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Ottawa, 14 January 1999
Decision CRTC 99-6
Toronto, Ontario - 199803896
Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 1998-97
dated 17 September 1998
New SCMO service
1. The Commission approves the application by CJRT-FM Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for CJRT-FM Toronto by adding a condition of licence allowing the licensee to use a Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operations (SCMO) channel for the purpose of broadcasting a predominantly Tamil-language radio service. The new service will offer programming in the following five languages: Tamil (80%), Telugu (4%), Kannadam (4%), Malayalam (8%) and English (4%).
2. In its evaluation of this application, the Commission has taken into consideration the numerous interventions submitted in support of the proposed service. The Commission has also noted the concerns expressed in seven opposing interventions claiming that an approval would cause harm to the predominantly Tamil-language SCMO service operated by the Canadian Thamil Broadcasting Corporation (CTBC) and carried on CFMX-FM Toronto.
3. The applicant responded that its proposed service includes South Indian languages not offered by CTBC's SCMO service. In addition, the applicant claimed that the Sri Lankan and South Indian community in Toronto can support an additional service.
4. The Commission's policy regarding services using the SCMO channel of FM stations is set out in Public Notice CRTC 1989-23. The policy states that the Commission would be concerned if such a service were to cause any undue negative impact on existing local broadcasting services. Unlike licensed radio undertakings, SCMO services are not required to offer a minimum level of Canadian content, to make financial contributions to Canadian talent development, or, in general, to make specific programming commitments. Despite the concerns raised in the opposing interventions regarding the possible negative impact of the proposed SCMO service on an existing SCMO service, the Commission is satisfied that approval of this application will not cause undue negative impact on any existing local licensed ethnic radio stations.
Secretary General
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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