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Decision CRTC 2001-691

Ottawa, 9 November 2001

The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc.
Parry Sound, Ontario 2001-0648-6

15 October 2001 Public Hearing
in Vancouver

Acquisition of assets of CKLP-FM

1.

The Commission approves the application for authority to acquire the assets of the radio programming undertaking CKLP-FM from Playland Broadcasting Limited, and for a broadcasting licence to continue the operation of this undertaking.

2.

Upon surrender of the current licence, the Commission will issue a licence to The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. (Haliburton) expiring 31 August 2003. This shorter term will allow the Commission to assess, at an early date, the success of measures discussed below that the licensee will implement to ensure CKLP-FM's compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the regulations). The licence will be subject to the condition specified in this decision, and those set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137.

3.

The total consideration relative to this transaction is $2,025,000. The licensee indicated that it would finance its purchase of assets in part through the proceeds of its sale of CHNO-FM Sudbury to NewCap Inc. The Commission approved that transaction in Decision CRTC 2001-689, also issued today.

4.

Consistent with the requirements of the benefits test outlined in the Commercial Radio Policy 1998 (Public Notice CRTC 1998-41), the benefits offered represent the required minimum direct financial contribution to Canadian talent development of 6% ($121,500) of the transaction. This includes:

· 3% ($60,750) to be allocated to new Canadian music promotion and marketing funds (the Radio Starmaker Fund and Fonds Radiostar);
· 2% ($40,500) as a contribution to FACTOR; and
· 1% ($20,500) to other Canadian talent development initiatives. (In this case, the licensee will make an additional contribution to FACTOR).
5.

In addition to the required initiatives discussed above, the applicant indicated its commitment to:

· Invest an additional $150,000 in technical upgrades to help ensure CKLP-FM's compliance with the requirements of the regulations. In Decision CRTC 2000-141, the Commission renewed CKLP-FM's licence for a short term because of apparent non-compliance with requirements regarding the level of Canadian music and the maintenance of logger tapes.
· Expand CKLP-FM's news department through the addition of three new full-time staff members.
· Broadcast one-hour per week of live programming for First Nations. The program will be hosted by local members of the Wasauksing First Nations.
6.

All commitments are over and above CKLP-FM's existing commitments and conditions of licence.

Canadian talent development

7.

In addition to participating in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Canadian talent development program, the licensee will allocate $5,000 per year in direct costs to underwrite a local talent contest for the area's First Nations community. The applicant must fulfil this commitment as a condition of licence.

Other Matters

8.

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

. Decision 2001-689 - Acquisition of CHNO-FM by NewCap from Haliburton
. Decision 2000-411 - Eighteen-month licence renewal for CKLP-FM
. Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
. Public Notice 1998-41 - Commercial radio policy 1998

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

Date Modified: 2001-11-09