CBVX-FM, ICI Musique , Québec City

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

CBVX-FM198095.364,100Société Radio-Canada


The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened CBV-FM on September 12, to offer Radio-Canada’s FM stereo programming in the Quebec City area. It rebroadcast the programming of CBF-FM in Montreal. 


By this time, CBV-FM operated on a frequency of 95.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts.


On August 17, CBV-FM was issued a separate licence, allowing it to offer local programming consisting of weather reports and a cultural events billboard. All other programming would continue to originate with CBF-FM Montreal.


CBV-FM received approval on June 9 to relocate the transmitter site from Île d’Orléans to Mont Bélair. Effective radiated power would be decreased from 100,000 watts to 24,900 watts. The changes would provide listeners in the region surrounding the city of Québec, particularly in Sainte-Foy, Sillery and surrounding areas, with a better quality signal.  

The Radio-Canada FM stereo network became known as La Chaîne culturelle on September 1.


CBV-AM (mono service) moved to the FM dial, becoming CBV-FM. The existing CBV-FM (stereo service) became CBVX-FM.


On May 28, CBVX-FM received approval to add a transmitter at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in order to offer a better quality service in the region located along Route 138 between Montmorency and Beaupré. The new transmitter would operate on the frequency 89.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 124 watts. 

CBVX-FM-1 Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre began broadcasting on November 10.


By this time, CBVX-FM operated one rebroadcast transmitter: CBVX-FM-1 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, and broadcast approximately 20 minutes of local arts billboard programming each week from Québec City.


On April 30, CBVX-FM received permission to add transmitters at La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paul. The La Malbaie transmitter would broadcast on 91.5 MHz with effective radiated power of 960 watts while the Baie-Saint-Paul transmitter would operated on a frequency of 88.9 MHz with ERP of 350 watts.


CBVX-FM received approval on February 14 to relocate the transmitter for CBVX-FM Baie Saint-Paul, to the CKRT-TV-1 site, and to increase its effective radiated power from 350 watts to 530 watts.

CBVX-FM-2 La Malbaie and CBVX-FM-3 Baie-St-Paul began operations on July 4.


La chaîne culturelle was renamed Espace musique in September.


On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBVX-FM’s licence. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBVX-FM-1 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, CBVX-FM-2 La Malbaie and CBVX-FM-3 Baie-Saint-Paul.


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


On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBVX-FM and its transmitters to March 1, 2013.


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBVX-FM Quebec and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBVX-FM Québec and its transmitters CBVX-FM-1 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, CBVX-FM-2 La Malbaie and CBVX-FM-3 Baie-Saint-Paul, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018. The Commission considered that it was appropriate to impose conditions of licence on Espace Musique that: permit the broadcast of a maximum of four minutes of national paid advertising, as currently defined by the Commission, in any clock hour; and limit the number of times that programming can be interrupted for advertising to no more than twice per clock hour. The broadcast of advertising by Espace Musique was for a three-year trial period from September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2016.

On December 5, the CRTC gave approval to the CBC to introduce advertising on the Radio 2 and Espace Musique networks. Advertising would be limited to four minutes every hour. The CBC would need to seek permission to continue airing commercials on the two networks after three years.


On August 31, the CRTC denied the CBC’s application to continue commercial advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique beyond the initial three-year licence amendment. The CRTC found that CBC had failed to maintain satisfactory investment in radio and failed to meet ad revenue projections.

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