The CRTC increases the diversity of voices in the Montreal radio market by granting two new licences

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it has approved two new AM radio stations for the Montreal market. Tietolman will use frequency 940 kHz, while Evanov will operate on frequency 990 kHz. The Commission also approved an application from Bell Media for a frequency change for its TSN radio station, from 990 kHz to 690 kHz.

Tietolman will offer a French-language mainly spoken word station focused on news and public affairs, intended for an audience aged 35 and over. Evanov will offer a French-language spoken word and musical station for Montreal's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community. Evanov already operates a similar station in Toronto.

"We are pleased to be increasing the diversity of voices in Montreal's radio market by offering additional choices to listeners," said Tom Pentefountas, Vice-Chairman of the CRTC. "The Commission received high quality proposals, but was unfortunately unable to approve all of them."

The CRTC considered five applications following a call for applications for the use of frequencies 690 kHz and 940 kHz in the Montreal market. It analyzed them based on the following criteria:

  • the diversity of voices;
  • competition in the Montreal radio market and the impact on it;
  • the quality of the application.

Today's decision follows a process that included a public hearing in Montreal on October 17 and 18, 2011.

Broadcasting decision 2011-721
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The CRTC

The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Reference documents:
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-336
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-336.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-453
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-453.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-571
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-571.htm

SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

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