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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-408

  Ottawa, 10 September 2004
  Bayview Avenue Non-Profit Student Radio
Toronto, Ontario
  Application 2003-1515-2
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
7 June 2004

Community-based campus FM radio station in Toronto

  The Commission approves the application by Bayview Avenue Non-Profit Student Radio for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM community-based campus radio station at Glendon College in Toronto.

The application


The Commission received an application by Bayview Avenue Non-Profit Student Radio for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM community-based campus radio programming undertaking at Glendon College in Toronto. The proposed station would operate at 89.9 MHz (channel 210LP) with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 1 watt.
2. Glendon College, which is affiliated with York University, currently operates CKRG Radio Glendon, an exempt carrier-current undertaking.
3. The applicant stated that the proposed station would broadcast an average of 70 hours per broadcast week of which a minimum of 14 hours per broadcast week would consist of programming offered in the French language. The station would provide training in radio broadcasting for student volunteers, and community members would also be invited to participate in its programming.
4. The applicant proposed to broadcast a wide range of music and spoken word programming that would duplicate the programming format offered on CKRG.
5. The applicant indicated that the station would operate from the first week of September to the first week of December each year and would return to the air the first week of January and broadcast until the end of March each year.
6. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

The Commission's analysis and determination

7. In Campus Radio Policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-12, 28 January 2000 (the Campus Radio Policy), the Commission stated that the primary objective for campus radio stations is to:

.provide programming differing in style and substance from that provided by other elements of the broadcasting system, particularly commercial stations and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The Commission considers that campus stations should add diversity to the broadcasting system by providing alternative programming in both music and spoken word.

8. The Commission defined two types of campus stations, namely community-based campus stations and instructional campus stations. Of the former, the Commission stated:

The primary role of [community-based campus] stations is to provide alternative programming such as music, especially Canadian music, not generally heard on commercial stations (including special interest music as well as styles of popular music seldom broadcast), in-depth spoken word programming, and programming targeted to specific groups within the community.

9. In the Campus Radio Policy, the Commission further stated that campus radio stations should rely on volunteers from the campus and from the community at large for their programming and operation.
10. The Commission added, in the Campus Radio Policy, that it expects the board of directors of all campus radio stations "to include balanced representation from among the student body, the associated college or university (for example, faculty or administration), station volunteers, and from the community at large. To ensure continuity of direction, the Commission also encourages campus stations to establish positions on their boards of directors with terms of more than one year."
11. The Commission is satisfied that the application conforms with all the applicable terms and conditions for community-based campus radio stations set out in the Campus Radio Policy. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Bayview Avenue Non-Profit Student Radio for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, community-based campus FM radio programming undertaking in Toronto at 89.9 MHz (channel 210LP) with an ERP of 1 watt.
12. The licence will expire 31 August 2011 and will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for campus radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-156 , 16 November 2000.

Issuance of the licence

13. The Department of Industry (the Department) has advised the Commission that, while this application is conditionally technically acceptable, it will only issue a broadcasting certificate when it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
14. The Commission reminds the applicant that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
15. Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the applicant that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.
16. Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 10 September 2006. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.

Employment equity

17. The Commission considers that campus radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the applicant to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
  Secretary General
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