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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-354

Ottawa, 6 November 2002

O.K. Radio Group Ltd.
Grande Prairie and Peace River, Alberta

Application 2002-0125-2
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2002-23
6 May 2002

CFGP-FM Grande Prairie and its transmitter - Licence renewal


The Commission received an application by O.K. Radio Group Ltd. to renew the licence for CFGP-FM Grande Prairie and its transmitter CFGP-FM-1 Peace River.


The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.


The Commission analyzed the programming broadcast by CFGP-FM and its transmitter during the week of 14 to 20 January 2001. The analysis revealed that only 33.7% of the category 2 musical selections broadcast by the licensee between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, were Canadian musical selections. This finding constitutes an infraction of section 2.2(9) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Radio Regulations), which stipulates that:

Except as otherwise provided under a licensee's condition of licence, and subject to subsection (6)1, an A.M. or F.M. licensee licensed to operate a commercial station shall, between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., in any period beginning on Monday of a week and ending on Friday of the same week, devote 35% or more of its musical selections from content category 2 to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.


In Practices regarding radio non-compliance, Circular No. 444, 7 May 2001, the Commission clarified its approach relating to radio stations operating in non-compliance.


Given that this is the first such infraction by the licensee and consistent with circular No. 444, the Commission renews the licence for CFGP-FM and its transmitter, CFGP-FM-1 from 1 December 2002 to 31 August 2006, instead of the maximum term of seven years. This period will allow the Commission to assess in the short term the licensee's compliance with the Radio Regulations regarding the distribution of category 2 Canadian popular music.


The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999.


Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with Human Resources Development Canada, the Commission does not assess its employment equity practices.

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 Subsection 6 of the Radio Regulations permits a licensee to reduce the percentage of its Canadian musical selections from content category 2 if it devotes specific percentages of its musical selections in a broadcast week to instrumental selections

Date Modified: 2002-11-06

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