CBOFT-DT

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CBOFT-DT
Ici Tele logo.png
Ottawa, Ontario
Branding ICI Ottawa-Gatineau
Slogan Tout est possible
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF) / 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 9.1 / 9.2 (PSIP)
Affiliations Ici Radio-Canada Télé
Owner Société Radio-Canada
First air date June 24, 1955
Call letters' meaning Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Ottawa
Français
Télévision
Sister station(s) CBOT-DT, CBOF-FM, CBOX-FM
Former callsigns CBOFT (1955–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog: 9 (VHF, 1955–2011)
Digital: 22 (UHF, 200?–2011)
Former affiliations Secondary:
TVA (1977–1978)
Transmitter power 3.5 kW
Height 424.9 m
Transmitter coordinates 45°30′9″N 75°50′59″W / 45.50250°N 75.84972°W / 45.50250; -75.84972
Website ICI Ottawa-Gatineau

CBOFT-DT, VHF channel 9, is a Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television station CBOT-DT (channel 4) and both stations share studios at the CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre on Sparks Street in Downtown Ottawa, alongside the main corporate offices of the CBC, and its transmitter on the Ryan Tower at Camp Fortune in Gatineau, Quebec.

The station serves Franco-Ontarians in Eastern Ontario and the Québécois in the Outaouais region of Quebec. This station can also be seen on Rogers Cable channel 5 and digital channel 601 and in high definition on digital channel 602. The station operates a digital signal as a simulcast on UHF channel 33, which broadcasts from the same tower.

History[edit]

CBOFT first signed on the air on June 24, 1955 as the first French-language television station in Ontario. Previously, CBOT aired both CBC and Radio-Canada programs.

For a brief time during 1977 and 1978, until CHOT opened, CBOFT also carried some TVA programs, after Ottawa's first TVA affiliate, CFVO-TV (whose channel 30 frequency is now occupied by CIVO) went bankrupt.

Due to cost-cutting measures at the CBC in the early 1990s, local programming on Toronto's CBLFT and its rebroadcasters, as well as CBLFT semi-satellite CBEFT in Windsor was discontinued in 1991. All Radio-Canada transmitters in Ontario (except the northwest, which was served by CBWFT in Winnipeg) were reclassified as rebroadcasters of CBOFT, under the name "Radio-Canada Ontario-Outaouais". The station produced two distinct newscasts through the 1990s and 2000s, one for the Ottawa region and one for the remainder of Ontario.

In 2010, the CBC applied to the CRTC to have CBLFT relicensed as a separate station, which would again produce a separate newscast for broadcast in most of the province outside of CBOFT's market.[1] The application was approved on April 28, 2010, leading to CBLFT resuming newscast production from Toronto, and most of the network's transmitters in Ontario were reassigned to CBLFT's license. Following this split in the network, CBOFT and its Quebec transmitters became "Radio-Canada Ottawa-Gatineau", while most other Ontario transmitters became the "Radio-Canada Ontario."

Prior to the arrival of the Ottawa Senators NHL team, the station would broadcast the Montreal Canadiens games on Saturday nights, while the English counterpart, CBOT, would carry the Toronto Maple Leafs games during the Saturday Hockey Night in Canada slot.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors

  • Daniel Bouchard - weekends at 6 p.m.; also reporter
  • Mathieu Nadon - weeknights at 6 p.m.
  • Nathalie Tremblay - weekdays at noon

Reporters

  • Denis Babin - Hawkesbury reporter
  • Elise Brunet - general assignment reporter
  • Cindy Demontigny - general assignment reporter
  • Frédérica Dupuis - general assignment reporter
  • Mathieu Nadon - general assignment reporter
  • Réné Petit - general assignment reporter
  • Michel-Denis Potvin - general assignment reporter
  • Mélanie Riendeau - entertainment reporter

Transmitters[edit]

CBOFT operated three analog television rebroadcasters all located in Quebec in the communities of Chapeau, Rapides-des-Joachims and Notre-Dame-du-Laus.

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]
9.1 1080i 16:9 CBOFT-DT Main CBOFT-DT programming / Télévision de Radio-Canada
9.2

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts,[4] the station's digital signal relocated from UHF channel 22 to VHF channel 9. Due to reception issues with CBOT's main digital signal, the station received CRTC permission to operate an alternate digital signal on UHF channel 33. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CBOT-DT's virtual channel on the UHF 33 signal as 9.2.

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