CBAFT-DT
Channels
BrandingICI Acadie
Programming
AffiliationsIci Radio-Canada Télé
Ownership
OwnerSociété Radio-Canada
CBAF-FM, CBAX-FM, CBAT-DT, CBCT-DT, CBHT-DT, CBNT-DT
History
First air date
December 21, 1959 (64 years ago) (1959-12-21)
Former call signs
CBAFT (1959–2011)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
11 (VHF, 1959–2011)
Call sign meaning
CBC Atlantic Français Télévision
Technical information
Licensing authority
CRTC
ERP17.65 kW
HAAT227.5 m (746 ft)
Transmitter coordinates46°8′37″N 64°54′8″W / 46.14361°N 64.90222°W / 46.14361; -64.90222 (CBAFT)
Links
WebsiteICI Acadie

CBAFT-DT (channel 11) is an Ici Radio-Canada Télé station in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, serving Acadians in the Maritimes and Franco-Newfoundlanders in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is part of a twinstick with Fredericton-based CBC Television station CBAT-DT (channel 4). CBAFT-DT's studios are located on Main Street in Moncton, adjacent to the Dieppe border and the CF Champlain shopping centre, and its transmitter is located on Timberline Road in Moncton.

Prior to September 2, 2008, the station was known as Télévision de Radio-Canada Atlantique. It was rebranded to Télévision de Radio-Canada Acadie and later ICI Acadie as part of the public broadcaster's efforts to better reflect the region it serves.[1]

Overview

The station was launched at 6:25 p.m. on December 21, 1959, from Moncton on channel 11. The station slowly added rebroadcasters, such as one serving Fredericton and Saint John in 1973 on channel 5.[2] Radio-Canada later converted CJBR-TV-1 Edmundston, a retransmitter of a former affiliate in Rimouski, Quebec on channel 13, to a rebroadcaster of CBAFT.

The station operates additional news bureaus in Edmundston, Bathurst, Caraquet, Fredericton and Saint John;[3] Halifax, Nova Scotia;[4] St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador;[5] and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.[6]

Unlike all other Radio-Canada stations, programming in the Atlantic region airs one hour later than its scheduled time in the rest of Canada; this noted by the phrase "Une heure plus tard dans les Maritimes", present on nearly all Radio-Canada network promos. (Due to Newfoundland's small Francophone population, the correct time for programs there is only noted on local promos.)

Local programming

Exchange agreement with RFO

In May 2010, it was announced that CBAFT will be exchanging news stories and reporters with Télé Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (call sign: FQN), the RFO outlet for the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, in an agreement made with France Télévisions, the public broadcaster that oversees RFO (since renamed Outre-Mer 1ère, with the local affiliate called Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon 1ère). In addition, Télé Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon will also broadcast Le Téléjournal/Acadie to local viewers there, as well as on France Ô, which showcases RFO programming for viewers in Metropolitan France. In consequence, due to Télé Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon's availability on Canadian cable and satellite, the program will be available to viewers across Canada as well. This exchange was following the arrival of the aerial TNT digital television service to Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which offers only RFO and Metropolitan France channels, unlike the local cable system, which offers Canadian and American channels, including CBAFT.[8][9]

Transmitters

CBAFT had 21 analog television rebroadcasters throughout the Maritimes.

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

Transmitters in mandatory markets were required to go digital or be taken off the air by the transition deadline of August 31, 2011. The CBC decided that none of its rebroadcasters would switch to digital. The following CBAFT rebroadcasters were in mandatory markets:

On August 16, 2011, the CRTC granted the CBC permission to continue operating twenty-two repeaters in mandatory markets, including the above, in analogue until August 31, 2012, by which time they must either convert to digital or shut down.

Former transmitters

New Brunswick

Call sign[11] City of licence Channel ERP (W)[12] Notes
CBAFT-1 Fredericton (Saint John) 5 (VHF) 60,000
CBAFT-2 Edmundston
(Madawaska, Maine, USA)
13 (VHF) 36,000
CBAFT-3 Allardville 3 (VHF) 9,400
CBAFT-4 Grand Falls/Grand Sault 12 (VHF) 36,000
CBAFT-7 Campbellton 9 (VHF) 100,800
CBAFT-8 St-Quentin 21 (UHF) 579
CBAFT-9 Kedgwick 44 (UHF)
CBAFT-10 Fredericton 19 (UHF) 7,800

Newfoundland and Labrador

Call sign City of licence Channel ERP (W) Notes
CBFJ-TV St. John's 4 (VHF) 291 Formerly CBNFT

Nova Scotia

Call sign City of licence Channel ERP (W)[13] Notes
CBHFT Halifax 13 (VHF) 4 Was the parent transmitter for Nova Scotia's Radio-Canada service as a separate station.
CBHFT-1 Yarmouth 3 (VHF) 19
CBHFT-2 Mulgrave 7 (VHF) 106,000
CBHFT-3 Sydney 13 (VHF) 4,500
CBHFT-4 Cheticamp 10 (VHF) 7,900
CBHFT-5 Middleton 46 (UHF) 120,000
CBHFT-6 Digby 58 (UHF) 3
CBHFT-7 New Glasgow 15 (UHF) 6,400
CBHFT-8 Weymouth 34 (UHF) 100

Prince Edward Island

Call sign City of licence Channel ERP (W)[14] Notes
CBAFT-5 Charlottetown 31 (UHF) 28,000
CBAFT-6 St. Edward 9 (VHF) 100

References

  1. ^ "Découvrez Radio-Canada Acadie". Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. ^ "CBAFT Station History". Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  3. ^ "Mise en oeuvre de l'Article 41 de la Loi sur les langues officielles: Nouveau-Brunswick Plan d'action" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  4. ^ "Mise en oeuvre de l'Article 41 de la Loi sur les langues officielles: Nouvelle-Écosse Plan d'action" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  5. ^ "Mise en oeuvre de l'Article 41 de la Loi sur les langues officielles: Terre-Neuve Plan d'action" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  6. ^ "Mise en oeuvre de l'Article 41 de la Loi sur les langues officielles: L'Île-du-Prince-Édouard Plan d'action" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  7. ^ "Luc et Luc". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  8. ^ Radio Barachois: "France Télévision et Radio-Canada signent une convention d’échange", May 21, 2010. Archived May 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  9. ^ Canada NewsWire: "France Télévisions et Radio-Canada signent une convention d'échange entre Radio-Canada Acadie et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon" (press release), May 20, 2010. (in French)
  10. ^ Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix regarding measures announced in the context of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan
  11. ^ “Microsoft Word - Analogue transmitters - emetteurs analogiques.docx”. CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  12. ^ TV & Cable Factbook (65th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Warren Communications News. 1997. p. B-320 and B-321.
  13. ^ TV & Cable Factbook (65th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Warren Communications News. 1997. p. B-327 and B-328.
  14. ^ TV & Cable Factbook (65th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Warren Communications News. 1997. p. B-339.