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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-305

Ottawa, 11 October 2002

Craig Broadcast Alberta Inc.
Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta

Application 2001-1308-5
Public Hearing at Calgary
10 April 2002

Licence renewal for CKEM-TV Edmonton and its transmitter CKEM-TV-1 Red Deer


The Commission received an application by Craig Broadcast Alberta Inc. (Craig) for the renewal of the licence for the television programming undertaking CKEM-TV Edmonton and its transmitter CKEM-TV-1 Red Deer.


The Commission received 13 interventions specifically with regard to the present application, and all have been taken into account by the Commission in its deliberations. All of these interventions were in support of the renewal of the licence to operate CKEM-TV. Interventions with regard to the Craig group television renewals are discussed in Licence renewals for four Craig television stations, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-304, 11 October 2002 (Decision 2002-304) which introduces this and other decisions of today's date.


Based on its examination of this application, the Commission is satisfied that renewal of the licence for CKEM-TV Edmonton for a full seven years is justified. Accordingly, the Commission renews the licence for CKEM-TV and its transmitter CKEM-TV-1 from 1 December 2002 to 31 August 20091.

Conditions of licence


The licence will expire 31 August 2009, and will be subject to the conditions set out in Decision 2002-304, as well as to the following conditions:

1. In each broadcast year, the licensee shall caption 90% of all programming during the broadcast day, including 100% of all category 1 - News programming.
2. In each broadcast week, the licensee shall broadcast an average of not less than 31.5 hours of local programming.

For the purpose of this condition, "local programming" means station productions or programming produced by Edmonton-based independent producers that reflects the particular needs and interests of Edmonton residents.

Other matters


The Commission expects the licensee to ensure that at least 75% of all Canadian priority programming broadcast by the licensee on average over the broadcast year is produced by independent production companies. For the purpose of this expectation, an independent production company is defined as a production company in which the licensee, and any company related to the licensee, owns or controls, directly or indirectly, in aggregate, less than 30% of the equity.


The Commission also encourages the licensee to commission priority programs from all regions of Canada, and expects the licensee to provide regional reflection, not only in its priority programs, but in all of its programming.

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:

1 In Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-239, 22 August 2002, the Commission granted a three-month administrative renewal for CKEM-TV Edmonton, CKAL-TV Calgary, CHMI-TV Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg and CKX-TV Brandon, from 1 September to 30 November 2002.

Date Modified: 2002-10-11

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