ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-863
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Route reference: 2010-334
Ottawa, 23 November 2010
Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc.
Application 2010-0192-4, received 9 February 2010
CFBG-FM Bracebridge – Licence renewal
The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CFBG-FM Bracebridge from 1 December 2010 to 31 August 2014. This short-term licence renewal will enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986.
1. The Commission received an application by Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. (Haliburton) to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CFBG-FM Bracebridge, which expires 30 November 2010. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2010-334, the Commission stated that the licensee may have failed to comply with section 15(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations), which relates to contributions to Canadian content development (CCD).
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 contributions to CCD. Specifically, the licensee had a shortfall in its required CCD contribution for the 2008-2009 broadcast year.
4. Haliburton explained that the CCD shortfall occurred due to a misinterpretation of the implementation of the new CCD regime. The Commission notes that the amount of the shortfall had since been contributed to FACTOR.
5. In light 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 CFBG-FM is appropriate. Accordingly, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CFBG-FM Bracebridge from 1 December 2010 to 31 August 2014. This short-term renewal will enable the Commission to assess, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Regulations. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-62.
6. In accordance with Public Notice 1992-59, 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.
Administrative renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-635, 30 August 2010
Notice of applications received, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-334, 1 June 2010
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
Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992
* This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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