CBVT-DT, SRC-TV, Quebec City

Société Radio-Canada

StationYearChannelNetwork AffiliateOwner/Info
CBVT-DT201111.1 (25)SRCSociété Radio Canada
CBVT-TV196411SRCSociété Radio Canada


The CBC launched CBVT channel 11 on September 3. The station operated as a French language Radio-Canada outlet. 


CBVT operated with an effective radiated power of 173,000 watts video and 73,000 watts audio. 


On May 28, CBVT-TV was authorized to add a transmitter at La Tuque, operating on channel 3 with an effective radiated power of 9,700 watts video and 1,900 watts audio (directional). Antenna height (EHAAT) would be 357 feet. The transmitter would receive CBVT programming directly over the air. 


Changes were authorized for CBVT-TV-1 at St-George-de-Beauce. It received its programming from CBVT on channel 11 and retransmitted on channel 2 with a directional power of five watts. It would move to a new antenna site and use a non-directional pattern.

CBVT-TV-2 La Tuque (Channel 3) was authorized to increase effective radiated power from 9,700 watts video and 1,900 watts audio to 15,400 watts video and 1,540 watts audio. The signal would remain directional but antenna height would increase from 357 feet to 407 feet from a new tower location.


A transmitter was authorized for Lac Megantic. It would rebroadcast CBVT-TV on channel 2 with a directional power of five watts. 


CBVT was authorized to add a transmitter at St-Fabien-de-Panet – channel 13 with 370 watts (directional). 


The following CBVT transmitters had their licences renewed: CBVT-1 St-Georges-de-Beauce, CBVT-2 La Tuque, CBVT-3 Lac-Meagantic, CBVT-4 Lac-Etchemin, and CBVT-5 St-Fabien-de-Panet.  


The power of CBVT’s principal transmitter located on Ile d’Orléans was increased. The station installed two 30,000 watt transmitters in parallel (for 60,000 watts). 


New rebroadcasters were established at Stoneham and Tewkesbury. 


Marcel Auclair was appointed head of local sales.  


On August 30, CBVT-6 Beauceville received approval to decrease effective radiated power from 8,000 watts to 3,840 watts.  


The licence for CBVT-1 Saint-Georges was revoked. CBVT’s rebroadcaster at Beauceville now served Saint-Georges.

On December 5, 1990, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced its intention to implement, effective immediately, various reductions in service and other measures intended to address an estimated budget shortfall of approximately $108 million. Among the cuts, CBGAT Matane, CJBR-TV Rimouski and CBST Sept-Îles would become rebroadcasters of CBVT Quebec City. Separate station identification, public service announcements and commercial messages would still be fed to these stations from the CBVT studios. The CRTC approved these changes on June 28, 1991.


Approval was granted July 19 for the relocation of the transmitter for CBVT-3 Lac Mégantic, to a site located 8 kilometres southeast of the present site; to increase the transmitter power from 8.9 watts to an effective radiated power of 246 watts; and to change the distribution channel from 2 to 12.   


On November 23, CBVT received authorization to delete the transmitter CBGAT-12 at Mont-Saint-Pierre.  


On August 28, the CBC received approval to change the program source for CBVT-2 La Tuque from CBVT Quebec to CBFT Montreal.  


As of this year, CBVT operated the following transmitters: CBST-7 Aguanish/ Natashquan,  CBST-19 Baie-Comeau, CBST-8 Baie-Johan-Beetz, CBVT-6 Beauceville, CBST-17 Blanc-Sablon, CBGAT-6 Cap-Chat, CBGAT-14 Carleton, CBGAT-5 Causapscal,  CBGAT-15 Chandler, CBGAT-16 Cloridorme, CBGAT-17 Gaspé, CBST-9 Gethsémanie /La Romaine, CBGAT-3 Grande Vallée, CBGAT-9 Gros-Morne, CBST-11 Harrington Harbour, CBST-1 Havre-Saint-Pierre, CBVT-4 Lac-Etchemin, CBGAT-19 Lac-Humqui, CBVT-3 Lac-Mégantic, CBGAT-18 L’Anse-à-Valleau, CBST-13 La Tabatière, CJBR-TV-1 Latour, CBGAT-23 Les Méchins, CBST-18 Longue-Pointe, CBGAT-8 Marsoui, CBGAT Matane, CBGAT-1 Mont-Climont, CBGAT-4 Mont-Louis, CBGAT-10 Mont-Louis-en-Haut, CBGAT-2 Murdochville, CBST-15 Old Fort Bay, CBGAT-20 Percé,  CBGAT-21 Port-Daniel, CJBR-TV Rimouski, CBGAT-13 Rivière-à-Claude, CBGAT-22 Rivière-au-Renard, CBST-6 Rivière-au-Tonnerre, CBST-16 Rivière-Saint-Paul, CBST Sept-Iles, CBST-14 Saint-Augustin-Saguenay, CBGAT-11 Sainte-Anne-des-Monts,  CBVT-5 Saint-Fabien-de-Panet, CBGAT-7 Saint-René-de-Matane, CBVT-8 Stoneham, CBST-12 Tête-à-la-Baleine, CBVT-7 Tewkesbury, and CBVT-9 Thetford Mines. 


CBVT received approval July 3 to operate a transmitter at Sainte-Famille, operating on channel 55, with an effective radiated power of 4,400 watts.

On July 12, CBVT was authorized to decrease effective radiated power from 252,000 watts to 132,000 watts. In addition, the transmitter site would be relocated to Mont-Bélair. These changes would produce slightly reduced coverage towards the east, while coverage to the west would increase by about 40 kilometres. 


On September 29, CBVT was authorized to reduce its effective radiated power from 132,000 to 128,800 watts.

CBVT received approval September 30 to decrease average effective radiated power from 4,400 watts to 3,150 watts and increase antenna height for its proposed transmitter at Sainte-Famille.  


On July 22, CBVT was given approval to operate a transitional digital television undertaking at Québec City, operating from a transmission site on Mont Bélair on channel 12VL with an average effective radiated power of 1,020 watts. 


On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBVT’s licence, including the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBVT-DT Quebec, CBGAT Matane, CBGAT-1 Mont-Climont, CBGAT-10 Mont-Louis-en-Haut, CBGAT-11 Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, CBGAT-13 Riviere-a-Claude, CBGAT-14 Carleton, CBGAT-15 Chandler, CBGAT-16 Cloridorme, CBGAT-17 Gaspe, CBGAT-18 L’Anse-a-Valleau, CBGAT-19 Lac-Humqui, CBGAT-2 Murdochville, CBGAT-20 Perce, CBGAT-21 Port-Daniel (Eastern part), CBGAT-22 Riviere-au-Renard, CBGAT-23 Les Mechins, CBGAT-3 Grande-Vallee, CBGAT-4 Mont-Louis, CBGAT-5 Causapscal, CBGAT-6 Chap-Chat, CBGAT-7 Saint-Rene-de-Matane, CBGAT-8 Marsoui, CBGAT-9 Grose-Morne, CBST Sept-Iles, CBST-1 Havre-St-Pierre, CBST-11 Harrington Harbour, CBST-12 Tete-a-la-Baleine, CBST-13 La Tabatiere, CBST-14 Saint-Augustin (Saguenay), CBST-15 Old Fort Bay, CBST-16 Riviere-Saint-Paul, CBST-17 Blanc Sablon, CBST-18 Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, CBST-19 Baie-Comeau, CBST- 6 Riviere-au-Tonnerre, CBST-7 Aguanish-Natashquan, CBST-8 Baie-Johan-Beetz, CBST-9 Gethsemani/La Romaine, CBVT-2 Sainte-Famille, CBVT-3 Lac-Megantic, CBVT-4 Lac-Etchemin, CBVT-5 Saint-Fabien-de-Panet, CBVT-6 Beauceville, CBVT-7 Twkesbury, CBVT-8 Stoneham, CBVT-9 Thetford Mines, CJBR-TV Rimouski and CJBR-TV-1 Latour. 


On March 19, the CRTC approved an application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to operate a new regional television station in Rimouski. CJBR-TV Rimouski would broadcast a minimum of five hours of local and regional programming. At the CBC’s request, a short-term licence would be issued to the new station so that the licence renewal coincides with the licence renewal for the CBC’s French-language television network. Accordingly, the licence would expire on 31 August 2010. The Commission also approved an application by the CBC to amend the broadcasting licence for station CBVT Québec in order to transfer the following transmitters to the new regional television station CJBR-TV Rimouski:  MORE…  

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

On November 17, the CRTC approved the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the licence for CBVT-TV to add a post-transition digital transmitter in order to serve the population of Québec. The post-transition digital transmitter would continue to operate under the same technical parameters as the previously licensed DTV undertaking – channel 12 with an average effective radiated power of 1,020 watts (maximum ERP of 2,450 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 500.1 metres). Given the approval of this application, and at the licensee’s request, the Commission revoked the broadcasting licence for the transitional DTV undertaking CBVT-DT Québec, which was granted pursuant to Broadcasting Decision 2005-344.


On March 29, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBVT-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.

On August 16, the CRTC approved applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the licence of CBVT-4 Lac-Etchemin in order to change the status from protected station to low-power unprotected station. Since the technical parameters approved in this decision were for low-power unprotected television services, the Commission reminded the applicant that it would have to choose another channel if ever the Department of Industry so required.

The deadline for the conversion of analog television to digital in mandatory markets was August 31. Analog CBFT-TV channel 11 was shut down on that date and replaced by CBVT-DT on channel 12 (virtual channel 11.1). CBVT-DT was expected to move to channel 25 in December because its operations on channel 12 could potentially interfere with CFCF-DT (Montreal) also on channel 12.

On November 1, the CRTC approved the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation relating the licence for CBVT-TV Québec in order to change the technical parameters of its digital transmitter CBVT-DT Québec. The transmitter channel would change from 12 to 25. The average effective radiated power of the transmitter would increase from 1,020 to 126,100 watts (maximum ERP from 2,450 to 291,000 watts and effective height of antenna above average terrain from 500.1 to 515.4 metres.) The Commission reminded the CBC that it had committed to inform viewers of the channel change and the need to do a new channel scan on their digital tuners through its local news bulletins broadcast on television and radio. 

The CRTC approved an amendment to the licence for CBVT-DT Québec by deleting the transmitter CBVT-TV-2 Sainte-Famille.


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 CBVT-DT licence: CBVT-6 Beauceville, CBVT-4 Lac-Etchemin, CBVT-3 Lac-Mégantic, CBVT-5 Saint-Fabien-de-Panet, CBVT-8 Stoneham, CBVT-7 Tewkesbury, and CBVT-9 Thetford Mines.

On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBVT-DT until August 31, 2013.


On May 28, the CRTC renewed CBVT-DT’s licence for a five year term, to August 31, 2018. 


On April 30, the CRTC approved the CBC’s application to change the authorized contours of CBVT-DT by increasing the average ERP from 103,300 to 128,300 watts and the maximum ERP from 291,000 to 361,700 watts.

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