The CRTC imposed conditions of licence on Astral Media Inc.’s CKTF-FM radio station and Cogeco Cable Inc.’s CKOI-FM Thursday to restrict the broadcasting of musical montages. “There is a widespread trend on the part of some French-language broadcasters to use montages inappropriately,” Tom Pentefountas, vice-chairman for broadcasting at the CRTC, said in a release. “Some licensees appear to be using montages to circumvent the requirements for French-language vocal music. We are finding that for some Francophone commercial stations, the current quotas represent a particular challenge given their target audience and the market they serve.” The CRTC imposed a new condition on the stations to limite montages to 10 per cent of programming per week. The commission defined a montage as “a single piece of music for purposes of calculating the levels of Canadian content and French-language vocal music (FVM).” It said CKTF-FM and CKOI-FM, both French-language stations, were broadcasting montages featuring English-language and non-Canadian music, The broadcasting of montages comprised 18 per cent of the stations’ broadcasting weeks, the commission said. The CRTC added that it may seek to impose similar conditions of licence on other broadcasters that exceed the 10 per cent montage maximum. The CRTC also said Thursday that it imposed a four-year licence period on the Astral station. As a result of non-compliance with regulations on French vocal music content, it also renewed RNC Media’s CFTX-FM station for a shorter period of five years, the CRTC said. The CRTC said that it will continue to gather data on the French-language private radio and the Francophone music sectors to better understand the montage issue. The resulting data will be discussed with key stakeholders at a symposium in the winter of 2012.