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Decision CRTC 2000-170
See also: 2000-170-1

Ottawa, 19 May 2000
Campus Radio Saint John Inc.
University of Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick – 199917267

6 March 2000 Public Hearing
in Moncton

New community-based campus radio station


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for an English-language FM campus radio programming undertaking at the University of Saint John. The new station will operate on the frequency 92.5 MHz, channel 223LP. The Department of Industry has advised that the undertaking will have an effective radiated power of 49.6 watts rather than 50 watts, as indicated in Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 1999-14 dated 24 December 1999.


Subject to the requirements of this decision and consistent with the Campus radio policy (the Policy), the Commission will issue a licence for a community-based campus radio station. This licence will expire on 31 August 2006.


The Commission expects community-based campus stations to provide programming that is complementary, not only to that of commercial stations, but also to that of community stations and other campus stations operating in the same area. Such programming could consist of music, especially Canadian music, not generally heard on commercial stations (including special interest music, as well as styles of popular music seldom broadcast), in-depth spoken word programming, and programming targeted to specific groups within the community.


The Commission notes that the station will broadcast 126 hours of programming per broadcast week, with at least 119 hours to be produced by the station.


In Public Notice CRTC 2000-44 dated 21 March 2000, the Commission proposed amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986 that are designed to increase the percentage of Canadian musical selections broadcast by community and campus stations each broadcast week, from 30% to 35% for category 2 selections and from 10% to 12% for category 3 selections. The Commission notes that the applicant has committed to meet these new percentages.


The Commission notes that, in an effort to reflect the growing multi-cultural fabric of the greater Saint John area, the applicant proposed to broadcast a minimum of 13 hours per week of ethnic third-language programming to a minimum of 7 ethnic groups in a minimum of 7 different languages. This proposal is consistent with the Policy, which allows campus stations in markets without a local ethnic station to provide up to 40% third-language programming. As well, the applicant proposed to broadcast approximately 11.5 hours per week of French-language programming to serve the area's growing Francophone community.

Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued. Further, it is a condition of licence that the licensee

  • devote, each broadcast week, at least 25% of its programming to spoken word programming (content category 1).
  • devote, each broadcast week, at least two-thirds of the programming broadcast to station-produced programming.
  • devote, each broadcast week, a minimum of 5% of its musical selections to musical selections from content category 3 (Special Interest Music).
  • devote, each broadcast week, no more than 10% of all musical selections broadcast to hits, as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1997-42, as amended from time to time.
  • broadcast no more than 504 minutes of advertising (content category 5), each broadcast week, with a maximum of 4 minutes in any hour.
  • adhere to the guidelines on gender portrayal set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
  • adhere to the provisions of the CAB's Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.


Consistent with the Policy, the Commission expects the board of directors of the station to include representatives of each of the following: the student body; the associated college or university; station volunteers; and the community at large. To ensure continuity of direction, the Commission encourages the station to establish positions on its board of directors with terms of more than one year.The Commission notes that the structure and composition of the station's proposed board of directors complies with the Policy. In addition, the Commission reminds the licensee that, in accordance with the requirements of the Direction to the CRTC (Ineligibility of Non-Canadians) P.C. 1998-1268, the chief executive officer and not less than 80 per cent of the members of the board of directors must be Canadians ordinarily resident in Canada.


Further, the Commission expects the licensee to implement the initiatives set out in its plan for Canadian talent development.


The Commission notes that the measures proposed by the licensee regarding the participation of volunteers meet the objectives set out in the new Policy. It expects the licensee to give effect to the measures outlined in its application.
Other questions


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.


The licence will only be issued and effective when the new station is ready to begin operation. When the licensee has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation, it must advise the Commission in writing. If the station is not constructed and ready to operate within 12 months of today’s date, extensions to this time frame may be granted provided that the licensee applies in writing to the Commission before the 12-month period or any extension of that period expires.


The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a broadcasting certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.


In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


The Commission acknowledges the interventions filed in support of this application.

Related CRTC documents
• Public Notice 2000-44Call for comments – Proposed regulatory amendments for the purpose of implementing certain aspects of the revised policies for campus radio and community radio, and incorporating revised content categories for radio
• Public Notice 2000-37Call for comments - Proposed regulatory amendments to implement the ethnic broadcasting policy and new television content categories
• Public Notice 2000-12Campus radio policy
Public Notice 2000-14 – Revised content categories and subcategories for radio
• Public Notice 1997-42Revised policy on the use of hits by English-language FM radio stations
• Public Notice 1999-117Ethnic broadcasting policy
Secretary General

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