CRTC approves purchase of two Quebec radio stations
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has authorized an application by Leclerc Communication to acquire radio stations CHOI-FM in Quebec City and CKLX-FM in Montreal. Both stations are currently owned by RNC Media and operate under the name Radio X. Both feature talk show programming. The CRTC has authorized an amendment to the CKLX licence to permit a shift to music programming. Leclerc currently owns two French-language commercial FM radio stations in Quebec City: CJEC-FM and CFEL-FM.
“Today we are approving a major change in Quebec's radio broadcasting landscape,” said Caroline Simard, vice-chairperson for broadcasting at the CRTC. “The proposed format for the Montreal station includes the creation of a newsroom that will add a new editorial voice to the market, in addition to serving as a showcase for emerging artists. In Quebec City, the CRTC will continue to apply its policy to maintain a balance of competition in this market and avoid having any one player dominate in terms of revenues and listenership.”