- Télévision de Radio-Canada
network_name = Télévision de Radio-Canada
network_type = Broadcast
available = National (available in parts of northern U.S. via
owner = Société Radio-Canada
September 6, 1952
website = [http://www.radio-canada.ca/television/ Télévision de Radio-Canada]
Télévision de Radio-Canada [Official name as stated in the CBC's annual reports and most press releases. Usually only Radio-Canada is used on-air (in both voiceovers and the logo), while Radio-Canada - Télévision is used for the network's logo in print.] is a
Canadian French language television network. It is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Headquarters are at Maison Radio-Canadain Montreal, which is also home to the network's flagship station, CBFT.
It is the only
francophonenetwork in Canadato broadcast over-the-air in all Canadian provinces, although its programming is generally directed at residents of Quebecas opposed to francophones outside Quebec. Indeed, until the 1970s, its only stations outside Quebec were in Ottawaand Winnipeg.
Generally considered more populist than its English counterpart
CBC Television, this network has certainly been the more successful of the two, as it does not face such immense competition from American networks. For most of the last 30 years it has trailed TVA in the ratings, but has recently pulled closer with a resurgent schedule including offbeat sitcomsand talk show" Tout le monde en parle."
With this success, however, have come accusations of
dumbing down. "Tout le monde en parle" replaced the long-running Sunday night arts series " Les Beaux Dimanches".
News programming is anchored by "
Le Téléjournal", which airs nightly at 10:00 p.m.; on weeknights it includes a current affairs segment, "Le Point". Local newscasts, which air during the lunch and supper hours, now also carry the "Téléjournal" name, i.e. "Le Téléjournal Montréal". Originally, the regional newscasts had the name "Ce Soir (This Evening)".
CBC/Radio-Canada also operates le
Réseau de l'information(RDI), Canada's first French-language news channel.
10 September 2007, Radio-Canada (as well as sister cable news network RDI) became the first over-the-airnetwork in North America to broadcast solely in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, including on its standard definition signals.
List of programs broadcast by Télévision de Radio-Canada.
which is available nationally via satellite and digital cable operators.As of 2007, Radio-Canada is available in HD over-the-air in
Toronto, Ottawa, Montrealand Quebec City.
tations and affiliates
Of Canada's three major French language television networks, Radio-Canada is the only one that broadcasts terrestrially in all Canadian provinces. With the exception of
Atlantic Canada, where a single station serves all four provinces through an extensive network of rebroadcasters, the network has at least one originating station in every province. These stations serve every major market in French and English Canada, with privately owned affiliates serving smaller markets in Quebec.
Unlike CBC Television affiliates, which often have several alternative programming sources, Radio-Canada affiliates are effectively constrained to carry network programming throughout the day, excluding local and regional programming and commercials. Radio-Canada, in fact, maintained editorial control and branding of local news programming on virtually all stations in the network regardless of their nominal ownership.
In 2008, the network acquired three of its five remaining private affiliate stations in Quebec from their former owner,
Cogeco. [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2008/db2008-130.htm CRTC Decision 2008-130] .] Only the stations in Rouyn-Norandaand Rivière-du-Loupremain as private affiliates, rather than O&Os, of the network.
logans and branding
In television listings such as "
TV Guide", where space limitations usually require television networks to be referred to by a three-letter abbreviation, the network is normally coded as SRC (for Société Radio-Canada, the French language corporate name of the CBC as a whole.) This has no official standing as a name for the network — although the network did once experiment with using SRC as its on-air brand in the 1990s, it reverted to Radio-Canada within a few months.
*Prior to fall 2004: « Ici Radio-Canada » (tr. "This is Radio-Canada"). This is what the announcer said during the system cue, when the network logo is displayed on-screen. But in the early-2000s, it became a promotional slogan in its own right.
*2005: « Vous allez voir » (tr. "You are going to see", "We will show you" (in a positive way) or "You will see").
*Current (Fall 2006): « Ici comme dans la vie » (tr. "Here as in life") and « Radio-Canada, source d'information » (tr. "Radio-Canada, source of information").
ombudsmanof Radio-Canada is Julie Miville-Dechêne, since April 1, 2007. She was preceded by Renaud Gilbert(2000–2007), Marcel Pépin(1997–1999), Mario Cardinal(1993–1997) and Bruno Gauron(1992).
* [http://www.radio-canada.ca/television/ Radio-Canada] fr icon
* [http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca CBC/Radio-Canada Corporate Site]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/networks/networks_SRC_Television.html SRC history at Canadian Communications Foundation]
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