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Decision CRTC 2001-47

  Ottawa, 8 February 2001
  Radius Communications Inc.
Regina, Saskatchewan 2000-1279-0
  30 October 2000 Public Hearing
in Calgary
 

New community radio station

  The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a Type B English-language FM community radio programming undertaking at Regina. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
1. The licence of this community station will be held by a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The Board of Directors, headed by Rick August, is ultimately responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station's conditions of licence.
2. The Commission's primary objective for community radio is that it provide community access to the airwaves and offer diverse programming that reflects the needs and interests of the community that it is licensed to serve. The programming must include music by new and local talent, music not generally broadcast by commercial stations, local information and spoken word programming.
3. Once it has developed full production capacity, the licensee plans to offer 100 hours of station-produced, local programming each week. It also proposes to broadcast at least 26 hours each week of acquired programming produced by artists, arts organizations and other community stations.
4. Community radio licensees have the flexibility to reduce or increase their weekly broadcast time by up to 20% without application to the Commission. A change of more than 20%, however, requires prior Commission approval.
5. Regina is an ethnically and linguistically diverse community. It has a significant Aboriginal population. To reflect the city's diversity, the licensee will make available a maximum of 15 hours each broadcast week for community-based programming in Aboriginal languages, French and other languages. The licensee will also explore additional opportunities for communication within and among Regina's various communities. The Commission reminds the licensee that it is responsible for the content of the programming it broadcasts.
6. In accordance with the requirements of the Community radio policy, the licensee made the commitment to devote 60% of its news programming time to local news and 20% to regional news, during each broadcast week. The Commission expects the licensee to honour these commitments.
7. The licensee has also committed to meet the new requirements with respect to the percentage of Canadian musical selections from category 2 (35%) and category 3 (12%) that community and campus radio stations must broadcast each broadcast week.
8. In the area of Canadian talent development, the licensee will broadcast pre-recorded, live musical concerts: most will feature local or regional acts. The licensee will support local arts events and festivals through on-air promotions and other co-operative activities. It will also offer locally-based drama as well as poetry and story readings and other performances. As one of its special projects, it plans to compile a CD of local artists. This venture could become an annual undertaking.
9. The licensee will fully inform all volunteers on station policy and regulatory requirements. It will also train them in broadcast skills and evaluate volunteer programmers both before and after they go on-air.
10. The Commission expects the licensee to implement the initiatives set out in its plan for Canadian talent development and to give effect to the measures designed to encourage the participation of volunteers.
 

Other matters

11. The Commission considers that community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources
(see PN 1992-59).
12. The Commission acknowledges the many interventions submitted in support of this application.
  Related CRTC documents
 
  • Public Notice CRTC 2000-157 - New licence form for community radio stations
 
  • Public Notice 2000-93 - Regulatory amendments to implement certain aspects of the revised policies for campus and community radio, and incorporate revised content categories for radio
 
  • Public Notice 2000-44 - Call for comments - Proposed regulatory amendments for the purpose of implementing certain aspects of the revised policies for campus radio and community radio, and incorporating revised content categories for radio
 
  • Public Notice 2000-14 - Revised content categories and subcategories for radio
 
  • Public Notice 2000-13 - Community radio policy
  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: www.crtc.gc.ca 

Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-47

 

Terms of the licence for the Type B community radio programming undertaking at Regina

  The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as:
 
  • the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period.
 
  • the Department of Industry, having advised that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, has determined that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicated that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).
  The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007. It will be subject to the conditions set out in the licence to be issued, as also set out in Public Notice CRTC 2000-157.
  The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 91.3 MHz, channel 217A, with an effective radiated power of 480 watts.