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Ottawa, 23 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-465
Radio Port-Cartier inc.
Port-Cartier, Quebec - 952239200
Licence renewal for CIPC-FM
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-77 dated 10 June 1996, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CIPC-FM Port-Cartier, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2000, subject to the condi-tions in effect under the current licence, as well as to those conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
This term will enable the Commission to assess at an early date the licensee's compliance to the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the regulations).
The Commission notes the licensee's non-compliance with respect to the level of French-language vocal music broadcast during the week of 27 August to 2 September 1995. The content level observed for this category was 61.9% rather than the level of 65% required by the regulations. The licensee explained that the non-compliance was due to the fact that regular staff was on holidays and that evening and night-time programming material was aired more often than usual. The licensee added that some segments were mistakenly considered as "special programming".
The Commission views with great concern the licensee's failure to comply with this regulatory requirement. It intends to monitor the licensee's performance during the new licence term.
It is a condition of licence that the licensee refrain from soliciting or accepting local advertising for broadcast during any broadcast week when less than one-third of the programming aired is local. The definition of local programming shall be as set out on page 8 of Public Notice CRTC 1993-38, or as amended from time to time by the Commission.
The Commission reaffirms the particular importance it attaches to the development of Canadian talent and is satisfied with the annual budgets and the initiatives proposed by the licensee in this respect. It encourages the licensee, during the new licence term, to continue its efforts towards the support, development and on-air exposure of local and regional talent.
In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled "Implementation of an Employment Equity Policy", the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. In this regard, 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.
The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted by l'Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ). The Commission notes that the concerns raised by ADISQ have been addressed in Public Notice CRTC 1996-114 entitled "Implementation of the New Approach to Canadian Talent Development".
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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