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
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
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-336
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-453
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-571
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