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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-341


See also: 2004-341-1

Ottawa, 13 August 2004

  Vancouver Co-operative Radio
Vancouver, British Columbia
  Application 2003-1669-7
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-37
2 June 2004

CFRO-FM Vancouver - Licence renewal

  In this decision, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the community radio programming undertaking CFRO-FM Vancouver.

The application


The Commission received an application by Vancouver Co-operative Radio to renew the broadcasting licence for the Type B community radio programming undertaking CFRO-FM Vancouver.

The interventions


The Commission received 12 interventions in support of this application and one in opposition from Eric Cartman, who expressed the view that the continued use of 102.7 MHz by the licensee represents under-utilization of the frequency spectrum in this region.


The licensee did not reply to the intervention in opposition.


The Commission notes the intervention by Mr. Cartman, and is of the view that CFRO-FM, as licensed, provides a service to the community it serves.

The Commission's analysis and determination


The Commission examined CFRO-FM's logger tapes for the week of 17-23 November 2002 and found the tapes to be incomplete. Section 8 of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations) requires licensees to keep a clear and intelligible tape recording or other exact copy of all matter broadcast for a period of at least four weeks from the date of broadcast, and to provide such recordings to the Commission upon request. These tapes are essential since the Commission uses them as its primary means to confirm that a station is operating in compliance with the Regulations and its programming commitments. Tapes are also used to assess complaints from listeners, if need be.


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. Consistent with Circular No. 444, the Commission renews the licence for CFRO-FM Vancouver for a four-year term, from 1 September 2004 to 31 August 2008, instead of the maximum term of seven years. This period will allow the Commission to assess, at an earlier date, the licensee's compliance with the Regulations regarding the maintenance of logger tapes.


The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for community radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-157, 16 November 2000, as well as to the following conditions of licence:
  • During each broadcast week, the licensee may devote a maximum of 25 hours and 30 minutes to third-language ethnic programming.
  • During each broadcast week, the licensee may provide programming directed to a minimum of 12 ethno-cultural groups in a minimum of 12 different languages.

Employment equity


The Commission considers that community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider these 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: 

Date Modified: 2004-08-13

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