|Slogan||Pour toute la vie, ICI Radio-Canada Télé|
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)|
Virtual: 9.1 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||Ici Radio-Canada Télé (O&O)|
|First air date||September 19, 1974|
|Call letters' meaning||CK SHerbrooke|
|Former callsigns||CKSH-TV (1974–2011)|
|Transmitter power||36.3 kW|
CKSH-DT (branded on-air as ICI Estrie) is the Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station, licensed to Sherbrooke and serving the Estrie region of the Canadian province of Quebec. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF Channel 9 from a transmitter in Orford.
Owned by Société Radio-Canada, its studios are located on King Street in Sherbrooke. This station can also be seen on Vidéotron channel 10 and in high definition on digital channel 602. This station is also available on Bell TV channel 108 and in high definition on channel 1820.
The station first signed on the air on September 19, 1974. As a privately owned station, CKSH basically functioned as a semi-satellite of CBFT 2 in Montreal due to not having alternative non-network sources of programming available. After several years, CKSH began airing its own local news and a few programs not carried by CBFT. The station had been owned directly by Cogeco prior to the latter's majority acquisition of the TQS Network (now V), to which Cogeco contributed its existing local stations. Radio-Canada took editorial control of the station's news programming in 2002, although it currently shares a studio with its former sister station CFKS-DT 30.
CKSH and TVA network affiliate CHLT-DT 7 Sherbrooke are seen on some cable television systems in Northern New England, serving the French American community. They serve as a vital link to the Québécois culture in these communities. Some parts of Vermont and New Hampshire can also pick up their signals over the air.
In September 2007, Radio-Canada announced that it would not renew its affiliation agreement with its three Cogeco-owned affiliates — CKSH, CKTM-TV in Trois-Rivières and CKTV-TV in Saguenay — after their then-current agreement expired in August 2008. An application to directly acquire the station was filed by Radio-Canada on April 25, 2008, concurrently with Cogeco's proposed sale of TQS to Remstar Corporation. The transaction was approved by the CRTC on June 26, 2008.
Digital television and high definition
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which took place on August 31, 2011, CKSH has shut down its analog transmitter at midnight on September 1, 2011, and started digital broadcasts on its old analog channel number, 9. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display CKSH's virtual channel as 9.1.
- CRTC Notice of Public Hearing 2008-5.
- CRTC Decision 2008-130
- "Digital Television - Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)". Ic.gc.ca. 2011-06-07. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2012-03-15.