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Ici Tele logo.png
Toronto, Ontario
Branding ICI Ontario
Slogan Tout est possible
Channels Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels 25.1 Ici Radio-Canada Télé
Affiliations Ici Radio-Canada Télé (O&O; 1973–present)
Owner Société Radio-Canada
First air date March 23, 1973[1]
Call letters' meaning Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Great Lakes
Sister station(s) CBLT-DT, CBL-FM, CBLA-FM, CJBC (AM), CJBC-FM
Former callsigns CBLFT (1973–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
25 (UHF, 1973–2011)
25 (UHF, 2005–2011)
Transmitter power 106.2 kW
Height 491.0 m
Transmitter coordinates 43°38′33″N 79°23′14″W / 43.64250°N 79.38722°W / 43.64250; -79.38722
Licensing authority CRTC
Website ici.radio-canada.ca/ontario

CBLFT-DT, virtual and UHF channel 25, is an Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada subsidiary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television outlet CBLT-DT (channel 5). CBLFT maintains studio facilities based out of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre on Front Street West in downtown Toronto, and its transmitter is located atop the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. On cable, the station is available on Rogers Cable channel 12 and in high definition on digital channel 515; on satellite, CBLFT is also available on Bell TV channel 99.

The station provides French-language programming to the Greater Toronto Area and most of Ontario, including the Western, Central and Northeastern regions of the province.


CBLFT was originally licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in 1972 as a standalone station; the station first signed on the air on March 23, 1973. Until CBLFT signed on, CBC O&O CBLT (channel 5) aired French-language programming from Radio-Canada on Sunday mornings. The station originally transmitted from the CBC's Jarvis Street transmitter site, but as with almost all other radio and television stations in Toronto, approval was given by the CRTC to move the transmitter site to the CN Tower on December 14, 1973. Several transmitters in Northern Ontario which were already in operation as rebroadcasters of CBOFT in Ottawa were reassigned to CBLFT's license, and various additional rebroadcasters were added throughout Ontario in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the early 1990s due to budget cutbacks at the CBC, all Radio-Canada transmitters in Ontario (except those in the northwest part of the province, which was served by CBWFT in Winnipeg) were reassigned to the license of CBOFT as rebroadcasters. These transmitters continued to broadcast a separate local early evening newscast, which was produced in Ottawa, but was only seen in that city via a late night rebroadcast, similar to the split simulcast used at CBC Radio 2 station CBLA-FM (99.1 FM) for its morning programme.

On April 28, 2010, the CRTC granted a license request by the CBC to relaunch CBLFT as a separate station which would once again produce a distinct local newscast from CBOFT.[2] Most of the network's transmitters in Ontario, outside of the Ottawa region, were again reassigned to CBLFT's license, and newscast production later returned to Toronto.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
25.1 1080i 16:9 CBLFT-DT Main CBLFT-DT programming / Ici Radio-Canada Télé

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

CBLFT shut down its analogue signal, over UHF channel 25, on August 31, 2011, the official date in which Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 24 to post-transition (and former analogue) channel 25.[4]

Transmitters in mandatory markets were required to switch to digital or shut down by the transition deadline of August 31, 2011. Radio-Canada requested to temporarily broadcast in analogue in these markets beyond 2011, as programming for Radio-Canada is not produced in these markets.[5] The following CBLFT rebroadcasters are in mandatory markets:

However, on August 16, 2011, the CRTC granted the CBC permission to continue operating 22 repeaters in mandatory markets, including the above, in analogue until August 31, 2012, in which by then they must either convert to digital or close down. This was pending the corporation's licence renewal process, which will include an evaluation of its transition plans.[6]

At some point before June 20, 2012, CBLFT had begun airing a Mobile DTV simulcast of CBLT-DT on PSIP channel 5-2, encoded in the H.264 and HE-AAC formats.[7]


CBLFT operated almost 30 analog television rebroadcasters throughout the province Ontario and included communities such as London, Kitchener and Sudbury.

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.[8] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital, leaving rural Canadians and U.S. border regions with no free over-the-air CBC/Radio-Canada coverage, requiring a subscription to a cable or satellite provider to receive programming from the two networks in those areas.[9]


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