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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-179

  Ottawa, 11 June 2003
  Barry Reid, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated (Hope FM Ministries)
Truro, Nova Scotia
  Application 2002-0707-8
Public Hearing at Québec, Quebec
8 April 2003

Low-power Christian music FM radio station in Truro


The Commission approves the application by Barry Reid, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated (Hope FM Ministries), for a low-power English-language specialty FM radio programming undertaking in Truro, Nova Scotia. The station will operate at 98.5 MHz (channel 253LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.


The new station will provide a Christian music service with at least 92% of its music drawn from subcategory 35 (non-classic religious). The predominantly Christian-oriented service will offer seven hours of religious brokered programming per week. In order to meet the requirements for balance programming, the station will produce a weekly five-minute feature on different faith groups and will devote one hour per week to a "talk back line" that will allow listeners to share their point of view on religious matters. The messages from the talk back line will be edited before they are broadcast.


The station will broadcast a minimum of 22 hours per week of local station-produced programming, including some live programming from Monday to Friday. Local news, weather and sports will be broadcast hourly throughout the day, Monday to Sunday. The newscasts will consist of local and international news. The programming will also include interviews and live broadcasts of local concerts and festivals.


The Commission encourages the applicant to seek Canadian sources for the provision of religious programming whenever possible.


The applicant will participate in the Canadian talent development (CTD) plan created by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). Under that plan, accepted by the Commission in Contributions by radio stations to Canadian talent development - A new approach, Public Notice CRTC 1995-196, 17 November 1995, licensees serving markets the size of Truro are required to contribute, through eligible third parties, a minimum yearly amount of $400 to the development of Canadian talent.


The Commission received 14 interventions in support of this application.


The licence will expire on 31 August 2009. It will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999 and to the conditions set out in the appendix to this decision.


The Department of Industry (the Department) has advised the Commission that, while this application is conditionally technically acceptable, it will only issue a broadcasting certificate when it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.


The Commission reminds the applicant that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the applicant that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.


The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as the Commission receives documentation establishing that an eligible Canadian corporation has been incorporated in accordance with the application in all material respects and that this corporation may be issued a licence.


Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 11 June 2005. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.


In accordance with Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992, 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.
  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:

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-179


Conditions of licence

  1. The station shall be operated within the Specialty format as defined in A review of certain matters concerning radio, Public Notice CRTC 1995-60, 21 April 1995, and Revised content categories and subcategories for radio, Public Notice CRTC 2000-14, 28 January 2000, as amended from time to time.
  2. A minimum of 92% of all musical selections broadcast during each broadcast week shall be devoted to selections drawn from subcategory 35 (non-classic religious).
  3. The licensee shall broadcast, in any broadcast week, no more than 49.9% hit material as defined in Revised policy on the use of hits by English-language FM radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1997-42, 23 April 1997.
  4. The licensee shall ensure that a minimum of 20% of musical selections from category 3 (special interest music) broadcast during each broadcast week are Canadian selections.
  5. The licensee shall adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming as set out in section IV of Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, as amended from time to time.

Date Modified: 2003-06-11

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