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Ici RDI[1] (stylized ICI RDI) is a Canadian French-language pay television news channel operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The channel began broadcasting on January 1, 1995 as Réseau de l'information (English: Information Network). It is the French-language equivalent of CBC News Network.

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LaunchedJanuary 1, 1995
Owned byCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format720p HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganQuoi qu'il arrive (Whatever happens)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Formerly calledRéseau de l'information (1995-2014)
Sister channel(s)CBC News Network
Ici Radio-Canada Télé (in French)
Bell TVChannel 126 (SD)
Channel 1882 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 730 (SD)
Channel 394 /219 (HD)
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 803 (SD)
Channel 903 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 117 (SD)
Channel 1117 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 139 (SD)
Optik TVChannel 8053 (SD)
Channel 2053 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 273 (SD)
Telus QuebecChannel 15 (SD)
Channel 515 (HD)
VMediaChannel 613 (HD Ontario)
Channel 36 (HD Quebec City)
ZazeenChannel 202 (HD)
Streaming media
Ici RDI's websiteLive video
Live audio


Ici RDI is distributed on pay television to 9.8 million homes, including two million in Quebec and seen each week by half-million English viewers. The channel has mandatory carriage status for viewers outside Quebec.[2]

Ici RDI relies on the news-gathering resources of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

  • 400 journalists
  • Ten newsrooms based in Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal
  • 30 bureaus across Canada, and seven foreign bureaus

Ici RDI provides news, business, weather and sports information on Air Canada's inflight entertainment and is seen in five major Canadian airports as RDI express.[3] Ici RDI is likewise responsible for continuous news updates available on all public screens in the Montreal Subway System.


According to the Canadian Communication's Monitoring report - Broadcasting System 2014, there are 11.1 million subscribers to the channel and revenue of $54.6 million. [4]


Ici RDI broadcasts full newscasts at the top of each hour and headlines every half hour from the newsroom of Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal and Quebec City. Le Téléjournal Midi is broadcast each weekday at noon and the main evening news bulletin Le Téléjournal/Le Point every evening live at 9:00 p.m. (eastern). These bulletins are also seen on the main French-language television network, Ici Radio-Canada Télé. The channel covers major events live from around the world, relying on a staff interpreter for simultaneous translation from English to French whenever necessary. It also rebroadcasts the main supper-hour bulletins from CBVT-DT Quebec City, CBAFT-DT Moncton and CKTV-DT Saguenay.

The channel also broadcasts factual programs in the form of food program L'épicerie, current affairs in Les Grand Reportages (The Big Reports), science in Découverte (Discovery) and Tout le Monde en Parlait - a look back at past culture seen through the eyes of current events. During the weekend there is a greater amount of these programs, much in the same format as its English-language counterpart, the CBC News Network.

Ici RDI also carries Le Journal Télévisé de 20 heures from France 2, rebroadcasting it the following weekday at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).

Current programsEdit

Ici Radio-Canada Télé Productions:

Current anchorsEdit

Past programmingEdit

Former Governor General Michaëlle Jean hosted programs for both the English and French language CBC networks. She presented Grands Reportages on Ici RDI and The Passionate Eye on CBC News Network as well as having her own talk show, called Michaëlle. She also served as a substitute anchor on Le Téléjournal.

Original hostsEdit

Slogans and brandingEdit

In January 2014, RDI changed its on-air brand to Ici RDI as part of a plan to rebrand all of CBC's French-language outlets under a common brand.[5][6][7][8][9]


  • L'information continue (Continuous information) 1995-?
  • Source d'information (Source of information) 2006-2013. Advertised on-screen as analogous to a source of water, a source of energy etc.
  • L'info en premier (News first) 2013–present

High definitionEdit

As with Ici Radio-Canada Télé, all programming aired on RDI began being produced in widescreen (and letterboxed on all standard definition feeds) on September 10, 2007. On May 2, 2008, RDI launched a high-definition simulcast, RDI HD.

It is available on Bell TV, Bell Fibe TV, Cogeco, Optik TV, Rogers Cable and Vidéotron.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Retrieved 02-02-2014
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision 2013-372
  3. ^ Corporate website. Retrieved 02-02-2014
  4. ^
  5. ^ "First transformation step is to Recreate Radio-Canada" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "Branding: Radio-Canada corrects the record" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  7. ^ ""ICI"stands for "ICI Radio-Canada"" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "Le minister Moore reticent au changement de nom de Radio-Canada". (in French). Société Radio-Canada. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "New Brand Architecture" (PDF). News Releases. CBC/Radio-Canada French Services. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.

External linksEdit