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Ottawa, 28 August 1998
Decision CRTC 98-389
Radio MF Charlevoix inc.
Saint-Hilarion, La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec - 199704565
Licence renewal for CIHO-FM and its transmitters
1. Following Public Notice CRTC 1998-51 dated 19 May 1998, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CIHO-FM Saint-Hilarion and its transmitters CIHO-FM-1 La Malbaie and CIHO-FM-2 Baie-Saint-Paul, from 1 September 1998 to 31 August 2005, 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.
2. 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.
3. In its licence renewal application, the licensee indicated that it would maintain the commitments set out in its current Promise of Performance. The licence is therefore subject to the following conditions of licence:
· that the licensee broadcast a weekly minimum spoken word level of 15%;
· that the licensee broadcast each week, a minimum level of 40% of category 2 Canadian musical selections;
· that the licensee devote a minimum of 3 hours of musical programming per week to material from content category 3 (Traditional and Special Interest) of which 15% should be Canadian musical selections, scheduled in a reasonable manner throughout each broadcast day;
· that the licensee not exceed the maximum level of advertising of 15% of the broadcast week, that is to say a maximum of 9 minutes per hour.
4. Further, the Commission reminds the licensee that it is required to refrain from soliciting advertising on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. It also reminds the licensee that while CIHO-FM is licensed as an independent FM broadcasting undertaking, it is essentially a community-owned and community-oriented station.
5. The Commission notes that the measures taken by the licensee to ensure compliance at all times with the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the regulations) and its conditions of licence over the last short-term renewal have been effective. The Commission will monitor closely the station's performance over the new licence term and expects the licensee to continue to comply at all times with the regulations and the conditions of its licence.
6. 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. It considers that campus and community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to this issue in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
7. The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted by l'Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ).
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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