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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-87

Ottawa, 7 March 2003

Comité de la radio étudiante universitaire de Sherbrooke (CREUS)
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Application 2001-0876-3
Public Hearing at St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
10 December 2002

Community-based campus FM radio station in Sherbrooke

The Commission approves an application to operate a new community-based campus FM radio station.

The application


The Commission received an application by Comité de la radio étudiante universitaire de Sherbrooke (CREUS) for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language FM community-based campus programming undertaking in Sherbrooke, Quebec.



The applicant indicated that, in each broadcast week, the new station would broadcast an average of 100 hours of programmaing. It stated that the station would not broadcast less than 84 hours of programming in each broadcast week. The applicant proposed to offer programming that would respond to the needs and interests of students and to broadcast programming that reflects regional and university current events.


The station would promote the music of local artists as well as artists whose music is seldom heard on other stations. In this regard, the applicant planned to produce a weekly program exclusively dedicated to the development of local artists. In addition, the applicant proposed to establish a partnership with a Sherbrooke bar in order to promote shows by local artists. CREUS has registered with the Société pour la promotion de la relève musicale de l'espace francophone (SOPREF) and is involved within the Coalition des radios universitaires (C.R.U.).

Volunteer recruitment


The applicant stated that it would provide opportunities for students and other members of the local community to develop on-air broadcasting skills. Volunteers would be recruited during information sessions that would be offered on a regular basis. The applicant planned to set up an information booth at the start of the new academic year, to place posters on different university billboards in order to invite students to participate in the station's activities.


The applicant confirmed that the radio hosts would be expected to abide by the station's regulatory requirements with respect to Canadian content and French-language music.



The Commission received 33 interventions in support of this application.

The Commission's analysis and determination


The Commission expects community-based campus radio stations to provide programming differing in style and substance from that provided by other elements of the broadcasting system, particularly commercial stations and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Such programming should consist of music, especially Canadian music, not generally heard on commercial stations (including special interest music, as well as styles of popular music seldom broadcast), in-depth spoken word programming, and programming targeted to specific groups within the community.


In Campus radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-12, 28 January 2000 (Public Notice 2000-12), the Commission stated, among other things, that campus radio stations should rely on volunteers from the campus, and from the community at large, for their programming and operation.


According to Public Notice 2000-12, the Commission expects the board of directors of a campus radio station to include balanced representation from among the student body, the associated college or university (for example, faculty or administration), station volunteers, and from the community at large. To ensure continuity of direction, the Commission also encourages campus stations to establish positions on their boards of directors with terms of more than one year.


Based on its examination of this application, the Commission is satisfied that it is in conformity with all the applicable terms and conditions for community-based campus radio stations announced in Public Notice 2000-12. The Commission also notes that local and Canadian artists will occupy a predominant position within programming, offered by the station. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by CREUS for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language community-based campus FM radio station in Sherbrooke at 88.3 MHz (channel 202A) with an effective radiated power of 490 watts.

Issuance of the licence


The licence will expire 31 August 2009 and will be subject to the conditions specified in New licence form for campus radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-156, 16 November 2000.


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 licensee 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.


Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the licensee 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 7 March 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.

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:

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