CFJC has been a CBC affiliate since operations began on April 8, 1957.   It was bought by the Jim Pattison Group in 1987.  As an affiliate, it broadcast some but not all of the CBC television network.

On November 1, 2005, the CRTC announced it had received an application from
Pattison to disaffiliate CFJC from CBC.  According to documents filed with the
commission, CFJC's joint sales agreement with its sister station in Kelowna, CHBC,  required that CFJC  disaffiliate.   CHBC had already filed plans to disaffiliate.  Both stations were to become CH stations owned by Canwest.

The CRTC gave its approval on February 1, and CFJC disaffiliated from CBC on
February 27, 2006.

This left thousands of Kamloopsians without any CBC television reception.  CBC argued that the full network would be available on on cable and satellite but that was little consolation to those who chose not to pay for the additional service.

CBC also argued that it was too expensive to build television transmitters for such a small market but apparently the same logic didn't apply in much smaller markets in which transmitters were being built to replace service similarly lost when CHBC disaffiliated.

In August of 2007, CBC decided to expand Kelowna's radio studio instead of building a studio in Kamloops.  CBC says that Kamloops hasn't been forgotten but actions speak louder than words.


Who watches TV over-the-air?

Canadian Media Research survey prepared for CRTC in September 2006 that shows how many Canadians get television signals over-the-air (OTA).   Their findings show that more CBC viewers depend on over-the-air television than non-CBC viewers.  All OTA viewers amount to about 10% of viewers whereas whereas 16% of CBC viewers depend on OTA TV.

Some other demographics of OTA viewers:

  • Farmers and rural workers in the resource industry
  • People in the Arts & Literature are 2.57 times more likely to receive TV OTA than by cable or satellite.
  • People who listen to CBC radio (1.95 times more likely),
  • Light TV viewers (1.84 times more likely),
  • Those with only 1 TV set (1.68 times more likely),
  • Low income households under $20,000 (1.63 times more likely).

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