:This article is about the Citytv station in Toronto, Ontario. For the television system, see Citytv.CITY-TV, Channel 57 (uses the on-air name Citytv Toronto or simply, Citytv), is a television station based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, owned and operated by Rogers Media. It is the flagship station of the Citytv television system.
Signing-on the air for the first time on September 28, 1972, and originally broadcasting on Channel 79, CITY was best known for its unconventional approach to news and local programming, an approach that continues today and has carried over to the other stations in the Citytv system. (See Citytv for more on these practices.)
Originally owned by Channel Seventy-Nine Ltd., a group which consisted of Phyllis Switzer, Moses Znaimer, Jerry Grafstein, Edgar Cowan and others, CITY was in debt by 1975. Multiple Access Ltd. (the owners of CFCF in Montreal, Quebec) purchased 45% of the station. Three years later, it sold its stake to CHUM Limited. CITY was purchased outright by CHUM in 1981 with the sale of Moses Znaimer's interest in the station. Znaimer remained with the station as an executive until 2003, when he retired from his management role but continued to work with the station on some production projects.