CFIN-FM, Passion FM, Lac-Etchemin

Radio Bellechasse Inc.

Radio Bellechasse Inc.

Coaticook FM Inc. was denied a licence to operate a new FM station at Coaticook on October 30.


A new French-language radio station at Coaticook was approved on November 3. The station proposed to operate a modest local commercial radio station with a country music format which would provide a real alternative to the radio services available in the region. Coaticook FM Inc. was the licensee.



On February 13, Coaticook FM Inc. received approval to decrease effective radiated power for CFIN-FM from 710 to 450 watts and increase the height of its antenna.

On the same date, CFIN-FM signed on the air.


On February 5, the CRTC approved the transfer of effective control of Coaticook FM Inc., through the transfer of 30% of the Class "A" voting shares from 10 shareholders (3,151 shares each) to Pauline Antink and of 26% of the Class "A" voting shares from Michel Dougherty to Willie Antink, Pauline Antink's father. The company also issued 31,510 Class "B" participating (non-voting) shares from its share capital to 10 of its shareholders. As a result of this transfer, the ownership structure of the company now consisted of Pauline and Willie Antink, who as associates would jointly control 57.8% of the voting shares issued, Clément Délaat who would continue to hold 26% of these shares and nine other minority shareholders. CFIN-FM would continue to be managed by Clément Délaat and Willie Antink.



The CRTC denied the renewal of CFIN’s licence on September 17. The licensee had not managed to resolve its problems of non-compliance with respect to foreground programming, the unauthorized broadcasting of English-language spoken word programming and the broadcasting of a minimum of 55% French-language vocal music, as required by condition of licence. The CRTC had also been advised by the Department of Communications that CFIN-FM had not been on the air since July 4 of this year.



On December 2, Radio CFIN Inc. was denied a licence for a French-language FM station at Coaticook, operating on the frequency 104.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 450 watts. CFIN Inc. was 100% owned and controlled by Courbinson Inc. which was owned by Mr. Bertrand Robinson (52%) and Mr. Michel Brochu (48%). Between the time that the application was filed and the public hearing, Mr. Brochu, who had held 24% of the shares of Courbinson Inc., purchased the 24% shareholding of Mr. André Courtemanche, thereby increasing his ownership in the company from 24% to 48%. Mr. Robinson, who was unable to attend the public hearing due to health considerations, was President of Courbinson Inc. while Mr. Brochu was Vice-President. Mr. Yves Laurin was General Manager and would have had primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of the proposed radio station. CFIN Inc. proposed to revive the country music format of the previous station owned by Coaticook FM Inc.



On March 28, Radio Bellechasse’s application to operate a new French-language FM station (100.5 MHz / 9,600 watts) in Lac-Etchemin was denied. 



By this time, CFIN-FM was back on the air under the ownership of Radio Bellechasse.



On September 17, CFIN-FM was authorized to add a rebroadcast transmitter at Armagh, operating on frequency 103.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1,120 watts.



On February 18, CFIN was granted an increase in ERP for CFIN-FM-1 Armagh from 1,120 to 1,390 watts. The increase  would reflect the as-built technical facilities.



On May 28, Radio Bellechasse was granted licences for transmitters of CFIN-FM at Saint-Anselme (105.5 MHz / 32.25 watts), Saint-Jean-de-l’îled’Orléans (105.5 MHz / 34.75 watts) and Saint-Malachie (105.5 MHz / 34 watts). The new transmitters at Saint-Anselme and Saint-Malachie would broadcast the programming of CFIN-FM to serve the populations of those areas. The new transmitter in Saint-Jean-de-l’île-d’Orléans would improve the current service in Beaumont, Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse and Saint-Vallier, which is of poor quality due to the land topography. 


On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CFIN-FM and its transmitters CFIN-FM-1 Armagh, CFIN-FM-2 Saint Malachie, CFIN-FM-3 Saint Anselme and CFIN-FM-4 Saint-Jean-de-l'Ile-d'Orléans to December 31, 2011.


On August 28, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CFIN-FM Lac Etchemin and its transmitters CFIN-FM-1 Armagh, CFIN-FM-2 Saint-Malachie, CFIN-FM-3 Saint-Anselme, and CFIN-FM-4 Saint-Jean de l'Île d'Orléans, until December 31, 2012. On December 21, the licences were renewed to August 31, 2018.


In June, the CRTC approved a decrease in ERP for CFIN from 9,600 to 8,600 watts. Antenna height would be raised.


On August 14, the CRTC gave CFIN-FM Lac-Etchemin and its transmitters CFIN-FM-1 Armagh, CFIN-FM-2 Saint-Malachie, CFIN-FM-3 Saint-Anselme and CFIN-FM-4 Saint-Jean de l’Île d’Orléans a short-term licence renewal to August 31, 2023. During the broadcast week of October 16-22, 2016, the licensee devoted only 14% of the music broadcast to content subcategories other than subcategory 21. The regulations called for a level of at least 20%. In 2012, CFIN received a short-term renewal due to its non-compliance related to the filing of annual returns.

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