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Decision CRTC 2001-9


Ottawa, 11 January 2001


1158556 Ontario Ltd., doing business under the name of Celestial Sound
Timmins; Iroquois Falls; and Kirkland Lake, Ontario
1999-1627-7, 1999-1139-2, 1999-1156-6 


Applications processed by Public Notice CRTC 2000-112 dated 4 August 2000


Licence renewal and addition of transmitters for CHIM-FM - Approved


Request to broadcast advertising - Denied


The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for CHIM-FM Timmins, from 1 March 2001 to 31 August 2007, subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued as also set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137.


The Commission approves the licensee's applications to add:

  • a low-power FM transmitter at Iroquois Falls, operating on frequency 102.7 MHz, channel 274LP, with an effective radiated power of 1.6 watts; and
  • a low-power FM transmitter at Kirkland Lake, operating on frequency 99.1 MHz, channel 256LP, with an effective radiated power of 1.6 watts.

Request to broadcast advertising


The Commission denies the licensee's request to delete CHIM-FM's current condition of licence prohibiting it from broadcasting commercial messages and to replace it with a condition that would allow the station to broadcast a maximum of 6 minutes of advertising each hour.


The Commission's policy on local programming for radio is set out in Public Notice CRTC 1998-41. It states that licensees wishing to solicit or accept local advertising in markets served by more than one private commercial radio station generally must devote at least one-third of the station's weekly programming to local programming. The policy also requires that, as part of their local programming, licensees should provide spoken word material of direct and particular relevance to the community served, such as local news, weather and sports, and the promotion of local events and activities.


In its application, the licensee stated that, during the new licence term, it would broadcast news, weather and sports reports nine times daily as part of its local programming. The licensee planned to rely on volunteer staff to gather, write, produce and air this programming. The station would also broadcast numerous public service announcements and promote community events. The licensee, however, did not indicate the level of financial resources it would allocate to producing news, weather and sports programming.


In the Commission's view, an applicant must demonstrate that the proposed level of financial and human resources directed toward the production of programming, in general, and to local programming, in particular, are adequate to meet the local programming policy and to carry out its own proposed programming commitments.


The Commission considers that the licensee's failure to provide information regarding the amount of money it would devote to producing news, weather and sports, as well as its plans to rely only on volunteers to produce such programming call into question its ability to carry out its proposed commitments to local spoken word programming. Further, the Commission is not convinced that the licensee would be able to fulfil the requirement that the station produce an amount of high-quality local programming commensurate with the size and needs of the Timmins community.


Other matters


The Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources (PN 1992-59).


The Department of Industry has advised that the applications to add the transmitters are conditionally technically acceptable, subject to determination that there will be no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services. When the Department has certified that broadcasting certificates have been or will be issued, the authorities for the transmitters approved in this decision will be valid (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).


The Commission has taken into consideration the many interventions submitted in support of these applications.


Related CRTC documents

  • Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
  • Public Notice 1998-41 - Commercial Radio Policy, 1998

Secretary General


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