call_letters = CJBR-TV
station_branding = Radio-Canada Est-du-Québec| station_slogan = Ici comme dans la vie
callsign_meaning = Canada Jules Brillant Rimouski
analog = 2 (VHF)
other_chs = CBGAT 6, Matane
CBST 13, Sept-Îles
See below for others
affiliations = Radio-Canada
location = Rimouski, Quebec
owner = Societé Radio-Canada
homepage = [http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/bas-st-laurent/ Radio-Canada Bas-St-Laurent]

CJBR-TV channel 2 (or, unofficially, CJBRT) is a Radio-Canada owned and operated television station in Rimouski, Quebec. Known on-air as Télévision de Radio-Canada Est-du-Québec, it is the main station for three regions in eastern Quebec: Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and the Côte-Nord, with satellites in Matane (CBGAT channel 6) and Sept-Îles (CBST channel 13), and rebroadcasters in other communities.

Originally three individual stations, their local programming was eliminated after budget cuts in 1990. Today, they are licensed as retransmitters of Quebec City station CBVT, though they air slightly different programming, including a separate regional newscast.



CJBR first signed on on November 21, 1954, as a privately-owned Radio-Canada affiliate owned by Lower St. Lawrence Radio Inc. and associated with Central Public Service Corp. Ltd., both companies owned by the family of Jules Brillant, who also owned CJBR radio. The station would later be linked to Radio-Canada's microwave network, on August 7, 1957, and would add a repeater in Edmundston, New Brunswick (today's CBAFT-2) on April 1, 1962.

The Brillants would sell CJBR radio and television stations to Télémedia in 1970, who, in turn, would sell the stations to Radio-Canada on August 1, 1977. [cite web | title = CJBRT-TV Station History | url = http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/television/histories.php?id=134&historyID=91 | accessdate = 2007-12-17] [cite web | title = Histoire de CJBR: CJBR-TV | url = http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/bas-st-laurent/Dossiers/portrait11_3744.shtml | accessdate = 2007-12-17]

CJBR switched from channel 3 to channel 2 on March 12, 1984, but the Maritimes Edition of "TV Guide" still had it listed as channel 3 until the Maritimes Edition folded in 2005. CJBR, however, is seen on Cogeco cable channel 3 in the Rimouski area.


Radiodiffusion de Matane ("Matane Broadcasting") founded the station as CKBL-TV on August 19, 1958. In the beginning, the station was a semi-satellite to CJBR-TV in nearby Rimouski, Quebec, and broadcast on channel 9. CKBL was linked to Radio-Canada's microwave network on November 15, 1958.

By 1961, the station moved its transmitter to a new location, which took the signal off the air for around a month. From 1962 to 1976, Hydro-Québec broadcast CKBL/CBGAT's signal on its own repeaters. Radio-Canada purchased the station on November 10, 1971, and the station received its current callsign sometime in 1972. Radio-Canada moved CBGAT's signal from channel 9 to channel 6 on November 29, 1978, where it remains to this day.


Radio-Canada launched CBST as a retransmitter of CBGAT on October 23, 1972, broadcasting on channel 13 in Sept-Îles, Quebec. CBST gained its own newscast on November 1, 1982. [cite web | title = CBST Station History | url = http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/television/histories.php?id=168&historyID=180 | accessdate = 2007-12-17]

End of separate stations

On December 5, 1990, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation enacted substantial budget cuts across the organization, shuttering all local progamming on CJBR-TV, CBGAT, and CBST. All three station would become full-time retransmitters of Radio-Canada's television station in Quebec, CBVT.

However local news would return in a different form five years later. Starting in September 1995, a new regional newscast, entitled "Québec Ce Soir Est", was launched, [cite web | title = Decision CRTC 98-107 | url = http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/frn/Decisions/1998/DB98-107.htm | accessdate = 2007-12-17] which is now entitled "Le Téléjournal/Est-du-Québec".

tations and translators

This is a list of stations and translators for the Radio-Canada Est-du-Québec network:

Local Programming

"Le téléjournal/Est-du-Québec", a separate weeknight newscast at 6:00 p.m., focused on news in Eastern Quebec. While anchored from Quebec City, it uses Radio-Canada's bureaus across Eastern Quebec, with journalists in Rimouski, Sept-Îles, Baie-Bomeau, Gaspé, Matane and Carleton-sur-Mer. [cite web | title = Le téléjournal/Est du Québec: Équipe | url = http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/bas-st-laurent/Tele/Equipe_estduquebeccesoir.shtml | accessdate = 2007-12-17] CKRT-TV in Rivière-du-Loup, which has long rebroadcasted CJBR-TV's newscasts, also carries the program.


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