Channel four – CBC TV – is currently off the air for Lakes District residents who do not have satellite or cable TV.
Bell Media, owner of CFTK-TV and distributor of CBC TV programming, has made an application to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to discontinue broadcasting CBC TV from the Boer Mountain facility on channel four.
This affects residents of Burns lake, Decker Lake, Palling, Rose Lake, Tintagel and Priestly.
The Burns Lake and District Rebroadcasting Society, which has a tower on Boer Mountain, is now taking steps to add CBC TV to its current distribution. Initially, the society will temporarily remove the Detroit channel and put CBC TV in its place.
Rita Lavoie, one of the directors of the Burns Lake and District Rebroadcasting Society, explained that this will be a temporary fix.
Once weather conditions improve at the Boer Mountain facility, members of the Burns Lake and District Rebroadcasting Society will be able to access the Boer Mountain facility to install new equipment, which will ensure that CBC TV is available again in the Lakes District.
“This will happen in the next two weeks,” explained Lavoie.
In order to install the new equipment, Lavoie said a CRTC broadcast technician will guide two members of the Burns Lake and District Rebroadcasting Society via cellphone.
After the new equipment is installed, the Detroit channel will be back, and so will CBC TV.