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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-409

  Ottawa, 13 September 2004
  Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, on behalf of a not-for-profit corporation to be incorporated
Toronto, Ontario
  Application 2003-1665-5
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
7 June 2004
 

Developmental campus FM radio station in Toronto

  The Commission approves the application by Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Humber College), on behalf of a not-for-profit corporation to be incorporated, to operate an English-language developmental campus FM radio station at Humber College in Toronto.
 

The application

1.

The Commission received an application by Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Humber College), on behalf of a not-for-profit corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language developmental campus FM radio programming undertaking at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. The proposed station would operate at 96.9 MHz (channel 245LP) with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 5 watts.

2.

The applicant indicated that the proposed station would broadcast 126 hours of programming per week that would meet the needs and interests of students attending Humber College and reflect community and college current events. The station would also offer two hours of community access programming each week. The applicant indicated that 100% of the music drawn from category 2 (Popular Music) and category 3 (Special Interest Music) would be Canadian.

3.

According to the applicant, the station would provide a training ground for young broadcasters, journalists, media copywriters and media salespeople. The station would also promote the music of young Canadian musicians enrolled in the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts by featuring musical performances recorded live as class assignments or in small concert settings. The students of the Comedy School and the Multimedia program would also gain from the radio station's training opportunities.

4.

The applicant stated that spoken word features would include "Humber Voice," a one-hour news magazine program produced by journalism and radio broadcasting students that would focus on issues pertaining to the college and the Etobicoke/Rexdale area. "Just for Lafs," a half-hour program, would feature the talents of the Humber Comedy School students. Two hours per week would be dedicated to community access programming. The applicant indicated that the remaining spoken word programming would include newscasts, a sports forum, the Humber Students Federation program, two hours of educational content as well as on-air classified announcements.

5.

The applicant stated that students enrolled in the School of Media Studies would produce programming under the guidance of the board of directors and of the station manager. The station would advertise the availability of its community access programming on the radio station web site, in the alumni newsletter, on-air and in the college newspaper. The School of Media Studies would provide training for the volunteers who would produce the community access programming.
 

Interventions

6.

The Commission received 30 interventions in support of this application. The interventions were from college staff, former students, people working in the broadcasting industry and from the Canadian Society For Independent Radio Production.
 

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, among other things, that a campus radio station's role is to provide access to the airwaves and to offer alternative programming that reflects the diverse elements of the community it is licensed to serve. Developmental stations operate primarily for training purposes and have a certain measure of programming flexibility.

8.

The Commission is satisfied that the application conforms with all the applicable terms and conditions for developmental campus radio stations set out in the Campus Radio Policy. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, on behalf of anot-for-profit corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language developmental campus FM radio programming undertaking at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario at 96.9 MHz (channel 245LP) with an ERP of 5 watts.

9.

The licence will expire on 31 August 2008. If the licensee wishes to continue the operation of the station beyond this period, it must, nine months before the expiry of its licence, file an application with the Commission for a regular campus radio licence, or cease operations when its licence has expired.

10.

The licence 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

11.

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.

12.

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.

13.

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.

14.

The licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant has:
 
  • satisfied the Commission, with supporting documentation, that an eligible Canadian corporation has been incorporated in accordance with the application in all material respects, and
 
  • informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations.

15.

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 is approved by the Commission before 13 September 2006. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be filed at least 60 days before this date.
 

Employment equity

16.

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 licensee to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
  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: 2004-09-13