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Winnipeg, Manitoba
BrandingICI Manitoba
SloganPour toute la vie, ICI Radio-Canada Télé
ChannelsDigital: 51 (UHF)
Virtual: 3.1 (PSIP)
AffiliationsIci Radio-Canada Télé (O&O)
OwnerSociété Radio-Canada
First air dateApril 24, 1960
Call letters' meaningCanadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Sister station(s)CBWT-DT
Former callsignsCBWFT (1960–2011)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
6 (VHF, 1960–1964)
3 (VHF, 1964–2011)
Transmitter power7.6 kW
Height138.9 m
Transmitter coordinates49°53′43″N 97°08′17″W / 49.89528°N 97.13806°W / 49.89528; -97.13806
WebsiteICI Manitoba

CBWFT-DT, virtual channel 3 (UHF digital channel 51), is an Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television outlet CBWT-DT. The two stations share studios located on Portage Avenue and Young Street in Downtown Winnipeg, and its transmitter is located near Red Coat Trail/Highway 2) in Macdonald. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable and MTS TV channel 10, and Bell TV channel 118. There is a high definition feed offered on Shaw Cable digital channel 214 and MTS TV channel 448.


The CBC announced on February 17, 1959 that they would appear before the BBG (predecessor to the CRTC) in Ottawa on March 18 to apply for a license to extend Radio-Canada's television signal into the Winnipeg area.[1]

CBWFT logo from 1977.

CBWFT first signed on at 3 p.m. on April 24, 1960, using channel 6 with an EIRP of 2,800 watts. At the same time two VTRs, worth $75,000 each were installed at the station.[2] It was the first francophone television station west of Ontario. Its opening broadcast was a ceremony held at the Notre Dame Auditorium in St. Boniface. Dignitaries included in attendance were Lieutenant-Governor Errick Willis, Premier Duff Roblin, CBC President Alphonse Ouimet, Marcel Ouimet, general manager of Radio-Canada, J. R. Finlay, CBC Prairie Region Director, and Leo Remillard, CBWFT's program director.[3]

At first, CBWFT's broadcast day ran between 6 and 12 hours, with a longer programming day on weekends. Over the years, this was extended to encompass most of the day. Initiallym Radio-Canada's microwave link did not reach as far as Winnipeg. Instead videotapes and films were "bicycled" from Montreal and delayed by one week, except for news and live events like La Soirée du hockey.[4]

CBWFT logo from 1986 to 1992.

On November 15, 1964, it swapped frequencies with CBWT and a higher powered transmitters were installed at the new site near Starbuck.[5][6] From 1964 till the early 1980s, it referred to itself simply as "CBWFT canal 3 Winnipeg". During the early 1980s, CBWFT was known as "CBWFT 3/10", signifying its position on Channel 3, Cable 10 in Winnipeg. On January 1, 1986, it became known as "Radio-Canada Manitoba".

By October 31, 1966, CBWFT was connected to the Radio-Canada microwave signal, allowing the live feed of Le Téléjournal at 6 p.m. Prior to this the newscast consisted of Radio-Canada's radio news with locally inserted images.[7] Several months after the first Anik A satellite was launched in 1972, CBWFT switched to the satellite feed of Radio-Canada and dropped the microwave feed, except to distribute its signal within its coverage area, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, and part of Saskatchewan. In 1976, a rebroadcaster of CBWFT programming in Regina became CBKFT. In 1985, CBKFT was issued a separate license to broadcast its own Ce Soir regional news program.


CBWFT operated 11 analog television retransmitters in Manitoba (e.g. Brandon) and Northwestern Ontario (in the parts of that region which fall in the Central Time Zone, e.g. Kenora). 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.[8] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's television rebroadcasters were converted to digital.

News operation[edit]

In 2005, the long-running Ce Soir news program was renamed to Le Téléjournal, which is the same name of the French national news program on Radio-Canada. The Téléjournal local edition is normally 30 minutes in length, however the Wednesday edition is 60 minutes. The program is also rebroadcast at 11 p.m.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
3.1 720p 16:9 Main CBWFT-DT programming / Radio-Canada

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

CBWFT switched from analogue to digital television broadcasting on December 9, 2011, from its Winnipeg transmitter atop the Richardson Building, after several delays, due to "unforeseen delay that is outside of the Corporation's control," involving antenna erection.[10] CBWFT's digital signal operates on UHF channel 51. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CBWFT's virtual channel as 3.1.[11]


  1. ^ Phillips, Bruce (February 17, 1959). "CBC Asks to Build TV in St. Boniface". Winnipeg Tribune. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Viewers To Get Choice Of Channels This Year". Winnipeg Free Press. April 26, 1960. p. 31.
  3. ^ "French TV Channel Here Now Operating Full-Scale". Winnipeg Tribune. April 25, 1960. p. 15.
  4. ^ "French TV On April 24". Winnipeg Tribune. April 8, 1960. p. 5.
  5. ^ "October Set As Target Date For Change In CBC Channels". Winnipeg Free Press - TV-Radio. April 15, 1964. p. 15.
  6. ^ "CBWT Will Switch to Channel 6". Winnipeg Free Press. November 5, 1964. p. 3.
  7. ^ "French Newscast Direct". Winnipeg Free Press - TV-Radio. October 29, 1966. p. 6.
  8. ^ Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix regarding measures announced in the context of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CBWFT-DT
  10. ^ CBC (n.d.), "CBC Television Winnipeg Archived 2011-11-21 at the Wayback Machine" at cbc.radio-canada.ca, accessed 2011-10-04, 2011-12-09.
  11. ^ Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) Archived 2008-09-16 at the Wayback Machine

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