|Channels||Digital: 21 (UHF)|
Virtual: 6.1 (PSIP)
|Branding||CBC Montreal (general)|
CBC Montreal News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Canada's Public Broadcaster|
|Affiliations||CBC Television (O&O)|
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|CBFT-DT, CBME-FM, CBM-FM, CBF-FM, CBFX-FM|
First air date
|January 10, 1954|
Former channel number(s)
6 (VHF, 1954–2011)
Paramount Television Network (1954–1956)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||300 m (984 ft)|
CBMT-DT, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 21), is a CBC Television owned-and-operated station licensed to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The station is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with Ici Radio-Canada Télé flagship CBFT-DT (channel 2). The two stations share studios at Maison Radio-Canada on René Lévesque Boulevard East in Downtown Montreal; CBMT-DT's transmitter is located atop Mount Royal.
On cable, the station is available on Vidéotron Illico digital cable channel 6 in standard definition and channel 606 in high definition in the Montreal area. On satellite, it is carried on Bell Satellite TV channel 1030, and on Shaw Direct channel 122. CBMT-DT can also be accessed on CBC Gem, the public broadcaster's video streaming service.
CBMT first signed on the air on January 10, 1954, as Montreal's second television station; previously, English and French-language programs had shared time on CBFT, Canada's first television station. By the end of 1953, Canada had about a dozen television stations either licensed or under construction, and American competition was about to arrive in Montreal with the construction of WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont and WIRI-TV in Plattsburgh, New York (now known as WPTZ). The CBC decided that it was imperative to stop time-sharing in English and in French, so CBMT was included in the network's expansion plans for television; upon its sign-on, CBMT became the exclusive English-language CBC station for Montreal; CBFT, simultaneous to this, became an exclusive French-language station.
The station was branded in the late 1970s and early 1980s as "Montreal 6", becoming "CBC Television Montreal 6" by the mid-1980s, and "CBC Television Montreal" during the 1990s. Since 1997, CBMT has been the only full-fledged CBC station in the province of Quebec. Previously, the only other CBC station in the province had been Quebec City's CKMI-TV. However, in 1997, CKMI switched its affiliation to the Global Television Network. CBMT set up a full-power rebroadcaster, CBVE, on CKMI's old channel 5, while CKMI moved to channel 20.
CBMT transmits from the Mount Royal candelabra tower, in Mount Royal Park, overlooking the city of Montreal. As a result, channel 6 experiences severe multipath interference in parts of the city and South Shore.
It was also previously seen unscrambled on C-band satellite but this has since ended in the early-2000s, when it switched to a proprietary digital satellite signal. When the signal was sent unscrambled on the C-band, many American satellite viewers tuned into CBMT for a variety of news, entertainment, and sports – particularly CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and Olympic Games television broadcasts, which gave a different perspective than the American broadcasts. That Canadian signal is still available, but it requires the purchase of a dedicated and expensive receiver, or a grey market subscription to a Canadian satellite service.
CBMT-DT presently broadcasts 10 hours, 40 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours each weekday, a half-hour on Saturdays and ten minutes on Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the lowest local newscast output out of any English-language television station in the Montreal market. CBMT airs local news programming for Montreal seven days a week. On weekdays, the station airs a 30-minute newscast at 6:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. and a half-hour newscast at 11 p.m. On weekends, Montreal at 6 airs on Saturdays for 30 minutes and a ten-minute summary airs on Sundays at 11 p.m.
Notable current on-air staff
- Debra Arbec – weeknights anchor
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|6.1||720p||16:9||CBMT-DT||Main CBMT-DT programming / CBC Television|
CBMT-DT also operates a 2.75 Mbit/s ATSC-M/H Mobile DTV feed.
CBMT began broadcasting its digital signal over-the-air on February 21, 2005. On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, the station's digital signal remained on UHF channel 21. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display CBMT-DT's virtual channel as 6.1.
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 analogue transmitters on July 31, 2012. None of CBC or Radio-Canada's rebroadcasters were converted to digital.
Transmitters in mandatory markets were required to go digital or be taken off the air by the transition deadline of August 31, 2011. The CBC had originally decided that none of its rebroadcasters will transition to digital and instead will remain in analogue. The CBC had rebroadcasters of CBMT in the following mandatory markets:
On August 16, 2011, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted the CBC permission to continue operating 22 repeaters in mandatory markets, including the above, in analogue until August 31, 2012, by which time the transmitters had to be converted to digital or shut down.
|City of license||Call sign||Channel||ERP (W)||Notes|
|Chicoutimi (Saguenay)||CBJET||58 (UHF)||10,000|
|Harrington Harbour||CBMUT||13 (VHF)||129|
|La Tavatiere||CBMLT||10 (VHF)||62|
|La Tuque||CBMET||9 (VHF)||103|
|New Carlisle||CBVN-TV||45 (UHF)||5,300|
|New Richmond||CBVR-TV||27 (UHF)||6,000|
|Nouveau Comploir||CBMNT||12 (VHF)||10|
|Old Fort Bay||CBMVT||13 (VHF)||10|
|Port Daniel||CBVF-TV||16 (UHF)||1,310|
|Quebec City||CBVE-TV||5 (VHF)||13,850||Formerly CKMI-TV|
|Riviere St. Paul||CBMPT||11 (VHF)||23|
|St. Augustin (Saguenay)||CBMXT||7 (VHF)||10|
|City of licence||Call sign||Channel||Notes|
|Armstrong||CBLIT||10||Part of the licence for CBLT-DT/Toronto, but it repeated CBMT's signal.|
|City of licence||Call sign||Channel||ERP|
|Poplar River||CBDI-TV||13 (VHF)||10|
Audience outside Canada
CBMT also has substantial viewership in the United States, mostly from Maine to northeastern New York. It is also seen via cable television in Michigan, northern Wisconsin, and northern Minnesota; CBMT is the main CBC station for Charter Spectrum systems in Bay City, Midland, Mount Pleasant, Alpena and Marquette, Michigan.
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