CRTC green lights $16M Corus takeover of two Ottawa radio stations

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The CRTC has approved the sale of two Ottawa radio stations to Toronto-based Corus Entertainment in a deal worth almost $16 million.

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The stations, 106.9 FM The Bear and Boom 99.7, are currently owned by Bell Media. It was required to sell the stations by the CRTC when it approved Bell’s acquisition of Astral Media over the summer.

The deal will see Corus pay $10 million to acquire 106.9 FM, also known as CKQB-FM, and its retransmitter in Pembroke. For 99.7, also known as CJOT-FM, Corus will pay $3 million.

Adding to the value of the transaction is $1.1 million in non-cash working capital and the $1.6 million in leases that Corus will take on.

Corus will also pay $24,000 to license the station’s trademarks, “The Bear” and “Boom,” for 10 years.

The CRTC also ordered Corus to give $954,647 over the next seven year to several specific programs that support emerging musical talent and community radio.

See also: Corus poised to enter Ottawa following Bell-Astral deal

Organizations: Corus, CRTC, Bell Astral Media CKQB-FM CJOT-FM

Geographic location: Ottawa, Pembroke

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  • peter rehberg
    February 17, 2014 - 10:12

    Just hope they leave the BEAR'S format alone!!! They changed a perfectly good rock fm station in Cornwall, 101.9 from Rock to mamby pamby. The bear is one of the few ROCK stations left in the area. We have enough air time for Justin, Katy and the rest of the mindless top 40 crud with all the other stations out there.

    • Tim Thomas
      March 06, 2014 - 12:23

      They are changing the format. It is on their Facebook page