Media in Ottawa-Gatineau

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The following media outlets are located in Canada's National Capital Region, serving the cities of Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. The two cities are considered a single media market.

Most of the region's FM and TV stations, regardless of which community they are officially licensed to, transmitted from Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. Other TV stations transmit from a tower located south of Ottawa. Ryan Tower, the former transmitter tower at Camp Fortune, was taken down on November 4, 2012 and its services and some antenna elements were transferred to a new, nearby tower.[1]

Radio[edit]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
AM 580 CFRA 580 CFRA news/talk Bell Media Radio
AM 1200 CFGO TSN 1200 sports Bell Media Radio
AM 1310 CIWW 1310 News news Rogers Media
AM 1350 CIRA-5 Radio Ville-Marie Catholic Radio Ville-Marie French (Gatineau); repeats CIRA-FM Montreal
AM 1630 CHYW tourist information Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
AM 1670 CJEU Radio Oxygène 1670AM
Radio-Enfant-Ado
children's radio Fondation Radio-Enfant French (Gatineau)
FM 88.5 CILV-FM Live 88.5 modern rock Newcap Broadcasting
FM 89.1 CHUO-FM CHUO FM 89.1 campus radio University of Ottawa
FM 89.9 CIHT-FM Hot 89.9 contemporary hit radio Newcap Broadcasting
FM 90.7 CBOF-FM Première Chaîne news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
FM 91.5 CBO-FM CBC Radio One news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 92.3 CJET-FM Jack FM adult hits Rogers Media licensed to Smiths Falls
FM 93.1 CKCU-FM CKCU FM 93.1 campus radio Carleton University
FM 93.9 CKKL-FM Bob FM adult hits Bell Media Radio
FM 94.5 CJFO-FM CJFO-FM 94.5 community radio Radio de la communauté francophone d'Ottawa French (Ottawa)
FM 94.9 CIMF-FM Rouge FM soft adult contemporary Astral Media French (Gatineau)
FM 95.7 CKAV-FM-9 Aboriginal Voices First Nations Aboriginal Voices Radio
FM 96.5 CFTX-FM Capitale Rock classic rock RNC Media French (Gatineau)
FM 97.1 CHLX-FM Planete FM soft adult contemporary RNC Media French (Gatineau)
FM 97.5 CIIF-FM Ottawa Information Radio tourist information Instant Information Services also has operates a station at 96.1 FM Ottawa with the callsign CIIO-FM.
FM 97.9 CJLL-FM CHIN Ottawa multilingual community CHIN Radio/TV International
FM 98.5 CJWL-FM The Jewel 98.5 pop standards Evanov Communications
FM 99.1 CHRI-FM CHRI 99.1 Christian music Christian Hit Radio
FM 99.7 CJOT-FM boom 99.7 Classic Hits Corus Entertainment
FM 100.3 CJMJ-FM Majic 100 soft adult contemporary Bell Media Radio
FM 101.1 CKBY-FM Country 101.1 country music Rogers Media licensed to Smiths Falls
FM 101.9 CIDG-FM DAWG blues Torres Media
FM 102.5 CBOX-FM Espace musique public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
FM 103.3 CBOQ-FM CBC Radio 2 public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 104.1 CKTF-FM NRJ contemporary hit radio Astral Media French (Gatineau)
FM 104.7 CKOF-FM 104,7 Talk radio Cogeco French (Gatineau)
FM 105.3 CISS-FM Kiss FM hot adult contemporary Rogers Media
FM 106.1 CHEZ-FM Chez 106 classic rock Rogers Media
FM 106.9 CKQB-FM Jump FM contemporary hit radio Corus Entertainment
FM 107.9 CKDJ-FM CKDJ FM 107.9 campus radio Algonquin College
162.550 MHz VBE 719 Weatheradio Canada weather alerts Meteorological Service of Canada
3330 kHz
7850 kHz 1
14670 kHz
CHU time signal National Research Council of Canada shortwave

1 On January 1, 2009, CHU moved its signal from 7335 kHz to 7850 kHz.

Defunct radio stations[edit]

Ottawa had two very low-power tourist information radio stations which operated on the following frequencies:

  • 96.5 CFDT-FM (east)
  • 99.9 CFDT-FM-1 (west)

These two stations which were owned by an unknown company were deleted in the late 1990s, early 2000s. It is uncertain when these stations signed on or if they were ever in operation.[2][3]

Television[edit]

Despite being one of Canada's largest metropolitan areas, many of the "local" stations serving Ottawa-Gatineau are in fact based in southern Ontario, usually Toronto. Notably, the country's #2 and #3 private-sector broadcast networks, Global and City respectively, rely on their Toronto-based stations to serve Ottawa viewers. Despite this, however, Ottawa-Gatineau is unique among Canadian television markets, as the only market in all of Canada which has terrestrial access to virtually the entire range of Canadian broadcast networks and systems in both English and French (the larger Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver media markets each lack access to some of the services in their market's minority language.) The sole exception is aboriginal network APTN, which only has broadcast coverage in the North, but is carried on cable in Ottawa and indeed throughout the country.

Of the fourteen stations available over the air, only six actually originate from the area and provide local news. These six stations are currently owned by only three companies, with two stations apiece: the CBC (with stations for its English and French networks), RNC Media (which owns the local affiliates of the two private French-language networks, TVA and V), and Bell Media (which owns stations associated with its CTV and CTV Two networks).

Both of the CBC stations carry local evening newscasts in their respective languages. The two Bell Media-owned stations, while nominally maintaining separate news operations, do not currently compete against each other for local news; CTV airs local newscasts at midday and in the evening, while CTV Two only broadcasts a morning newscast. As for the RNC Media stations, the TVA affiliate carries a local evening newscast, whereas the V affiliate only airs short news updates.

Digital channel Digital PSIP Rogers Cable
(Ottawa)
Vidéotron
(Gatineau)
Call sign Network Notes
25 4.1 8 6 CBOT-DT CBC
14 6.1 3 8 CIII-DT-6 Global rebroadcaster of CIII-DT Toronto
9 (VHF) / 33 (UHF) 9.1 5 2 CBOFT-DT Ici Radio-Canada
22 11.1 18 11 CHCH-DT-1 Independent rebroadcaster of CHCH-DT Hamilton
13 13.1 7 7 CJOH-DT CTV
20 14.1 14 15 CJMT-DT-2 Omni Television rebroadcaster of CJMT-DT ("Omni.2") Toronto
24 24.1 2 10 CICO-DT-24 TVOntario rebroadcaster of CICA-DT Toronto
30 30.1 69 3 CIVO-DT Télé-Québec Gatineau; rebroadcaster of CIVM-DT Montreal
42 32.1 25 55 CITS-DT-1 CTS Christian, rebroadcaster of CITS-DT Hamilton
34 34.1 11 5 CFGS-DT V Gatineau
40 40.1 10 4 CHOT-DT TVA Gatineau
43 43.1 6 12 CHRO-DT-43 CTV Two rebroadcaster of CHRO-TV Pembroke
27 60.1 16 14 CFMT-DT-2 Omni Television rebroadcaster of CFMT-DT ("Omni.1") Toronto
17 65.1 15 13 CITY-DT-3 City rebroadcaster of CITY-DT Toronto

Defunct television stations[edit]

  • CFVO-TV channel 30—the region's first TVA affiliate; broadcast from 1974 to 1977
  • CKXT-DT-3 channel 20—local repeater of CKXT-DT Toronto; broadcast from 2008 to 2011

Newspapers[edit]

Daily[edit]

College and university[edit]

Community[edit]

  • Barrhaven Independent
  • Barrhaven Weekender
  • Canada Chinese News
  • Capital Chinese News
  • Centretown Buzz
  • Centretown News
  • Cumberland Communiqué
  • Ecolatino (Latin/Italian community)
  • The Epoch Times (Chinese Edition)
  • Glebe Report
  • Hogs Back News
  • Il Postino (Italian community)
  • Image
  • Kanata Kourier Standard
  • Kitchissippi Times
  • La Nouvelle
  • Mainstreeter
  • Manor Park Chronicle
  • Manotick Messenger
  • The Manotick Review
  • The Mike on a Mic Show
  • Muslim Link
  • Nepean This Week
  • New Edinburgh News
  • Newswest
  • L'Ora di Ottawa (Italian community)
  • Orleans Star
  • The OSCAR
  • The Ottawa News
  • Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
  • Ottawa South Weekender
  • Ottawa This Week (various)
  • Ottawa Weekend Chinese News
  • Packet
  • Queenswood Newsliner
  • Riverviews
  • The Spectrum
  • Stittsville News
  • Stittsville Weekend Signal
  • Vistas
  • West Carleton Review
  • Weekly Journal

Other publications[edit]

Other media[edit]

References[edit]

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