On March 4, Radio Nord Inc. was given approval to operate a new French language television station at Hull, operating on channel 49 with an effective radiated video power of 16,200 watts. Radio Nord already owned the TVA affiliate in the city, CHOT-TV.
Jean-Pierre Pampalon was named general manager for CFGS-TV and CHOT-TV.
CFGS-TV began broadcasting on September 7. The station was affiliated with the new TQS network which signed on the same day.
Approval was given for a change of transmitter site from Camp Fortune, Quebec to Embrun, Ontario.
The transmitter was to be relocated to a site located less than a kilometre from the present location at Embrun.
CFGS-TV was authorized to increase effective radiated power to 467,400 watts.
On January 23, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CFGS-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.
CFGS-TV and sister station CHOT-TV were authorized to add auxiliary studios at Ottawa.
CFGS moved from channel 49 to channel 34 on September 1. Power increased to 117,000 watts.
Radio Nord opened CHLX-FM in Hull.
Radio Nord became known as RNC Media.
On August 27 the CRTC renewed until August 31, 2016, the licence of CFGS-TV. 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 CFGS-TV Gatineau in order to add a digital transmitter in Gatineau (CFGS-DT) to simultaneously broadcast existing analog programming. The licensee submitted that the proposed amendment would allow it to adequately serve the population of Gatineau. The new transmitter would operate on channel 34 with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 54,900 watts (maximum ERP of 93,300 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 358 metres). The Commission noted that the population served in the local service area would increase from 1,113,242 to 1,192,171. In the regional service area and in the principal marketing area, it would increase from 1,206,153 to 1,284,825.
The deadline for the conversion of analog television to digital in mandatory markets was August 31. CFGS-TV obtained an extension to continue analog broadcasting with a deadline of November 30 to have CFGS-DT operational. If CFGS-DT signed on before that date it would operate on channel 49, otherwise it would use the existing analog channel 34 (virtual 34.1 either way).
CFGS-DT began its digital broadcasts on its current assigned analogue channel, UHF 34 on October 31, 2011.
CFGS-DT received CRTC approval to decrease effective radiated power from 200,000 to 30,000 watts video / 117,000 to 17,700 watts audio. Antenna height would increase from 353.2 to 358 metres. The antenna would remain directional. The same antenna site would be used.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated Feb/2012