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Coordinates: 48°26′14″N 123°21′48″W / 48.437101°N 123.363466°W / 48.437101; -123.363466 (CBC Radio One Studio - Victoria, BC)

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City Victoria, British Columbia
Broadcast area Vancouver Island
Branding CBC Radio One
Frequency 90.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1998
Format public broadcasting
ERP 3,000 watts average
6,300 watts peak
horizontal polarization only
HAAT 494 meters (1,621 ft)
Class C1
Transmitter coordinates 48°35′40″N 123°32′42″W / 48.59444°N 123.54500°W / 48.59444; -123.54500 (CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria)
Callsign meaning Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Victoria
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Website CBC Radio One

CBCV-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts the programming of the CBC Radio One network in Victoria, British Columbia and throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. It also reaches out to parts of Washington (state) north of Everett, Washington, but is harder to listen to because of KSER in Snohomish County on 90.7 MHz.

It was the most listened to radio station in the Victoria Market in the Spring 2013 BBM Ratings.[1]


The station was licensed by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission in 1997,[2] and was launched in 1998. At the same time, the station was licensed to add a rebroadcaster at Metchosin, and took over 13 existing rebroadcasters of Vancouver's CBU.[3]

Prior to the station's launch, Victoria was the only provincial capital in Canada without its own CBC Radio production centre.

As of January 25, 2013, the station shares its studio facilities with CHEK-DT.

Local programming[edit]

The station's local programs are On the Island, hosted by Gregor Craigie, in the mornings and All Points West, hosted by Robyn Burns, in the afternoons. Both programs broadcast exclusively on CBCV-FM and its rebroadcasters on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.


Rebroadcasters of CBCV-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet Notes
Alert Bay CBRY-FM 105.1 FM 360 watts A Query 50°34′47″N 126°55′05″W / 50.57972°N 126.91806°W / 50.57972; -126.91806 (CBRY-FM 105.1 Alert Bay)
Campbell River CBYT-FM 104.5 FM 88 watts A1 Query 50°3′14″N 125°19′35″W / 50.05389°N 125.32639°W / 50.05389; -125.32639 (CBYT-FM 104.5 Campbell River)
Coal Harbour CBKO 540 AM 40 watts LP Query 50°36′4″N 127°34′23″W / 50.60111°N 127.57306°W / 50.60111; -127.57306 (CBKO 540 Coal Harbour)
Gold River CBKJ 860 AM 40 watts LP Query 49°46′24″N 126°3′13″W / 49.77333°N 126.05361°W / 49.77333; -126.05361 (CBKJ 860 Gold River)
Metchosin-Sooke CBCV-FM-1 99.5 FM 64 watts A Query 48°24′8″N 123°34′25″W / 48.40222°N 123.57361°W / 48.40222; -123.57361 (CBCV-FM-1 99.5 Metchosin/Sooke)
Port Alberni CBTQ-FM 98.1 FM 348 watts A Query 49°14′28″N 124°47′8″W / 49.24111°N 124.78556°W / 49.24111; -124.78556 (CBTQ-FM 98.1 Port Alberni)
Port Alice CBUX 1170 AM 40 watts LP Query Moving to 92.3 FM

50°25′39″N 127°28′42″W / 50.42750°N 127.47833°W / 50.42750; -127.47833 (CBUX 1170 Port Alice)

Port Hardy CBUY-FM 95.5 FM 182 watts A1 Query 50°42′36″N 127°26′30″W / 50.71000°N 127.44167°W / 50.71000; -127.44167 (CBUY-FM 95.5 Port Hardy)
Powell River CBUW-FM 92.5 FM 3,720 watts B Query 49°41′54″N 124°26′5″W / 49.69833°N 124.43472°W / 49.69833; -124.43472 (CBUW-FM 92.5 Powell River)
Also serves the Oceanside and Comox Valley areas.
Sayward CBKU 630 AM 40 watts LP Query 50°23′17″N 125°57′43″W / 50.38806°N 125.96194°W / 50.38806; -125.96194 (CBKU 630 Sayward)
Tahsis CBTT-FM 90.5 FM 46 watts LP Query 49°55′36″N 126°39′6″W / 49.92667°N 126.65167°W / 49.92667; -126.65167 (CBTT-FM 90.5 Tahsis)
Moved from 1240 AM.[4]
Tofino CBXZ-FM 91.5 FM 510 watts A Query 49°8′56″N 125°54′0″W / 49.14889°N 125.90000°W / 49.14889; -125.90000 (CBXZ-FM 91.5 Tofino)
Ucluelet CBXQ 540 AM 40 watts LP Query 48°56′44″N 125°33′7″W / 48.94556°N 125.55194°W / 48.94556; -125.55194 (CBXQ 540 Ucluelet)
Moving to 92.7 FM.
Woss Camp CBTW-FM 92.7 FM 300 watts B Query 50°10′9″N 126°34′13″W / 50.16917°N 126.57028°W / 50.16917; -126.57028 (CBTW-FM 92.7 Woss Camp)

The only major city on Vancouver Island without its own CBC Radio transmitter is Nanaimo. CBCV-FM's signal on 90.5 MHz from Victoria only reaches as far north as Ladysmith, and its signal on 92.5 MHz from Powell River as received in the Nanaimo area interferes with KQMV from Seattle. Consequently, the only CBC Radio One signals that can be reliably received in the Nanaimo area are from CBU Vancouver on 88.1 MHz and 690 kHz, which air weekday morning and afternoon local programs from Vancouver instead of Victoria. The CBC applied to the CRTC to add a rebroadcaster of CBCV-FM at Nanaimo in 2007, contemporaneous with an application to convert the Vancouver station to FM. As few FM frequencies remain available in the Vancouver-Victoria market, however, the applications were denied. CBU was permitted to add a nested low-power rebroadcaster in the urban core of Vancouver, but was required to maintain the AM signal to serve outlying areas, including Nanaimo.[5]

On October 20, 2015 the CRTC approved the CBC's application to operate a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Ucluelet, which will operate at 92.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 27 metres). The new transmitter will replace the current AM transmitter, CBXQ 540 kHz.[6]

On March 9, 2016, the CBC received CRTC approval to change the technical parameters of CBRY-FM Alert Bay, British Columbia, a rebroadcasting transmitter of CBCV-FM, by changing the transmitter’s class from A1 to A, by increasing the effective radiated power from 77 to 360 watts and by increasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from -50.5 to -41.5 metres. [7]

On December 22, 2016, the CBC applied to convert CBUX Port Alice from the AM band (1170 kHz) to the FM band (92.3 MHz) with the proposed callsign CBCV-FM-2. [8] The CRTC approved the CBC's application on March 17, 2017. [9]


  1. ^ http://bbm.ca/_documents/radio_market_ratings/spring_2012_top-line_radio_report.pdf
  2. ^ CRTC Decision 97-650
  3. ^ CRTC Decision 97-651
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-710
  5. ^ CRTC Decision 2008-117
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-465, CBCV-FM Victoria – New transmitter in Ucluelet, CRTC, October 20, 2015
  7. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-93, CBCV-FM Victoria and its transmitter CBRY-FM Alert Bay - Technical changes, CRTC, March 9, 2016
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-77, CBCV-FM Victoria – New transmitter in Port Alice, CRTC, March 17, 2017.

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