CBUFT-DT, SRC-TV, Vancouver
|CBUFT-DT||2011||26.1 (26)||SRC||Société Radio-Canada|
|CBUFT-TV||1976||26||SRC Network||Société Radio-Canada|
CBUFT-TV Channel 26 opened on September 27 at 9:30 a.m. Studios and offices were at the new CBC Vancouver Broadcasting Centre at 700 Hamilton Street. CBUFT was the first French-language (Radio-Canada) television station in British Columbia.
On January 11, the CRTC renewed CBUFT-TV’s licence until September 30, 1985.
At this time, CBUFT Vancouver operated the following transmitters: CBUFT-1 Kelowna, CBUFT-2 Kamloops, CBUFT-3 Terrace, CBUFT-4 Prince George, CBUFT-5 Dawson Creek, CBUFT-6 Chilliwack, CBUFT-7 Kitimat.
On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBUFT’s licence, including the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBUFT-1 Kelowna, CBUFT-2 Kamloops, CBUFT-3 Terrace, CBUFT-4 Prince George, CBUFT-5 Dawson Creek, CBUFT-6 Chilliwack and CBUFT-7 Kitimat.
On December 4, the CBC held an open house to show off its revamped Vancouver headquarters at 700 Hamilton Street. The renovations took four years and $65 million to complete. The corporation considered selling the building and constructing a new facility, but that would have cost $100 million or more. It also would have been difficult to find a new location as central as the existing facility. The old building was still there, but it was kind of hidden behind a new wing in front. The new 25,000-square-foot space housed all local news gathering operations – TV, radio, English, French, and internet.
Johnny Michel was CBC Vancouver’s managing director.
On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBUFT and its transmitters to March 31, 2011.
The CRTC approved an amendment to the licence of conventional television station CBUFT-TV to add a post-transition digital television transmitter on channel 27 with a maximum effective radiated power of 27,520 watts and average ERP of 15,130 watts. A directional antenna would be used at the existing Radio-Canada tower. Programming would be fed to the transmitter by microwave. Effective height above average terrain would be 615.4 metres.
On March 29, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBUFT-TV until August 31, 2012. The Commission noted that it did not intend to renew authorizations for full-power analog transmitters operating in the mandatory markets or on channels 52 to 69 outside the mandatory markets beyond August 31, 2011. By that time, the Commission expected licensees to have the necessary authority to broadcast in digital. In addition, the Commission imposed the following condition of licence on stations that operated in mandatory markets or on channels 52 to 69 outside the mandatory markets: Unless otherwise authorized by the Commission, the licensee shall not transmit analog television signals after 31 August 2011 in mandatory markets designated as such by the Commission in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2011-184 or transmit television signals on channels 52 to 69. The CRTC also noted that pursuant to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-69, it did not intend to renew authorizations to operate transitional digital transmitters included in these licences, beyond August 31, 2011.
The analog to digital conversion deadline for mandatory markets was August 31. CBC/SRC made the change on September 1 with CBUFT-DT broadcasting on channel 26 (same as analog CBUFT-TV). The virtual channel was 26.1.
On July 17, the CRTC approved the request to amend the licences for 23 English- and French-language television stations operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in order that reference to all analog transmitters be deleted. The CBC planned to cease operation of all these transmitters on 31 July 2012. The licences for the following transmitters were removed from the CBUFT-DT licence: CBUFT-6 Chilliwack, CBUFT-5 Dawson Creek, CBUFT-2 Kamloops, CBUFT-1Kelowna, CBUFT-7 Kitimat, CBUFT-4 Prince George, and CBUFT-3 Terrace.
On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBUFT-DT until August 31, 2013.
On May 28, the CRTC renewed CBUFT-DT’s licence for a five year term, to August 31, 2018.
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