007 Trendy Image Award|
|2008||Vancouver||What's On||Also DJ at Radio Television Hong Kong|
|2006||Vancouver||Leisure Talk,Slimming Beauty|
|2008||Vancouver||Lifestyles of Seniors||Miss Asia Pageant 1985 Finalist|
Notable former presenters
The following is a list of former Fairchild Television presenters that are currently affiliated with other media outlets.
- Dominic Lam (林嘉華), popular former Hong Kong television actor from the 80s and 90s. Prominent Fairchild TV Toronto presenter and Fairchild Radio Toronto DJ. Returned to Hong Kong entertainment industry with TVB in 2007. Currently signed with [Hong Kong Television Network] (HKTV).
- Lily Hong (康子妮), hosted a few programmes for Fairchild TV Toronto in the late 90s to early 2000s. Current TVB contract artiste.
- Monica Lo (盧淑儀), Miss Chinese Toronto 1996 and Miss Chinese International 1997, hosted for Fairchild TV Toronto. Current Hong Kong film actress and model.
- Walter Ngai (倪啟瑞), prominent Fairchild TV Vancouver presenter. Currently a DJ for Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited.
- Eric Li (李潤庭), former Fairchild TV Vancouver presenter and news anchor. Currently a presenter for Cable TV Hong Kong's entertainment news channel.
- Janis Chan (陳貝兒), former Fairchild Radio Vancouver DJ and host of What's On Vancouver. Currently a presenter for Cable TV Hong Kong's entertainment news channel.
- Edcon Gabriel Yau (丘雨勤) , former Fairchild TV presenter & sports news anchor in Toronto and former DJ host in Fairchild Radio Toronto. Currently a sports presenter for now TV in Hong Kong and the official NBA Global Games MC in Greater China.
- Maggie Hou (侯佳慧), former model and Fairchild TV Vancouver presenter. Currently a presenter for TVB's entertainment news channel.
- Kenny Wong (黃子俊), former host of What's On Vancouver. Currently a presenter for Cable TV Hong Kong's entertainment news channel.
- Eunice Ho (何詠雯), New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition 2003 Finalist, former host of What's On Vancouver. Currently a television presenter for TVB's entertainment news channel.
- Aimee Chan (陳茵媺) & Janet Chow (周家蔚), Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant 2004 Finalists, former hosts of What's On Toronto. Entered Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2006; Chan won the crown, Chow won first runner-up; both current TVB contract artistes.
- Kayi Cheung (張嘉兒), Miss Chinese (Vancouver) Pageant 2005 Vivacious Beauty award winner, former host of What's On Vancouver. Entered Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2007 and won the crown.
- Rikko Lee (李靄璣), former Fairchild Radio Vancouver DJ and host of What's On Vancouver. Signed to TVB as an artist and was a host and reporter for the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2009 Hong Kong East-Asian Games. She is currently hosting TVB's weekly sports programme Sports World and daily financial programme Money Smart on HD Jade.
- OMNI BC - Fairchild's main competitor in Metro Vancouver
- OMNI.2 - Fairchild's competitor in the Greater Toronto Area
- WOWtv - Fairchild's competitor in the Greater Toronto Area