In another genius decision, the CRTC is forcing Bell Media to replace one of their English language radio stations with a French one once their takeover of Astral Media is completed. It seems that Bell is not allowed to own 4 English language stations in such a small market. So instead of owning 4 stations in a 5 station market, they will own 3 in a 4 station market. WOW! What a difference that will make. But losing one station will make a huge difference for English radio in Montreal, especially a successful sports station that is probably the best English language station in Montreal. So now English TSN-990 will become French RDS-990. French sports radio was tried in the recent past with CKAC and it was an abysmal failure and it's not a traffic station. I doubt that it will be any different under the RDS banner. Once again the English in Montreal get screwed, but this time it's the federal goverment doing the screwing.
There's a Facebook group for anyone interested and it has links to comment directly to the CRTC about this decision.
This is a big loss for the English community in Montreal.