On March 4, Télévision Saint-Maurice Inc. (owner of CKTM-TV) was awarded a licence for channel 16 with effective radiated power of 703,100 watts.
On June 30, CFKM-TV was granted a decrease in ERP from 703,100 to 115,600 watts.
CFKM-TV began broadcasting on September 7. It was affiliated with the new TQS (Television Quatre Saisons) network which launched the same day.
On August 22, Consortium Quebecor was authorized to acquire effective control of TQS inc. Communications Quebecor inc. would hold 58.52% in Consortium Quebecor. The other shareholders were Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. (19.49%), Cogeco inc. (19.99%), and the other affiliates of the "Télévision Quatre Saisons" network.
On December 7, Cogeco Radio Television Inc. (60%) and Bell Globemedia Inc. (through subsidiary CTV Television Inc.) (40%) were given approval to acquire TQS Inc. The shares had been held in trust by Mr. Pierre Hébert. The sale of TQS came about because of the purchase of TVA by Quebecor Média Inc. The CRTC imposed a condition precedent requiring that the control of TQS be transferred to a third party not associated with Quebecor.
CFKM-TV was granted an increase in effective radiated power from 115,600 to 169,500 watts.
On June 26 the CRTC approved the application to change the effective control of TQS inc., licensee of CFJP-TV Montréal, CFJP-DT Montréal, CFAP-TV Québec, CFKM-TV Trois-Rivières, CFKS-TV Sherbrooke and CFRS-TV Saguenay, and of the TQS network, through the transfer of all of the issued and outstanding shares of 3947424 Canada Inc., the parent corporation of TQS, currently held by Cogeco Radio-Télévision inc. (60%) and CTV Television Inc. (40%), to Remstar Diffusion inc., a corporation owned and controlled by Julien and Maxime Rémillard. The Commission also renewed the licences for these stations until August 31, 2015.
V Interactions inc. received CRTC approval to add a post-transition digital television transmitter (CFKM-TV) at Trois-Rivières.
The deadline for the conversion of analog television to digital in mandatory markets was August 31. CFKM-TV made the transition early - on July 1. It shut down analog CFKM-TV channel 16 and replaced it with CFKM-DT on digital channel 34 (virtual channel 16.1).
On April 26, the CRTC reviewed certain conditions of licence for V Interactions inc.'s television stations (CFJP-DT Montréal, CFAP-DT Québec, CFKM-DT Trois-Rivières, CFKS-DT Sherbrooke and CFRS-DT Saguenay) and network. The Commission noted that this process represented a review solely of V Interactions' conditions of licence regarding local programming and priority programming. In light of the expectation set out in Broadcasting Decision 2008-129 that the licensee could improve its news offering for the remainder of its licence terms, the Commission maintained the same conditions of licence with respect to local programming and priority programming until August 31, 2015.
In November, Henri Audet, founder of Cogeco cable died at age 94. Trained as an engineer, Audet left a job at the CBC to launch a TV station in Trois-Riviéres. He sold his house and raised $100,000 from friends and other investors as seed money. From that single television station the company became Canada's fourth-largest cable company and one of Quebec's largest media companies. Audet served as president of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters from 1961 to 1964, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1984. Control of Cogeco Inc. and its direct and indirect subsidiaries was held by Gestion Audem Inc., a holding company whose shares were held entirely by the members of the family of Henri Audet.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated February, 2013
Written by Bill Dulmage - July, 2006