ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010‑420
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Route reference: 2009‑786
Ottawa, 30 June 2010
Vista Radio Ltd.
Prince George, British Columbia
Application 2008-1722-3, received 19 December 2008
CJCI‑FM Prince George – Licence renewal
The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English‑language commercial radio station CJCI‑FM Prince George from 1 July 2010 to 31 August 2013. This short‑term licence renewal will enable the Commission to review the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 at an earlier date.
1. The Commission received an application by Vista Radio Ltd. (Vista) to renew the broadcasting licence for the English‑language commercial radio programming undertaking CJCI‑FM Prince George, which expires 30 June 2010. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009‑786, the Commission noted that the licensee may have failed to comply with section 9(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations), which relates to the provision of annual returns, for broadcast years 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Commission’s analysis and determinations
3. After examining the application in light of applicable regulations and policies, the Commission considers that the issue to be addressed in its determinations relates to the provision of annual returns. As set out in section 9(2) of the Regulations, licensees are required to file their annual returns for a given broadcast year by 30 November of that same broadcast year. The Commission notes that for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 broadcast years, the licensee’s annual returns were filed after this 30 November deadline.
4. Vista indicated that the audited financial statements took longer than anticipated to complete. It further indicated that because of the timing of receipt of the audited statements from its previous auditors, it had changed audit firms, with the new firm committing to provide the audited statements in a timely manner.
5. In light of all of the above, in accordance with its practice regarding radio non‑compliance set out in Circular No. 444, the Commission considers that a short-term renewal period for CJCI-FM would be appropriate. Accordingly, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English‑language commercial radio programming undertaking CJCI‑FM Prince George from 1 July 2010 to 31 August 2013, four years from the original expiry date of 31 August 2009. This short‑term renewal will enable the Commission to assess the licensee’s compliance with the Regulations at an earlier date. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009‑62.
6. Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
- Administrative renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010‑324, 28 May 2010
- Notice of applications received, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009‑786, 17 December 2009
- Administrative renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009‑785, 17 December 2009
- Administrative renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009‑506, 20 August 2009
- Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009‑62, 11 February 2009
- Practices regarding radio non‑compliance, Circular No. 444, 7 May 2001
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