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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-59

  Ottawa, 30 January 2004
  Radio Bishop's Inc.
Lennoxville, Quebec
  Application 2003-0529-4
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
17 November 2003

Community radio station in Lennoxville


The Commission approves the application by Radio Bishop's Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM Type B community radio programming undertaking in Lennoxville.


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


Radio Bishop's Inc. currently operates the campus-community radio station CJMQ-FM Lennoxville. It will convert CJMQ-FM to a community radio station in order to qualify for funding from the provincial government. The applicant will operate the new station under the same technical parameters as those presently authorized for CJMQ-FM, namely at 88.9 MHz (channel 205A) with an effective radiated power of 500 watts.


The station will broadcast 100 hours of programming in each broadcast week. At least three to five hours of French-language programming will be offered in each broadcast week as well as programming in Spanish, Serbian and Croatian. The programming will reflect the needs and interests of the local community and will include local news, weather and sports, emergency broadcast services and programs produced by local theatrical and musical groups, historians and story tellers. The station will offer children's programming and interviews with community members, including local politicians, social activists and World War Two veterans. The station will also be involved in activities devoted to suicide prevention and to organizing the local food basket program known as "Panier d'espoir".


The applicant plans to cooperate with CFLX-FM Sherbrooke, a French-language sister community station, in joint programming initiatives, fundraising events and disc jockey exchanges. In addition, the applicant plans to share programming with the new radio station approved in English-language FM community radio station in Lac-Brome, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-199, 2 July 2003.


The applicant will recruit volunteers for the new community station through the print media and on-air announcements. The volunteers will be trained by the station's general manager, by the technical director and by the program director.


In the area of local talent development, the new station will provide broadcast time each week for local artists. The station will also broadcast locally-produced music provided by the Townshipper's Association.


The licence of this community station will be held by a not-for-profit organization without share capital whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The board of directors will ultimately control the undertaking and be responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station's conditions of licence.


The licence will expire 31 August 2007, the current expiry date for CJMQ-FM, and will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for community radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-157, 16 November 2000.


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 applicant to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.


Radio Bishop's Inc. requested the revocation of its licence for CJMQ-FM Lennoxville, upon the approval of its present application.


Given the licensee's request, the Commission revokes, pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the broadcasting licence issued to Radio Bishop's Inc. for the above-mentioned undertaking.
  Secretary General
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