CFVS-DT, TQS, Val D'or
Radio Nord Inc.
On April 11, Radio Nord Inc. was authorized to operate television stations at Val d'Or, on channel 25 with effective radiated power of 102,000 watts, and at Rouyn, on channel 20, with ERP of 81,000 watts. The Val d'Or station would rebroadcast the programs of CFJP-TV Montreal and certain local programs, whereas the Rouyn station would rebroadcast in its entirety the programming of the Val d'Or station.
Radio Nord Inc. opened CFVS-TV channel 25 – a TQS (Television Quatre Saisons) affiliate – on January 19. The Rouyn-Noranda rebroadcast transmitter was known as CFVS-TV-1.
On September 9, CFVS-TV-1 Rouyn-Noranda was granted an increase in effective radiated power from 81,000 to 83,200 watts.
On January 23, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CFVS-TV by adding to the licence the following condition of licence: In addition to the 12 minutes of advertising material permitted by subsection 11(1) of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987, the licensee may broadcast more than 12 minutes of advertising material in any clock hour in a broadcast day, in order to broadcast infomercials as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1994-139 and in accordance with the criteria contained in that public notice, as amended.
Radio Nord became known as RNC Media.
On August 27 the CRTC renewed until August 31, 2016, the licence of CFVS-TV and its transmitter (CFVS-TV-1 Rouyn-Noranda). Conditions of licence include: The licensee shall broadcast not less than one hour and 15 minutes of local programming in each broadcast week. The licensee is exempted from the requirements related to program logs set out in subsection 10(3) of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987 where the station's programming is the same as the programming broadcast by CFJP-TV Montréal.
On July 23, the CRTC approved the application by RNC Media Inc. to amend the licence for CFVS-TV Rouyn-Noranda in order to add a digital transmitter in Val d'Or (CFVS-DT) and a digital rebroadcasting transmitter in Rouyn-Noranda (CFVS-DT-1), to simultaneously broadcast existing analog programming. The licensee submitted that the proposed amendments would allow it to adequately serve the populations of Rouyn-Noranda and Val d'Or. The new transmitter in Val d'Or would operate on channel 25 with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 133,300 watts (maximum ERP of 470,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain [EHAAT] of 182.9 metres). The new rebroadcasting transmitter in Rouyn-Noranda would operate on channel 20 with an average ERP of 91,703 watts (maximum ERP of 290,000 watts with an EHAAT of 164.6 metres).
The deadline for stations in mandatory markets to switch from analog to digital was August 31. On September 1, CFVS-TV Val d'Or and CFVS-TV-1 Rouyn-Noranda made the change. CFVS-TV became CFVS-DT, remaining on channel 25 (virtual 25.1) while CFVS-TV-1 became CFVS-DT-1 and remained on channel 20 (20.1).
CFVS-DT received CRTC approval to decrease effective radiated power for CFVS-DT-1 Rouyn-Noranda, from 331,100 to 32,000 watts video and 104,700 to 10,100 watts audio. The antenna would remain directional. Antenna height would decrease from 177.9 to 164.6 meters. There would be a slight change of antenna site. Changes were also approved for CFVS-DT Val d'Or: 430,000 to 52,000 watts video and 122,000 to 14,700 audio, E.R.P. The antenna would remain directional and the same antenna site would be used. Antenna height would decrease from 186.2 to 182.9 metres.