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Following a Public Hearing in Hull, Quebec on 17 June 1986, the Commission approves the applications for authority to acquire the assets of CKSO and CIGM-FM Sudbury from United Broadcasting Limited and for broadcasting licences to continue the operation of these undertakings. The Commission will issue licences to Telemedia Communications Inc. (Telemedia) upon surrender of the current licences. The licences will expire 30 September 1990, subject to the conditions specified in the licences to be issued.
Telemedia is the licensee of several radio stations located in both small and large markets across Quebec and Ontario, including AM and FM stations in North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie. Based on the applicant's performance in the operation and management of its existing radio holdings, its proven financial resources and marketing experience, as well as its programming plans and commitments with regard to the programming services offered by the two Sudbury stations, the Commission is satisfied that approval of the applications will benefit the community and is in the public interest.
The Commission notes Telemedia's proposal to produce a weekly "Junior Hockey Review" on CKSO during the hockey season and the possibility of providing play-by-play coverage of Toronto Maple Leaf games through the Telemedia Broadcasting Systems sports network. The Commission has taken into account the fact that CKSO for years has broadcast the "away" games of the local junior hockey team and it expects the licensee to continue to place emphasis on the local sports scene, resolving any conflict in play-by-play schedules with this in mind.
In support of Canadian talent, Telemedia has indicated that it will contribute $1,000 per year to FACTOR/ CTL for each of CKSO and CIGM-FM. In addition, the licensee has allocated annual budgets of $6,000 for local and regional talent searches by each station and for participation in its "Discovery" program, which features talent from the markets Telemedia is licensed to serve in Ontario. The Commission requires the licensee, within six months of the date of this decision, to submit a detailed report on these and other activities, including specific financial disbursements, for each station.
The Commission approves the licensee's proposal to reduce the amount of Music - Traditional and Special Interest (category 6) programming broadcast by CIGM-FM from 9 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours per week.
An application by United Broadcasting Limited for renewal of the licence of CKSO was scheduled for consideration at the 17 June hearing (860061100). The Commission notes that approval of Telemedia's application to acquire the assets of CKSO renders further action on the renewal application unnecessary.