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1989 in Canadian television

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List of years in Canadian television

This is a list of Canadian television related events from 1989.


Date Event
January 3 Children's animated series Babar based on the books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff makes its debut on CBC Television.
March 12 The last new Wayne and Shuster special airs after 31 years. Reruns of the show would continue to air on CBC Television for years after the final special.
Juno Awards of 1989
March 17 Unionized employees of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation embark on a strike.[1]
March 22 10th Genie Awards[2]
May 5 Babar has been sold to Singapore with the series being broadcast on Channel 5 at 6:30pm.
July 31 CBC Newsworld Canada's first all-news channel launches. Its French counterpart Réseau de l'information would launch 6 years later.
September 27 CBC Television's The Raccoons and The Beachcombers move to their new Wednesday Night slot.
December 5 1989 Gemini Awards[3]


Show Station Premiere Date
Babar CBC Television January 3
Jackpot Global September 18
Talkabout CBC Television
Windfalls Knowledge Network September 24
Degrassi High CBC Television November 6
Fashion File Unknown
The Kids in the Hall

Ending this year

Show Station Cancelled
Night Heat CTV January 5
Degrassi Junior High CBC Television February 27
Definition CTV March 10
Learning the Ropes March 31

Changes of network affiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends Knowledge Network TVOntario

Television shows





TV movies, miniseries and specials


  1. ^ "CBC strikers protest bid to telecast game with non-union staff". Toronto Star, March 19, 1989.
  2. ^ "Dead Ringers tops at Genies". Montreal Gazette, March 23, 1989.
  3. ^ "Gemini show short on all but the bodies". Vancouver Sun, December 6, 1989.

See also

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