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Decision

Ottawa, 29 June 1994
Decision CRTC 94-339
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Moncton, Fredericton/Saint John, Neguac, Campbellton, Edmundston, Kedgwick, Saint-Quentin and Rogersville, New Brunswick; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - 931063200
Licence renewal for CBAF-FM and its transmitters and of CBAF-FM-15
Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1993-136 dated 5 October 1993, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking consisting of CBAF-FM Moncton and its transmitters CBAF-FM-1 Fredericton/Saint John, CBAF-FM-2 Neguac, CBAF-FM-3 Campbellton, CBAF-FM-4 Edmundston, CBAF-20 Kedgwick, CBAF-21 Saint-Quentin, and CBAF-22 Rogersville, from 1 September 1994 to 31 August 2001, subject to the conditions in effect under the current licence, as well as to those conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The Commission notes that CBAF-FM broadcasts programming originating from the CBC French-language Radio (AM) network and, each week, produces 44 hours and 50 minutes of local programming.
It also produces 12 hours per week of programming exclusively for CBAF-FM-15 Charlottetown. Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1993-38, local programming is defined, in part, as including "programming that originates with the station or is produced separately and exclusively for the station". Based on this definition, and in accordance with the Broadcasting Act, the Commissionrenews, as a distinct separate licence, that issued to the CBC for CBAF-FM-15 Charlottetown. The licence will be effective from 1 September 1994 to 31 August 2001, and will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The Commission notes the measures taken by the CBC to better serve its listeners in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and encourages the Corporation to increase its efforts as funding becomes available.
It is a condition of each licence that the Corporation not broadcast any commercial message of category 5 (Advertising) except:
a) during programs that are available to the licensee only on a sponsored basis, or
b) as required to fulfil the requirements of the legislation of the Parliament of Canada pertaining to elections, or
c) in communities where there is no other programming undertaking broadcasting in the same language.
It is a condition of each licence that 50% or more of the category 2 music selections broadcast each broadcast week be Canadian, and that these selections be scheduled in a reasonable manner throughout the broadcast day.
It is a condition of each licence that 20% or more of the category 3 music selections broadcast each broadcast week be Canadian.
It is a condition of each licence that the licensee adhere to its self-regulatory guidelines on sex-role portrayal as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission, and, as a minimum, to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' "Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming", as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled "Implementation of an Employment Equity Policy", the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. In the case of the Corporation, the Commission will address these matters in the context of the pending decision on the CBC's applications for the renewal of its television network licences.
The Commission acknowledges the interventions submitted by Mr. Emile Gallant and by the Société Saint-Thomas d'Aquin objecting to the fact that the CBC has no production facilities for French-language radio in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
In reply, the CBC stated that it recognizes the legitimate requests by the Acadiens and French-language listeners that the Corporation establish French-language production facilities on the Island. The CBC, however, also stated that its current budgetary restraints make it impossible for the Corporation to undertake the major financial investment required to establish these facilities.
The Commission encourages the Corporation to use all efforts possible to serve the needs of its Acadian and French-language listeners.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General