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Media Beat: August 11, 2017

Bell Media Acquires Larche Communications’ FMs

Bell Media announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement to acquire four FM radio stations in Ontario from Larche Communications Inc.

Subject to CRTC approval, Bell will buy the following four stations from LCI:
104.1 The Dock (CICZ-FM) – Classic hits format in Midland
92.3 The Dock (CJOS-FM) – Classic hits format in Owen Sound
KICX Country 91.7 (CICS-FM) – Country format in Sudbury
KICX Country 106 (CICX-FM) – Country format in Orillia

“We look forward to welcoming these award-winning stations and their teams to Bell Media, and to building on the strong legacies they’ve created,” said Nikki Moffat, President, Local Radio and TV and Senior Vice-President, Finance, Bell Media.

“Each station has loyal listeners and is a strong performer in its market, and this acquisition will further strengthen iHeartRadio Canada’s cross-country radio network. We are proud to continue to make significant investments in local radio and deliver the highest-quality experience for our listeners on multiple platforms.”

“I believe Bell Media is uniquely positioned to build on our strong brands and reputation,” said Paul Larche, President & CEO, LCI. “They are committed to maintaining the strong relationship our team has cultivated with our community, listeners, and advertisers. This can only be enhanced by their television stations in two of our markets.”

Based in Midland, Larche Communications was founded in 1996 by Paul Larche who previously served as an executive with Telemedia Communications for more than a decade. He is also President and CEO of Larche Digital Media, a full-service marketing agency for small and medium businesses.


19 projects supported through various Bell Media funding, development, and pre-licensing initiatives have been confirmed as official selections for the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival, running from September 7 to 17, including the Tragically Hip tour doc, Long Time Running. All titles and details here.



— Jazz.FM91 Toronto has a knack for creating nifty promotional campaigns, and the latest scheduled for Saturday promises to a scorching success, capitalizing on the renewed interest and current fascination with the LP with the 2nd annual Vinyl Sale held at the radio station. Fans can purchase the albums at $5 per as part of the FM’s fundraiser, and there are thousands of titles in all genres available. The sale runs 10 am to 3 pm at 4 Pardee Ave., Unit 100, in Liberty Village.

— Canadian Radio News has published its latest summary of CRTC decisions and on air changes affecting the Canadian radio landscape on its Facebook page.

— Montreal media personality Steve Faguy has published his latest Fagstein News Digest that can be viewed online here.

— Former Now publisher Michael Hollett takes exception to the suggestion in Wednesday’s column that the alt weekly may be reducing its print cycle. He writes:

“Ridiculous post about NOW Magazine but I suppose you can just ‘guess’ and call it sources. Summer are the dog days in print, would have thought you knew that. NOW, like most print publications, has always put out smaller issues in the summer. Advertising and yes, news are always light in the vacation months, take a look at the dailies. The busiest time for news, and advertising is September through December and NOW will return to its traditional weekly schedule when the kids are back at school. You know, you can always call the publisher for a comment so you won't have to guess in the future."

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