On November 20, the CBC was granted a licence for a new FM station at Victoria, operating on 90.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3,190 watts, with a transmitter at Metchosin/Sooke, on 99.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 38 watts.
Victoria had been the only provincial capital without a CBC radio station that originated programming. The new station offered a three-hour weekday morning show. After 9 a.m. on weekdays, the station carried regional programming produced in Vancouver as well as programs from the CBC Radio One network.
The following rebroadcast transmitters changed their program source from CBU Vancouver to the new Victoria station: CBRY-FM Alert Bay, CBYT-FM Campbell River, CBKO Coal Harbour, CBKJ Gold River, CBTQ-FM Port Alberni, CBUX Port Alice, CBUY-FM Port Hardy, CBUW-FM Powell River, CBKU Sayward, CBXP Tahsis, CBXZ-FM Tofino, CBXQ Ucluelet and CBTW-FM Woss.
CBCV-FM 90.5 (Radio One) signed on the air on September 28 at 6:00 a.m.
On March 2, a decrease in effective radiated power from 3,190 to 3,000 watts was approved for CBCV-FM. Antenna height would be elevated due to the hilly terrain.
At this time, CBCV-FM Victoria operated the following transmitters: CBRY-FM Alert Bay, CBYT-FM Campbell River, CBKO Coal Harbour, CBKJ Gold River, CBCV-FM-1 Metchosin/Sooke, CBTQ-FM Port Alberni, CBUX Port Alice, CBUY-FM Port Hardy, CBUW-FM Powell River, CBKU Sayward, CBXP Tahsis, CBXZ-FM Tofino, CBXQ Ucluelet and CBTW-FM Woss Camp. CBCV-FM broadcast approximately 15 hours and 15 minutes of local programming each week from Victoria.
The CRTC renewed CBCV-FM's licence on May 19. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBCV-FM-1 Mtechosin/Sooke, CBKJ Gold River, CBKO Coal Harbour, CBKU Sayward, CBRY-FM Alert Bay, CBTQ-FM Port Alberni, CBTW-FM Woos Camp, CBUW-FM Powell River, CBUX Port Alice, CBUY-FM Port Hardy, CBXP Tahsis, CBXQ Ucluelet, CBXZ-FM Tofino and CBYT-FM Campbell River.
On November 20, the CRTC approved the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the licence for CBCV-FM in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter at Tahsis. The new transmitter would replace the licensee's AM transmitter CBXP Tahsis. It would operate at 90.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 46.5 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -209.0 metres). The CBC submitted that the change was necessary because the new landlord of the current site for the AM transmitter had advised the licensee that the present lease would not be renewed. It decided to replace its AM transmitter with a new low-power FM transmitter in order to maintain its present Radio One coverage to Tahsis.
On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBCV-FM and its transmitters to March 1, 2013.
On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBCV-FM Victoria and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.
Written by Bill Dulmage, Gord Lansdell - Updated February, 2013
Written by Bill Dulmage - August, 2004