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Public Notice

Ottawa, 14 February 1991
Public Notice CRTC 1991-19
Related Document:
Public Notice CRTC 1990-111 dated 17 December 1990.
In Public Notice 1990-111, AN FM POLICY FOR THE NINETIES, the Commission set out its policy for FM radio in the private commercial sector. Appended to that Notice were program content categories and subcategories related to the FM policy.
The content categories and subcategories published with the present notice, which vary from the original definitions by virtue of a few minor clarifications, supersede those set out as Appendix II to Public Notice 1990-111, and will apply to the FM Policy as well as to the amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986, which will be published shortly.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General
Spoken Word: This category includes the following two subcategories:
Subcategory 11: News
The recounting and reporting of local, regional, national and international events of the day or recent days, with particular emphasis on the topicality of the events or situations selected, or on the constant updating of information, or both as well as background material about current events when included in newscasts but excluding weather, traffic and sports and entertainment reports.
Subcategory 12: Spoken Word-Other
All programming with the exception of material falling under subcategory 11-News and categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Music General, Music Traditional and Special Interest, Musical Production and Advertising).
Music-General: Live or recorded entertainment music of one minute in length or more, broadcast uninterrupted, extending from the advent of mass-produced recordings to the latest hits as defined in charts of recognized trade publications, including popular songs and compositions that fall under the headings "pop", "country-and-western", "rhythm and blues"; "dance"; "rock", "easy listening", "middle-of-the- road", "beautiful music", "mood", and "mainly for dancing"; popularized arrangements of classical music, jazz or authentic folksongs, music written and performed in a folk idiom by present-day artists;which may include songs of protest and/or political and/or social comment, humorous and satirical songs, chansonniers and chansonnettes, English music hall and North American vaudeville; individual excerpts from works from the musical stage, non-religious Christmas songs, popular music for films and television; and popularizations of folk idioms, such as Latin American, Hawaiian and Calypso. For greater particularity the category includes the following four subcategories:
Subcategory 21: Pop, Rock and Dance:
This subcategory includes music from the entire pop, rock and dance music spectrum. This music includes styles generally described as "easy listening", "beautiful music", "pop adult", "soft rock", "dance", "rock and roll", "rhythm and blues", "jazz rock", "folk rock" and "heavy metal", as well as all other forms of music generally referred to as either MOR (middle-of-the-road) or rock. This subcategory includes musical selections listed in recognized trade publications as AC (Adult Contemporary), AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) or Dance. Subcategory 22: Country and Country-Oriented:
This subcategory ranges from "country and western" and "bluegrass" to "Nashville" and "country-pop" styles and other music forms generally characterized as country, including musical selections listed in recognized trade publications as Country.
Subcategory 23: Folk-Oriented:
This subcategory includes music in a folk style composed by the troubadours and chansonniers of our time, popular arrangements of authentic folksongs, and popularizations of folk idioms.
Subcategory 24: Jazz-Oriented:
Music sung or played in a popular style by performers with a jazz background, including "cocktail" jazz and jazz improvisation when presented against a popularized orchestral background, but not including jazz-rock, falling under subcategory 21.
Music-Traditional and Special Interest:
Music of one minute or more in length, broadcast uninterrupted, characterized as traditional authentic songs and dances of the people, institutionalized music of religious faiths, "classical" music, authentic improvised jazz, and extended excerpts from popular musical theatre. For greater particularity, this category includes the following four subcategories: Subcategory 31: Concert Music:
This subcategory includes: "classical", music which embodies standards of form, structure and taste, established by artists through the centuries, as a means to communicate complex thoughts in the most coherent way, including music by a contemporary composer when it utilizes entirely or in modified form those established standards, but not including orchestrations of the entertainment music of our time, however classical in form; "opera, operetta and musical", including grand opera, comic opera, music drama, narrative musical plays, operettas and extended dramatic excerpts of popular musical theatre, when performed in a full-cast version.
Subcategory 32: Folk:
Authentic traditional folk songs and dances.
Subcategory 33: Jazz:
Authentic jazz containing a large element of improvisation, including early blues and gospel shouts, ragtime, Dixieland, authentic early swing including early golden age (late 30's-40"s) and modern, bebop and "cool" jazz, Modern, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Jazz Fusion, New European, Afro/New World and contemporary jazz experiments, but not including jazz-rock, falling under subcategory 21. Subcategory 34: Non-Classic Religious:
Music of the church or of religious faiths, other than in a classical form, or occurring in the course of a ritual service or other form of public worship, or having a jazz character.
Musical Production:
Musical matter broadcast by a station to identify itself or any of the components of its programming, including musical linking devices used to highlight elements of the broadcast service. For greater particularity, this category includes the following five subcategories:
Subcategory 41: Musical Themes, Bridges and Stingers:
Musical selections used to identify particular program segments, or to extend programming segments to the end of their allotted time as well as applause, brief musical and other sound effects intended to punctuate the presentation of other broadcast matter, where this matter is less than one minute in duration.
Subcategory 42: Technical Tests:
Broadcast matter intended to be used for the purposes of technical tests by the station or its listeners. Subcategory 43: Musical Station Identification:
Short musical selections designed to identify the station by call letters or frequency.
Subcategory 44: Musical Identification of Announcers, Programs:
Musical material identifying and accompanying the use of specific announcers, programs or programming elements.
Subcategory 45: Musical Promotion of Announcers, Programs:
Musical material promoting increased listening to specific announcers, programs or programming elements.
Broadcast matter intended to promote services or products offered to the public by persons normally advertising in the course of their business. For greater particularity, this category includes the following three subcategories:
Subcategory 51: Commercial
A commercial announcement for a business, product or service, presented in return for consideration. Subcategory 52: Sponsor Identification:
Identification of the sponsor of a program or program segment other than under subcategories 51 and 53.
Subcategory 53: Promotion with Sponsor Mention:
Verbal or musical material promoting increased listening to the station or to specific announcers, programs or programming elements, when accompanied by the identification of a sponsor.

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