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A Montreal French-language community radio station has laid off all of its 13 employees as it looks for a way to restart its programming.

A letter sent to CIBL employees on Friday said the station's leadership is looking for new funding arrangements and described the layoffs as temporary.

The station opened in 1980 and has launched the careers of several well-known Quebec media personalities including Jean-Rene Dufort, Marie-France Bazzo and Bruno Blanchet.

In 2012, the station moved its offices from Montreal's east end to a pricier location in the entertainment district.

The vice-president of CIBL's board of directors described the decision to lay off employees as difficult but inevitable given its financial troubles.

Lise Millette hopes fans and former employees of the station will come together to help save it.

"Today more than ever, if people like CIBL, if there are people who have come through CIBL, who started their careers at CIBL, it's the time to give it a boost," she said in a phone interview.

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