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Decision

Ottawa, 10 October 1984
Decision CRTC 84-884
CKDU-FM Society
Halifax, Nova Scotia - 840425300
Following a Public Hearing in Halifax on 15 May 1984, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for an English-language student FM radio station at Halifax on the frequency 97.5 MHz, channel 248, with an effective radiated power of 33 watts. The Commission will issue a licence expiring 30 September 1987, subject to the conditions of licence specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
In accordance with the applicant's proposal, this authority will only take effect upon the surrender of the licence held by CKDU Radio Broadcasting Society to operate the student carrier current station CKDU at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
The licensee had originally proposed to use frequency 93.1 MHz. However, the Department of Communications (DOC) advised the licensee that this frequency was unacceptable. Accordingly, the licensee, in consultation with the DOC, requested the proposed frequency to be changed to 97.5 MHz.
In 1975, the Commission outlined its policy concerning Student Radio (Decision CRTC 75-247), stating, in part, that the purpose of student broadcasting is
 ...to communicate the concerns, interest and activities of the campus as well as the academic environment to the public, and to offer to the general public innovative and alternative programming fare which makes use of the many resources available at the academic institution. Student radio may also provide basic training for students interested in broadcasting careers.
The Commission notes CKDU-FM Society's (the Society) commitment, as a student undertaking, to provide such innovative programming, both in the areas of musical and spoken word programming. The applicant states that special emphasis will be placed on the non-hit musical material of established artists, and material obtained from Canadian independent record labels. The Society also plans to provide exposure for local bands through the weekly programs "Coast to Coast" and "In Concert".
The new station will, as stated in the application, provide local and national news prepared and presented by a team of 25 volunteers, and background material will be presented in two magazine-format programs entitled "Upwardly Mobile" and "The Evening Affair".
The Commission acknowledges the applicant's commitment in the area of radio drama through the airing of two weekly half-hour programs: "Theatre of the Ear" will broadcast radio plays produced in cooperation with theatre students, and theatre presentations supplied by the British Broadcasting Corporation; "A Short Happy Life" will feature short stories rendered as dramatic readings.
The Commission also acknowledges the applicant's plans to broadcast four hours per week of ethnic programs in languages other than English, French or Native Canadian, and that such programs will be hosted by members of local ethnic groups.
The Commission notes that this non-profit Society has an eight member Board of Directors which will be responsible for the general administration of the Society and the radio station, and that the establishment and operating costs of the new station will be met by a loan from the Dalhousie Student Union. Consequently, it is a condition of licence that the applicant retain full control over all decisions concerning the management and programming of this station, and it is also a condition of licence that the majority of directors be students of Dalhousie University. In addition the Commission reminds the applicant that, in accordance with the requirements of the Direction to the CRTC (Eligible Canadian Corporations), the chairman or other presiding officer and each of the directors or other similar officers of the licensee must be Canadian citizens. The Commission expects to receive documentation establishing that the licensee is in compliance with this condition.
As outlined in the Policy statement on the Review of Radio dated 3 March 1983 (Public Notice CRTC 1983-43) the Commission authorizes the licensee, as a condition of licence, to broadcast a maximum of four minutes per hour of restricted advertising. In line with the definition contained in Public Notice CRTC 1983-43 as to what constitutes restricted advertising, the licensee is authorized to broadcast simple statements of sponsorship which identify the sponsors of a program or of the station. Such statements may incorporate the name of the sponsor, the business address, hours of business, and a brief general description of the types of services or products which the sponsor provides, including the price, name and brand name of the product. These statements must not contain language which attempts to persuade consumers to purchase and thus must not contain references to convenience, durability or desirability or contain other comparative or competitive references.
The licensee is also authorized to accept payment for classified advertisements on behalf of individuals and for informational messages on behalf of organizations engaged in community affairs and activities of a non-profit nature.
The Commission requires the licensee to derive most of these revenues from sponsors in the area it is licensed to serve and does not permit the use of pre-produced national advertising messages.
It is a condition of licence that construction of the station be completed and that it be in operation within twelve months of the date of this decision or such further period as the Commission may, upon receipt of a request for extension before the expiry of the said twelve months, deem appropriate under the circumstances.
The frequency approved by this decision is an unprotected frequency. Accordingly, the licensee would have to select another frequency for the operation of the station should optimum utilization of the broadcasting spectrum so require.
The Commission acknowledges the interventions submitted by several residents, organizations and elected officials of the Halifax area in support of this application.
Fernand Bélisle Secretary General