CKMI-TV, Quebec City, CanWest Global Communications
CFCM-TV applied to the CBC Board for permission to operate a new English-language television station at Quebec City. CFCM-TV had been placed on the CBC's French network and was now unable to carry direct, any of the English Canadian and American network shows. Prior to this fall CFCM-TV was able to schedule a large number of English network TV programs under CBC policy which then allowed optional use of French or English programs on Quebec stations.
CKMI-TV channel 5 signed on the air March 17. It broadcast with an effective radiated power of 5,600 watts video and 2,800 watts audio, and was a CBC English network affiliate. The station was owned by Television de Quebec (Canada) Ltee. which also owned CFCM-TV. CFCM had been broadcasting in English and French. With the launch of CKMI-TV, CFCM-TV was now able to broadcast solely in French.
J. A. Pouliot was appointed general manager of Television de Quebec (Canada) Ltee. He had been with Famous Players Canadian Corp. Arthur P. Fitzgibbons was named director of operations for CKMI-TV while Ernest Miller continued on in that position for CFCM-TV.
Ownership of Television de Quebec (Canada) Ltee: A. C. Picard 10.0%, Gaston Pratte 0.1%, Henri Lepage 0.1%, Paul Lepage 0.1%, J. J. Fitzgibbons 0.1%, R. W. Relstad 0.1%, Angus McDunn 0.1%, E. E. Fitzgibbons 0.1%, CHRC Ltee 19.9%, CKCV Ltee 19.8% and Famous Players Canadian Corp. Ltd 49.6%. Gaston Pratte was president of the company.
22,000 square feet had been added to the CFCM-CKMI studio/office building.
CBC/Radio-Canada opened its own station - CBVT - in September. As a result, CFCM-TV became an independent. Another 9,000 square feet was added to the studio-office complex.
CKMI-TV had a an effective radiated power of 13,850 watts video and 6,770 watts audio. CKMI-TV/CFCM-TV had three studios (25' x 25', 24' x 36' and 75' x 50'), five studio cameras, three video tape recording facilities, one kinescope recorder and one fully equipped mobile unit.
Jean A. Pouliot was managing director. Jean Lionel Crevier was named director of publicity, promotions and public relations. Jacques Filteau, executive assistant to the general manager of CFCM-TV/CKMI-TV left for CJRC in Ottawa.
Famous Players Canadian Corporation applied to the CRTC to sell its interests in CFCM-TV/CKMI-TV (50%) Quebec City and CKCO-TV-CFCA-FM-CKKW-AM (48%) Kitchener to Famous Communications Ltd., a new public company to be incorporated. There was also a pending deal that would have Famous Players acquire a small, additional interest in CHAN-TV Vancouver and CHEK-TV Victoria.
George Lovett was program director. Norm Wright was chief announcer.
Famous Players Canadian Corp. was a controlled subsidiary of Paramount International Films Inc. To get around the new foreign ownership regulations, Famous wanted to transfer its broadcasting operations to a new corporation – Teltron Communications Ltd. The CRTC denied this application on April 17 because effective ownership of Teltron would have remained essentially the same as before. Famous had interests in Television de Quebec Ltee, Central Ontario Television Ltd., British Columbia Television Broadcasting System Ltd., and numerous cable companies.
On July 20, Television de Quebec (Canada) Ltee had its licences for CKMI-TV and CFCM-TV renewed to March 31, 1971. This company wass not an eligible corporation because 50% of the shares were owned by Famous Players Canadian Corp. Ltd. which was a U. S. corporation. This was a license extension to give the company time to comply with foreign ownership regulations.
On March 4, Television de Quebec (Canada) Ltee, owner of CFCM-TV and CKMI-TV, was given permission to transfer 3,000 class B common shares from Famous Players Canadian Corp. Ltd. to CHRC Ltee (1,200 shares), CKCV (Quebec) Ltee (1,200 shares), Jevlam Inc. (600 shares) and to redeem 2,250 Class B preferred shares from Famous Players Canadian in order to reduce its holdings to 20%. This would bring Famous in line with the foreign ownership regulations.
The corporate name fro CFCM-TV and CKMI-TV became Tele-Capitale Ltee.
On July 15, Radio Laval Inc. was given approval to purchase CFCM-TV and CKMI-TV from Tele-Capitale Ltee.
On August 7, approval was granted for the transfer of indirect control of (A) Enterprises Tele-Capitale Ltee (CKLM, CFCM-TV, CKMI-TV, CFER-TV and CFER-TV-1); (B) CHRC Ltee (CHRC-AM and CHOI-FM) – through the transfer of not less than 50.5% of Class B common voting shares of Tele-Capitale Ltee (the parent company) from Claude Pratte and one or both of the other major shareholders, Jevlam Inc. (J. A. Pouliot) and Baribeau & Fils Inc. (Baribeau family) to Corporation de Gestion La Verendrye. This was conditional on Corporation de Gestion LaVerendrye doing a public offering within 21 days to acquire Class A common non-voting shares of Tele-Capitale. . J. Conrad Lavigne was among the new directors of Tele-Capitale. The company undertook to make the following improvements at CFCM-TV: spend $350,000 for new cameras, $600,000 for transmitter renovation, increase local production, including five new series this season. Local production would be increased for CKMI-TV.
Pierre Duhaime who was vice president and general manager of CFCM-TV and CKMI-TV was now v. p. and general manager of parent company Tele-Capital Enterprises Ltd. Long-time staffers Gilles Gregoire and Paul Leclerc were also promoted. Gregoire became VP and GM of CFCM/CKMI and Leclerc was named commercial director.
Tele-Capital Enterprises started construction on a new $4 million production centre for CFCM-TV and CKMI-TV. The 22,000 square foot building was expected to be completed by the end of the year and fully operational by June of 1983.
Gilles Gregoire was promoted to president of Tele-Capitale while retaining the position of chief operating officer.
Tele-Capital Ltd. was sold by Corporation de Gestion La Vérendrye to CHEM-TV Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pathonic Communications Inc. CHEM-TV Inc. then amalgamated with Tele-Capital Ltd. The amalgamated company became Tele-Capital Inc. (a subsidiary of Pahtonic).
Bob Dawson moved from the vice president and general manager role at CKMI-TV to the same position at co-owned CFCM-TV.
Groupe Vidéotron Ltée. Acquired Télé-Métropole Inc. from the Estate of J.A. DeSève, the J.A. DeSève Foundation and Ciné-Monde Inc.
Télé-Métropole Inc. acquired control of Pathonic Network Inc., including CKMI-TV. Le Groupe Vidéotron Ltée owned 99.7% of the voting shares and 40.8% of all of the outstanding shares in Télé-Métropole at this time.
The corporate name was now Groupe TVA Inc.
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.
The corporate name was now TM Multi-Régions Inc.
Télé-Métropole Inc. acquired CKMI-TV (and other stations) from its subsidiary, TM Multi-Régions Inc.
CanWest Global and Tele-Metropole came to an agreement on a joint venture which would revitalize CKMI-TV. The station would change its affiliation from CBC to Global. The $10 million plan could create over 60 jobs, and would add rebroadcast transmitters in Montreal and Sherbrooke.
On February 27, TVA CanWest Limited Partnership (TVA Regional Inc. and Global Communications Ltd.) was given approval to purchase CKMI-TV from Télé-Métropole inc. (TVA Regional Inc.). The owners planned to revitalize the CBC affiliate and have it become part of the Global network. Transmitters would be added at Montreal and Sherbrooke to extend the Global signal. The CanWest Global system would now cover over 78% of Canada's population.
On September 5, authorization was received to change the channel and the effective radiated power for CKMI-TV Quebec City, from channel 5 with 13,850 watts, to channel 20C with 20,200 watts; and Montréal, from channel 67B with 4,980 watts, to channel 46B with 4,850 watts.
On September 14, CKMI disaffiliated from the CBC and joined the Global Television Network. At this time, CKMI moved from channel 5 to channel 20. The CBC took over channel 5 for its new Quebec City station CBVE-TV (rebroadcaster of CBMT Montreal). CKMI also added a transmitter at Montreal (Channel 46).
Global hired Benoit Aubin from TVA to run its Quebec newsroom.
CKMI-TV operated out of the facilities of Tele-Metropole, which remained as a minority shareholder of the station.
CKMI-TV-1 Montreal was authorized to increase effective radiated power from 4,850 to 33,000 watts.
Patrick O'Hara, general sales manager of Global Quebec (CKMI-TV) became general manager of CHCH-TV in Hamilton. Maureen Rogers who had been business manager at Global Quebec became GM.
Global Quebec news director and chief anchor Leslie Roberts left for Global Toronto.
On August 30, Global Television Network Inc. received approval to acquire the 49% interest held by the limited partner, TVA Regional Inc., in Global Television Network Quebec Limited Partnership. Global now owned 100% of CKMI-TV.
On September 1, Global Television Network Inc., Global Communications Limited, CanWest Media Inc. and certain other CanWest companies amalgamated under the name CanWest MediaWorks Inc.
On May 1, CanWest MediaWorks Inc. (the general partner) and GTNQ Holdings Inc. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Global Television Network Quebec Limited Partnership was given approval to acquire CKMI-TV from the current partners, Global Communications Limited and Global Television Network Inc., as part of an intra-corporate reorganization. The reorganization did not result in any change in the ultimate control of CKMI-TV, which continued to be exercised by David A. Asper, Gail S. Asper and Leonard J. Asper, children of the late Israel Asper, as approved in Administrative letter of 27 October 2005, in their capacity as directors of CanWest Global Communications Corp. and in accordance with their authority to elect the majority of the board of directors.
On May 15th, the CRTC announced a one-year licence renewal, effective September 1st 2009, for all of CanWest's Over-The-Air stations, including CKMI-TV, "....to give these broadcasters some flexibility during the current period of economic uncertainty." Group-based licence renewals would then be addressed in the spring of 2010. The Commission also stated that it recognized the impracticability of imposing any conditions relative to 1-1 ratios between Canadian and non-Canadian programming in the ensuing year, given the programming commitments that were already in place.
The Commission would however continue to explore various regulatory measures "...to ensure that English-language television broadcasters devote an appropriate proportion of their expenditures to Canadian programming."
On July 6th, the CRTC announced one-year licence renewals, from September 1st 2009 to August 31st 2010, for all the private conventional television programming undertakings operated by Canwest Television Limited Partnership, including CKMI-TV Quebec, subject to certain specified conditions in respect of some individual markets. The decision included requirements for a minimum of 14 hours of local programming per broadcast week in certain designated major markets, and seven hours of local programming per week in certain markets specified as ‘non-metropolitan'.
The Commission also approved an application for CKMI-TV to be designated as the originating station for Global's regional service in the area. This would allow local advertising to be carried on the station.
Also on July 6th, the CRTC invited written comments and proposals, to be considered at a hearing on September 29th 2009, on "...the modalities and conditions for group-based licensing that would provide the necessary criteria to consider upcoming applications for group-based seven-year licence renewals: revenue support for conventional broadcasters; and possible transition models".
The outcome of this hearing was anticipated to be the establishment of guidelines for the Commision to consider when holding a hearing on seven-year renewals of conventional station licences in the spring of 2010.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated September, 2010
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