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Decision CRTC 2001-644

Ottawa, 11 October 2001

University of Toronto Community Radio Inc.
Toronto, Ontario 2001-0478-7

Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 2001-92
dated 9 August 2001

New Punjabi- and Hindi-language SCMO service


The Commission approves the application by the University of Toronto Community Radio Inc. (U of T Community Radio) to amend the licence for CIUT-FM Toronto, by adding a condition of licence allowing the licensee to use a Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operations (SCMO) channel to broadcast predominantly Punjabi- and Hindi-language programming. The service will operate on a full-time basis and will broadcast programming produced by Sur Sagar Radio/TV.


Programming broadcast using an SCMO channel is not accessible with standard radio equipment, and requires instead the use of a special receiver.


The Commission's policy for services using the SCMO channel of FM stations is set out in Public Notice CRTC 1989-23 dated 23 March 1989 entitled Services Using the Vertical Blanking Interval (Television) or Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operation (FM). The licensee is expected to adhere to the guidelines set out in Appendix A to that Public Notice.


As stated in the above-noted policy, the Commission would be concerned if such a service were to have a negative impact on existing local conventional ethnic broadcasters. No such broadcaster opposed this application. The Commission is satisfied that this approval will not cause an undue negative impact on existing local conventional ethnic radio stations.


In view of the strong religious element in the programming, U of T Community Radio has committed to abide the Commission's Religious Broadcasting Policy set out in Public Notice CRTC 1993-78. Furthermore, the applicant has committed to abide by the requirements related to logger tapes set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986. It will therefore retain an exact copy of all matter broadcast on the SCMO service for four weeks following the date of broadcast.


The Commission further notes the applicant's commitment that advertising on the SCMO service will not exceed seven minutes per hour.


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

Secretary General

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