Citing its “history of non-compliance”, “poor understanding of its conditions of licence and regulatory obligations, or a lack of willingness to respect them” and “disregard for the commission’s authority and for its responsibilities as a broadcaster,” the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Friday announced it would refuse to renew the broadcasting licence of country music radio station CJMS 1040 AM, forcing it to shut down by Aug. 31.
The station, based in St-Constant, just south of Montreal, had a long history of failing to meet the requirements of its licence ever since it launched in 1999. Since then, five times the commission renewed the station’s licence for a short term, citing compliance issues mainly related to filing reports and recordings with the commission.
CJMS is owned by Groupe Médias Pam, and is a sister station to Haitian station CPAM Radio Union 1410 AM. CPAM’s owner Jean Ernest Pierre bought CJMS in 2014 after its previous owner was threatened with license revocation.
Pierre was called before a CRTC hearing in June to answer for compliance issues for both CJMS and CPAM. The commission has not yet published a decision on the latter station, but non-renewal of its licence is also a possibility.
Pierre told the Journal de Montréal he is looking at options to appeal the decision.
Another 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 parties interested in setting up new radio stations in St-Constant and Maniwaki to apply.