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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-326

See also: 2002-326-1 et 2002-327-1

Ottawa, 21 October 2002

CHUM Limited
Wingham, Ontario

Application 2001-1324-1
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
6 May 2002

Licence renewal for CKNX-TV Wingham


The Commission has considered the application by CHUM Limited (CHUM) for the renewal of the licence for the television programming undertaking CKNX-TV Wingham.


The Commission received 11 interventions with regard to this 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 CKNX-TV, and are discussed in Licence renewals for seven CHUM Limited television stations, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-323, 21 October 2002 (Decision 2002-323) which introduces this and other decisions of today's date.


Based on its examination of this application, the Commission is satisfied that a long-term renewal of the licence for CKNX-TV is justified, and renews the licence for CKNX-TV from 1 December 2002 to 31 August 20091. The licence will be subject to the conditions of licence set out below, as well as to others contained in Decision 2002-323.

Conditions of licence

1.a) The licensee shall broadcast, at a minimum, in each broadcast year, an average of eight hours per week of Canadian programs in the priority program categories between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., from Monday to Sunday. As defined in Definitions for new types of priority programs; revisions to the definitions of television content categories; definitions of Canadian dramatic programs that will qualify for time credits towards priority programming requirements, Public Notice CRTC 1999-205, 23 December 1999 (Public Notice 1999-205), the priority program categories are:
Canadian drama programs; Canadian music and dance and variety programs; Canadian long-form documentaries; Canadian regionally-produced programs in all categories other than News and information and Sports; Canadian entertainment magazine programs.
b) For the purpose of fulfilling the above-noted condition, the licensee may claim the dramatic programming credit announced in Public Notice 1999-205, as it may be amended from time to time.
2. Beginning 1 December 2002, the licensee shall caption 90% of all programming during the broadcast day, including 100% of all category 1 - News programming.
3.a. Beginning 1 September 2004, the licensee shall broadcast between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. an average of three hours per week of described video programming.
b. Beginning 1 September 2006, and for the remainder of the licence term, the licensee shall broadcast between 7:00 p.m.and 11:00 p.m. an average of four hours per week of described video programming.

In fulfilling this condition, all of the described video programming must be Canadian, and a minimum of 50% of the required hours must be original broadcasts. Further, the licensee may broadcast up to one hour per week of described children's programming at an appropriate children's viewing time.

Other matters


The Commission expects the licensee to adhere to its commitment , on behalf of CFPL-TV London, CHWI-TV Wheatley and CKNX-TV Wingham, to retire by the end of 2004, the outstanding benefits of $360,000 related to the new CHUM Program Production Fund which had been noted in Approval of applications by Baton Broadcasting Incorporated and certain of its subsidiaries, CHUM Limited, and CTV Television Network Ltd. for authority to transfer either the assets, or share equity representing effective control, of the CTV Television network, and of various English-language television and other programming undertakings across Canada, Decision CRTC 97-527, 28 August 1997. The Commission expects that the CKNX-TV portion of the outstanding benefits (10%) will be paid out at a rate of $18,000 annually in each of the first two years of the new licence term.


The Commission expects the licensee, during each broadcast week, to broadcast a minimum of 1.5 hours of local programming. As set out in Decision 2002-323, the licensee may replace a maximum of one hour per week of local programming with regional programming, provided that the regional programming is drawn from a category other than news.


The Commission also expects the licensee, through the CHUM New Program Development Fund, to continue to fund and develop local productions that reflect London, Windsor, Wingham and Southern Ontario.


The Commission expects the licensee to continue to achieve closed captioning levels of 95% to 97% of news programming. The Commission also expects the licensee, by the time of the next licence renewal, to be captioning 100% of all news programming broadcast on CKNX-TV.


The Commission further expects the licensee to ensure that a minimum of 75% of the described video programming required under condition of licence 3 above, is priority 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 2002-238, 22 August 2002, the Commission granted a three-month administrative renewal for CITY-TV, CFPL-TV, CHWI-TV, CKVR-TV, CHRO-TV, CKNX-TV, and CKVU-TV, from 1 September to 30 November 2002.

Date Modified: 2002-10-21

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