Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister channelsCBC News Network
Ici Radio-Canada Télé
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1995
Former namesRéseau de l'information (1995-2014)
Websiteici.radio-canada.ca/rdi (in French)
Streaming media
Ici RDI's websiteLive video
Live audio
RiverTVOver-the-top TV

Ici RDI is a Canadian French-language specialty news channel owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (known in French as Société Radio-Canada). The channel began broadcasting on January 1, 1995, as Réseau de l'information (English: Information Network). It is the French-language equivalent of CBC News Network.


ICI RDI is distributed on basic cable and satellite television to 9.8 million homes, including two million in Quebec, and is seen by half a million English viewers each week. The channel has mandatory carriage status for viewers outside Quebec.[1]

ICI RDI relies on the news-gathering resources of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

ICI RDI provides news, business, weather, and sports information on Air Canada's inflight entertainment and is seen in five major Canadian airports as RDI express.[2] Ici RDI is likewise responsible for continuous news updates on all public screens in the Montreal Subway System.


According to the Canadian Communication's Monitoring Report - Broadcasting System 2014, there are 11.1 million subscribers to the channel and a revenue of $54.6 million. [3]


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ICI RDI broadcasts full newscasts at the top of each hour and headlines every half hour from the newsroom of Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal and Quebec City. Le Téléjournal Midi is broadcast each weekday at noon and the main evening news bulletin Le Téléjournal/Le Point every evening live at 9:00 p.m. (eastern). These bulletins are also on the main French-language television network, Ici Radio-Canada Télé. The channel covers major events live from around the world, relying on a staff interpreter for simultaneous translation from English to French whenever necessary. It also rebroadcasts the main supper-hour bulletins from CBVT-DT Quebec City, CBAFT-DT Moncton and CKTV-DT Saguenay.

The channel also broadcasts factual programs in the form of food program L'épicerie, current affairs in Les Grand Reportages (The Big Reports), science in Découverte (Discovery), and Tout le Monde en Parlait - a look back at past culture seen through the eyes of current events. During the weekend there is a greater amount of these programs, much in the same format as its English-language counterpart, the CBC News Network.

Current programs

ICI Radio-Canada Télé Productions:

Current anchors

Past programming

Former Governor General Michaëlle Jean hosted programs for both the English and French language CBC networks. She presented Grands Reportages on Ici RDI and The Passionate Eye on CBC News Network as well as having her talk show, called Michaëlle. She also served as a substitute anchor on Le Téléjournal.

Original hosts

Slogans and branding

In January 2014, RDI changed its on-air brand to Ici RDI as part of a plan to rebrand all of the CBC's French-language outlets under a common brand.[4][5][6][7][8]


High definition

As with ICI Radio-Canada Télé, all programming aired on RDI began being produced in widescreen (and letterboxed on all standard definition feeds) on September 10, 2007. On May 2, 2008, RDI launched a high-definition simulcast, RDI HD.

It is available on Bell Satellite TV, Bell Fibe TV, Cogeco, Optik TV, Rogers Cable and Vidéotron.


See also


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision 2013-372
  2. ^ Corporate website. Retrieved 02-02-2014
  3. ^ "Communications Monitoring Report 2014: Broadcasting System". Archived from the original on 2014-09-07.
  4. ^ "First transformation step is to Recreate Radio-Canada" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Branding: Radio-Canada corrects the record" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  6. ^ ""ICI"stands for "ICI Radio-Canada"" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Le minister Moore reticent au changement de nom de Radio-Canada". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Société Radio-Canada. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "New Brand Architecture" (PDF). News Releases. CBC/Radio-Canada French Services. June 6, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2013.