CRTC orders radio station CJMS 1040 to close down

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Citing its “historical past of non-compliance”, “poor understanding of its circumstances of licence and regulatory obligations, or an absence of willingness to respect them” and “disregard for the fee’s authority and for its tasks as a broadcaster,” the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Fee on Friday announced it could refuse to resume the broadcasting licence of nation music radio station CJMS 1040 AM, forcing it to close down by Aug. 31.

The station, based mostly in St-Fixed, simply south of Montreal, had a protracted historical past of failing to fulfill the necessities of its licence ever because it launched in 1999. Since then, 5 occasions the fee renewed the station’s licence for a brief time period, citing compliance points primarily associated to submitting experiences and recordings with the fee.

CJMS is owned by Groupe Médias Pam, and is a sister station to Haitian station CPAM Radio Union 1410 AM. CPAM’s proprietor Jean Ernest Pierre purchased CJMS in 2014 after its earlier proprietor was threatened with license revocation.

Pierre was referred to as earlier than a CRTC listening to in June to reply for compliance points for each CJMS and CPAM. The fee has not but printed a choice on the latter station, however non-renewal of its licence can be a risk.

Pierre told the Journal de Montréal he’s taking a look at choices to attraction the choice.

One other radio station, CFOR-FM in Maniwaki, 100 kilometres north of Gatineau, also was told its licence would not be renewed on Friday.

The CRTC invited events eager about organising new radio stations in St-Fixed and Maniwaki to use.