Ici Radio-Canada Télé
|Type||Public broadcasting Broadcast television network|
|Availability||National (available in parts of northern U.S. via cable or antenna)|
|Slogan||ICI Radio-Canada Télé, c'est ma télé|
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Société Radio-Canada)|
|September 6, 1952|
|Official website (French)|
Ici Radio-Canada Télé (stylized as ICI Radio-Canada Télé) is a Canadian French language television network. It is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, known in French as Société Radio-Canada. Headquarters are at Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal, which is also home to the network's flagship station, CBFT-DT. It is the only francophone network in Canada to broadcast over-the-air in all Canadian provinces.
- 1 Programming
- 2 Stations and affiliates
- 3 Over-the-air digital television transition
- 4 Slogans and branding
- 5 Ombudsmen
- 6 High-definition television
- 7 International coverage
- 8 Notes
- 9 External links
This network is considered more populist than its English counterpart CBC Television. It has arguably been the more successful of the two as it does not face such immense competition from American networks. Despite this, it has trailed TVA in the ratings for most of the last 30 years, roughly as long as its English counterpart has trailed CTV. It has recently pulled closer with a resurgent schedule, including offbeat sitcoms, and the talk show Tout le monde en parle.
News programming is anchored by Le Téléjournal, which airs nightly at 10:00 p.m. Local newscasts, which air during the lunch and supper hours, now also carry the Téléjournal name, i.e., Le Téléjournal Montréal. Originally, the regional newscasts had the name Ce Soir (This Evening).
All Radio-Canada newscasts are broadcast under the name Le Téléjournal. The main evening broadcast airs most nights at 10:00 p.m. local time (11:00 p.m. in the Maritimes). Le Téléjournal is also seen live and as a repeat broadcast on sister cable news channel RDI and on time-delay worldwide via international francophone channel TV5. At present there are no morning newscasts. Local and regional news also takes the Téléjournal name followed by the name of a city, region or province, or by the time of day (for example Le Téléjournal Montréal, Le Téléjournal Midi, etc.). CBVT-DT Quebec City, CBLFT-DT Toronto and CBOFT-DT Ottawa, and CBAFT-DT in the Atlantic provinces run local midday bulletins whilst all affiliates run supper-hour bulletins which run from Monday to Fridays, with the exception of CBVT-DT, CBOFT-DT and CBAFT-DT, which run seven days a week.
Investigative reporting is broadcast weekly as Enquête. Recent shows tested the safety levels of Tasers in the wake of concerns raised after a Polish immigrant died after RCMP police officers fired a Taser in Vancouver International Airport. Other shows such as Découverte raised concerns about the safety of overhead bridges in Montreal after the collapse of a bridge in 2007.
There is also weekly programming on political affairs concerning the National Assembly of Quebec and the House of Commons with Les coulisses du pouvoir (The Corridors of Power). Science and technology issues are covered in Découverte and agricultural and rural topics in La semaine verte. Consumer affairs are covered in L'épicerie and Facture
From 1952 up until 2004 the network was home to weekly French-language broadcasts of ice hockey matches involving the Montreal Canadiens, called La Soirée du hockey. The show was discontinued when broadcast rights reverted to RDS. Viewers outside of Quebec were able to continue watching games via Radio-Canada stations up until 2006 when RDS became exclusive broadcasters. Radio-Canada were also the home of the Montreal Alouettes before moving also to RDS. The SRC network was also home for many years to French-language television broadcasts of the Montreal Expos.
Currently, there is only one general sports show for 2011-2012 season: Droit au but on Saturday night. There was La zone which was broadcast from Monday to Friday at 11:00 p.m. and was discontinued at the end of 2009-2010 season. The show Tellement sport is on Saturday.
The most popular entertainment shows on the network are variety shows such as Tout le monde en parle and M pour musique, sketch shows like Les invincibles and Et Dieu créa Laflaque and dramas such as Les Hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin, Virginie and Tout sur moi.
Tout le monde en parle in particular is a long running talk show imported from the same show of the same name in France and has featured high-profile guests, such as Julie Couillard and former Action démocratique du Québec leader Mario Dumont. A weekly music show called Studio 12 makes an appearance on Sundays.
On New Year's Eve, Radio-Canada presents a live comedy special, Bye Bye, which features musical and comedy guests, performing live.
- French-dubbed versions of television series, such as Rugrats, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Magic School Bus, The Backyardigans, Drake and Josh, Franklin the Turtle (as Benjamin), Static Shock, Hey Arnold!, The Mr. Men Show, Kim Possible, Dexter's Laboratory, Bobby's World, SpongeBob SquarePants, Recess, Danny Phantom, Garfield and Friends, The Wild Thornberrys, The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly OddParents, Dora the Explorer, and others.
- Historically the most popular children's show on Radio-Canada was called Passe-Partout, which was in production for 10 years and broadcast until 1987. It was for some time a co-production with Radio-Québec and also aired on those networks and TVOntario.
Non-news regional programming exists, and is usually programmed for broadcast on weekends, however it is limited to arts and culture and typically airs outside of Quebec, especially in Acadia and the Western provinces. For example Zeste broadcasts on stations in the Western provinces on Saturday early evenings, while Luc et Luc airs Sunday evenings in the Maritimes.
Stations and affiliates
Of Canada's three major French-language television networks, Radio-Canada is the only one that broadcasts terrestrially in all Canadian provinces. With the exception of Atlantic Canada, where a single station serves all four provinces, the network has at least one originating station in every province. These stations serve every major market in French and English Canada, with privately owned affiliates serving smaller markets in Quebec.
Unlike CBC Television affiliates, which often have several alternative programming sources, Radio-Canada affiliates are effectively constrained to carry network programming throughout the day in pattern with no preemptions. The only exceptions are for local and regional programming and commercials.
In 2007, Radio-Canada announced its intention to terminate its long-time affiliation with three regional affiliates in Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, and Saguenay. These stations were owned by Cogeco, at the time a majority owner of commercial rival TQS (now V). By the end of the year, TQS had filed for bankruptcy; as part of exiting bankruptcy, a deal was announced the following spring for Radio-Canada to directly acquire the stations. The transaction was approved by the CRTC on June 26, 2008. Only the stations in Rouyn-Noranda and Rivière-du-Loup remain as private affiliates, rather than O&Os.
On February 27, 2009 CBC/Radio-Canada President Hubert Lacroix admitted at the Empire Club of Canada that the corporation is facing a budget shortfall and as a result some services may be forced to close down and/or stations merged or sold off, saying:
"La crise économique nous force à revoir toutes les facettes de nos activités."
("The economic crisis forced us to review all facets of our activities.")
It is not yet clear how the announcement will affect stations owned by either CBC Television or Télévision de Radio-Canada, however it is envisaged that regional news programming may be merged in the regions outside of Quebec.
Radio-Canada once operated an extensive network of rebroadcasters, but these were all shuttered by 2012. However, few people lost access to the network's programming due to the very high penetration of cable and satellite, which is all but essential for acceptable television in much of Canada (particularly rural areas).
Over-the-air digital television transition
SRC converted its originating station transmitters to digital as part of the digital transition deadline in mandatory markets, which took place on August 31, 2011.
On July 31, 2012, all of the corporation's 620 analog television transmitters were permanently shut down, leaving CBC's English and French television network with a combined total of 27 digital transmitters.
Slogans and branding
In television listings such as TV Guide or TV Hebdo, where space limitations usually require television networks to be referred to by a three-letter abbreviation; while its full name was previously Télévision de Radio-Canada, the network was normally coded as SRC (for Société Radio-Canada, the French language corporate name of the CBC as a whole.) This has no official standing as a name for the network. While the network did once experiment with using SRC as its on-air brand in the 1990s, within a few months it reverted to using "Radio-Canada" for nearly all verbal references. The experiment ended altogether later in the decade. In 2009 Radio-Canada refreshed its branding featuring simply the word "Télévision" underneath the corporate logo; in promos, it merely features the logo, without any wording or slogans.
This particular method of branding can cause slight confusion amongst Canadians as a whole. An exclusive interview with freed murderer Karla Homolka by Radio-Canada journalist Joyce Napier was hailed as a scoop for "Radio-Canada" in the English-language media. Whilst correct, technically the name "Radio-Canada" refers to the television, radio and internet operations in the French-language, not just "la télévision de Radio-Canada". This same confusion however can extend to CBC Television, where on-air it is branded simply "CBC".
On June 5, 2013, it was announced that as part of an overall effort to unify CBC's French-language platforms and outlets around a common brand, Télévision de Radio-Canada was to be renamed Ici Télé on September 9, 2013. The "Ici" re-branding was panned by both critics and politicians, who felt that the new brand was too confusing, and criticized the CBC's plans to downplay the historic "Radio-Canada" name as a viewer-facing brand, along with the reported $400,000 cost of the new campaign in the midst of budget cuts. In response to the criticism, Hubert Lacroix announced a compromise, where the Radio-Canada name would be added to the revised branding, resulting in Ici Radio-Canada Télé. On-air, the new logo is primarily used in a horizontal configuration, with "Ici Radio-Canada" to the left of the logo, and "Télé" to the right. Where space constraints are a factor, the CBC logo with "Télé" below is used occasionally.
- 1983-1985(?): "Vous méritez ce qu'il y'a de mieux"
- 1989-1990: "Pour Vous Avant Tout"
- 1994-2006 (System cue/closedown): "Le réseau national" (The national network)
- 1992-Fall 2004: Ici Radio-Canada (This is Radio-Canada): This is what the announcer said during the system cue, when the network logo is displayed on-screen, but in the early-2000s, it became a promotional slogan in its own right, and by 2013, was repurposed as a brand for all Radio-Canada operations.
- 2005: Vous allez voir (You are going to see/You will see).
- 2006: Ici comme dans la vie (Here as in life) and Radio-Canada, source d'information (Radio-Canada, source of information) for news promos.
- 2007: On l'aime déjà (We already love it)
- 2008: Bienvenue à Radio-Canada 
- 2009: Mon monde est à Radio-Canada (My world is on Radio-Canada)
- 2013: Tout est possible (Everything is possible)
The current ombudsman of Radio-Canada is Pierre Tourangeau, since July 2011. He was preceded by Julie Miville-Dechêne(2007–2011) Renaud Gilbert (2000–2007), Marcel Pépin (1997–1999), Mario Cardinal (1993–1997) and Bruno Gauron (1992).
On March 5, 2005, Télévision de Radio-Canada launched an HD simulcast of its Montreal station CBFT-DT. Since that time they have also launched HD simulcasts in Quebec City (CBVT-DT), Ottawa (CBOFT-DT), Toronto (CBLFT-DT) and Vancouver (CBUFT-DT). The HD feed is available through both pay television services, and through ATSC digital terrestrial television on the following channels:
- Quebec City: 12 (11.1)
- Montreal: 19 (2.1)
- Ottawa: 22 (9.1)
- Toronto: 24 (25.1)
- Vancouver: 26 (26.1)
On September 10, 2007, the network (as well as sister cable news network RDI) began broadcasting all programming solely in the 16:9 aspect ratio with few exceptions, and began letterboxing its widescreen feed for standard definition viewers.
Certain shows such as Virginie and Le Téléjournal are carried on international francophone channel TV5MONDE.
As with CBC Television, Télévision de Radio-Canada stations can be viewed over-the-air in the northern United States including the border areas of eastern Maine via CBAFT-DT Moncton or CKRT-DT Rivière-du-Loup; northern and central New England via CKSH-DT Sherbrooke; the border areas of New York State and Vermont via CBFT-DT Montreal, CBOFT-DT Ottawa-Gatineau or CBLFT-DT Toronto; or in northwest Washington via CBUFT-DT Vancouver.
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- CRTC Application 2008-0516-1
- CRTC Decision 2008-130
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- "First transformation step is to Recreate Radio-Canada" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "Branding: Radio-Canada corrects the record" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- ""ICI" stands for "ICI Radio-Canada"" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "New Brand Architecture" (PDF). News Releases. CBC/Radio-Canada French Services. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
- "ICI Radio-Canada: We’ve heard you" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "Radio-Canada retreats on rebranding company as ICI". CBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Radio-Canada president apologizes for ‘Ici’ rebranding plan". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- Official website (French)
- CBC/Radio-Canada Corporate Site
- SRC history - Canadian Communications Foundation