Par Stéphanie Gendron | Agence QMI
La station télé CIMT-TVA à Rivière-du-Loup a offert jeudi une fête haute en couleur pour ses 35 ans.
Plusieurs invités de marque ont tenu à féliciter Marc Simard et les membres de sa famille pour leurs qualités d’entrepreneurs et de visionnaires. Pierre-Karl Péladeau lui-même a tenu à passer une heure avec les invités, ainsi que Pierre Dion, président et chef de la direction chez TVA.
L’animation du gala avait été confiée à Marie-Claude Barrette, coanimatrice de Deux filles le matin, également originaire de la région et conjointe de Mario Dumont.
Les invités-surprises associés au Réseau TVA se sont succédé: Andréanne et Hubert, de la téléréalité Occupation Double, Louis-François Marcotte, animateur de l’émission de cuisine Signé M ainsi que Jérôme Couture, finaliste de l’émission La Voix.
D’anciens participants à des émissions pilotées par CIMT par le passé étaient aussi présents, dont Stéphane Thibault et Josée Tardif de Fais un vœu -Le nid familial et Denis Lafrance du Défi Kilimandjaro. L’animatrice de la soirée a proposé différents jeux aux invités, des clients triés sur le volet, dont Le Banquier, On connaît la chanson et Fort Boyard.
Pour souligner les 35 ans, l’équipe de production avait présenté en début de soirée le premier bulletin de nouvelles de l’histoire de CIMT en haute définition, devant un tout nouveau décor et qui est le fruit de plusieurs mois de travail. Il s’agit d’un investissement de 100 000$.
La famille des enfants Simard (Cindy, Mélanie, Catherine et Steven) a proposé une vidéo hommage à leur père, Marc Simard. Il s’agit d’une création de Michel Roussel, animateur et concepteur en développement télévisuel. Les invités réunis ont pu ainsi apprécier le parcours professionnel et personnel de M. Simard.
CIMT-DT (TVA Network), Riviere-Du-Loup
, Tele Inter-Rives Inc.
On May 24, Marc Simard on behalf of a company to be incorporated was given approval in principle to operate a new television station at Riviere-du-Loup. The CRTC had some concerns with the technical part of the application (the use of channel 9 at Riviere-du-Loup and channel 5 at Edmunston). These matters had to be attended to before a licence would be issued. Simard was owner of CKRT-TV, the Radio-Canada affiliate in the market.
On April 10, the go ahead was given for Simard to operate a new TV station at Riviere-du-Loup, with a rebroadcast transmitter at Edmunston, New Brunswick. Effective radiated power at the main transmitter (Channel 9) would now be 14,100 watts (video) rather than 49,000 watts. The Edmunston transmitter would now broadcast on channel 4 rather than channel 5, and effective radiated power would be decreased from 2,000 to 1,200 watts (video).
CIMT-TV channel 9, a TVA affiliate, was launched by on September 17.
CIMT received approval for a rebroadcast transmitter at Trois-Pistoles, operating on channel 8 with a power of ten watts.
CIMT-TV-2 Trois-Pistoles was authorized to change from channel 8 to channel 13.
On April 15, Tele Inter-Rives Ltee was authorized to increase the effective radiated video power for CIMT-TV from 14,100 watts to 24,900 watts. Approval was also given for the addition of a transmitter at Baie St-Paul (10 watts on channel 13).
On January 11, the CRTC renewed CIMT-TV’s licence until September 30, 1985.
By this time, the corporate name was Télé-Inter Rives Ltée and CIMT operated the following repeaters: CIMT-TV-2 Trois-Pistoles, CIMT-TV-4 Baie-Saint-Paul and CIMT-TV-1 Edmunston.
CIMT joined Télé-Capitale’s Réseau Pathonic (network). This was in addition to being a TVA affiliate.
On January 22, the CRTC approved the application for a licence for a French-language television broadcasting transmitting undertaking at Saint-Urbain, on channel 5 with a transmitter power of 1 watt to rebroadcast the programs of CIMT-TV. The licence would expire September 30, 1990. This term would enable the Commission to consider renewal of this licence at the same time as that of CIMT-TV, the originating station.
CFTF-TV, a TQS affiliate was launched.
On August 13, Télé-Métropole Inc. was given approval to acquire 75% of Le Réseau de télévision TVA Inc. from Radio Nord Inc., Télé-Inter Rives Ltée and Télévision de la Baie des Chaleurs Inc. (25% each). This purchase gave Télé-Métropole 100% of the network.
On February 15, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CIMT-TV by adding 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.
CIMT was given CRTC approval to increase effective radiated power from 24,900 to 172,200 watts.
Approval was given for the addition of a low-power transmitter at Cabano.
CIMT was authorized to add a low-power transmitter at Rivière-du-Loup, to compensate for the weak signal of the main station at several locations in the lower part of town.
Télé Inter-Rives ltée was authorized to add a re-broadcast transmitter for CIMT-TV at Les Escoumins.
By this time, CIMT operated the following transmitters: CIMT-TV Rivière-du-Loup, CIMT-TV-1 Edmundston, CIMT-TV-2 Trois-Pistoles, CIMT-TV-4 Baie-Saint-Paul, CIMT-TV-5 Saint-Urbain, CIMT-TV-6 Rivière-du-Loup, CIMT-TV-7 Les Escoumins and CIMT-TV-8 Cabano. Télé Inter-Rives ltée was still the corporate name.
On August 27 the CRTC renewed until August 31, 2016, the licence of CIMT-TV and its transmitters (Quebec: CIMT-TV-2 Trois-Pistoles, CIMT-TV-4 Baie-Saint-Paul, CIMT-TV-5 Saint-Urbain, CIMT-TV-6 Rivière-du-Loup, CIMT-TV-7 Les Escoumins and CIMT-TV-8 Cabano; New Brunswick: CIMT-TV-1 Edmundston). Conditions of licence include: The licensee shall broadcast not less than two hours and 24 minutes of local programming in each broadcast week.
On February 19, the CRTC approved in part an application by Télé Inter-Rives ltée for a broadcasting licence to operate a transitional digital television undertaking associated with CIMT-TV. The applicant proposed to simulcast the programming aired on CIMT-TV on the new digital station. In Revised licensing framework for over-the-air digital television services, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-69, 10 February 2010, the Commission announced that it would no longer issue separate licences for DTV undertakings. Instead, the operation of DTV transmitters would be authorized by way of an amendment to the licences of existing services, authorizing the simulcast, on a digital transmitter, of the programming broadcast by the associated station. The new transmitter will operate on channel 41B with an effective radiated power of 132 watts (effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 54.8 metres).
On January 6, the CRTC approved the application by Télé Inter-Rives ltée to amend the licence for the television CIMT-TV to add post-transition digital transmitters at the following locations: Edmundston (New Brunswick), CIMT-DT-1 on channel 4 with an average effective radiated power of 1,062 watts (maximum ERP of 2,220 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 117.2 metres); Trois-Pistoles, CIMT-DT-2, on channel 13 with an average ERP of 9 watts (maximum ERP of 50 watts with an EHAAT of 50.6 metres); Baie-Saint-Paul, CIMT-DT-4, on channel 13 with an average ERP of 7.5 watts (maximum ERP of 40 watts with an EHAAT of 4.2 metres); Saint-Urbain, CIMT-DT-5, on channel 38 with an average ERP of 70 watts (maximum ERP of 394 watts with an EHAAT of 27.8 metres); Les Escoumins, CIMT-DT-7, on channel 35 with an average ERP of 64 watts (maximum ERP of 312 watts with an EHAAT of 87.9 metres); and Cabano, CIMT-DT-8, on channel 23 with an average ERP of 39 watts (maximum ERP of 101 watts with an EHAAT of 125.5 metres).
The CRTC approved the application by Télé Inter-Rives ltée for an amendment to the licence of CIMT-TV-6 Rivière-du-Loup, to add a post-transition digital television transmitter serving Rivière-du-Loup, and Mont-Bleu, Quebec. The transmitter would operate on channel 9 with an effective radiated power of 27,500 watts maximum and 17,200 watts average. Effective antenna height would be 362.2 metres and a directional pattern would be used. The existing Tele Inter-Rives tower site would be used. Programming would be received at the transmitter by microwave.
August 31 was the deadline for the conversion of analog television stations to digital in mandatory markets. CIMT-TV channel 9 switched to digital as CIMT-DT channel 9 (virtual channel 9.1) on September 1. CIMT’s rebroadcast transmitters were not in mandatory markets but the station converted them to digital on the same date. CIMT-TV-1 Edmundston (NB) continued to use channel 4 as CIMT-DT-1. CIMT-TV-2 Trois-Pistoles remained on channel 13 as CIMT-DT-2. CIMT-TV-4 continued on channel 13 as CIMT-DT-4 at Baie-Saint-Paul. CIMT-TV-5 Saint-Urbain moved from channel 5 to channel 38 as CIMT-DT-5. CIMT-TV-7 Les Escoumins moved from channel 57 to channel 35 as CIMT-DT-7. CIMT-TV-8 Cabano moved from channel 3 to channel 23 as CIMT-DT-8.
Télé Inter-Rives ltée received CRTC approval to add a post-transition digital transmitter for CIMT-TV at Rivière-du-Loup.
On October 6, the CRTC approved the application by Télé Inter-Rives ltée relating to the licence for CIMT-DT in order to change the technical parameters of the digital rebroadcasting transmitter CIMT-DT-6 Rivière-du-Loup by decreasing the average effective radiated power from 95 to 90 watts, by increasing the maximum ERP from 132 to 150 watts, by decreasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 64.1 to 50.7 metres and by relocating the antenna site. According to the licensee, tests made with this transitional transmitter demonstrated that the coverage was inadequate in the lower sector of Rivière-du-Loup and Notre-Dame-du-Portage. It stated that relocating the transmitter to the same site as that used for the related stations CKRT-DT-3 Rivière-du-Loup and CFTF-DT-6 Rivière-du-Loup should resolve this problem.
Written by Bill Dulmage – Updated Feb/2012
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