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Télévision de Radio-Canada
Type Broadcast television network
Country Canada
Availability National (available in parts of northern U.S. via cable or antenna)
Owner Société Radio-Canada
Launch date September 6, 1952
Official Website Télévision de Radio-Canada

Télévision de Radio-Canada[1] is a Canadian French language television network. It is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, known in French as Société Radio-Canada. Headquarters are at Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal, which is also home to the network's flagship station, CBFT. It is the only francophone network in Canada to broadcast over-the-air in all Canadian provinces.

On September 10, 2007, Radio-Canada (as well as sister cable news network RDI) became the first over-the-air network in North America to broadcast solely, with few exceptions, in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, including on its standard definition signals.



This network is considered more populist than its English counterpart CBC Television. It has arguably 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. It has recently pulled closer with a resurgent schedule, including offbeat sitcoms, and talk show Tout le monde en parle.

With this success, however, have come accusations of dumbing down. For instance, the aforementioned 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).


Le Téléjournal

All Radio-Canada newscasts are broadcast under the name Le Téléjournal. The main evening broadcast airs most nights at 10:00 p.m. local time (11:00 p.m. in the Maritime provinces) followed by a magazine or a news in-depth section formerly known as Le Point. Le Téléjournal is also seen live and as a repeat broadcast on sister cable news channel RDI and on time-delay worldwide via international francophone channel TV5. At present there are no morning newscasts. Local and regional news also takes the Téléjournal name followed by the name of a city, region or province, or by the time of day (for example Le Téléjournal Montréal, Le Téléjournal Midi, etc). CBVT Quebec City, CBLFT and CBOFT Ontario, and CBAFT in the Atlantic provinces run local midday bulletins whilst all affiliates run supper-hour bulletins which run from Monday to Fridays, with the exception of CBVT, CBOFT and CBAFT,[2] which run seven days a week.

Current affairs

Investigative reporting is broadcast weekly as Enquête. Recent shows tested the safety levels of Tasers in the wake of concerns raised after a Polish immigrant died after RCMP police officers fired a Taser in Vancouver Airport.[3] Other shows such as Découverte raised concerns about the safety of overhead bridges in Montreal after the collapse of a bridge in 2007.

There is also weekly programming on political affairs concerning the National Assembly of Quebec and the House of Commons with Les coulisses du pouvoir (The Corridors of Power). Science and technology issues are covered in Découverte and agricultural and rural topics in La semaine verte. Consumer affairs are covered in L'épicerie and Facture


From 1952 up until 2004 the network was home to weekly French-language broadcasts of ice hockey matches involving the Montreal Canadiens, called La soirée du hockey. The show was discontinued when broadcast rights reverted to RDS. Viewers outside of Quebec were able to continue watching games via Radio-Canada stations up until 2006 when RDS became exclusive broadcasters. Radio-Canada were also the home of the Montreal Alouettes before moving also to RDS.

Occasionally live sports are carried by Radio-Canada including the Montreal Impact soccer club.

Currently there are two general sports shows: La zone which is broadcast Monday to Friday at 11:00 p.m., and Tellement sport on Saturday mornings[4][5]


The most popular entertainment shows on the network are variety shows such as Tout le monde en parle [6] and M pour musique, sketch shows like Les invincibles and Et Dieu créa Laflaque and dramas such as Les Hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin, Virginie and Tout sur moi.

Tout le monde en parle in particular is a long running talk show imported from the same show of the same name in France and has featured high-profile guests, such as Julie Couillard and former Action démocratique du Québec leader Mario Dumont. A weekly music show called Studio 12 makes an appearance on Sundays.

Although the bulk of the prime-time schedule is Quebec-produced, a few dubbed shows from the US also feature in prime-time, such as Perdus, Beautées désepérées, and Chère Betty.

On New Year's Eve, Radio-Canada presents a live comedy special, Bye Bye, which features musical and comedy guests, performing live.


Children's programming airs in the morning and feature animated series such as Kim Possible, Les Schtroumps, Lizzie McGuire and La cour de récre amongst Quebec-produced shows such as La vie selon Annie.

Historically the most popular children's show on Radio-Canada was called Passe-Partout, which was in production for 10 years and broadcast until 1987. It was for some time a co-production with Radio-Québec and also aired on those networks and TVOntario.

Regional programming

Non-news regional programming exists, and is usually programmed for broadcast on weekends, however it is limited to arts and culture and typically airs outside of Quebec, especially in Acadia and the Western provinces. For example Zeste broadcasts on stations in the Western provinces on Saturday early evenings, while Luc et Luc airs Sunday evenings in the Maritimes.

Prime time schedule

7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
Monday Virginie Les Parent Chère Betty La galère Le Téléjournal
Tuesday La facture Providence Aveux
Wednesday L'épicerie Le moment de vérité Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin
Thursday Infoman Enquête 3600 secondes d'extase
Friday Kampaï! À votre santé Paquet voleur Une heure sur terre
Saturday En direct de l'univers Frères & sœurs Dre Grey, leçons d'anatomie Le Téléjournal 3600 secondes d'extase
Sunday Découverte (6:30 p.m.) Et Dieu créa... Laflaque Tout le monde en parle Le Téléjournal (10:15 p.m.)

Dramas and téléromans are in blue; news programs are in cyan; comedies are in red; game shows and reality shows are in yellow; variety, interview, and music programs are in orange; sports programming are in green; and magazines are in brown.

Stations 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.

In 2007, Radio-Canada announced its intention to terminate its long-time affiliation with three regional affiliates in Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, and Saguenay, owned by commercial rival TQS. By the end of the year, TQS had filed for bankruptcy; as part of exiting bankruptcy, a deal was announced the following spring for Radio-Canada to directly acquire the stations.[7] The transaction was approved by the CRTC on June 26, 2008.[8] Only the stations in Rouyn-Noranda and Rivière-du-Loup remain as private affiliates, rather than O&Os.

On February 27, 2009 CBC/Radio-Canada President Hubert Lacroix admitted at the Empire Club of Canada that the corporation is facing a budget shortfall and as a result some services may be forced to close down and/or stations merged or sold off, saying:

"La crise économique nous force à revoir toutes les facettes de nos activités."
("The economic crisis forced us to review all facets of our activities.")

It is not yet clear how the announcement will affect stations owned by either CBC Television or Télévision de Radio-Canada, however it is envisaged that regional news programming may be merged in the regions outside of Quebec.

Slogans and branding

In television listings such as TV Guide or TV Hebdo, 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. In 2009 Radio-Canada refreshed its branding featuring simply the word "Télévision" underneath the corporate logo; in promos, it merely features the logo, without any wording or slogans.

This particular method of branding can cause slight confusion amongst Canadians as a whole. An exclusive interview with freed murderer Karla Homolka by Radio-Canada journalist Joyce Napier was hailed as a scoop for "Radio-Canada" in the English-language media.[10] Whilst correct, technically the name "Radio-Canada" refers to the television, radio and internet operations in the French-language, not just "la télévision de Radio-Canada". This same confusion however can extend to CBC Television, where on-air it is branded simply "CBC".


  • Prior to fall 2004: Ici Radio-Canada (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 (You are going to see/You will see).
  • 2006: Ici comme dans la vie (Here as in life) and Radio-Canada, source d'information (Radio-Canada, source of information) for news promos.
  • 2007: On l'aime déjà (We already love it)[citation needed]
  • 2008: Bienvenue à Radio-Canada [citation needed]
  • 2009: Mon monde est à Radio-Canada (My world is on Radio-Canada)


The current ombudsman of 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).

Radio-Canada HD

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On March 5, 2005, Télévision de Radio-Canada launched an HD simulcast of its Montreal station CBFT. Since that time they have also launched HD simulcasts in Quebec City (CBVT), Ottawa (CBOFT) and Toronto (CBLFT). Radio-Canada HD is available nationally via satellite and on digital cable as well as for free via DTT using a regular TV antenna and a digital tuner (included in most new TVs) on the following channels:

  • Quebec City: 12
  • Montreal: 19
  • Ottawa: 22
  • Toronto: 24

International coverage

Certain shows such as Virginie and Le Téléjournal are carried on international francophone channel TV5MONDE.

Just like its English language counterpart CBC Television, Télévision de Radio-Canada stations can be viewed over-the-air in the northern United States including central New England via CKSH-TV Sherbrooke; the border areas of New York State and Vermont via CBFT Montreal, CBOFT Ottawa-Gatineau or CBLFT Toronto; in Southeastern Michigan and the Ohio lakeshore from CBEFT Windsor; or in northwest Washington via CBUFT Vancouver.


  1. ^ Official name as stated in the CBC's annual reports, most press releases, and radio promotions. Usually Radio-Canada is used in on-air TV voiceovers, while the network's logo in print currently only carries the caption "Télévision".
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]
  7. ^ CRTC Application 2008-0516-1
  8. ^ CRTC Decision 2008-130
  9. ^ [6]
  10. ^ [7]

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