Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-75
Route reference: 2013-448
Ottawa, 20 February 2014
Application 2013-0615-0, received 9 April 2013
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
5 November 2013
English-language FM radio station in Hinton
1. The Commission approves the application by Newcap Inc. (Newcap) for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Hinton, Alberta. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
2. The new station will operate at 104.9 MHz (channel 285B1) with an effective radiated power of 1,100 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 345.4 metres).
3. Newcap is controlled by Mr. Harold R. Steele.
4. The new station will offer a rock based music format targeting adults between the ages of 25 and 54.
5. The station will provide 126 hours of local programming each broadcast week. Spoken word programming will include an hourly community events update, a twice-per-day feature highlighting how listeners can make lifestyle changes that would lead to a cleaner environment, and features designed to reflect and enhance life in Hinton.
Canadian content development
6. The Commission reminds the licensee that it must adhere to the requirements relating to contributions to Canadian content development (CCD) set out in section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations). The Commission notes that, according to Newcap’s financial projections, the station would generate annual revenues below the $1.25 million threshold set out in the Regulations throughout its licence term and therefore may not be required to make any basic CCD contributions for the new station so long as annual revenues remain below $1.25 million.
7. Newcap made an additional commitment to devote, by condition of licence, $1,000 per year to CCD (a total of $7,000 over seven broadcast years) upon commencement of operations. Of this amount, at least 20% shall be devoted to FACTOR or MUSICACTION on an annual basis. The Commission notes that the remainder of this additional CCD contribution shall be allocated to parties and initiatives fulfilling the definition of eligible initiatives set out in paragraph 108 of Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006. A condition of licence in that regard is set out in the appendix to this decision.
8. Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and must file reports concerning employment equity with the Department of Employment and Social Development, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-75
Terms, conditions of licence and expectations for the English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Hinton, Alberta
The licence will expire 31 August 2020.
The station will operate at 104.9 MHz (channel 285B1) with an effective radiated power of 1,100 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 345.4 metres).
The Commission reminds the applicant that pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
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 20 February 2016. 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.
Conditions of licence
1. The licensee shall adhere to the conditions set out in Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-62, 11 February 2009.
2. In addition to the basic annual contribution to Canadian content development set out in section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, the licensee shall, upon commencement of operations, make an annual contribution of $1,000 ($7,000 over seven broadcast years) to the promotion and development of Canadian content. Of this amount, no less than 20% per broadcast year shall be devoted to FACTOR or MUSICACTION. The remainder shall be allocated to parties and initiatives fulfilling the definition of eligible initiatives set out in paragraph 108 of Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006.
The Commission expects the licensee to reflect the cultural diversity of Canada in its programming and employment practices.
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