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Citing its “history of non-compliance”, its “misunderstanding of, or unwillingness to comply with, its license conditions and regulatory obligations” and “disregard for the authority of the board and its responsibilities as as broadcaster ”, Canadian Radio -The Television and Telecommunications Commission on Friday announced that it will refuse to renew the broadcasting license for country music radio station CJMS 1040 AM, forcing it to close by 31 August.
The station, based in St-Constant, just south of Montreal, has long failed to meet its license requirements since its launch in 1999. Since then, the commission has renewed the station’s license five times for one year. short period, citing compliance issues primarily related to filing reports and records with the commission.
CJMS is owned by Groupe Médias Pam, and is a sister station to Haitian station CPAM Radio Union 1410 AM. CPAM owner Jean Ernest Pierre bought CJMS in 2014 after its former owner was threatened with license revocation.
Pierre was summoned ahead of a CRTC hearing in June to address compliance issues for CJMS and CPAM. The commission has yet to release a decision on the latter station, but non-renewal of its license is also a possibility.
Pierre told the Journal de Montreal that he is studying options to appeal the decision.
Another radio station, CFOR-FM in Maniwaki, 100 kilometers north of Gatineau, was also told that its license would not be renewed on Friday.
The CRTC invited parties interested in setting up new radio stations in St-Constant and Maniwaki to apply.