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Edmonton, Alberta
BrandingICI Alberta
SloganPour toute la vie, ICI Radio-Canada Télé
ChannelsDigital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 11.1 (PSIP)
AffiliationsIci Radio-Canada Télé (O&O)
OwnerSociété Radio-Canada
First air dateMarch 1, 1970
Call letters' meaningCanadian
Broadcasting Corporation
Sister station(s)CBXT-DT, CBX, CBX-FM
Former callsignsCBXFT (1970–2011)
Former channel number(s)11 (Analog, VHF, 1970–2011)
Former affiliationsMEETA (weekdays, 1970–1973)
Transmitter power15.18 kW
Height166.5 m
Transmitter coordinatesCoordinates: 53°32′37.1″N 113°29′28.1″W / 53.543639°N 113.491139°W / 53.543639; -113.491139 (Radio-Canada Alberta)
WebsiteICI Alberta

CBXFT-DT, virtual channel 11 (UHF digital channel 47), is a Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada serving the province's Franco-Albertan population. The station is owned by the Société Radio-Canada arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as part of a twinstick with CBC Television owned-and-operated station CBXT-DT. The two stations share studios on 75th Street West at the Edmonton City Centre, across from Winston Churchill Square, in Downtown Edmonton, CBXFT's transmitter is located in Sherwood Park. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable channel 12. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 119 and in high definition on channel 1830. Telus Optik subscribers can currently access CBXFT via channel 2001. The local newscast at 6:00 p.m. is called Le Téléjournal/Alberta and is presented by Jean-Emmanuel Fortier.

The station first signed on the air on March 1, 1970. For its first three years, 1970 to 1973, CBXFT also aired weekday English-language educational programming from the Metropolitan Edmonton Educational Television Association (MEETA). This ended when Access (CJAL-TV) began in 1973.

A former semi-satellite in Calgary (using the callsign CBRFT) aired separate commercials, but otherwise aired identical programming prior to its shutdown in 2012.


CBKST operated ten analog over-the-air television rebroadcasters broadcasting throughout the province of Alberta including transmitters in Bonnyville, Falher, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Red Deer, Jean Côté, Lac La Biche, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Peace River.

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.[1] None of CBC or Radio-Canada's rebroadcasters were converted to digital.

CBC had originally decided that none of its rebroadcasters will transition to digital. Also, the CBC had originally planned to not convert any non-originating stations in mandatory markets to digital, which would have forced CBRFT in Calgary and CBXFT-3 in Lethbridge to sign off on the transition date. On August 16, 2011, the CRTC granted the CBC permission to continue operating 22 repeaters in mandatory markets, including CBRFT and CBXFT-3, in analog until August 31, 2012, by which time the transmitters had to convert to digital or shut down. The remaining transmitters were shut down in 2012.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
11.1 720p 16:9 CBXFT-D Main CBXFT-DT programming / Radio-Canada

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On August 31, 2011, when Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts,[3] the station flash cut its digital signal on UHF channel 44. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CBXFT's virtual channel as 11.1.

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