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Ottawa, 5 October 1998
Decision CRTC 98-480
Purcell Radio Society
Cranbrook, British Columbia - 199715645
Campus/community radio licence - denied
1. Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region held on 11 August 1998, the Commission denies the application by Purcell Radio Society (Purcell) for a broadcasting licence to carry on a low power English-language FM campus/community radio programming undertaking at Cranbrook, at the College of the Rockies.
2. An intervention in opposition to the application was submitted by Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (Columbia), licensee of CKEK and CKKR-FM Cranbrook. Columbia expressed concern that the application, as filed, was not consistent with the definition of a campus station.
3. An intervention was also submitted by the Board of the College of the Rockies, setting out its opposition to the licensing of this undertaking, based upon the fact that the application is not supported by the College, and that the College is not a partner in the establishment of the proposed undertaking. The College also stated that it would not be in a position to provide funding either by purchasing advertising or participating in fund-raising activities.
4. In its replies to the interventions, Purcell acknowledges that the College itself is not an official partner in the undertaking, but that its proposal is fully supported by the College of the Rockies Student Association, which would provide some of the funding needed to establish the station.
5. In Public Notice CRTC 1992-38 dated 29 May 1992 entitled Policies for Community and Campus Radio, the Commission determined that a campus radio station is characterized by being owned or controlled by a not-for-profit organization associated with a post-secondary educational institution. There are two types of campus stations. A campus/community station is a station with programming produced primarily by volunteers who are either students or members of the community. An instructional station has the training of professional broadcasters as its primary objective.
6. In the case of either type of campus station, the Commission generally expects representatives of the student body, faculty, alumni or administration representatives of the university or college with which the station is associated, considered together, to form the majority of the board of directors of a campus station.
7. In its application, Purcell stated that, of the seven members proposed for Purcell's board, only one member would be drawn from the College. The Commission is of the opinion that the proposed composition of the board, as well as the fact that the proposed undertaking is not formally associated with a post-secondary educational institution, indicates that the proposal is not consistent with that of a campus station, either campus/community or instructional.
8. However, the Commission notes that, Public Notice CRTC 1992-38 also sets out the definition of a community radio station. Such stations are characterized by their ownership and programming, as well as the market they are authorized to serve. Community stations are owned and controlled by not-for-profit organizations whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming primarily by members of the community at large. Their programming should be based on community access and should reflect the special interests and needs of the listeners it is licensed to serve.
9. Although it has denied the application for a campus station at Cranbrook for the reasons set out above, the Commission recognizes, from the letters of support and interventions submitted with the application that there is support for a community-based undertaking in Cranbrook. While the Commission is not satisfied that the application as filed fulfills the requirements of a campus station, it would give consideration to an application that is consistent with the requirements of a community station.
10. The Commission acknowledges and has considered all of the interventions submitted with respect to this application.
Secretary General
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