Radio Nord Inc. (Jean J. Gourd 46.1%, David A. Gourd 33.3%, Roger Charbonneau 0.1%, Jean Monette 5.1%, Paul E. Riverin 12.7%, Richard Staines 2.6%, two other shareholders 0.1%) received a licence early in the year to operate a new television station at Rouyn-Noranda. Radio Nord also owned CKRN-AM which had been on the air since 1939. The new station with a target start date of January 1, 1958, would have an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts video and 25,000 watts audio. An ad from the spring of this year now gave a proposed launch date of September 2.
CKRN-TV channel 4 signed on the air on Christmas Day. The station offered bilingual programming and was a basic affiliate of the CBC's French network and a CBC English supplementary station. Network programs were received on kinescope. CKRN-TV served five counties in Northwestern Quebec and Northern Ontario - covering Rouyn-Noranda, Val d'Or, La Sarre and Amos, Quebec; and all of the Kirkland Lake and Abitibi districts of Ontario. The "RN" in the call sign: Rouyn-Noranda. David A. (Bobby) Gourd was president of Radio Nord and general manager of the station. George Chartrand was CKRN-TV's commercial manager and J. Guy Langevin was director of engineering.
Ad slogan: Servum' 2 markets in 2 languages in northeastern Quebec and northern Ontario. (should be northwestern Quebec)
CKRN joined the CBC and Radio-Canada microwave network on March 21.
The CBC established its own rebroadcaster in the region to carry English and French programming. However, CKRN also continued to air some programs from the networks.
The CBC’s rebroadcaster switched to full English programming. As a result, CKRN became a full Radio-Canada affiliate.
CKRN-TV-2 opened at Ville Marie on December 17.
CKRN-TV had an effective radiated power of 115,000 watts video and 57,500 watts audio. It operated rebroadcast transmitters at Val D'Or (channel 6), Senneterre (7), Matagami (7) and Ville-Marie (8).
Approval was given for the transfer of 39,705 common shares to Assurgo Ltee.
CKRN-TV was authorized to add a transmitter at Bearn/Fabre, broadcasting on channel 3 with effective radiated video power of 186 watts, non-directional. (There was also an application to use channel 9 with 187 watts, directional).
CKRN-TV-3 Febre was opened on December 23.
Radio Nord received approval to increase the power for CKRN-TV-3 at Bearn/Fabre from 186 watts to 1,733 watts (video).
Radio-Nord Inc. opened CFEM-TV channel 13 - a TVA affiliate.
CKRN-TV was authorized to decrease effective radiated power from 115,000 to 98,400 watts.
On January 23, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CKRN-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.
By this time, CKRN-TV Rouyn-Noranda operated the following transmitters: CKRN-TV-2 Ville-Marie, CKRN-TV-3 Fabre, CJDG-TV Val d’Or (opened December 21, 1971), CJDG-TV-2 Lebel-sur-Quévillon (June 25, 1975), CJDG-TV-3 Joutel (December 21, 1976) and CJDG-TV-4 Matagami (December 17, 1964).
Radio Nord became known as RNC Media.
On August 27 the CRTC renewed until August 31, 2016, the licence of CKRN-TV and its transmitters (CKRN-TV-2 Ville-Marie, CKRN-TV-3 Fabre, CJDG-TV Val-d'Or, CJDG-TV-2 Lebel-sur-Quévillon, CJDG-TV-3 Joutel and CJDG-TV-4 Matagami). Conditions of licence include: The licensee shall broadcast not less than two hours and 30 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 CBFT Montréal.
On July 23, the CRTC approved the application by RNC Media Inc. to amend the licence for CKRN-TV Rouyn-Noranda in order to add a digital transmitter in Rouyn-Noranda (CKRN-DT) and a digital rebroadcasting transmitter in Val d'Or (CJDG-DT), 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 Rouyn-Noranda would operate on channel 9 with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 9,096 watts (maximum ERP of 19,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain [EHAAT] of 219.6 metres). The new rebroadcasting transmitter in Val d'Or would operate on channel 7 with an average ERP of 16,200 watts (maximum ERP of 21,500 watts with an EHAAT of 201.1 metres).
The deadline for stations in mandatory markets to switch from analog to digital was August 31. CKRN-TV channel 4 signed off on that date and was replaced by CKRN-DT on channel 9 (virtual 4.1). Transmitter CJDG-TV Val-d'Or also made the change on that date, switching off analog channel 7 and turning on digital channel 7 (virtual 7.1) as CJDG-DT.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated July, 2012