CITY had its licence renewed by was advised to retain its local orientation despite the wider coverage to result from its move to the CN Tower.
CITY was expected to take early and significant steps to provide a genuine alternative with Toronto-oriented material in prime time.
It was rumoured that CHAY-FM (Barrie) would place a bid for CKVR-TV. (4) Transfer 33% from a number of minority shareholders to CHUM Ltd. to the "Founders Group" and Fred Klinkhammer & James West ("The Employee Group").
On July 26, the CRTC approved the transfer of effective control of Channel Seventy Nine Ltd. The Founders Group: Moses Znaimer 201,833, Jerry S.
The Founders group would be responsible for programming and CHUM would be responsible for sales and financing.
CITY-TV was licensed November 25 to a company represented by Phyllis Switzer (Channel Seventy-Nine Limited).
The applicant proposed a programming service that was uniquely different from, and complementary to, services provided by existing stations. to midnight and then repeat that programming the following day between 8 a.m. CITY-TV would broadcast on UHF channel 79 with an effective radiated power of 31,000 watts video and 3,100 watts audio (directional) with antenna height of 403 feet. CITY-TV was the dream of Phyllis Switzer and she held the title of Vice President. Switzer had been in news and was a cable tv pioneer; Znaimer was known as a tv interviewer; Grafstein was a broadcast lawyer; and Cowan was a film producer and PA expert.
At this time, effective radiated power increased to 208,000 watts video and 28,000 watts audio. Multiple Access was the owner of the CFCF radio and television stations in Montreal. was permitted to acquire more shares of Channel Seventy-Nine Ltd. The sale would give CITY-TV the stability and backing required to meet its objectives.
MA however, was to give priority to its relationship with the CTV network (it owned CFCF-TV Montreal), and was to inform the CRTC as to how it would separate the two organizations.
The company was made up of 36 investors in all with the main players being Phyllis Switzer, Moses Znaimer, Jerry J. Channel 79 signed on the air on September 28, operating with 31,000 watts video and 3,100 watts audio.