Fonds F 4396

CFPL-TV fonds

About these records

CFPL-TV fonds
Dates of Creation
1953-[ca. 1982], predominant 1954-1974
Physical Description

5642 film reels (1092 hours, 50 minutes)

36.16 metres of textual records

3 audio reels (ca. 2 hours, 12 minutes)

3 photographs : colour slides

1 photograph : black and white slide

1 photograph : black and white

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of daily news, the Mid-Week Magazine, farm shows, Panorama, The World Around Us, Public Affairs Specials, Greening Up, Medical Films and other special news programs together with accompanying scripts and other program documentation, created and accumulated by CFPL-TV of London, Ontario from their first airdate on 28 November 1953.

The motion picture films and scripts are a fairly comprehensive record; in particular, a nearly complete record of the station's news programming from 1953 to 1974. Documented are stories related to: local, provincial and national politics; urban development and redevelopment in London and surrounding areas; agriculture and fairs in southwestern Ontario and International Plowing Matches; industry and labour; cultural activities, especially the Stratford Festival; educational institutions, especially the University of Western Ontario; hospitals and health care; military and civil defence activities; sports and recreation including fund raising “athons”; local service clubs and parades; ethnic minorities and religious functions; weather and the environment; fires, traffic accidents and crimes; visiting politicians, officials, dignitaries, military personnel, celebrities and royalty; and human interest stories.

The fonds is arranged into twelve series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

CFPL-TV, called 'A' since 2008, has been a major private television broadcaster in London, Ontario, providing news coverage of and to southwestern Ontario since 1953.

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CFPL (Television station : London, Ont.)
Restrictions on Access
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Terms For Use and Reproduction
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Custodial History

This fonds was initially donated by the New PL (CFPL-TV division of CHUM Ltd.) to the Archives of Ontario on 4 February 2002, with an accrual being transferred in 2005. Some of the films and scripts were deposited as historical, inactive material with the London Public Library ca. 1967. During renovations at the Central Library beginning in 1974, the CFPL-TV films were moved to the Fred Landon Branch and returned to Central in 1981, where the films continued to be held by the Library until transferred to the Archives. However, CFPL-TV always remained the owner of the material while it was on deposit at the Library. The remainder of the material that was donated was kept in storage at the television station.

Availability of Other Formats

Some films are available as DVD reference copies or as digital files that will be made available upon request.

The title is based on the fonds content, i.e. the television station's name during the time period when the material in the fonds was created and accumulated.

Some stories originally located in the news air-cuts dating from 1953-1974 that were excerpted out and inserted in post-1974 news programs may not be included in the scope of the fonds, as donated to the Archives in 2002 and 2005.


Motion picture film, scripts and other material from ca. 1975 to the present remain in the custody of CFPL-TV (A-Channel). Future accruals are possible.

Finding Aid
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By Microfilm Interloan
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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4396-1 CFPL-TV daily news program films and scripts
F 4396-2 CFPL-TV year end news programs and scripts
F 4396-3 Compilation reels of newsfilm for CFPL-TV's 50th anniversary
F 4396-4 CFPL-TV production material related to TV History - The Stories Behind the Stories
F 4396-5 CFPL-TV special documentaries and other productions
F 4396-6 CFPL-TV FYI Mid-Week Magazine audiovisual and production documentation
F 4396-7 CFPL-TV Farm Shows and other film productions' audiovisual and production documentation
F 4396-8 CFPL-TV Greening Up films
F 4396-9 CFPL-TV The World Around Us audiovisual and production documentation
F 4396-10 CFPL-TV Public Affairs Special films and index cards
F 4396-11 CFPL-TV general file films and index cards
F 4396-12 CFPL-TV Medical Films and index cards