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Decision CRTC 2001-664

Ottawa, 29 October 2001

Bethany Pentecostal Tabernacle
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory 2001-0355-7

10 September 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

New Christian music FM radio station


The Commission approves the application for a new low-power English-language specialty FM radio programming undertaking at Whitehorse. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


Control of the proposed station will rest with the Board of Bethany Pentecostal Tabernacle, a not-for-profit church body registered with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

The proposed service


The new station will broadcast an average of 126 hours each week consisting of 84 hours of Christian music and approximately 42 hours of religious spoken word programming as defined in the Commission's Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 Religious broadcasting policy.


The applicant confirmed that it will abide by the requirements for balance in religious programming as set out in the Commission's Religious broadcasting policy.


At least 95% of the total weekly music broadcast on the new station will be drawn from subcategory 35 (non-classic religious). A condition of licence in this regard is found in the appendix.


Local programming will consist of programs produced in the local community, including recordings of sermons, local church functions, and personal testimonies. The station will also broadcast news and weather, 4 to 6 times a day starting at 10 a.m.


The applicant will offer two free hours each week to local faith groups, that will be heard on a rotation basis, mornings, afternoons and/or evenings. Programs in foreign languages, including music, will be monitored with transcripts in English. The station will also broadcast recorded events, and promote any local religious community activities.


The Commission reminds the applicant of the importance of providing local spoken word programming, including newscasts, sports and weather, that meets the needs of the community it serves.


The Commission encourages the applicant to seek Canadian sources for the provision of non-local programming when possible.

Canadian talent development


The applicant will not take part in the Canadian talent development plan established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Instead, it made a commitment to contribute $500 annually to broadcasting and promoting local and Canadian artists, and to supporting concerts that feature local and Yukon artists. A condition of licence in this regard is found in the appendix.


The Commission reminds the applicant that all direct cost expenditures related to Canadian talent development must comply with the criteria set out in Public Notice CRTC 1990-111 which describes initiatives generally accepted by the Commission.



The Commission has examined the interventions submitted in opposition to this application and is satisfied with the applicant's reply. The Commission also acknowledges the interventions received in support of the application.

Related CRTC documents

. Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
. Public Notice 1993-95 - A licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting
. Public Notice 1993-78 - Religious broadcasting policy

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site:


Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-664


Terms of the licence


The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as:

  · the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period.
  · the Department of Industry, having advised that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, has determined that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicated that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).

The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2008.


As proposed, the station will operate on the frequency 100.7 MHz, channel 264LP, with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.


The technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service. The applicant would have to select another frequency for the operation of the service if required to do so to permit the best use of the frequency band.


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137. The licence will also be subject to the following conditions:

  1. The licensee must operate the station within the Specialty format as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1995-60, as amended from time to time.
  2. The licensee must draw at least 95% of the total weekly music from sub-category 35 (non-classic religious).
  3. The licensee must adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming set out in section IV of Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 regarding tolerance, integrity, social responsibility and solicitation of funds.
  4. The licensee must devote $500 per year to acceptable initiatives such as those set out in Appendix 1 - Canadian Talent Development, Public Notice CRTC 1990-111.
  5. The licensee must broadcast no more than 6 minutes of advertising in any hour of broadcast, and broadcast an average of no more than 4 minutes of advertising for every hour of broadcast up to a total of 504 minutes of advertising per week.

Date Modified: 2001-10-29

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