CBFX-FM-1, ICI Musique, Trois-Rivières

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

CBFX-FM 12013104.345,400Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


On April 25, the CRTC approved two applications filed by the CBC for broadcasting licences to operate new French-language FM radio programming undertakings at Trois-Rivières and Sherbrooke. The new stations would replace the transmitters CBFX-FM-1 Trois-Rivières and CBFX-FM-2 Sherbrooke of CBFX-FM Montréal. The Trois-Rivières and Sherbrooke stations would offer at least 20 minutes of local programming in each broadcast week. Local programming would include regional cultural features and, for certain programs, a local host who would cover regional news, including regional cultural news. The local content broadcast by these stations would be different from that broadcast by the other stations on the Espace musique network. The remainder of the programming for the Trois-Rivières and Sherbrooke stations would come from the Espace musique network. The Trois-Rivières station would operate at 104.3 MHz (channel 282C1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 45,400 watts (maximum ERP of 100,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain (EHAAT) of 249.7 metres). The licensee requested that the licences expire on the same date as the licence for CBFX-FM Montréal. However, the Commission noted that the licence for CBFX-FM would expire on August 31, 2013. The Commission considered it appropriate to license the new stations for a period that exceeded the current expiry date for CBFX-FM’s licence. The licences would therefore expire on August 31, 2019. The Commission approved the CBC’s applications to amend the broadcasting licence for CBFX-FM Montréal by deleting the rebroadcasting transmitters CBFX-FM-1 Trois-Rivières and CBFX-FM-2 Sherbrooke from this licence. 

(See CBFX-FM Montreal for earlier history)

On December 5, the CRTC gave approval to the CBC to introduce advertising on the Radio 2 and Espace Musique networks. Advertising would be limited to four minutes every hour. The CBC would need to seek permission to continue airing commercials on the two networks after three years.


On August 31, the CRTC denied the CBC’s application to continue commercial advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique beyond the initial three-year licence amendment. The CRTC found that CBC had failed to maintain satisfactory investment in radio and failed to meet ad revenue projections.

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