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Decision CRTC 2001-745

Ottawa, 5 December 2001

Corus Radio Company
Brampton, Ontario 2001-0560-3

Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 2001-106
dated 11 October 2001

New Russian-language SCMO service


The Commission approves the application to amend the licence for CFNY-FM Brampton, by adding a condition of licence allowing the licensee to use a subsidiary communications multiplex operations (SCMO) channel for the purpose of broadcasting a predominately Russian-language radio service. The new service will broadcast programming from CRBC-Russian Radio, Inc.


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


The Commission's policy regarding services using the SCMO channel of FM stations is set out in Public Notice CRTC 1989-23. In accordance with that policy, licensees are expected to be fully accountable for the content of SCMO services broadcast by their stations.


The policy also states that the Commission would be concerned if an SCMO service were to cause any undue negative impact on existing local licensed 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. No such broadcaster opposed this application. The Commission is satisfied that approval of this application will not cause undue negative impact on any existing local licensed ethnic radio stations.


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

Related CRTC documents

· Public Notice 1999-117 - Ethnic broadcasting policy
· Public Notice 1989-23 - Services using the vertical blanking interval (television) or subsidiary communications multiplex operation (FM)

Secretary General

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