The ‘For Sale’ sign has gone up on the historic building that has been home to one of Canada’s iconic TV stations, CHCH TV on Jackson Street.
It’s the latest blow to the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ of a once proud and incredibly successful TV station.
CHCH of course, was one of the first independent TV stations in Canada and continually out-performed many of the major network stations for many years.
Like many broadcast institutions, they’ve gone through some questionable ownership groups that have decimated the station’s status and impact.
Industry insiders tell me that the sale of the CHCH building is part of a long term plan to move the entire operation to Channel Zero’s Toronto offices.
Of course, management denies that’s the plan, but they seem to forget that since they callously fired a large part of their staff last Christmas without proper compensation, CHCH management have a huge credibility problem in the Hamilton community.
Walk the halls of that historic building and you can almost feel the presence of Norm Marshall and Tom Cherrington and Dan McLean and Connie Smith and Ken Welch and so many others on both sides of the camera that made CHCH great.
Nothing lasts forever, of course, but the day they turn out the lights at that famous Jackson Street building will be a sad day for broadcasting and a sad day for Hamilton.