Owned by RNC Media, it is sister to TVA outlet CFEM-DT and Val-d'OrV outlet CFVS-DT, and all three share studios located on Avenue Murdoch and Avenue de la Saint Anne in Rouyn-Noranda. This station can also be seen on Câblevision du Nord de Québec channel 7 and digital channel 411.
The station commenced broadcasting on December 25, 1957 as then-Radio-Nord's first television station, sharing its callsign with its radio sister station, CKRN AM 1400 (now CHOA-FM 96.5). It was originally a dual affiliate of Radio-Canada and the English-language CBC. The CBC subsequently launched a rebroadcaster in Malartic of its English Montreal affiliate CBMT in the area in 1961, CBVD-TV channel 5, and CKRN dropped its English programming in 1962.[note 1]
^CBVD primarily served the Val-d'Or area, with a marginal signal at best in Rouyn-Noranda; CBC for the Rouyn-Noranda area was served by CFCL-TV-2 channel 2 in Kearns, Ontario, a repeater of CFCL-TV in Timmins; that translator would become CBLT-8 in 2008, as a repeater of CBLTToronto. Both CBVD and CBLT-8 would close in 2012, due to the CBC's budget cuts.