CBF-FM-8, Ici Radio-Canada Première, Trois-Rivières

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.



The CBC was given approval to operate a transmitter at Trois-Rivieres to rebroadcast AM programming from CBF in Montreal. The new transmitter would broadcast on a frequency of 100.1 MHz and have an effective radiated power of 4,326 watts.


The station signed on the air.


On October 24, CBF-8-FM Trois-Rivières was given permission to change frequency from 100.1 MHz to 88.1 MHz.


On March 29, the CBC received approval to convert CBF-FM-8 Trois-Rivières to French-language FM radio programming undertakings broadcasting regional programming. Until now, the transmitter rebroadcast the programming of CBF-FM Montréal in its entirety. The Trois-Rivières station operated on 88.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 4,326 watts. The Trois-Rivieres station would broadcast a minimum of 5 hours a week of regional programming. Regional programming would focus on daily regional news, including economic, political, social and cultural issues. For the remainder of the broadcast day, the new station would retransmit the programming of CBF-FM Montréal.


On July 2, CBF-FM-8 Trois-Rivères was authorized to change frequency from 88.1 MHz to 96.5 MHz, increase effective radiated power from 4,326 watts to 66,700 watts, and relocate the transmitter to a site 1.9 kilometres northeast of the existing site. The changes were intended to restore the station’s permanent facilities following the Mont-Carmel tragedy and the subsequent demolition of the Westower in April 2001. The increase in power was aimed at correcting a deficiency in La Première Chaîne’s coverage that had existed since CBF Montréal moved from the AM band to the FM band.


On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBF-FM-8’s licence. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitter: CBF-FM-19 La Tuque.


On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBF-FM-8 (and its transmitter) to August 31, 2011.

On September 3, the CRTC approved an application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the broadcasting licences of CBF-FM-8 Trois-Rivières and CBF-FM Montréal. The licensee proposed to add transmitters CBF-16 Clova, CBF-17 Lac Édouard and CBF-18 Parent to CBF-FM-8’s licence in order to rebroadcast its programming, and to remove these transmitters from CBF-FM’s licence. All technical parameters remained unchanged. Only the source of programming would be amended. The licensee indicated that these amendments would allow it to better serve the population living in these three transmitters’ authorised contours by giving them access to CBF-FM-8’s local and regional programming. 


On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBF-FM-8 and its transmitter to March 1, 2013.


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBF-FM-8 Trois-Rivières and its transmitter to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBF-FM-8 Trois-Rivières and its transmitters CBF-FM-19 La Tuque, CBF-16 Clova, CBF-17 Lac-Édouard, and CBF-18 Parent, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018.


On May 20, the CRTC approved the CBC`s application to reduce the power of CBF-FM-19 La Tuque from 11,300 to 2,100 watts (25,400 to 4,750 watts maximum ERP) resulting in the status of the station being changed from Class B to Class A.


On June 15, the CRTC approved CBF-FM-8’s application to add a low-power FM transmitter in Parent to replace the AM rebroadcasting transmitter CBF-18 Parent. The transmitter would operate at 99.9 MHz (channel 260LP) with an ERP of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with EHAAT of 24.2 metres).

In October, CBF-18 La Tuque-Parent, moved from 710 AM to 99.9 FM with power of 50 watts.


In August, the CBC received CRTC approval to change the program source of CBFA-FM-1 Manouane, CBFA-FM-2 Obedjiwan and CBFG-FM-3 Weymontachie from CBFG Chisasibi to CBF-FM-8 Trois Rivieres.

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