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English Sports Radio in Montreal faces its end: Save TSN 990

As Montrealers probably already know, TSN 990 is on the chopping block. Due to CRTC rules in Canada, which limit ownership of stations in English and French, the CRTC is forcing Bell to change TSN 990 from English to French in order to comply with ownership restrictions once Bell’s takeover of Astral Media proceeds. Well, actually, Bell has applied to do it, because, they say, they’re being forced to. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is a sports institutions in Montreal will disappear.

Now, I’ve been waiting a few days to post on this, because there was a rush of support when it was announced. Now, our hockey loving friends in Montreal need help.

Who’s the bad guy here? Bell? Astral? The CRTC? Who cares. The bottom line is that TSN 990 is a huge supporter of all things hockey, both inside and outside Montreal, and they are an important cornerstone of the English community. The good news is that individuals, anyone really, can submit an application to oppose the ruling. Should the CRTC receive enough (and to date, they’ve been flooded), they will revisit the decision, and could insist on TSN 990 remaining on the airwaves. So there is hope.

To give you a full summary of the situation, I am attaching a recent Montreal Gazette article on the situation. It takes two seconds to post your comment to the CRTC, and it goes a long way. If enough people respond, this could very well get reversed. TSN 990 is hugely important culturally to Anglophone Montrealers - there aren’t many English media outlets left in Quebec - and its survival is also important to hockey fans. Not just English, but Francophone as well. I know many Montreal residents who speak French all day but listen to the quality programming that TSN 990 consistently provides.

Five Ways to Save TSN 990

TSN 990 is a quality broadcaster, and an important cog in the culture of Montreal. Don’t let it go without a fight.

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shazam88's avatar

Sorry man.  The whole language issue is such bullshit.  Institutionalized nationalism.  Had some family from Montreal way back when so I’ve got a few recollections from visits during the early PQ days.

Good luck.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/17/12 at 01:19 PM ET

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