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Decision CRTC 2001-11


Ottawa, 17 January 2001


Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation
Vancouver, British Columbia


Application processed by Public Notice CRTC 2000-112 dated 4 August 2000


Licence renewal for ethnic radio station CHMB


The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for CHMB Vancouver, from 1 March 2001 to 31 August 2007, subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued, as also set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137.


The licensee must, by condition of licence, provide:

  • programming directed to a minimum of 12 cultural groups in a minimum of 12 different languages; and
  • programming directed to Native people.


The Commission is satisfied with the initiatives proposed by the licensee to reflect local issues and concerns over the new licence term.


Canadian talent development


The licensee will not take part in the Canadian talent development plan established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Instead, the licensee proposed an annual direct cost CTD budget of $54,000 in the first three years of its renewal term and $51,000 per year for its remaining term of licence. Included in its CTD proposal were two initiatives involving an annual $13,000 budget towards the production of an Aboriginal program and an annual $9,600 expenditure for an on-air English as a second language program. Both of these initiatives were included as part of the licensee's benefit commitments involving its acquisition of CHMB, formerly CHQM (Decision CRTC 93-745).


At the time of its acquisition of CHMB, acceptable benefits were often broadbased and sometimes went beyond Canadian talent development. In the renewal process, however, CTD initiatives must be directly associated with the development of Canadian musical or artistic talent. Initiatives that are not accepted as CTD include program hosts and programs that are considered as regular programming. Based on this, the inclusion of the Second Language (ESL) initiative and the Aboriginal Canadian program initiative as CTD do not fall within the category of acceptable Canadian talent development initiatives (PN 1990-111).


Based on the foregoing, the Commission approves, as a condition of licence, an annual direct cost budget of $32,000 in the first three years and $29,000 per year for the remaining term of licence. The licensee's acceptable CTD contributions will be directed to annual international music and drama festivals and broadcast-related scholarships.


The licensee will also contribute $3,000 per year for three years to establish a catalogue of Canadian ethnic recordings. This contribution reflects the commitment made by the Ontario arm of the Canadian Association of Ethnic Broadcasters and its member radio stations as set out in Public Notice 1999-117. Contributions made by radio stations to this iniative will count towards the fulfilment of conditions of licence relating to Canadian talent development.


The Commission reminds the licensee that all direct cost expenditures involving Canadian talent development must comply with the criteria set out in Public Notice CRTC 1990-111, which describes initiatives generally accepted by the Commission.


Other matters


The Commission has reviewed the details and budget breakdown on the licensee's fulfillment of the benefit obligations flowing from the acquisition of CHMB and is satisfied that the licensee has met its obligations.


The Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources (PN 1992-59).


Related CRTC documents

  • Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
  • Public Notice 1999-117 - Ethnic broadcasting policy
  • Decision 93-745 - Acquisition of the assets of CHQM Vancouver
  • Public Notice 1992-59 - Implementation of an employment equity policy
  • Public Notice 1990-111 - An FM policy for the nineties

Secretary General


This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site: 

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