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Decision

Ottawa, 27 September 1993
Decision CRTC 93-631
Native Communications Inc.
Thompson (Manitoba) - 920983400
New native radio programming undertaking
Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region beginning on 6 July 1993, the Commission approves the application submitted by Native Communications Inc. (NCI) for a broadcasting licence for an English- and Native-language FM radio programming undertaking at Thompson, on the frequency 96.3 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 86 watts.
Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1990-89 dated 20 September 1990 entitled "Native Broadcasting Policy", the Commission will issue a licence for a Type B FM native radio undertaking. This licence will expire on 31 August 1999, and will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
This term will enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence at the same time as that of other radio undertakings in the area.
The station will broadcast 126 hours per week of programming, of which 54 hours will originate from the Native Communications Inc. network, originating from Thompson, Manitoba and the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta's studios at Lac La Biche (CFWE-FM). The remaining 72 hours will be locally-produced. Programming will be broadcast in the English, Cree, Saulteaux, Dene and Oji-Cree languages.The applicant is reminded of the requirements for a minimum level of 30% of Canadian musical selections as set out in amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986.
It is a condition of licence that the applicant broadcast no more than an average of 4 minutes of advertising per hour per day, with a maximum of 6 minutes in any given hour, in accordance with the native radio policy for Type B stations.
The Department of Communications (DOC) has advised the Commission that this application is condi- tionally technically acceptable, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will only be issued once it has been determined that the 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 twelve 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.
It is a condition of licence that the applicant adhere to the guidelines on gender 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. 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.
Arctic Radio (1982) Limited, licensee of CHTM Thompson, submitted an opposing intervention claiming that because NCI received government funding the proposed native-language station would have a competitive advantage over CHTM. The Commission is satisfied with NCI's response to this intervention. Moreover, the Commission is satisfied that there is sufficient revenue potential in the Thompson market to support the introduction of the proposed native-language station without causing undue harm to Arctic Radio (1982) Limited.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General