|Quebec City, Quebec|
|Channels||Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 4.1 (PSIP)
|First air date||July 17, 1954|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||CBC (1954-1957)
|Transmitter power||210 kW|
CFCM-DT is the TVA owned-and-operated television station in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Owned by the TVA Group subsidiary of Quebecor Media, it broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 17 (or virtual channel 4.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter located at it studios on Myrand Street in the former suburb of Sainte-Foy. This station can also be seen on Rogers Cable channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 604.
Until 2011, the station's transmitter facilities previously also hosted the transmitter for CBVE-TV (channel 5), the now-defunct local rebroadcaster of CBMT-DT/Montreal, when that station relocated to CBVT-DT's former analog channel (VHF channel 11), which broadcasts from Mount Bélair.
CFCM was Quebec's first private television station, going on the air for the first time on July 17, 1954. CFCM started out as a private bilingual CBC/Radio-Canada affiliate. The station's original owner was Télévision de Québec, a consortium of theatre chain Famous Players and Quebec City's two private AM radio stations, CHRC and CKCV.
At its launch, CFCM immediately linked up with both the CBC and Radio-Canada microwave networks. The station started broadcasting an all-French service on March 17, 1957, when Télévision de Québec launched CKMI-TV. When Radio-Canada opened CBVT on September 7, 1964, CFCM joined the loose association formed by Montreal's CFTM-TV and Chicoutimi's CJPM-TV a year earlier. This was the forerunner of TVA, which was formally organized in 1971.
Télévision de Québec was nearly forced to sell its stations in 1969 because of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's new rules requiring television stations to be 80 percent Canadian-owned. The largest shareholder, Famous Players, was a subsidiary of American film studio Paramount Pictures (Paramount and parent company Viacom eventually sold Famous Players to rival Cineplex Entertainment in 2005). Eventually, Famous Players reduced its shares to 20% by 1971, allowing Télévision de Québec to keep CKMI and CFCM The company renamed itself Télé-Capitale in 1974.
CFCM, along with five other stations, CKMI-TV, CHLT-TV, CHEM-TV and CFER-TV, were all purchased by Pathonic Communications in 1979. CFCM became the flagship station of Pathonic's new TVA-affiliated system.
Pathonic merged with Télé-Metropole, owner of CFTM, in 1990. Since then, CFCM has been a semi-satellite of CFTM, except for newscasts.
Currently, CFCM produces its own edition of the 6 p.m. bulletin, Le TVA 18 heures, anchored by Pierre Jobin. It is the only TVA station to entirely produce its own evening newscast.
In August 2011, CFCM-DT signed on the air.
With the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will list CFCM-DT's virtual channel as 4.1.
- TVA Québec
- Canadian Communications Foundation - CFCM-TV History
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFCM-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for CFCM