call_letters = CFCF-TV
station_slogan = Montreal's Watching CTV
station_branding = CTV Montreal
analog = 12 (VHF)
digital = 21 (UHF) (not on air yet)
affiliations = CTV
founded = 1961
location = Montreal, Quebec
callsign_meaning = Canada's
(taken from former sister radio station CFCF-AM, now CINW)
former_affiliations = Independent (January-October 1961)
owner = CTVglobemedia
licensee = CTV Television Inc.
homepage = [ CTV Montreal]
:"CFCF" redirects here. The call sign CFCF was also previously used by CINW (AM) and CFQR-FM."CFCF-TV (now identified on air as CTV Montreal) is a CTV-owned and operated station located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. CFCF broadcasts on channel 12 at a maximum ERP of 316 kW.

On cable, CFCF is seen on Vidéotron channel 11 in the Montreal area (channel 7 on digital cable), Charter Plattsburgh channel 13 and Comcast Burlington channel 21; it is also seen on Bell TV and Star Choice systems on channels 205 and 312 respectively. Most cable distributors in Quebec also carry CFCF, as it is the only CTV station in the province. Despite having only one transmitter, its signal reaches all the way to the Laurentides and Lanaudière regions, and also decently covers the Champlain Valley region in Vermont and New York.

Before 1997, when CHCH and CITY launched rebroadcast transmitters in the Ottawa region, local cable companies there carried CFCF as well. Because CHCH and CFCF were sharing some programs, CFCF was removed from these systems, except for Rogers Cable. In Gatineau, Vidéotron still offers CFCF on channel 71.

CFCF's newscasts, "CTV News" (formerly "CFCF News", formerly "Pulse News"), are headed up by the main weekday Noon and 6 p.m. anchors Mutsumi Takahashi and Todd van der Heyden, News at 11:30 with Debra Arbec, Morning News at 6 a.m. with Herb Luft, and Weekend News at 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. with Tarah Schwartz. CTV Montreal produces 24 separate newscasts each week. One of its most famous anchors, Bill Haugland, is now retired, his last show aired on November 30th, 2006. Bill worked at CFCF for more than 40 years. He covered major stories in the 1960s and 1970s before becoming the lead anchor at CFCF in the late-1970s. Bill was an institution and in a special "Farewell to Bill" show broadcast on his final day, he was heralded by colleagues, viewers and former prime ministers alike. Another veteran newscaster, Brian Britt who replaced Bill Haugland in 2006 when he retired is now retired also. Britt's last broadcast was on July 24th, 2008.

The station now airs virtually all of the standard CTV schedule, the with a few exceptions. CTV News at 6 a.m. preempts the first half-hour of "Canada AM". Also, Access Hollywood airs at 7 p.m. and eTalk airs at 7:30 p.m., opposite from most of the other CTV stations. In the past, some children's programming was pre-empted, because of provincial regulations on advertising; the station now carries CTV's few remaining children's programs with public service announcements during ad breaks. As well, CFCF did not carry either "Wheel of Fortune" or "Jeopardy!" when these were part of the standard CTV schedule; both were picked up by CBC nationally in fall 2008.

As with most Canadian stations, the prime-time schedule is usually synchronized with the original American airings of the same programs because Plattsburgh/Burlington's WPTZ, WVNY, WFFF-TV and WCAX are all available on cable in Montreal. CFCF's ratings do generally top all of those stations, as well as the regional CBC Montreal station.


CFCF-TV was founded by the Canadian Marconi Company, after several failed attempts to gain a licence, beginning in 1938, and then each year after World War II. In 1960, it finally gained a license, and began broadcasting on January 20, 1961 at 5.45pm. The call letters stand for "Canada's First, Canada's Finest", referring to CFCF-AM (now "CINW"), the first radio station in Canada. It was the second privately-owned English-language station in Quebec; CKMI-TV in Quebec City had signed on four years earlier.

The station was originally located above the Avon Theatre. The first night on-air was fraught with problems. A power failure interrupted the opening ceremony, and later on, police raided the downstairs ballroom, with sirens blazing and a number of arrests made. The station's newscast, "Pulse News," faced a few problems because of the noise from the ballroom. CFCF-AM-FM-TV moved into their own facilities at 405 Ogilvy Avenue in Montreal's Park Extension neighborhood on May 19, and channel 12 became an affiliate of CTV on October 1. However, its relationship with CTV was somewhat acrimonious over the years, in part because it felt CTV's flagship station, CFTO-TV in Toronto, had too much influence over the network.

This rivalry even dated to preferred alliances with US Networks with CFCF preferring NBC (due to CFCF-AM's long-time co-affiliation with NBC Radio) and CFTO-TV preferring ABC (as ABC was an original junior partner owner of CFTO-TV, and John Bassett, Baton's owner, had trained with ABC's Detroit and New York affiliates). Both stations had some ties with CBS, not withstanding CBS' relationship with CBC/Radio-Canada for news.

In 1972, because of new foreign ownership guidelines implemented by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), CFCF-TV (owned by General Electric Canada through Canadian Marconi/The General Electric Company (UK), Ltd.) and its sister stations CFCF-AM, CFQR-FM and CFCX-SW were sold to computer and telecommunications company Multiple Access Ltd, owned by the Bronfman family.cite web
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Multiple Access bought the stations after the CRTC refused to approve purchase offers by Baton Broadcasting, owner of then co-flagship affiliate CFTO-TV in Toronto (after other CTV partners rejected this sale, and Baton's not wanting to purchase the radio operations only--and due historical rivalries between Baton and CFCF), and by CHUM, Ltd. (because of indecision over which radio stations would be sold to meet radio ownership limits in Montreal). Multiple Access also was co-owner of CITY-TV in Toronto (with CHUM) during this time. (Both Baton and CHUM-CITY became CTVglobemedia, the current owner of CFCF).

In 1979, Multiple Access sold the stations and its production company, Champlain Productions, to CFCF Inc., headed by Jean Pouliot.cite web
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This came after a deal by Baton (this time a willing partner) to purchase Multple Access' Montreal operations fell through. CHUM successfully purchased Multiple Access' Toronto operations (its share of CITY-TV).

CFCF Inc., expanded to include the assets of CF Cable TV, acquired by Pouliot in 1982,cite web
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] went public in 1985.

In 1986, CFCF gained a sister station: CFJP-TV, the flagship station of Pouliot's new French language network, Television Quatre-Saisons (TQS). CFCF's profits were used to fund the ailing TQS. Two years later, the radio stations were sold to Mount-Royal Broadcasting, and moved out of the CFCF building a year later.

Financial relief came to the company in the 1990s, thanks to CanWest Global. CanWest Global invested money into the station, in exchange for applying to the CRTC to operate a Global repeater station in Montreal. However, CanWest Global changed its mind, citing tax problems. It did, however, allow CFCF to carry some Global programs; it was already airing some programming from Citytv. This would not be the end of Global's influence at the station.

In 1997, TVA sold an interest in CKMI to Canwest. The two companies announced plans to turn CKMI into a Global station, along with a CKMI repeater in Montreal and a large studio complex in Montreal. Pouliot was scared by the prospect of new competition and decided to sell his assets to Vidéotron. However, Vidéotron also owned TVA, which retained a half-interest in CKMI. This would have resulted in one company having a significant stake in all of the private stations in Montreal--CFCF, CKMI, CFJP and TVA flagship CFTM-TV.

As a result, Vidéotron sold CFCF to Western International Communications (WIC), who also owned CHAN and CHEK in British Columbia, CHCH in Ontario and several stations in Alberta. TQS was then sold to Quebecor, and later to Cogeco and Bell Globemedia (now CTVglobemedia).

CanWest bought WIC's television assets in 2000. However, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC] )would not allow CFCF to be twinsticked with CKMI because Montreal's Anglophone population was too small (though it allowed CanWest to keep CJNT-TV, a multicultural station it had bought a year earlier). The station was placed under trusteeship, and had to be sold in short order. In 2001, amid all these wranglings over ownership, Bell Globemedia, owner of CTV, bought the station. With the opening of the Fall 2001 television season, CFCF officially adopted the CTV schedule and all non-CTV shows were dropped. After 40 years of being master of its own house to a large degree, CFCF lost much of that independence and maneuverability through the CTV/Bell Globemedia deal.

With the exception of local newscasts, which all CTV stations have, and Access Hollywood (which airs weekdays at 7:00 p.m.), CFCF's program schedule is virtually identical to every other CTV station. On October 3, 2005, the unique "CFCF" name used for the station ID and its local news, CFCF News (formerly known as Pulse News), was abolished and simply renamed "CTV Montreal" and "CTV News". So strong was the "Pulse" brand-name that even six years after it was eliminated, many viewers still refer to the newscast as "Pulse". This renaming to "CTV News" was done at all affiliates across the country - to provide a common brand for the entire network. In 2003, CTV Montreal moved to 1205 Papineau Avenue in the eastern part of downtown. The area has now become Montreal's (and French Canada's) main media district; CBC, Global, RDS, TQS and TVA are all within several blocks.

By 2005, Bell Globemedia was considered to be a non-core asset by parent company BCE (Bell Canada Enterprises) and was sold to a group of investors, which includes the Thomson family. The Bell Globemedia group (made up of the entire CTV Network, as well as the "Globe and Mail" newspaper and a variety of other channels and media assets) was renamed "CTVGlobemedia" in late-2006.

The new media giant also acquired CHUM Limited's holdings in 2006, including the A-Channel stations, MuchMusic and a variety of other specialty channels. But the CHUM deal has also raised serious questions about the high degree of media concentration in Canada. This new conglomerate now owns more than one TV station in several Canadian markets - increasing the worry about job losses and cutbacks.

CFCF has always been the number one, top-rated television station for Anglophone Quebeckers. The relatively small size of the community means that many rally around their institutions and CFCF has continued to be the preferred choice. As well, a significant number of bilingual Francophones also watch CFCF - for both programming and news - although CFTM (TVA), CFJP (TQS) and CBFT (Radio-Canada) are the obvious market leaders for Quebec's French community.

CFCF also houses to the CTV Montreal National News Bureau.

Local News

CFCF's newscasts, known as "CTV News", are shown at the following times:


* 6 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.: CTV News at 6 a.m. & Morning newsbreaks (during Canada AM) with Herb Luft
* Noon - 1 p.m.: CTV News at Noon with Mutsumi Takahashi & Todd van der Heyden
* 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: CTV News at 6 with Mutsumi Takahashi & Todd van der Heyden
* 11:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.: CTV News at 11:30 with Debra Arbec


* 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: CTV News at 6 with Tarah Schwartz
* 11:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.: CTV News at 11:30 with Tarah Schwartz


(In alphabetical order)
*Annie Demelt
*Derek Conlon
*Stephane Giroux
*John Grant (Quebec City Bureau Chief)
*Daniele Hamamdjian
*Maya Johnson
*Paul Karwatsky* (also reporter for Tuesday's "My Generation")
*Tania Krywiack
*Anne Lewis (also medical reporter for "Your Health")
*Herb Luft
*Rob Lurie
*Christine Long (also entertainment reporter for Friday's "What's On")
*Tarah Schwartz*
*Cindy Sherwin*
*Caroline van Vlaardingen**Also substitute anchor.


*Randy Tieman
*Brian Wilde
*Andre Corbeil
*Paul Graif


*Lori Graham (Weekdays at Noon, 6 p.m. & 11:30 p.m., also pre-tapes weather segments for CTV News at 6 a.m.
*Lise McAuley (Weekends at 6 p.m. & 11:30, Replacement for Lori Graham)
*Randy Renaud (Replacement)

Previous slogans

* More to See
* Taking you to the Stars (1981/82)
* It's All Happening Right Here (1983/84)
* Twelve's the One (1984/85)
* Just Look! Look What's Here on 12. (1985/86)
* More On 12.
* Great Things Going On. (1989-1993)
* 10, 20, 30 Years...It Seems Like Yesterday (1991, 30th anniversary celebrations)
* The 1 2 Watch. (1993-1997)
* Montreal's 1 2 Watch, CFCF 12. (1997-2001)
* Montreal's One To Watch, CTV. (2001-2006; used as a slogan only, no jingle)
* Montreal's Watching CTV. (2006-present)

Former Logos


External links

* [ CTV Montreal]
* [ CFCF at TV Hat]

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