Ici Radio-Canada Télé (stylized as ICI Radio-Canada TēLē, and formerly known as Télévision de Radio-Canada) is a Canadian French-language free-to-air television network that is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (known in French as Société Radio-Canada), the national public broadcaster. It is the French-language counterpart of CBC Television, the broadcaster's English-language television network.
Its headquarters are at Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal, which is also home to the network's flagship station, CBFT-DT. It is the only francophone network in Canada to broadcast over-the-air in all Canadian provinces.
|Ici Radio-Canada Télé|
|Type||Public broadcasting free-to-air television network|
|Availability||Canada and parts of northern U.S., via cable or antenna|
|Slogan||Pour toute la vie, ICI Radio-Canada Télé (English: For All Of Life, Ici Radio Canada Tele)|
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|September 6, 1952|
This network is considered more populist than CBC Television. It does not face such intense competition from American networks. Despite this, it has trailed TVA in the ratings for most of the last 30 years, roughly as long as its English counterpart has trailed CTV. Its ratings have improved with offbeat sitcoms, and the talk show Tout le monde en parle. With this success, however, have come accusations of dumbing down. For instance, Tout le monde en parle replaced the long-running Sunday night arts series Les Beaux Dimanches.
News programming is anchored by Le Téléjournal, which airs nightly at 10:00 p.m. Local newscasts, which air during the lunch and supper hours, now also carry the Téléjournal name, i.e., Le Téléjournal Montréal. The regional newscasts used to be called Ce Soir (This Evening).
All Radio-Canada newscasts are broadcast under the name Le Téléjournal. The main evening broadcast airs most nights at 10:00 p.m. local time (11:00 p.m. in the Maritimes). Le Téléjournal is also seen live and as a repeat broadcast on sister cable news channel RDI and on time-delay worldwide via international francophone channel TV5. There are no morning newscasts. Local and regional news also takes the Téléjournal name followed by the name of a city, region or province, or by the time of day (for example Le Téléjournal Montréal, Le Téléjournal Midi, etc.) CBVT-DT Quebec City, CBLFT-DT Toronto and CBOFT-DT Ottawa, and CBAFT-DT in the Atlantic provinces run local midday bulletins whilst all affiliates run supper-hour bulletins which run from Monday to Fridays, with the exception of CBVT-DT, CBOFT-DT and CBAFT-DT, which run seven days a week.
Investigative reporting is broadcast weekly as Enquête. In 2008, the program tested the safety levels of Tasers in the wake of concerns raised after a Polish immigrant died after RCMP police officers fired a Taser in Vancouver International Airport. Other shows such as Découverte raised concerns about the safety of overhead bridges in Montreal after the collapse of a bridge in 2007.
There is also weekly programming on political affairs concerning the National Assembly of Quebec and the House of Commons of Canada with Les coulisses du pouvoir (The Corridors of Power). Science and technology issues are covered in Découverte and agricultural and rural topics in La semaine verte. Consumer affairs are covered in L'épicerie and Facture
From 1952 to 2004, the network was home to weekly French-language broadcasts of ice hockey matches involving the Montreal Canadiens, called La Soirée du hockey. The show was discontinued when broadcast rights reverted to RDS. Viewers outside Quebec were able to continue watching games via Radio-Canada stations until 2006 when RDS became exclusive broadcasters. Radio-Canada were also the home of the Montreal Alouettes before moving also to RDS. The SRC network was also home for many years to French-language television broadcasts of the Montreal Expos.
Since 2014, the network broadcasts the Olympic Games in French starting with the 2014 Winter Olympics since CBC/Radio-Canada obtains the Broadcasting Rights for the Olympic Games. SRC, along with RDS, shares the broadcasting rights for the Olympic Games in Canada for French viewers until the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The most popular entertainment shows on the network are variety shows such as Tout le monde en parle and M pour musique, sketch shows like Les invincibles and Et Dieu créa Laflaque and dramas such as Les Hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin, Virginie and Tout sur moi.
Tout le monde en parle in particular is a long running talk show imported from the same show of the same name in France and has featured high-profile guests, such as Julie Couillard and former Action démocratique du Québec leader Mario Dumont. A weekly music show called Studio 12 makes an appearance on Sundays.
On New Year's Eve, Radio-Canada presents a live comedy special, Bye Bye, which features musical and comedy guests, performing live.
Non-news regional programming is usually programmed for broadcast on weekends. It is limited to arts and culture and typically airs outside Quebec, especially in Acadia and the Western provinces. For example, Zeste broadcasts on stations in the Western provinces on Saturday early evenings, while Luc et Luc airs Sunday evenings in the Maritimes.
Of Canada's three major French-language television networks, Radio-Canada is the only one that broadcasts terrestrially in all Canadian provinces. With the exception of Atlantic Canada, where a single station serves all four provinces, the network has at least one originating station in every province. These stations serve every major market in French and English Canada, with privately owned affiliates serving smaller markets in Quebec.
Unlike CBC Television affiliates, which often have several alternative programming sources, Radio-Canada affiliates are effectively constrained to carry network programming throughout the day in pattern with no preemptions. The only exceptions are for local and regional programming and commercials.
In 2007, Radio-Canada announced its intention to terminate its long-time affiliation with three regional affiliates in Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, and Saguenay. These stations were owned by Cogeco, at the time a majority owner of commercial rival TQS (now V). By the end of the year, TQS had filed for bankruptcy; as part of exiting bankruptcy, a deal was announced the following spring for Radio-Canada to directly acquire the stations. The transaction was approved by the CRTC on June 26, 2008. Only the stations in Rouyn-Noranda (CKRN-DT, which closed in 2018) and Rivière-du-Loup (CKRT-DT) remained as private affiliates, rather than owned-and-operated stations.
On February 27, 2009 CBC/Radio-Canada President Hubert Lacroix admitted at the Empire Club of Canada that the corporation is facing a budget shortfall and as a result some services may be forced to close down and/or stations merged or sold off, saying:
"La crise économique nous force à revoir toutes les facettes de nos activités."
("The economic crisis forced us to review all facets of our activities.")
It is not yet clear how the announcement will affect stations owned by either CBC Television or Télévision de Radio-Canada, however it is envisaged that regional news programming may be merged in the regions outside Quebec.
Radio-Canada once operated an extensive network of rebroadcasters, but they were closed by 2012.
SRC converted its originating station transmitters to digital as part of the digital transition deadline in mandatory markets, which took place on August 31, 2011.
On July 31, 2012, all of the corporation's 620 analog television transmitters were permanently shut down, leaving CBC's English and French television network with a total of 27 digital transmitters.
In television listings such as TV Guide or TV Hebdo, where space limitations usually require television networks to be referred to by a three-letter abbreviation; while its full name was previously Télévision de Radio-Canada, the network was normally coded as SRC (for Société Radio-Canada, the French language corporate name of the CBC as a whole.) This has no official standing as a name for the network. While the network experimented with using SRC as its on-air brand in the 1990s, within a few months it reverted to using "Radio-Canada" for nearly all verbal references. The experiment ended later in the decade. In 2009 Radio-Canada refreshed its branding featuring the word "Télévision" underneath the corporate logo; in promos, it features the logo, without any wording or slogans.
On June 5, 2013, it was announced that as part of an overall effort to unify CBC's French-language platforms and outlets under a common name, Télévision de Radio-Canada was to be renamed Ici Télé on September 9, 2013—a nod to its longtime system cue dating back to the 1930s on radio, Ici Radio-Canada. The re-branding was panned by critics and politicians, who felt that the new brand was too confusing, and criticized the CBC's plans to downplay the historic "Radio-Canada" name as a viewer-facing brand, along with the reported $400,000 cost of the new campaign in the midst of budget cuts. In response to the criticism, Hubert Lacroix announced a compromise, where the Radio-Canada name would be added to the revised branding, resulting in Ici Radio-Canada Télé as its official name.
The ombudsman of Radio-Canada has been Pierre Tourangeau since July 2011. He was preceded by Julie Miville-Dechêne(2007–2011) Renaud Gilbert (2000–2007), Marcel Pépin (1997–1999), Mario Cardinal (1993–1997) and Bruno Gauron (1992).
On March 5, 2005, Télévision de Radio-Canada launched an HD simulcast of its Montreal station CBFT-DT. Since that time they have also launched HD simulcasts in Quebec City (CBVT-DT), Ottawa (CBOFT-DT), Toronto (CBLFT-DT) and Vancouver (CBUFT-DT). The HD feed is available through both pay television services, and through ATSC digital terrestrial television on the following channels:
On September 10, 2007, the network (as well as sister cable news network RDI) began broadcasting all programming solely in the 16:9 aspect ratio with few exceptions, and began letterboxing its widescreen feed for standard definition viewers.
Certain shows such as Virginie and Le Téléjournal are carried on international francophone channel TV5MONDE.
As with CBC Television, Ici Télé stations can be viewed over-the-air in the northern United States including the border areas of eastern Maine via CBAFT-DT Moncton or CKRT-DT Rivière-du-Loup; northern and central New England via CKSH-DT Sherbrooke; the border areas of New York State and Vermont via CBFT-DT Montreal, CBOFT-DT Ottawa-Gatineau or CBLFT-DT Toronto; or in northwest Washington via CBUFT-DT Vancouver.
CBAFT-DT (branded on-air as ICI Acadie) is the Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station for Atlantic Canada, serving Acadians in the Maritimes and Franco-Newfoundlanders in Newfoundland and Labrador. The station is licensed to Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Owned by the Société Radio-Canada (CBC), it broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 11 from a transmitter located at its studios on Timberline Road and its studios located at 165 Main Street in Moncton near the city of Dieppe, New Brunswick. This station can also be seen on Rogers Cable digital channel 601. There is a high definition feed offered on Bell Aliant Fibe TV channel 902. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 100 and in high definition on channel 1801. For Eastlink subscribers, however, it's only offered in standard definition (the high definition signal on channel 1017 comes from CBLFT-DT in Toronto).
Prior to September 2, 2008, the station was known as Télévision de Radio-Canada Atlantique. It was rebranded to "Télévision de Radio-Canada Acadie" as part of the public broadcaster's efforts to better reflect the region it serves.CBFT-DT
CBFT-DT, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 19), is the flagship station of the French language service of Ici Radio-Canada Télé located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television outlet CBMT-DT (channel 6). The two stations share studios and master control facilities based at Maison Radio-Canada on René Lévesque Boulevard East in Downtown Montreal, and CBFT's transmitter is located atop Mount Royal.
On cable, the station can also be seen on Vidéotron channel 2 in the Montreal area (channel 4 in standard definition), Charter Plattsburgh channel 5 and Comcast Burlington channel 22. There is also a high definition feed available on Vidéotron digital channel 602. It is also seen on direct broadcast satellite throughout Canada.CBKFT-DT
CBKFT-DT, VHF channel 13, is a Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television outlet CBKT-DT (channel 9), CBC Radio One station CBK (540 AM) and CBC Radio 2 station CBK-FM (96.9 FM). All four stations share studios at the CBC Regina Broadcast Centre at 2440 Broad Street in Downtown Regina, CBKFT's transmitter is located near McDonald Street/Highway 46, just northeast of Regina proper.CBUFT-DT
CBUFT-DT, UHF channel 26, is a Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which serves the province's Franco-Columbian population. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada subsidiary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television owned-and-operated station CBUT-DT (channel 2). The two stations maintain studio facilities located at the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre on Hamilton Street in Downtown Vancouver; CBUFT maintains transmitter facilities located atop Mount Seymour.
On cable, the station available on Shaw Cable in standard definition on channel 7, and on Telus TV in high definition on channel 2001. On satellite, the station is available on Bell TV channel 120 and in high definition on channel 1832.CBVT-DT
CBVT-DT (branded on-air as ICI Québec) is the Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 25 (or virtual channel 11.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Avenue de la Montagne/Dumont Belair Ouest in Val-Bélair.
Owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, its studios are located on Rue Saint-Jean and Aut Dufferin Montmorency in Downtown Quebec City. This station can also be seen on Vidéotron channel 2 and in high definition on digital channel 602. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 111 and in high definition on channel 1813.CBWFT-DT
CBWFT-DT, virtual channel 3 (UHF digital channel 51), is an Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television outlet CBWT-DT. The two stations share studios located on Portage Avenue and Young Street in Downtown Winnipeg, and its transmitter is located near Red Coat Trail/Highway 2) in Macdonald. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable and MTS TV channel 10, and Bell TV channel 118. There is a high definition feed offered on Shaw Cable digital channel 214 and MTS TV channel 448.CBXFT-DT
CBXFT-DT, virtual channel 11 (UHF digital channel 47), is a Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada serving the province's Franco-Albertan population. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television owned-and-operated station CBXT-DT. The two stations share studios on 75th Street West at the Edmonton City Centre, across from Winston Churchill Square, in Downtown Edmonton, CBXFT's transmitter is located in Sherwood Park. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 12. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 119 and in high definition on channel 1830. Telus Optik subscribers can currently access CBXFT via channel 2001. The local newscast at 6:00 p.m. is called Le Téléjournal/Alberta and is presented by Jean-Emmanuel Fortier.
The station first signed on the air on March 1, 1970. For its first three years, 1970 to 1973, CBXFT also aired weekday English-language educational programming from the Metropolitan Edmonton Educational Television Association (MEETA). This ended when Access (CJAL-TV) began in 1973.
A former semi-satellite in Calgary (using the callsign CBRFT) aired separate commercials, but otherwise aired identical programming prior to its shutdown in 2012.CKRN-DT
CKRN-DT (branded on-air as Radio-Canada Télévision CKRN) was a privately owned Ici Radio-Canada Télé-affiliated television station licensed to Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada, which essentially functioned as a semi-satellite of Montreal Radio-Canada flagship station CBFT-DT due to not having alternative non-network sources of programming available. It broadcast a digital signal on VHF channel 9 (or virtual channel 4.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Chemin Powell (north of Route 101) in Rouyn-Noranda.
Owned by RNC Media, it was a sister station to TVA outlet CFEM-DT and Val-d'Or V outlet CFVS-DT, and all three shared studios located on Avenue Murdoch and Avenue de la Saint Anne in Rouyn-Noranda. On cable, CKRN was available on Câblevision du Nord de Québec channel 7 and digital channel 411.CKRT-DT
CKRT-DT is a French language television station affiliated with Ici Radio-Canada Télé in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, Canada. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 7 from a transmitter near Chemin du Mont Bleu in Picard.
Owned by the Simard family and their company, Télé Inter-Rives, it is sister to V affiliate CFTF-DT and TVA affiliate CIMT-DT. This arrangement makes the station part of a so-called "triple-stick"—three stations owned by a single company. All three stations share studios located on Rue de la Chute and Rue Frontenac in Rivière-du-Loup. This station can also be seen on Vidéotron channel 10 and in high definition on digital channel 602.CKSH-DT
CKSH-DT (branded on-air as ICI Estrie) is the Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station, licensed to Sherbrooke and serving the Estrie region of the Canadian province of Quebec. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF Channel 9 from a transmitter in Orford.
Owned by Société Radio-Canada, its studios are located on King Street in Sherbrooke. This station can also be seen on Vidéotron channel 10 and in high definition on digital channel 602. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 108 and in high definition on channel 1820.CKTM-DT
CKTM-DT is the Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station serving the Mauricie region of the Canadian province of Quebec, that is licensed to Trois-Rivières. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 28 (or virtual channel 13.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Rue Principale in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.
Owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, its studios are located on Boulevard Saint-Jean (near Route 40) in Trois-Rivières. This station can also be seen on Cogeco Cable channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 504.CKTV-DT
CKTV-DT is the Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of the Canadian province of Quebec that is licensed to Saguenay. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter atop Mount Valin.
Owned by the Société Radio-Canada of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, its studios are located at 500 Rue des Saguenéens in the former city of Chicoutimi near the Place du Royaume shopping centre. This station can also be seen on Vidéotron channel 2 and in high definition on digital channel 602.Enquête
Enquête (lit. "Inquest" or "Inquiry") is a Canadian French-language television newsmagazine series, which airs weekly on Ici Radio-Canada Télé and Ici RDI. The show is anchored by Marie-Maude Denis, and includes contributions from journalists Hélène Courchesne, Josée Dupuis, Sylvie Fournier, Guy Gendron, Normand Grondin, Solveig Miller, Madeleine Roy, Françoise Stanton, Pascale Turbide and Julie Vaillancourt.Le Téléjournal
Le Téléjournal is the umbrella title used for the television newscasts aired on the Ici Radio-Canada Télé broadcast network. Le Téléjournal (by itself) has been used since 1970 as the title of the network's flagship newscast, originating from Montreal. It is considered the French language equivalent of the English-language CBC's The National.
From 1983 to 2006, Le Téléjournal was paired with a separate newsmagazine series called Le Point, similar to the distinction between CBC Television's The National and The Journal.
Other local and national newscasts airing on Radio-Canada adopted variants of the Téléjournal title beginning in the early 2000s. Local newscasts on Radio-Canada stations used to be known as (city or region name) Ce Soir (This Evening). They are also now called Le Téléjournal, usually followed by the name of the city or region, e.g., Le Téléjournal/Québec on CBVT-DT in Quebec City. The Montreal program is Le Téléjournal Grand Montréal 18h.
The network's national midday newscast, previously Le Midi and L'heure du midi, was also renamed Le Téléjournal/Midi in the early 2000s. In 2006, its breakfast newscast, Matin Express, was renamed Le Téléjournal/matin. It was later replaced on Radio-Canada with a simulcast of RDI Matin. RDI continues to air a half-hour program titled Le Téléjournal/matin.List of Ici Radio-Canada Télé television stations
Ici Radio-Canada Télé operates as a Canadian French language television network owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (known in French as Société Radio-Canada) made up of thirteen owned-and-operated stations and seven private affiliates. This is a table listing of Radio-Canada affiliates, with stations owned by Radio-Canada separated from privately owned affiliates, and arranged by market. This article also includes former self-supporting stations currently operating as rebroadcasters of regional affiliates, stations no longer affiliated with Télévision de Radio-Canada and stations purchased by the CBC that formerly operated as private Radio-Canada affiliates.
The station's advertised channel number follows the call letters; in most cases, this is their over-the-air broadcast frequency. The number in parentheses which follows a virtual channel number is the station's actual digital channel number, digital channels allocated for future use listed in parentheses are italicized.
Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicate a Radio-Canada station that was built and signed-on by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.List of programs broadcast by Ici Radio-Canada Télé
This is a list of television programs broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's French language television network, Ici Radio-Canada Télé, in 2008. For programs on the CBC's English network, see List of programs broadcast by CBC Television.Providence (Canadian TV series)
Providence is a Canadian French language drama television series which aired on Ici Radio-Canada Télé since January 4, 2005.Tout le monde en parle (Canadian talk show)
Tout le monde en parle (French pronunciation: [tu lə mɔ̃d ɑ̃ paʁl], Everyone's Talking About It) is a Canadian talk show hosted and co-produced by Guy A. Lepage, broadcast on Télévision de Radio-Canada / Ici Radio-Canada Télé since 2004, and simulcast on radio on Ici Radio-Canada Première. It has been adapted from the since-cancelled French talk show of the same name, created and hosted by Thierry Ardisson.Trauma (Canadian TV series)
Trauma is a Canadian French language television medical drama series, which premiered January 5, 2010 on Ici Radio-Canada Télé. The series is set in the trauma unit of the fictional Hôpital Saint-Arsène in Montreal, Quebec.