Vintage TV Guide

TV Guide Editions

The Canadian publicatin of TV Guide had several regional editions throughout Canada. These editions were changed several times throughout its history as population grew in key markets. In later years, the amount of editions were reduced due to cost savings and reduced readership.

When Telemedia took over TV Guide Canada in 1977; there was initially 8 editions of TV Guide which included; Western British Columbia Edition, Eastern British Columbia Edition*, Alberta Edition, Manitoba-Saskatchewan Edition, Western Ontario Edition, Toronto-Lake Ontario Edition, Montreal-St Lawrence Edition and Maritime Edition. By 1988 there were 16 editions which included; Western British Columbia Edition, Interior British Columbia Edition*, Alberta Edition, Calgary Edition, Edmonton Edition, Saskatchewan Edition, Manitoba Edition, CANCOM Edition*, North Shore Edition, Western Ontario Edition, Hamilton & Region Edition, Toronto Edition, Oshawa-Peterborough Edition, Ottawa-Eastern Ontario Edition, Montreal Edition and Maritime Edition

*Confirmation is needed

TV Guide Editions

Western British Columbia Edition

Published from 1977-1995. This edition was replaced with BC Edition in 1995. This edition was published by the American publication of TV Guide prior to 1977 as early as 1962.

BC Edition

Published from 1995-2004. This edition replaced the Western BC Edition in 1995. This edition was replaced by Vancouver Shaw + BC Edition of TV Guide sometime in mid-2005

Vancouver Rogers Cable Edition

Published as early as 1993. This edition featured cable compatable listings for Rogers Cable in Vancouver. This edition was replaced by the Vancouver Shaw Cable Edition in 2001 when Shaw Cable took over Rogers Cable in Western Canada.

Vancouver Shaw Cable Edition

Published from 2001-2004. This edition replaced the Vancouver Rogers Cable Edition when Shaw Cable took over Rogers Cable in Western Canada. This edition was replaced by the Vancouver Shaw + BC Edition in 2005.

Vancouver Shaw + BC Edition

Published from mid-2005 until October 30, 2005. This edition replaced the Vancouver Shaw cable edition and BC Edition. This edition's channel bullets corresponded to Shaw Vancouver dial positions. This edition was replaced by Western Canada Edition starting with the November 6, 2005 issue.

Interior British Columbia Edition

Published from as early as 1981. It is not known when this edition of TV Guide was discontinued. Cities such as Kelowna and Kamloops were eventually listed in the BC Edition of TV Guide beginning in 1997.

Alberta-Eastern British Columbia Edition

Published by the American version of TV Guide starting December 4, 1965. It is not known if this edition was published by the Canadian version of TV Guide beginning in 1977 or if it was split into two separate editions or simply just became Alberta Edition.

Calgary-Southern Alberta Edition

Published as early as 1978. This edition was likely replaced by a Calgary specific edition sometime between 1986-1987. This edition should not be confused with the later edition Shaw Calgary-Southern Alberta Edition.

Edmonton-Northern Alberta Edition

Published as early as 1978. This edition was likely replaced by an Edmonton specific edition sometime between 1986-1987. This edition should not be confused with the later edition Shaw Edmonton-Northern Alberta Edition.

Saskatchewan Edition

Published from 1980-2005. This edition was likely replaced by Prarie Edition starting in mid-2005.

Dakota-Winnipeg Edition

Published from February 18, 1961 to November 27, 1965. This edition featured listings for North Dakota, South Dakota and the Winnipeg market. This edition was the third edition to serve Canadian viewers.

Manitoba-Saskatchewan Edition

Published from 1977-1980 This edition was published by the American publication of TV Guide prior to 1977 since December 4 1965. With the exception of KCND in Pembina, ND; this edition only featured Canadian channels in the listings for the first 5 years. Despite the fact that cable TV brought distant US signals from North Dakota to Winnipeg starting in August 1968, program listings did not include listings for distant North Dakota locals until the August 15, 1970 issue. Starting with the February 9, 1980 issue of TV Guide this edition was split into Manitoba Edition and Saskatchewan Edition.

Manitoba Edition

Published from 1980-2005. During the early years of pay-tv in Canada, this edition lacked listings for specialty channels like Much Music, TSN, A&E, CNN and TNN. This was due to the fact that both Winnipeg area cable systems were unable to carry more than one pay-tv channel due to technical limitations and a dispute with MTS over usage of the street polls. This edition was likely replaced by Prarie edition starting in mid-2005.

CANCOM Edition

This edition appears to have started by the early 1990s/Late 1980s and ran until the late 1990s where it was merged with the Northern Cable Edition to form Northern Ontario Edition. This edition primarily served Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec. This edition is the most unique edition of TV Guide in all of North America. Rather than using the traditional numerical bullets for local listings; locals were identified with a 2-4 character specialty channel bullet. Typically the local channels would use the call letters but in some cases it would be the on air brand.

North Shore Edition

This edition likely started sometime in the mid-1980s and ran until the mid 1990s. Northern Cable Edition may have replaced this edition. It is not known if Sault Ste. Marie was served by TV Guide once circulation of Northern Cable Edition started. Sault Ste. Marie was however listed in Northern Ontario Edition. It is also not known if Sudbury had it's own edition of TV Guide prior to Northern Cable Edition.

This is an interesting edition mainly due to the fact that the traditional TV Guide font is not used in this edition (at least as of 1989). The channel bullets have a slightly different font compared to other editions. The image on the left below shows the listings from the North Shore Edition while the image on the right is the traditional font used at the time from Western British Columbia Edtion. The difference may be a result of TV Guide purchasing a non TV Guide publication. This edition primarily served Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities.

Northern Cable Edition

This edition may have started as early as the late 1980s with a similar format to other regional editions of TV Guide for the Sudbury & Elliot Lake area. By the mid 1990s this edition became known as Northern Cable Edition and featured cable specific bullets for channel listings for Sudbury and Elliot Lake. Sudbury dial positions were indicated by black numerical bullets and Elliot Lake with white numerical bullets. This edition was replaced by Northern Ontario Edition by 2002.

Northern Ontario Edition

This edition replaced CANCOM Edition and Northern Cable Edition by 2002 (possibly earlier). This edition featured cable specific listings for Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Sudbury dial positions were identified with black numeric bullets and Thunder Bay with white numerical bullets. For viewers outside these markets the standard 2-4 character channel bullets were also listed. Like the CANCOM edition of TV Guide, locals were identified with 2-4 character bullets rather than the traditional numerical bullet. This edition marks the first time that Thunder Bay was covered by TV Guide. Previously Thunder Bay was not covered by TV Guide. This edition was likely discontinued sometime in mid-2005.

Western Ontario Edition

Published from 1977-2005. This edition was previously published by the American publication of TV Guide as early as 1965. This edition may have been renamed to West Edition in mid-2005. This edition was replaced by Eastern Canada Edition starting with the November 6, 2005 issue.

Hamilton-Niagara Edition

Published from 1980-1981. This edition replaced the Toronto-Lake Ontario Edition for the Hamilton region. This edition was renamed Hamilton & Region edition by late 1981.

Hamilton & Region Edition

Published from 1981-2002. This edition replaced the Hamilton-Niagara Edition. The Hamilton & Region Edition was replaced by Central Ontario Edition in 2002.

New York-Ontario Edition

Published from 1953-1955. This edition started with the June 26, 1953 issue of TV Guide. This marks the first time TV Guide was sold in Canada. This edition included listings for Toronto's only television station; CBC plus 4 stations from New York State including WBEN in Buffalo, WHAM Rochester, WSYR Syracuse and WHEN Syracuse.

Lake Ontario Edition

Published from 1955-1965. This edition replaced the New York-Ontario edition starting in 1965. This edition served viewers in Southern Ontario and markets in Western New York including; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

Toronto-Lake Ontario Edition

Published from 1965-1980. This edition replaced the Lake Ontario Edition starting with the December 4, 1965 issue. On the same date, this edition began to be sold only in Canada. This edition was split into three regional editions starting in 1980; Toronto Edition, Hamilton-Niagara Edition and Oshawa-Peterborough Edition.

Toronto Edition

Published from 1980-1995. This edition replaced the Toronto-Lake Ontario Edition. This edition was merged with the Oshawa-Peterborough Edition in August 1995; Toronto-Peterborough Edition.

Toronto-Peterborough Edition

Published from 1995-2002. This edition replaced the Toronto Edition and Oshawa-Peterborough Edition. This edition was replaced by the Central Ontario Edition in August 2002.

Ottawa-Eastern Ontario Edition

Published from 1979-1994. This edition replaced the Montreal-St Lawrence edition for the Ottawa and Eastern ontario region. This edition was replaced by Eastern Ontario Edition in the fall of 1994. Some Eastern Ontario communites such as Hawkesbury and Cornwall were listed in the Montreal-Quebec and later Montreal Edition of TV Guide rather than this edition due to their proximity to Montreal and carraige of Burlington, VT and Plattsburgh, NY stations.

Eastern Ontario Edition

Published from 1994-2005. This edition replaced the Ottawa-Eastern Ontario edition of TV Guide. This edition was replaced by Eastern Ontario Edition in the fall of 1994. The markets served and locals listed initially remained the same. Starting in the late 1990s, the footprint for this edition grew larger adding in more northern communities such as Val-d'or and Rouyn-Noranda, QC. This edition was replaced by the East Edition of TV Guide (Not to be confused with Eastern Canada Edition which would eventually replace all remaining editions in late 2005).

Montreal-St Lawrence Edition

Published from 1977-1979. This edition was split into two editions; Ottawa-Eastern Ontario Edition and Montreal-Quebec Edition in 1979. This edition was published by the American version of TV Guide prior to 1977 as early as 1959. Starting with the December 4, 1965 issue, this edition began serving only Canada. This was the 2nd regional edition to serve viewers in Canada.

Montreal-Quebec Edition

Published from 1979-1983. This edition was replaced by the Montreal Edition of TV Guide sometime in late 1983. Quebec City stations were listed in this edition but were dropped when the Montreal Edition replaced this Edition.

Montreal Edition

Published from 1983-2005. This edition replaced the Montreal-Quebec Edition of TV Guide sometime in late 1983. This edition was replaced by East Edition (Not to be confused with Eastern Canada Edition which would eventually replace all remaining editions in late 2005) in 2005. Videotron Quebec began appearing in the cable conversion charts starting in 1997 however the local stations were not listed in this Edition. This edition also served a few communities in Eastern Ontario such as Hawkesbury and Cornwall due to the fact that these communities carried the local Burlington, VT and Plattsburgh, NY stations.

East Edition

Published from mid-2005 to October 30, 2006. Despite the name, this edtion served Eastern Ontario and Quebec. This edition was replaced with the Eastern Canada Edition starting with November 6, 2005 issue. Montreal was considered the primary market for this edition and only the two Montreal cable systems and two satellite provider dial positions where included in the primetime charts. Like all editions printed at the time, there was a cable converter chart at the rear of the printed listings which included Rogers Ottawa as well as many other communites in Eastern Ontario and Quebec.

Maritime Edition

Published from 1977-2005. This edition was replaced by the Eastern Canada edition in 2005. This edition was published by the American version of TV Guide prior to 1977 as early as 1976. This edition did not serve Newfoundland and Labrador.