Media in Vancouver

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750 Burrard Street on the northeast corner of Burrard and Robson Street in Downtown Vancouver. The building serves as the headquarters for CTV Vancouver.

This is an overview of media in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Major newspapers[edit]

Vancouver's two major daily newspapers, The Vancouver Sun and The Province, are both headquartered at Granville Square.

Vancouver has two major English-language daily newspapers, The Vancouver Sun (a broadsheet) and The Province (a tabloid). Both are published by Postmedia Network. There are also two national newspapers distributed in the city: The Globe and Mail, which began distribution of a "national edition" into B.C. in 1983, and in more recent years launched a three-page B.C. news section in an effort to increase its readership in the city. The National Post, also owned by Postmedia, entered city markets only in the last few years but has very little British Columbia content.

Vancouver has four Chinese-language daily newspapers, Ming Pao, Sing Tao, World Journal and The Epoch Times. Ming Pao and Sing Tao cater to a Cantonese-speaking readership whereas World Journal and The Epoch Times target Mandarin speakers.

Vancouver business publications include the following:

  • BC Business Mag (monthly)
  • Business Edge Vancouver (weekly)
  • Business in Vancouver (weekly)
  • Journal of Commerce BC (daily)
  • Make It Business (monthly)
  • Western Investor (monthly)

One free daily newspaper, Metro is published in the city from Monday to Friday. It contains a small number of local news stories.

The Georgia Straight is a weekly "alternative" newspaper, though in addition to left-leaning news and opinion it also features upscale advertising for products such as condominiums and has lifestyle articles on topics such as health and style. Its most extensive sections are focused on entertainment and music features and listings. The Georgia Straight began as a counterculture newspaper in the 1960s, full of controversial politics and occasional "obscene" cartoons and pictures, including the hippie classic comic Harold Hedd. During this period the Straight's owner and publisher, Dan MacLeod, was repeatedly harassed by the city and its anti-hippie mayor Tom Campbell. MacLeod's offices were repeatedly raided and he was beaten by police.[citation needed] During the 1970s MacLeod converted the publication to a much more entertainment-oriented publication, avoiding political content until the mid-1980s.

The Post Group Multimedia publishes 3 weekly newspapers: The Asian Pacific Post (Chinese), South Asian Post (Indo-Canadian), and The Filipino Post, for the three largest immigrant communities in the Lower Mainland.

The Express is the title used for an occasional union-published newspaper published by the press unions when they are on strike.

Neighbourhood newspapers[edit]

Newspaper Language Publication frequency
24H (Vancouver edition) English Ceased publication 2017
The Indo-Canadian Voice English Weekly, free, English
The Awaaz Newspaper English Weekly, free, Punjabi
The Canadian Immigrant English Monthly, free
Discorder English Monthly, free
Filipino Post English Weekly, free, Filipino
The Georgia Straight English Weekly, free
Good News Weekly English Weekly, free
Jornal Brasil Vancouver Portuguese Daily, free, Metro Vancouver
La Source / The Source French and English Bi-weekly, free, bilingual
L'Express du Pacifique French Bi-weekly; ceased publication 2011
Ming Pao (Vancouver edition) Chinese Daily
Metro (Vancouver edition) English Ceased publication 2019
North Shore News English Weekly, free, North & West Vancouver
The Peak English Weekly free Simon Fraser University student newspaper
The Province English Daily, except Saturday
The Republic English Ceased publication 2009. Formerly bi-weekly, free
Sing Tao (Vancouver edition) Chinese Daily
South Asian Post English Weekly, free, Indo-Canadian / Pakistani
The Epoch Times (Vancouver edition) Chinese Daily, free
The Ubyssey English Biweekly free University of British Columbia student newspaper
Vancouver Courier English Ceased publication September 2020[1]
Vancouver Sun English Daily, except Sunday
Voice Chinese Weekly, free, and online
WestEnder English Weekly, free, ceased publication 2017
World Journal (Vancouver edition) Chinese Daily


There are three main news radio stations in Vancouver: CBC Radio One, CKNW and NEWS 1130. There are several other talk, information, and sports stations, primarily on the AM band, and a variety of music stations, mostly on FM.

In addition, there are four campus and community licensed radio stations in the Vancouver market. CJSF-FM (SFU's Burnaby campus), CITR-FM (UBC's main campus), and CFML (BCIT's Burnaby campus) are staffed by students from their respective schools. CFRO (Vancouver Coop Radio) is located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. CJSF, CITR, and CFRO are members of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
AM 650 CISL Sportsnet 650 Sports Rogers Media Licensed to Richmond
AM 690 CBU CBC Radio One News/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
AM 730 CKGO AM 730 All-traffic Corus Entertainment
AM 980 CKNW 980 CKNW News/talk Corus Entertainment Licensed to New Westminster
AM 1040 CKST Funny 1040 Comedy Bell Media Signed off the air permanently June 14, 2023[citation needed]
AM 1130 CKWX CityNews 1130 All-news Rogers Media
AM 1200 CJRJ Spice Radio Multicultural IT Productions
AM 1320 CHMB AM1320 CHMB Multicultural Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation
AM 1410 CFTE BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410 Business news Bell Media Signed off the air permanently June 14, 2023[citation needed]
AM 1470 CJVB Fairchild Radio Multicultural Fairchild Radio
AM 1550 KRPI Sher E Punjab Multicultural BBC Broadcasting Licensed to Ferndale, Washington, United States, studios are in Richmond
AM 1600 KVRI Radio India Multicultural Multicultural Broadcasting Licensed to Blaine, Washington, United States, studios are in Surrey
FM 88.1 CBU-2-FM CBC Radio One News/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation FM translator for CBU 690 AM
FM 88.7 VE7NWR CHNW Emergency information Licensed to New Westminster
FM 88.9 VF2521 Tourist information Cameron Bell Consultancy Licensed to Surrey
FM 89.3 CFVT-FM Vancouver Tourist Radio Tourist information Paul Sander
FM 90.1 CJSF-FM CJSF 90.1 FM Campus radio Simon Fraser University
FM 90.9 CBUX-FM Ici Musique Public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
FM 93.1 CKYE-FM Red FM Multicultural South Asian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 93.7 CJJR-FM JRfm Country music Jim Pattison Group
FM 94.5 CFBT-FM 94.5 Virgin Radio Contemporary hit radio Bell Media
FM 95.3 CKZZ-FM Z95.3 Hot adult contemporary Newcap Radio
FM 96.1 CHKG-FM Fairchild Radio Multicultural Fairchild Radio
FM 96.9 CJAX-FM Jack 96.9 Adult hits Rogers Media
FM 97.7 CBUF-FM Ici Radio-Canada Première News/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
FM 98.3 CIWV-FM Wave 98.3 Smooth jazz/rhythmic AC Durham Radio Serves Vancouver
FM 98.7 CKPM-FM CKPM 98.7 Adult album alternative McBride Communications & Media Serves Tri-Cities
FM 99.3 CFOX-FM The World Famous CFOX Active rock Corus Entertainment
FM 100.5 CFRO-FM Co-op Radio Community radio Vancouver Cooperative Radio
FM 101.1 CFMI-FM Rock 101 Mainstream rock Corus Entertainment Licensed to New Westminster
FM 101.9 CITR-FM CITR 101.9 Campus radio University of British Columbia
FM 102.7 CKPK-FM 102.7 Now Radio Hot adult contemporary Jim Pattison Group
FM 103.5 CHQM-FM Move 103.5 Adult contemporary Bell Media
FM 104.3 CHLG-FM The Breeze Soft adult contemporary Newcap Radio
FM 104.9 CKKS-FM-2 Sonic Radio Modern rock Rogers Media
FM 105.7 CBU-FM CBC Music Public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 107.7 CISF-FM 107.7 Pulse FM Adult contemporary South Fraser Broadcasting Serves Surrey
FM 107.9 CFML-FM Evolution 107.9 Campus radio British Columbia Institute of Technology

In addition, both KARI from Blaine, Washington (AM 550) and KWPZ from Lynden, Washington (FM 106.5) are usually considered part of the Vancouver radio market; KARI and KWPZ both maintain offices in Vancouver.

Internet radio[edit]


Vancouver is the third-largest television market in Canada, and the largest in western Canada.[2] It is also the second-largest television production centre in North America after Los Angeles.[3]

Global BC is the most popular evening newscast in the city, though CTV Vancouver, currently second in the ratings, has aggressively been trying to increase its market share — including the purchasing of a news helicopter known as 'Chopper 9'. In 2006, Global BC launched the Global One traffic helicopter for live traffic updates and breaking news. CBC also has local newscasts though they are far back in the ratings.[citation needed]

OTA virtual channel
OTA channel Shaw Cable Delta Cable Call sign Network Notes
2.1 43 (UHF) 3 3 CBUT-DT CBC Television
6.1 49 (UHF) 6 6 CHEK-DT Independent/Yes TV Transmitted from Victoria
8.1 22 (UHF) 11 11 CHAN-DT Global
10.1 33 (UHF) 13 13 CKVU-DT Citytv
12.1 35 (UHF) KVOS-TV Univision KVOS-TV and its subchannels are transmitted from Bellingham, Washington; station is targeted at Canadian audiences and maintains sales office in Vancouver; subchannel 12.3 is a simulcast of KFFV in Seattle
12.2 Movies!
12.3 30 52 MeTV
12.4 Catchy Comedy
12.5 Start TV
12.6 MeTV Plus
12.7 Story Television
12.8 Heroes & Icons
17.1 17 (UHF) 12 12 CIVI-DT-2 CTV 2 Rebroadcaster of CIVI-DT (Victoria)
26.1 26 (UHF) 7 7 CBUFT-DT Ici Radio-Canada Télé Vancouver's only French language station
32.1 32 (UHF) 9 9 CIVT-DT CTV
42.1 20 (UHF) 8 8 CHNM-DT Omni Television
66.1 47 (UHF) 10 4 CHNU-DT Independent/Yes TV
5 5 Knowledge Network Provincial educational broadcaster
21 694 Global News: BC 1
517 940 Fairchild TV
520 941 Talentvision
4 Shaw Multicultural Channel Multicultural community channel for Shaw Cable subscribers
541 New Tang Dynasty
2828 WOWtv
10 Delta TV Community channel for Delta Cable subscribers
A Global BC microwave ENG van

Vancouver (and London, Ontario) were the first two cities in Canada to be served by cable television, in 1952.

Vancouver and most of the Lower Mainland are served by Shaw Cable and by Delta Cable. Delta Cable is subsidiary of the Halifax-based telecommunications company EastLink. Telus TV also offers satellite television and IPTV service throughout most of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Other over-the-air television stations licensed to Bellingham that are available terrestrially in Vancouver but not carried on cable are KBCB (channel 24), a Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) owned-and-operated station on channel 24.1 along with the Sonlife Broadcasting Network on subchannel 24.2; and K24IC-D (channel 28.1), a rebroadcaster of PBS station KBTC-TV Tacoma.

American network affiliates on Vancouver cable are from Seattle, Washington, including KOMO (ABC), KING (NBC), KIRO (CBS), KCTS (PBS), KCPQ (Fox), KZJO (MyNetworkTV) and KUNS (The CW) along with independent stations KSTW and KONG.


  • Boulevard Magazine, a west coast luxury lifestyle magazine serving the Chinese-speaking communities of Metro Vancouver,[4] published monthly in English and in Chinese.
  • Business in Vancouver (BIV) is a weekly business news journal
  • HUSH Magazine, a bi-monthly social commentary and lifestyle magazine for 25- to 40-year-olds, distributed to Downtown Vancouver
  • Megaphone Magazine, sharing stories that explore social justice, culture, politics, and independent arts in Vancouver and Victoria.
  • MONTECRISTO Magazine, a lifestyle quarterly for discerning Vancouverites, published four times a year
  • Resource World Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine distributed in 46 countries that reports on the business of mining and green technologies
  • Vancouver Magazine, a lifestyle magazine with some news features, published 10 times a year
  • What's in Magazine, a Chinese lifestyle magazine for new trends in the Asian community, published once a month
  • WestCoast Families, a family lifestyle magazine, published 6 times a year, plus specialty issues.

Online media[edit]

  • BC Buzz with Dave Michael Garg, online TV & magazine outlet focused on the environment
  • Cambie Report, local politics podcast
  • Daily Hive (formerly Vancity Buzz), local news and lifestyle outlet
  • HUSH Magazine, an editorial platform for lifestyle, social commentary and entertainment
  • LifeVancouver, Japanese news and events site
  • Jornal Brasil Vancouver, Brazilian community newspaper, events, classified ads and directory website
  • PolitiCoast, provincial politics podcast
  • Taiyangbao, a Chinese-language news website produced in association with The Vancouver Sun newspaper
  • The Tyee, alternative news site
  • Vancouver Desi, a South Asian news portal produced in association with The Province newspaper
  • The Vancouver Observer, alternative local news site
  • Vancouver Weekly, alternative news weekly site
  • VIES Magazine, independent entertainment magazine in Vancouver, B.C. with focus on music, sports, food and beverage
  • The West End Journal, independent online community website serving Vancouver's West End / Coal Harbour neighbourhoods

Media ownership[edit]

Vancouver has some of the most concentrated media ownership in all of Canada. The Vancouver Sun, The Province, the National Post, and 12 community newspapers are all owned by Postmedia Network. Partly in response to that concentration, a group of journalists — many of them ex-Sun employees — started up an online news publication, The Tyee, that posts news and opinion pieces on a nearly daily basis.

Ethnic media[edit]

As of the 2000s there were various formats of media catering to ethnic minorities. They included 80 newspapers, 24 magazines, 15 television stations, 15 radio stations, and 10 printed business directories and online publications. Daniel Ahadi and Catherine A. Murray, the authors of "Urban Mediascapes and Multicultural Flows: Assessing Vancouver’s Communication Infrastructure," wrote that publication turnover, or the creation and failure and publications, was very high.[5]


  1. ^ "Vancouver Courier makes temporary closure permanent after 112 years in print". Yahoo! News. September 10, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-12-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Vancouver Film Industry". Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2006-12-24.
  4. ^ "Vancouver Boulevard - About us". Boulevard Chinese Magazine. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  5. ^ Ahadi, Daniel and Catherine A. Murray (Simon Fraser University). "Urban Mediascapes and Multicultural Flows: Assessing Vancouver’s Communication Infrastructure" ( [dead link]). Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 34 (2009) p. 587-611. CITED: p. 596. "The status of many of these ethnic outlets is manifestly precarious. Churn is high."

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