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Ottawa, 9 October 1996
Decision CRTC 96-666
Telemedia Communications Inc.
Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury, Ontario - 950292300 - 950429100 - 950425900 - 950261800 - 950291500 - 950262600
Applications to provide French-language programming - Denied
Following Public Notice CRTC 1995-177 dated 17 October 1995, the Commission denies the applications to amend the broadcasting licences for CKGB and CJQQ-FM Timmins, CFCH and CKAT-FM North Bay, CIGM and CJRQ-FM Sudbury that would have allowed the licensee to broadcast 30 minutes per week of French-language programming.
Seven interventions in opposition to these applications were submitted. The interveners include: Mouvement des intervenants et intervenantes communautaires en Radio de l'Ontario; Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada; Association de la presse francophone; Coopérative Radio Communautaire Nipissing; CINN-FM, La Radio de l'Épinette noire, Hearst; Radio communautaire Cornwall-Alexandria Inc., licensee of CHOD-FM Cornwall and Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada. The interveners suggested, among other concerns, that approval of these applications would result in a significant decease in advertising revenues for the existing French-language community stations, thereby negatively affecting their viability.
The Commission has considered the views of the applicant and of the interveners and is convinced that the francophone community is already well served by the programming broadcast by French-language stations located in Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury. Having taken into account the precarious financial situation of the existing French-language community stations, the Commission has determined that approval of these applications could negatively impact on these stations.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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