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CNC3 was initially launched as a cable-only news service in September 2005, as Cable News Channel 3, with its output consisting mainly of News and Current Affairs. In 2008, CNC3 obtained a free to air licence, becoming one of the mainstream national broadcasters, operating on channels 12, 14 and 22. Potentially, it can reach all 400,000+ households in Trinidad and Tobago, with its signal extending into Grenada. Beyond its free to air presence, CNC3 is available on all T&T’s leading cable and satellite services and it is also streamed online.
As it broadened its appeal beyond News & Current Affairs, the station quickly became a prime time market leader, with a mix of local and foreign shows. With increased local access to foreign channels via cable or online, the station has been building its local content portfolio, bringing a mix of in-house and independent productions in several genres.
Successful shows include satirical weekly The Rundown, food strands including Cravings and Taste, Business Matters and independent productions focusing on a number of areas of interests such as cars, business and religion.
CNC3 has a strong commitment to T&T’s sports as the local exclusive broadcaster for major events such as cricket’s CPL and the FIFA World Cup. It also has partnerships and rights to broadcast other major events such as the Olympic games and local competitions like the Secondary School Football League, in line with its support for local talent.
The channel is also dominant on digital platforms and social media, through its own website (cnc3.co.tt) and presence on all major social media services.