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Ici ARTV (stylized as ICI ARTV) is a Canadian French language Category A specialty channel specializing in the arts and culture including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, films and scripted television series.

Launched September 1, 2001
Owned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation[1]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called ARTV (2001-2013)
Sister channel(s) Ici Explora
Ici Radio-Canada Télé
Website ICI ARTV (in French)
Bell TV Channel 143 (SD)
Channel 1844 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 764 (SD)
Channel 421 / 250 (HD)
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
Bell Aliant Fibe TV Channel 861 (SD)
Channel 961 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 133 (SD)
Channel 1133 (HD)
Bell MTS Channel 421 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 8011 (SD)
Channel 2011 (HD)
Telus Quebec Channel 41 (SD)
Channel 541 (HD)
HuronTel Digital TV Channel 360 (HD)
VMedia Channel 623 (HD) (ON)
Channel 104 (HD) (QC)
Zazeen Channel 216 (HD)



Ici ARTV was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as la Télé des Arts as a joint venture between the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Télé-Québec, Bell Globemedia, Arte and L’Équipe Spectra. The channel was launched on September 1, 2001 as ARTV.

In Fall 2007, L’Équipe Spectra sold its seven percent interest in the service to the CBC. CTVglobemedia also announced that it intended to sell its interest in the service to the CBC.[2] The CRTC approved the transaction on June 20, 2008. In late 2010, Télé-Québec sold its interest to the CBC, bringing its total interest to 85%.

On December 10, 2013, the network was re-branded as "Ici ARTV" as part of a plan to unify CBC's French-language outlets around a single brand.[3][4]


Although most licensed analogue specialty services are not mandatory carriage on analogue cable systems and can be carried on digital cable, in all French language markets, Ici ARTV is mandatory carriage on analogue cable that receives the highest number of subscribers. In English language markets, this condition does not apply. In regard to satellite providers, Ici ARTV must be offered in a package that contains the greatest number of French language services.

These conditions were applied by the CRTC to ensure the success of the service and that it has the ability to produce programs to fulfill its mandate as an arts and culture service.


Ici ARTV carries a variety of original programming related to arts and culture including popular TV review show C'est juste de la TV, a local version of the Actors Studio called Viens voir les comédiens, cultural news program ARTVStudio, multiple visual art showcase programs and bande-dessinée show BDQC. They also carry live captations of stage shows, plays, concerts and ballet. ARTV also airs reruns of various Radio-Canada original series including Les revenants, La galère and Musée Eden and nostalgic programming like Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie and Le temps d'une paix. Foreign series (Girls, Borgen, Criminal Justice) are also presented.

List of aired programsEdit


On May 3, 2008, ARTV launched a high-definition simulcast of itself called "ARTV HD".


2001-2004 2004-2010 2010–2013 2010-2013 (ARTV HD) 2013-2016

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Canal ARTV: Radio-Canada espère devenir actionnaire majoritaire;; 2007-09-22 (in French)
  3. ^ "Le minister Moore reticent au changement de nom de Radio-Canada". (in French). Société Radio-Canada. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Brand Architecture" (PDF). News Releases. CBC/Radio-Canada French Services. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 

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