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Decision

Ottawa, 29 August 1989
Decision CRTC 89-616
Télémédia Communications Inc.
Hull, Quebec - 883426900
Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region on 27 June 1989, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for CKCH Hull from 1 October 1989 to 31 August 1994, subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
This station broadcasts 75 hours 30 minutes of local programming each week. The remainder of its programming originates with the network operated by Télémédia Communications Inc. and with CKAC Montreal.
Subsection 13(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the regulations) requires that 30% or more of the musical selections broadcast by AM stations each broadcast day be Canadian. Moreover, under subsections 8(5) and 8(6) of the regulations licensees are required to retain and furnish to the Commission upon request, "a clear and intelligible tape recording or other exact copy of all matter broadcast" for a period of at least four weeks from the date of broadcast. The Commission conducted an analysis of a self-assessment report filed by CKCH for the week of 7 to 13 February 1988, which indicated that on these particular dates the Canadian content level ranged from 21.2% to 28.7%. A second self-assessment for the week of 18 to 24 September 1988 revealed a Canadian content level ranging from 18% to 25% on two of the days; on the remaining days, the licensee had greatly exceeded the required level. Subsequently, an analysis conducted by the Commission of the programming broadcast on 5 April 1989 indicated a Canadian content level of 42.1%, demonstrating that the licensee was complying with Commissison requirements.
Further, the Commission notes that a portion of the logger tapes of the programming broadcast on 5 April 1989 were of inconsistent sound quality and, at times, inaudible. In response to a request for comments on this matter, the licensee explained that the stations operated by Télémédia in the Outaouais region are equipped with a double logger tape system and that it could have provided the Commission with the second tape within the four-week period specified in the regulations.
The Commission reiterates that the licensee must take the necessary measures to ensure its compliance with the regulations at all times.
The Commission reaffirms the particular importance it attaches to the development of Canadian talent and notes that the licensee has allocated an annual budget of $1,000 for direct contributions to MusicAction. The licensee also undertook to contribute, beginning in the third year of the new licence term, $1,000 each year to a recognized institution in the region offering a journalism program. The station will also broadcast a weekly one-hour program devoted to Canadian or Quebec musical selections.
In view of the resources available to the licensee, the Commission expects it to increase its support for Canadian talent development. Accordingly, the licensee is required to file a report within three months of the date of this decision specifying its plans to increase its commitment with regard to the support, development and on-air exposure of local and regional talent, and describing in detail the content of the planned program featuring Canadian and Quebec music, as well as its broadcast schedule.
Further, the Commission notes that the licensee has ceased broadcasting a public affairs program devoted to local and regional issues and it encourages the licensee to resume such programming.
It is a condition of licence that the licensee adhere to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) self-regulatory guidelines on sex-role stereotyping, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
It is also a condition of licence that the licensee adhere to the provisions of the CAB's Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
Fernand Bélisle
Secretary General