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CJOT-FM is a new Canadian radio station, which will broadcast a hot adult contemporary programming format at 99.7 FM in Ottawa, Ontario. The station's transmitter will be located in Greely.

Owned by Astral Media, the station was authorized by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on August 26, 2008.[1]

An unprotected low-power tourist information radio station owned by Instant Information Services currently operates at 99.7 FM as CIIO. The station will likely have to relocate to a new FM or an AM frequency. As well, Ottawa's CKQB-FM operates a repeater at 99.7 FM in Pembroke, and it's uncertain if there will be any interference between these two stations.

The station is expected to be branded as Eve FM.[2]

CJOT-FM will be the largest hot AC station in Canada not part of the Virgin Radio branding, since its sister rock station uses that branding.

Controversy

On November 21, 2008, federal Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore issued a statement calling on the CRTC to review its approval of both the Astral station and Frank Torres' new CIDG-FM. Moore asked the commission to assess whether the francophone population of the Ottawa-Gatineau area was sufficiently well-served by existing French radio services, and to consider licensing one or more of the French language applications — which included a Christian music station, a community radio station and a campus radio station for the Université du Québec en Outaouais — in addition to or instead of the approved stations.[3][4]

In the resulting round of hearings, Torres proposed that a new francophone station could be licensed on 94.5 FM, although such a station would be second-adjacent to Astral's CIMF-FM.[5] Industry Canada subsequently aired a testing signal on 94.5 in May 2009 to determine whether the signal could be used without impacting CIMF.[6] The test found that the signal could be used without causing significant interference to CIMF, and Astral consequently gave its consent to the use of the frequency as long as the company retains authorization to launch the 99.7 station.[2]

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