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Decision CRTC 99-505

  Ottawa, 18 November 1999
  Angela Demers, on behalf of AD Communications, a company to be incorporated
Kapuskasing, Ontario – 199906137
  4 October 1999 Public Hearing
National Capital Region
  The Commission denies the application for a broadcasting licence for an English-language FM low-power radio programming undertaking at Kapuskasing.
  1. The applicant proposed to offer a pop/rock music format. Its programming plans relied very heavily on automated programming.
  2. In order to accept or solicit local advertising, at least one-third of a station’s weekly programming must be local. The applicant indicated that it would adhere to the standard condition of licence for FM stations in this regard and would broadcast at least 42 hours of local programming.
  3. As indicated in Public Notice CRTC 1998-41, Commercial Radio Policy 1998, "in their local programming, licensees must include spoken word material of direct and particular relevance to the community served, such as local news, weather and sports, and the promotion of local events and activities". As part of the application process, the Commission asked the applicant to explain how the proposed station’s local programming would address that aspect of the policy. The Commission also questioned the applicant regarding the number of staff that the proposed station would have and their duties, particularly in the area of programming.
  4. In its response, the applicant provided few details on how it plans to meet the Commission’s concerns, particularly in the area of spoken word material. The applicant's response indicated that only two part-time staff would have been involved in the production of local programming.
  5. The Commission considers that this minimal staff level would not be adequate to fulfil the requirement that the station produce an amount of high quality local programming commensurate with the size and needs of the Kapuskasing community. In addition, the applicant's proposal calls into question the fairness of permitting a licensee to draw significant revenues in a competitive market based on a business plan offering a popular music service but predicated on minimal programming resources, particularly when compared to the staff levels and expenditures of other market players.
  6. Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc., licensee of CKAP Kapuskasing, Radio communautaire KapNord inc., Pelmorex Radio Inc., L’Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada inc, Mouvement des intervenants(es) communautaires en radio de l’Ontario and La Caisse populaire de Kapuskasing submitted interventions opposing this application. The interveners argued that the Kapuskasing radio market does not have enough advertising revenues to sustain an additional radio station without causing harm to existing stations. The Commission considers that the applicant’s response did not satisfactorily address the concerns raised by the interventions.
  7. Based on all of the foregoing, the Commission has denied this application.
  8. The Commission acknowledges the eight interventions filed in support of this application.
  Secretary General
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