CBEF is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 1550 AM in Windsor, Ontario. It airs the programming of Radio-Canada's Première Chaîne network. CBEF was launched in 1970.
The station also has a rebroadcast transmitter (CBEF-1-FM) in Leamington, on 103.1 FM. Due to AM reception issues in downtown Windsor, CBEF was also approved by the CRTC to operate a 620-watt rebroadcaster in Windsor at 105.5 MHz, provided that does not interfere with stations at or near this frequency, such as WWWM-FM in Toledo. The callsign for the new rebroadcaster at 105.5 FM is CBEF-2-FM. As of April 1, 2012, 105.5 CBEF-2 is on the air.
In the CBC's programming cuts announced on March 26, 2009, almost all of the station's local programming was slated for cancellation, meaning that the station had become effectively a rebroadcaster of Toronto's CJBC except for a skeleton staff of two anchors to present local news updates during the day and report on breaking news. A local lobby group, SOS-CBEF, organized to oppose the cutbacks, but their request for an injunction against the change was denied in July due to the presiding judge ruling that she did not have the appropriate legal jurisdiction to issue an injunction. However, a short (50 minutes) local morning program, "Matins Sans Frontieres" was reinstated from 7 September 2010 and this has now (May 2013) expanded to two hours.
In May 2012, the CBC filed with the CRTC, asking permission to move CBEF to CBE's previous transmitter and frequency of 1550 AM at 10,000 watts, and to establish a low-powered FM rebroadcaster at 98.3 MHz in Sarnia. The change has been requested due to concerns that rust may be affecting the now-obsolete facility, and nearby hydro lines are also affecting its signal. The move, as requested, was approved by the CRTC on October 16, 2012; the station was given until October 16, 2014 to either implement the move or request an extension beyond that date.
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