CJPM-DT, TVA, Chicoutimi

Groupe TVA Inc.

StationYearChannelNetwork AffiliateOwner/Info
CJPM-DT20116.1 (46)TVAGroupe TVA Inc.
CJPM-TV19966TVAGroupe TVA Inc.


CJPM-TV channel 6 began broadcasting on April 14. The station was owned by CJPM-TV Inc.


By this time, CJPM-TV was operating with 61,000 watts video and 36,500 watts audio, and was owned by CJPM-TV Inc. 


Paul J. Audette was general manager. 


The TVA network began operations on September 12, linking CFTM Montréal, CFCM-TV Québec and CJPM-TV Chicoutimi.


CJPM-TV was authorized to add a transmitter at Chombord on channel 10 with effective radiated video power of 13,000 watts, directional.


CJPM-TV-1 Chombord was noted on the air.


Roger Hudon was elected president. He had been associated with CJPM-TV since it went on the air in 1963.

Roger Jobin, with CJPM-TV for almost nine years, was named assistant general manager.


On August 9, CJPM-TV Inc. was authorized to transfer effective control of the company through the transfer of 50% of the shares from Paul Murdock Inc. to Tele-Metropole Inc. 99.5% of the latter company was controlled by the J. A. DeSeve estate. As a result of this transfer, Tele-Metropole would own all of the shares of CJPM-TV Inc.


By this time, CJPM operated rebroadcast transmitter CJPM-TV-1 Chambord.

The corporate name at this time was Le Réseau de télévision TVA Inc. This company owned CJPM TV Inc.

Power Corp. announced plans to purchase 99.6% of the Class A voting shares and 38% of the Class B shares of Télé-Métropole. T-M owned CFTM-TV Montreal, CJPM-TV Chicoutimi, and had a 33.5% interest in Pathonic Communications (CHLT-TV Sherbrooke and CHEM-TV Trois-Rivieres). All four were part of the TVA network which was anchored by CFTM-TV – Canada’s largest and most profitable French language TV station and a major production centre. Media cross-ownership could be an issue for Power when the applications go before the CRTC.


Power Corporation failed in its bid to acquire Télé-Métropole. Cross-ownership and concentration of ownership dominated the March hearing but the commission rejected the proposal because Power did not demonstrate that the deal was clearly in the public interest.

Le Groupe Vidéotron Ltée announced plans to acquire Télé-Métropole.


On January 27, the CRTC approved the transfer of effective control of Télé-Métropole Inc. from the Estate of J.A. DeSève, the J.A. DeSève Foundation and Ciné-Monde Inc. to le Groupe Vidéotron Ltée. The Vidéotron proposal included substantial investment in programming and the renovation of existing T-M facilities. In approving the application, the CRTC said Vidéotron’s dynamism, combined with the expertise of Canada’s largest private French-language television station, would ensure continuity while opening new horizons for Canadian French-language productions.


On August 13, TM Multi-Régions Inc. received authority to acquire CJPM-TV and CJPM-TV-1 from C.J.P.M. TV Inc. The transaction would not result in any change of control since both companies involved were wholly-owned by Télé-Métropole Inc.
On the same date Télé-Métropole Inc. was given approval to acquire 75% of Le Réseau de télévision TVA Inc. from Radio Nord Inc., Télé-Inter Rives Ltée and Télévision de la Baie des Chaleurs Inc. (25% each). This purchase gave Télé-Métropole 100% of the network.


On July 29,Télé-Métropole Inc. was given approval to acquire CJPM-TV and CJPM-TV-1 and several other stations from TM Multi-Régions Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Télé-Métropole Inc.


On January 23, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CJPM-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.


By this time, the corporate name was Groupe TVA Inc.


On July 5, Quebecor inc. subsidiary Quebecor Média inc. acquired Le Groupe Vidéotron ltée. Because Quebecor would now own two networks – TVA and TQS – the company was told to divest itself of TQS inc. Later in the year, TQS was sold to Cogeco Radio Television Inc. and BellGlobe Media Inc. 

On December 17, the CRTC approved the application for reorganization filed on behalf of Groupe TVA inc. to carry out an intra-corporate reorganization to transfer the effective control of the licensee company Groupe TVA inc. to Groupe Vidéotron ltée. The reorganization would be effected through the following transactions: the winding up of 9076-1859 Québec inc. (the parent corporation of 9076-1883 Québec inc.), into Groupe Vidéotron ltée; and the winding up of 9076-1883 Québec inc., the principal shareholder of Groupe TVA inc., into Groupe Vidéotron ltée. Quebecor Média inc. would continue to have the ultimate control of Groupe TVA inc.


On June 26, the CRTC approved the application to change the effective control of TQS inc. (TQS), licensee of CFJP-TV / CFJP-DT Montréal, CFAP-TV Québec, CFKM-TV Trois-Rivières, CFKS-TV Sherbrooke and CFRS-TV Saguenay, and of the TQS network, through the transfer of all of the issued and outstanding shares of 3947424 Canada Inc., the parent corporation of TQS, currently held by Cogeco Radio-Télévision inc. (60%) and CTV Television Inc. (40%), to Remstar Diffusion inc., a corporation owned and controlled by Julien and Maxime Rémillard. 


On May 15th, following a hearing that began on April 27th, the CRTC announced a two-year licence renewal, effective September 1st 2009, for the TVA Group stations, including CJPM-TV Chicoutimi, “….to give these broadcasters some flexibility during the current period of economic uncertainty.” 


The CRTC approved the change to the ownership of Quebecor Media Inc. through the transfer of the shares held by Capital d’Amérique CDPQ inc. in QMI to CDP Capital d’Amérique Investissement inc., another CDPQ subsidiary. This transaction does not affect the effective control of QMI and of its licensee subsidiaries. QMI owns, through TVA Group Inc. and Videotron Ltd., broadcasting distribution undertakings, television programming undertakings, a pay-per-view undertaking, specialty services and a video-on-demand undertaking.


On April 8, the CRTC approved the application by TVA Group Inc. to amend the licence for CJPM-TV Saguenay in order to add a post-transition digital transmitter to serve the population of Saguenay (Chicoutimi Borough). The new post-transition digital transmitter, CJPM-DT, would operate on channel 46 with an average effective radiated power of 89,300 watts (maximum ERP of 200,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 107.4 metres).


On April 26, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licences for the national, French-language television network TVA and the conventional television stations associated with that network, to August 31, 2015. In its application, QMI proposed to maintain the current level of five hours per week of local programming broadcast by CHEM-DT Trois-Rivières, CFER-DT Rimouski, CHLT-DT Sherbrooke and CJPM Saguenay, and their respective transmitters. In addition, QMI declared that the licensee intended to maintain the current broadcast level of 18 hours of local programming per week for CFCM-DT Québec, while also requesting increased flexibility to be able to broadcast programs produced locally by CFCM-DT on the network. To that end, QMI proposed the deletion of the requirement that nine hours of local programming broadcast by CFCM-DT focus exclusively on the local Québec market. The Commission considered that QMI’s proposal to broadcast at least 5 hours and 30 minutes of locally produced news, including two newscasts on weekends, was commendable and would contribute significantly to the reflection of the Québec market. In response to concerns expressed by interveners from this community regarding the loss of local flavour in CFCM-DT programming and news, the Commission would continue to require that, of the 18 hours of local programming per broadcast week, 9 hours must focus specifically on the Québec region, including the 5 hours and 30 minutes of local newscasts. However, the Commission considered it unnecessary that the remaining 3 hours and 30 minutes be broadcast exclusively in the local Québec market and considered that it may be broadcast on the TVA network. In addition, if the newscasts were rebroadcast in full, the Commission required that the licensee not count these rebroadcasts when calculating the number of broadcast hours set out in the conditions of licence for each station.

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