Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Breakfast Television'' (BT'') is the branding used for morning shows broadcast by stations of Rogers Media's television network City. As of May 2015, versions of BT are broadcast in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal); versions used to be broadcast in Winnipeg and Edmonton as well, but have been cancelled and replaced with alternative programming. The version broadcast by the Atlantic Satellite Network (which was owned by Citytv's former parent CHUM Limited, and is now owned by competitor Bell Media) continued to use the brand under licence from Rogers until 2011, when it was re-launched as CTV Morning Live upon its re-branding as CTV Two Atlantic.
On September 5, 2011, each of the local editions of Breakfast Television across all of the City owned-and-operated stations began starting a half-hour earlier, running from 5:30–9 a.m. In April 2012, the Winnipeg edition reverted to the 6-9 a.m. runtime. The Montreal edition, which launched on August 26, 2013, also runs from 6-9 a.m.
Breakfast Television, also known as BT, is a morning news and entertainment program produced by CITY-DT in Toronto, Canada. The program airs from 5:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. ET each weekday, except holidays. Since October 3, 2011, it is also simulcast on cable-exclusive CityNews Channel, with a half-hour extension aired exclusively on the channel that runs from 9-9:30 a.m.
Four other City owned-and-operated stations use the name and the format (see Breakfast Television), creating content relevant to their own local audiences. When A stations were part of the apparent CHUM Limited company, each station produced their own similar morning shows under the name A Morning, although due to budget cuts, many of them have been cancelled as of 2009 (though CHRO-TV Ottawa edition of that program, along with a local version of Breakfast Television on A Atlantic, it have since been rebranded under the CTV Morning Live banner since A were bought by Bell Media and all A stations were rebranded as CTV Two in August 2011).
BT tends to be more relaxed and spontaneous than American morning shows. Unlike American morning shows, it does not have pre-taped segments that are focused on current events or socio-political issues. The guests tend to be more human interest, informational, and promotional in nature and there is less of a focus on celebrities.
Until April 2016, the show had a segment called "Live Eye", in which Jennifer Valentyne toured around the Greater Toronto Area, to businesses, tourist attractions, etc. Valentyne has also broadcast from Walt Disney World, Jamaica and Newfoundland. On April 4, 2016, Rogers confirmed that the Live Eye segments would be cut in favour of more local news stories and as a consequence of this, Valentyne was let go.
Usage examples of "breakfast television".
If you can interest Clive, you might have your paintings on breakfast television.
Or rather, one of them appeared on Breakfast Television, and the other sat in the corner of my living room watching Can't Cook, Won't Cook.
He worked as a correspondent in Sri Lanka and then as a news producer in breakfast television before quitting to teach in Papua New Guinea.