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CKTV-DT is the Ici Radio-Canada Télé owned-and-operated television station in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of the Canadian province of Quebec that is licensed to Saguenay. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter atop Mount Valin.

Saguenay, Quebec
BrandingICI Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
SloganPour toute la vie, ICI Radio-Canada Télé
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 12.1 (PSIP)
AffiliationsIci Radio-Canada Télé (O&O)
OwnerSociété Radio-Canada
First air dateDecember 1, 1955
Former callsignsCKRS-TV (1955–1999)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
12 (1955–2011)
Transmitter powerCKTV-DT: 7.4 kW
HeightCKTV-TV: 581.1 m
Transmitter coordinatesCKTV-TV:
48°36′7″N 70°49′48″W / 48.60194°N 70.83000°W / 48.60194; -70.83000
WebsiteICI Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Owned by the Société Radio-Canada of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, its studios are located at 500 Rue des Saguenéens in the former city of Chicoutimi near the Place du Royaume shopping centre. This station can also be seen on Vidéotron channel 2 and in high definition on digital channel 602.


The station first aired on December 1, 1955 as CKRS-TV. It was originally owned by Radio Saguenay along with CKRS radio. It joined Radio-Canada's microwave network on October 28, 1957.

Radio Saguenay sold off its radio station in 1981, but kept CKRS-TV until selling it to Cogeco on November 24, 1998. Cogeco adopted the current callsign the following year, on March 26, 1999. Shortly thereafter, Cogeco acquired control of TQS, to which Cogeco contributed its existing local stations. Radio-Canada took editorial control of the station's news programming in 2002.

In September 2007, Radio-Canada announced that it would not renew its affiliation agreement with its three Cogeco-owned affiliates — CKTV, CKTM in Trois-Rivières and CKSH in Sherbrooke — after their then-current agreement expired in August 2008. An application to directly acquire the stations was filed by Radio-Canada on April 25, 2008, concurrently with Cogeco's proposed sale of TQS to Remstar.[1] The transaction was approved by the CRTC on June 26, 2008.[2]

Prior to the 2002 municipal amalgamations, the station's city of license was Jonquière, which is now a borough of Saguenay. Prior to 2010, the station's studios were based there alongside former sister station CFRS-TV, while its transmitter has been retained atop Mount Valin.

Soon after Radio-Canada bought the station, the network announced its plans to increase local programming and to move CKTV to an integrated production centre in the new Chicoutimi studios alongside its radio sisters, CBJ-FM and CBJX-FM.[3]

CKTV was previously rebroadcast on CKTV-TV-1 channel 27 in St-Fulgence; however, this translator ceased operations by November 2011.[4]

Other usesEdit

During the 1980s, CKTV was also a brand name used by CTV affiliate CKCK-TV in Regina, Saskatchewan.

CKTV was also originally assigned as the call sign for a station in Victoria, British Columbia, which changed its call sign to CHEK-TV before it signed on in 1956.


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