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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-308


Ottawa, 11 October 2002


Craig Broadcast Systems Inc.
Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg, Manitoba


Application 2001-1309-3
Public Hearing at Calgary
10 April 2002


Licence renewal for CHMI-TV Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg


The Commission received an application by Craig Broadcast Systems Inc. (Craig) for the renewal of the licence for the television programming undertaking CHMI-TV Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg.


The Commission received 14 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 CHMI-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 CHMI-TV Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg for a full seven years is justified. Accordingly, the Commission renews the licence 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 condition:

  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.

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.


The Commission notes the licensee's commitment to broadcast on CHMI-TV, during each broadcast week, an average of not less than 15 hours of local 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.

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