CFEM-DT, TVA, Rouyn-Noranda

RNC Média

StationYearChannelNetwork AffiliateOwner/Info
CFEM-DT201113.1 (13)TVARNC Media


On August 2, Radio Nord Inc. was given approval to operate a new French language television station at Rouyn-Noranda, operating on channel 13 with effective radiated power of 251,000 watts (video). There would also be a rebroadcast transmitter at Lithium Mines, operating with 24,100 watts (video) on channel 10. The new stations would be affiliated with TVA and their originating station would be CHOT-TV in Hull.

Radio Nord already operated the Radio-Canada affiliate in the Abitibi region – CKRN-TV. The new station was to provide an alternative to CKRN-TV, with 4 ½ hours of local programs weekly and VTR facilities at radio stations in Amos, LaSarre and Val d’Or for local news and public affairs input. As was the case with CHOT-TV, Radio Nord proposed making shares available to local investors.


Radio-Nord launched TVA affiliate CFEM-TV channel 13. Radio-Nord also owned CKRN-TV, the Radio-Canada affiliate in this market.

On December 4, CFEM-TV received approval to decrease effective radiated power from 251,000 watts to 166,000 watts. CFEM-TV-1 Lithium Mines was authorized to increase ERP from 24,100 watts to 59,500 watts.


By this time, CFEM-TV had a rebroadcast transmitter (CFEM-TV-1) at Val d’Or.


On January 23, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CFEM-TV by adding to the licence the following condition of licence: In addition to the 12 minutes of advertising material permitted by subsection 11(1) of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987, the licensee may broadcast more than 12 minutes of advertising material in any clock hour in a broadcast day, in order to broadcast infomercials as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1994-139 and in accordance with the criteria contained in that public notice, as amended.


Radio Nord became known as RNC Media.


On August 27 the CRTC renewed until August 31, 2016, the licence of CFEM-TV and its transmitter (CFEM-TV-1 Val-d’Or). Conditions of licence include: The licensee shall broadcast not less than two hours and 30 minutes of local programming in each broadcast week. The licensee is exempted from the requirements related to program logs set out in subsection 10(3) of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987 where the station’s programming is the same as the programming broadcast by CFTM-TV Montréal.


On July 23, the CRTC approved the application by RNC Media Inc. to amend the licence for CFEM-TV Rouyn-Noranda in order to add a digital transmitter in Rouyn-Noranda (CFEM-DT) and a digital rebroadcasting transmitter in Val d’Or (CFEM-DT-1), to simultaneously broadcast existing analog programming. The licensee submitted that the proposed amendments would allow it to adequately serve the populations of Rouyn-Noranda and Val d’Or. The new transmitter in Rouyn-Noranda would operate on channel 13 with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 10,526 watts (maximum ERP of 22,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain [EHAAT] of 219.6 metres). The new rebroadcasting transmitter in Val d’Or would operate on channel 10 with an average ERP of 16,200 watts (maximum ERP of 22,000 watts with an EHAAT of 201.1 metres).


The deadline for the conversion of analog television to digital in mandatory markets was August 31. CFEM-TV Rouyn-Noranda and CFEM-TV-1 Val-d’Or switched to digital on that date. CFEM-TV remained on channel 13 (virtual 13.1) and CFEM-TV-1 remained on channel 10 (10.1).

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