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Decision

Ottawa, 2 July 1991
Decision CRTC 91-427
Community Radio Society of Saskatoon Inc.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - 902024900
Following a Public Hearing in Vancouver beginning on 12 February 1991, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for an English-language FM community radio programming undertaking at Saskatoon on the frequency 90.5 MHz, channel 213 with an effective radiated power of 180 watts. The licence will expire on 31 August 1995, and will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The Commission notes that, while this community station's programming will be predominantly in English, the station will also broadcast programming in other languages, including French. It has also proposed to provide programming of interest to, among others, members of the German, Chinese and East Indian communities.
The station will be owned and controlled by a non-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation, and programming primarily by members of the community at large. In accordance with the applicant's proposal and the Commission's policy statement on The Review of Community Radio (Public Notice CRTC 1985-194 dated 26 August 1985), the Commission will issue a special FM licence for community radio, Type B, for this station which will be operated in the Group IV music format. The Commission notes that, effective 1 September 1991, in accordance with the new FM radio policy set out in Public Notice CRTC 1990-111 dated 17 December 1990, the musical format of this station will be considered as part of the new Group I format. While the Commission further notes that certain programming requirements, including those relating to foreground format, will be eliminated in accordance with the new FM policy, the Commission expects the applicant to ensure the station's musical diversity.
The Commission expects community radio to develop innovative and alternative forms of community- oriented programming that contribute to the diversity and variety of radio services within a community. It also expects community radio to focus on all aspects of the community, by offering programming which examines issues affecting all of its members, as well as programs which deal with matters of interest to specific elements within it, such as neighbourhoods, surrounding towns, villages, and specific interest groups.
It is a condition of licence that the applicant devote not less than 11 hours to ethnic programming of Types A and B, in each broadcast week of the licence term. With respect to its advertising, it is a condition of licence that the applicant not broadcast more than an average of 4 minutes of advertising per hour per day, with a maximum of 6 minutes per hour, in accordance with the community radio policy for Type B stations.
The applicant is reminded that, as set out in CRTC Public Notice 1991-56 dated 28 May 1991, "A Plan To Conduct A Review of Student and Community Radio", the Commission intends to review both student and community radio to consider more fully how the new FM policy will apply to those operations.
The Commission reaffirms the particular importance it attaches to the development of Canadian talent and notes the applicant's commitments in this regard. Specifically, the applicant has proposed to broadcast both a weekly Canadian alternative rock program and a program which will focus on Canadian folk music performers as well as demo tapes by local and independent Canadian musicians and the recordings of live musical performances. Moreover, the applicant has committed to promote local and regional talent from the artistic community, including poets, comedians and actors.
It is a condition of licence that the applicant adhere to the guidelines on sex-role portrayal set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission. Further, it is also a condition of licence that the applicant 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.
The Department of Communications (DOC) has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will only be issued once it has been determined that the undertaking's proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
In accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the DOC that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
It is a condition of licence that construction of this undertaking be completed and that it be in operation within three months of the date of receipt of the DOC notification referred to in the preceding paragraph or, where the applicant applies to the Commission within this period and satisfies the Commission that it cannot complete implementation before the expiry of this period and that an extension is in the public interest, within such further period of time as is approved in writing by the Commission.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General