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Ici Tele logo.png
Montreal, Quebec
Branding ICI Grand Montréal
Slogan Tout est possible
(Everything is Possible)
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 2.1 (PSIP)
Affiliations Ici Radio-Canada Télé
Owner Société Radio-Canada
First air date September 6, 1952
Call letters' meaning Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Sister station(s) CBMT-DT, CBME-FM, CBM-FM, CBF-FM, CBFX-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF) (1952–2011)
Former affiliations Secondary:
CBC (1952–1954)
Transmitter power 250 kW (digital)
Height 300 m (digital)
Transmitter coordinates 45°30′19″N 73°35′29″W / 45.50528°N 73.59139°W / 45.50528; -73.59139
Website ICI Montréal

CBFT-DT, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 19), is a Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which serves as the flagship of the French language broadcast network. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television outlet CBMT-DT (channel 6). The two stations share studios and master control facilities based at Maison Radio-Canada on René Lévesque Boulevard East in Downtown Montreal, and CBFT's transmitter is located atop Mount Royal.

This station can also be seen on Vidéotron Montreal cable channel 2, Charter Plattsburgh channel 5 and Comcast Burlington channel 22. There is also a high definition feed available on Vidéotron digital channel 602. It is also seen on direct broadcast satellite throughout Canada.


CBFT was the first permanent television station in Canada (an experimental station, VE9EC, had been on the air in Montreal in 1931), launching on September 6, 1952 at 4 p.m. The station went on the air with the movie Aladdin and His Lamp, followed by a cartoon, and then a French film, a news segment and a bilingual variety show.[1] The station aired programming in both French (60 percent) and English (40 percent), a practice common for many stations in Quebec at the time. This continued until January 10, 1954, when CBMT was launched on VHF channel 6. At that time, all English programming moved to CBMT, while CBFT became the flagship of the Télévision de Radio-Canada network for francophone viewers.

Through its translator network that existed prior to the digital transition, CBFT was able be seen in most of Quebec, parts of Ontario, and most of northern Canada (Northwest Territories and Nunavut). Due to a lack of sources for alternative programming, most Radio-Canada stations are effectively semi-satellites of CBFT. For the most part, their schedules are largely identical to those of CBFT, other than commercials and regional news.


CBFT had over 30 analog television rebroadcasters throughout rural Quebec and Labrador. Due to federal funding reductions to the CBC, in April 2012, the CBC responded with substantial budget cuts, which included shutting down CBC's and Radio-Canada's remaining analog transmitters on July 31, 2012.[2] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's rebroadcasters were converted to digital.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
2.1 720p 16:9 CBFT-DT Main CBFT-DT programming / Télévision de Radio-Canada

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

CBFT began broadcasting its digital signal in March 22, 2005.[4] On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts,[5] the station's digital signal remained on UHF channel 19. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CBFT-DT's virtual channel as 2.1.

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