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Route reference: 2009-786
Ottawa, 30 June 2010
Lighthouse Broadcasting Limited
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Application 2009-0181-0, received 16 January 2009
CJLT‑FM Medicine Hat – Licence renewal
The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English‑language specialty radio station CJLT‑FM Medicine Hat from 1 July 2010 to 31 August 2013. This short‑term licence renewal will enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with its conditions of licence.
1. The Commission received an application by Lighthouse Broadcasting Limited (Lighthouse) to renew the broadcasting licence for the English‑language specialty radio programming undertaking CJLT‑FM Medicine Hat, which expires 30 June 2010. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009-786, the Commission stated that the licensee may have failed to comply with its condition of licence relating to contributions to Canadian talent development (CTD), for the 2008 broadcast year.
Commission’s analysis and determinations
3. After examining the application in light of applicable regulations and policies, the Commission considers that the issue to be addressed in its determinations relates to the licensee’s contributions to CTD. Specifically, the licensee had a shortfall of $500 in its required CTD contributions for the 2008 broadcast year.
4. In Broadcasting Public Notice 2008‑114, the Commission approved an application by Lighthouse for a change in the effective control of CJLT‑FM, from Scott Raible to Patrick Lough, through the transfer of all of the issued shares of Lighthouse to Strive Communications Inc. The licensee noted that, through discussions with the previous owner of CJLT‑FM, it was of the understanding that the increase to CTD would only be effective once the power increase was in place. Since it did not implement the power increase, there was no outstanding amount owing. After verification, the licensee committed to make the payment of the outstanding amount of $500 to Medicine Hat College by the end of September 2008. The Commission notes that the outstanding amount has been paid.
5. In light of the above, in accordance with its practice regarding radio non‑compliance, set out in Circular No. 444, the Commission considers that a short-term renewal period for CJLT-FM would be appropriate. Accordingly, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English‑language specialty radio programming undertaking CJLT‑FM Medicine Hat from 1 July 2010 to 31 August 2013, four years from the original expiry date of 31 August 2009. This short‑term renewal will enable the Commission to assess, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with its conditions of licence. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in the appendix to this decision.
6. The Commission reminds the licensee that it is required to fulfill all of its remaining and unfulfilled CTD commitments set out in Broadcasting Decision 2007‑154.
Tangible benefits flowing from the 2008 ownership transaction
7. In its application for the above‑noted change in effective control, Lighthouse proposed a tangible benefits package of $130,000, representing 6% of the value of the transaction. The Commission expects Lighthouse to honour its commitment to distribute the tangible benefits flowing from the 2008 ownership transaction as set out in its application.
- Administrative renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010‑324, 28 May 2010
- Notice of applications received, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009‑786, 17 December 2009
- Administrative renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009‑785, 17 December 2009
- Administrative renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009‑506, 20 August 2009
- Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009‑62, 11 February 2009
- Applications processed pursuant to streamlined procedures – Information bulletin, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008‑114, 3 December 2008
- Licensing of two new radio stations to serve Medicine Hat, Alberta and technical changes for CJLT‑FM Medicine Hat, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007‑154, 28 May 2007
- Practices regarding radio non‑compliance, Circular No. 444, 7 May 2001
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010‑419
Conditions of licence and encouragement
Conditions of licence1. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009‑62, 11 February 2009, with the exception of condition of licence number 7.
2. 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.
3. The licensee shall devote a minimum of 95% of all musical selections broadcast during each broadcast week to selections drawn from subcategory 35 (Non‑classic religious).
4. 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.
5. The licensee shall adhere to the Commission’s policy regarding open‑line programming, as set out in Policy regarding open-line programming, Public Notice 1988‑213, 23 December 1988.
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.
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