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Ottawa, 26 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-496
Redmond Broadcasting Inc.
Calgary, Alberta - 951403500
Licence renewal for CKRY-FM
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-85 dated 19 June 1996, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CKRY-FM Calgary, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2000, subject to the conditions 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 with its condition of licence which requires CKRY-FM to maintain the weekly level of hits below 50%.
The Commission conducted an analysis of CKRY-FM's hit level for 29 August 1995. Based on the result of this analysis and the station's music lists, the station's hit level was established at 52.6% for the week of 27 August to 2 September 1995.
The licensee explained that the problem was due to a misunderstanding of the application of the hit factor analysis procedures with respect to the two-week delay, and to failure to change the code after the one-year period.
The Commission views with great concern the licensee's failure to comply with this condition of licence. It intends to monitor the licensee's performance during the new licence term, and directs the licensee to take all necessary measures to ensure that it complies at all times with its condition of licence with respect to hits.
It is a condition of licence that this station not be operated within the Specialty format as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1995-60, or as amended from time to time by the Commission.
The licensee is required, by condition of licence, to make payments to third parties involved in Canadian talent development at the level identified for it in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) "Distribution Guidelines For Canadian Talent Development", as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1995-196 or as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission, and to report the names of the third parties associated with Canadian talent development, together with the amounts paid to each, on its annual return. The payments required under this condition of licence are over and above any outstanding commitments to Canadian talent development offered as benefits in an application to acquire ownership or control of the undertaking.
It is a condition of licence that the licensee adhere to the guidelines on gender portrayal set out in the CAB's "Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming", as amended from time to time and accepted by the Commission. The application of the foregoing condition of licence will be suspended as long as the licensee remains a member in good standing of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
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. The Commission recognizes the licensee's involvement in various employment equity initiatives including its support of women in broadcasting. Nevertheless, the Commission considers that the licensee could increase its efforts in relation to visible minorities, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal Peoples.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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