Media in Ottawa-Gatineau

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The following media outlets are located in Canada's National Capital Region, serving the cities of Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. The two cities are considered a single media market.

Most of the region's FM and TV stations, regardless of which community they are officially licensed to, transmitted from Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. Other TV stations transmit from a tower located south of Ottawa. Ryan Tower, the former transmitter tower at Camp Fortune, was taken down on November 4, 2012 and its services and some antenna elements were transferred to a new, nearby tower.[1]

In addition to the market's local media services, Ottawa is also home to several national media operations, including CPAC (Canada's national legislature broadcaster) and the parliamentary bureau staff of virtually all of Canada's major newsgathering organizations in television, radio and print. The city is also home to the head office of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, although it is not the primary production location of most CBC radio or television programming.

Radio[edit]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
AM 580 CFRA 580 CFRA news/talk Bell Media
AM 1200 CFGO TSN 1200 sports Bell Media
AM 1310 CIWW 1310 News news Rogers Media
AM 1630 CHYW tourist information Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (defunct?)
AM 1670 CJEU Radio Oxygène 1670AM
Radio-Enfant-Ado
children's radio Fondation Radio-Enfant French (Gatineau)
FM 88.5 CILV-FM Live 88.5 modern rock Newcap Broadcasting
FM 89.1 CHUO-FM CHUO FM 89.1 campus radio University of Ottawa
FM 89.9 CIHT-FM Hot 89.9 contemporary hit radio Newcap Broadcasting
FM 90.7 CBOF-FM Ici Radio-Canada Première news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
FM 91.5 CBO-FM CBC Radio One news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 92.3 CJET-FM Jack FM adult hits Rogers Media licensed to Smiths Falls
FM 92.7 CJVN-FM Christian radio Fiston Kalambay French (Ottawa)
FM 93.1 CKCU-FM CKCU FM 93.1 campus radio Carleton University
FM 93.9 CKKL-FM New Country 94 country music Bell Media
FM 94.5 CJFO-FM community radio Radio de la communauté francophone d'Ottawa French (Ottawa)
FM 94.9 CIMF-FM Rouge FM soft adult contemporary Bell Media French (Gatineau)
FM 96.5 CFTX-FM Capitale Rock classic rock RNC Media French (Gatineau)
FM 97.1 CHLX-FM Rythme FM soft adult contemporary RNC Media French (Gatineau)
FM 97.5 CKKV-FM The Juice adult contemporary Vista Broadcast Group licenced to Kemptville
FM 97.9 CJLL-FM CHIN Ottawa multilingual community CHIN Radio/TV International
FM 98.5 CJWL-FM The Jewel 98.5 pop standards Evanov Communications
FM 99.1 CHRI-FM CHRI 99.1 Christian music Christian Hit Radio
FM 99.7 CJOT-FM boom 99.7 Classic Hits Corus Entertainment
FM 100.3 CJMJ-FM Majic 100 soft adult contemporary Bell Media
FM 101.1 CKBY-FM Country 101.1 country music Rogers Media licensed to Smiths Falls
FM 101.9 CIDG-FM DAWG blues Torres Media
FM 102.5 CBOX-FM Ici Musique public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French
FM 103.3 CBOQ-FM CBC Radio 2 public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 104.1 CKTF-FM NRJ contemporary hit radio Bell Media French (Gatineau)
FM 104.7 CKOF-FM 104,7 Talk radio Cogeco French (Gatineau)
FM 105.3 CISS-FM Kiss FM hot adult contemporary Rogers Media
FM 106.1 CHEZ-FM Chez 106 classic rock Rogers Media
FM 106.9 CKQB-FM Jump FM contemporary hit radio Corus Entertainment
FM 107.9 CKDJ-FM CKDJ FM 107.9 campus radio Algonquin College
162.550 MHz VBE 719 Weatheradio Canada weather alerts Meteorological Service of Canada
3330 kHz
7850 kHz 1
14670 kHz
CHU time signal National Research Council of Canada shortwave radio station.
1On January 1, 2009, CHU moved its signal from 7335 kHz to 7850 kHz.

Other radio stations[edit]

The following radio stations that can also be heard in the National Capital Region:

Defunct radio stations[edit]

  • 96.5 CFDT-FM (east side) and 99.9 CFDT-FM-1 (west side), very low-power tourist information radio stations that served motorists along Highway 417. It is uncertain when or if these stations were ever in operation.[2] [3][4]
  • CIIO-FM and CIIF-FM (varied frequencies), a tourist information station owned by Instant Information Services has been off the air since 2011.
  • 95.7 FM CKAV-FM-9, the local outlet of the Aboriginal Voices radio network; off the air since late 2014.
  • 970 AM CKCH, ceased operations in 1994.
  • 1350 AM CIRA-5, a Gatineau-based French language rebroadcaster of CIRA-FM Montreal ceased operations in early 2015.
  • 1150 AM CJRC change from AM to FM radio to become 104,7 Outaouais

Television[edit]

Despite being one of Canada's largest metropolitan areas, many of the "local" stations serving Ottawa-Gatineau are in fact based in southern Ontario, usually Toronto. Notably, the country's #2 and #3 private-sector broadcast networks, Global and City respectively, rely on repeaters of their Toronto-based stations to serve Ottawa viewers. Despite this, however, Ottawa-Gatineau is unique among Canadian television markets, as the only market in all of Canada which has terrestrial access to virtually the entire range of Canadian broadcast networks and systems in both English and French — the larger Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver media markets each lack over-the-air access to some of the services in their market's minority language. The sole exception is aboriginal network APTN, which only has broadcast coverage in the North, but is carried on cable in Ottawa and indeed throughout the country.

Of the fourteen stations available over the air, only six actually originate from the area and provide local news. These six stations are currently owned by only three companies, with two stations apiece: the CBC (with stations for its English and French networks), RNC Media (which owns the local affiliates of the two private French-language networks, TVA and V), and Bell Media (which owns stations associated with its CTV and CTV Two networks).

Both of the CBC stations carry local evening newscasts in their respective languages. The two Bell Media-owned stations, while nominally maintaining separate news operations, do not currently compete against each other for local news; CTV airs local newscasts at midday and in the evening, while CTV Two only broadcasts a morning newscast. As for the RNC Media stations, the TVA affiliate carries a local evening newscast, whereas the V affiliate only airs short news updates.

Digital channel Digital PSIP Rogers Cable
(Ottawa)
Vidéotron
(Gatineau)
Call sign Network Notes
25 4.1 8 6 CBOT-DT CBC
14 6.1 3 8 CIII-DT-6 Global rebroadcaster of CIII-DT Toronto
33 9.1 5 2 CBOFT-DT Ici Radio-Canada
22 11.1 18 11 CHCH-DT-1 Independent rebroadcaster of CHCH-DT Hamilton
13 13.1 7 7 CJOH-DT CTV
20 14.1 14 15 CJMT-DT-2 Omni Television rebroadcaster of CJMT-DT ("Omni.2") Toronto
24 24.1 2 10 CICO-DT-24 TVOntario rebroadcaster of CICA-DT Toronto
30 30.1 69 3 CIVO-DT Télé-Québec Gatineau; rebroadcaster of CIVM-DT Montreal
34 34.1 11 5 CFGS-DT V Gatineau
40 40.1 10 4 CHOT-DT TVA Gatineau
42 42.1 25 55 CITS-DT-1 CTS Christian, rebroadcaster of CITS-DT Hamilton
43 43.1 6 12 CHRO-DT-43 CTV Two rebroadcaster of CHRO-TV Pembroke
27 60.1 16 14 CFMT-DT-2 Omni Television rebroadcaster of CFMT-DT ("Omni.1") Toronto
17 65.1 15 13 CITY-DT-3 City rebroadcaster of CITY-DT Toronto

Rogers Cable is the main cable provider in Ottawa. For many years, Ottawa cable systems piped in stations from the nearest American city, Watertown, New York. Ottawa is more than six times as large as the Watertown market, and the Watertown stations relied heavily on advertising in Ottawa for their revenue. However, in the late 1980s, all Watertown stations except PBS outlet WNPE-TV (now WPBS) were dropped in favour of stations from Rochester, New York. They have since been replaced with stations from Detroit, though WPBS is still carried in Ottawa.

Defunct television stations[edit]

  • CFVO-TV channel 30—the region's first TVA affiliate; broadcast from 1974 to 1977
  • CKXT-DT-3 channel 20—local repeater of CKXT-DT Toronto; broadcast from 2008 to 2011

Newspapers[edit]

Daily[edit]

College and university[edit]

Community[edit]

  • Barrhaven Independent
  • Barrhaven Weekender
  • Canada Chinese News
  • Capital Chinese News
  • Centretown Buzz
  • Centretown News
  • Cumberland Communiqué
  • Ecolatino (Latin/Italian community)
  • The Epoch Times (Chinese Edition)
  • Glebe Report
  • Hogs Back News
  • Il Postino (Italian community)
  • Image
  • Kanata Kourier Standard
  • Kitchissippi Times
  • La Nouvelle
  • Mainstreeter
  • Manor Park Chronicle
  • Manotick Messenger
  • The Manotick Review
  • The Mike on a Mic Show
  • Muslim Link
  • Nepean This Week
  • New Edinburgh News
  • Newswest
  • L'Ora di Ottawa (Italian community)
  • Orleans Star
  • The OSCAR
  • The Ottawa News
  • Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
  • Ottawa South Weekender
  • Ottawa This Week (various)
  • Ottawa Weekend Chinese News
  • Packet
  • Queenswood Newsliner
  • Riverviews
  • The Spectrum
  • Stittsville News
  • Stittsville Weekend Signal
  • Vistas
  • West Carleton Review
  • Weekly Journal

Other publications[edit]

Other media[edit]

References[edit]

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