ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010‑616
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Route reference: 2010-334
Ottawa, 24 August 2010
Vista Radio Ltd.
Smithers, New Hazelton, Houston, Prince George, Burns Lake, Granisle, 100 Mile House, Quesnel and Port Hardy, British Columbia
Applications 2010-0121-3, 2010-0122-1, 2010-0124-7, 2010-0126-3, 2010-0127-1 and 2010-0128-9
CFBV Smithers and its transmitters CKBV-FM New Hazelton and CHBV-FM Houston, CIRX-FM Prince George, CFLD Burns Lake and its transmitter CHLD Granisle, CKBX 100 Mile House, CKCQ-FM Quesnel, and CFNI Port Hardy and its transmitter CFPA-FM Port Alice – Licence renewal
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the English‑language commercial radio stations set out above from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2014. This short-term licence renewal will enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence.
1. The Commission received applications by Vista Radio Ltd. (Vista) to renew the broadcasting licences for the English‑language commercial radio programming undertakings CFBV Smithers and its transmitters CKBV-FM New Hazelton and CHBV‑FM Houston, CIRX-FM Prince George, CFLD Burns Lake and its transmitter CHLD Granisle, CKBX 100 Mile House, CKCQ-FM Quesnel, CFNI Port Hardy and its transmitter CFPA-FM Port Alice, which expire 31 August 2010.
2. The Commission received an intervention in opposition to the application for CKBX 100 Mile House from an individual. Vista replied to the intervention and the Commission is satisfied with the reply. The intervention and the licensee’s reply can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Public Proceedings.”
3. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2010-334, 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;
- section 15(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations) relating to Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions for the 2009 broadcast year; and
- section 9(2) of the Regulations, which relates to the provision of annual returns, for the 2006 and 2008 broadcast years.
Commission’s analysis and determinations
4. 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 apparent non-compliance with respect to the following:
- contributions to CTD;
- contributions to CCD; and
- the provision of annual returns.
Contributions to Canadian talent development
5. The Commission notes that the payments to support CTD were made late for all of the stations addressed by this decision for the 2008 broadcast year.
6. In a letter dated 22 March 2010, Vista also acknowledged payments for CTD were made late and that future payments will be made on 1 August to allow time for proof of payment from FACTOR to be received and included with Vista’s annual returns, which must be submitted by 30 November.
Contributions to Canadian content development
7. The Commission notes that the licensee had a shortfall in its CCD contribution for the station CIRX-FM Prince George for the 2009 broadcast year.
8. In its 22 March 2010 letter, Vista stated that the non-compliance for CIRX-FM occurred as a result of the formula used in determining the value of CCD contributions in exchange for advertising.
9. The Commission reminds the licensee that, as provided in Broadcasting Public Notice 2006-158, all CCD expenditures must involve direct expenditures to the eligible parties and initiatives set out in paragraph 108 of that notice. Funding provided in exchange for advertising time does not qualify as a direct expenditure.
Provision of annual returns
10. As set out in section 9(2) of the Regulations, licensees are required to file their annual returns for each broadcast year by 30 November. The Commission notes that the licensee’s annual returns for the 2006 and 2008 broadcast years were filed after this 30 November deadline for every station addressed in this decision.
11. The licensee stated that the audited financial statements took longer than anticipated to complete in 2006 and 2008. Vista noted 2006 was its the first year of operations for these stations and, in 2008, certain complex matters held up the completion of the audited financial statements. Vista indicated that it has since changed the company that completes its audits and the new firm has made a commitment to provide the audited financial statements in a timely manner.
12. In light of all 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 is appropriate. Accordingly, the Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the English‑language commercial radio programming undertakings CFBV Smithers and its transmitters CKBV-FM New Hazelton and CHBV-FM Houston, CIRX-FM Prince George, CFLD Burns Lake and its transmitter CHLD Granisle, CKBX 100 Mile House, CKCQ-FM Quesnel, and CFNI Port Hardy and its transmitter CFPA-FM Port Alice from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2014. These short-term renewals will enable the Commission to assess, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Regulations and its conditions of licence. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009‑62.
13. In accordance with Public Notice 1992‑59, 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.
14. Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with the department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
- Notice of applications received, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-334, 1 June 2010
- Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009‑62, 11 February 2009
- Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006
- Practices regarding radio non‑compliance, Circular No. 444, 7 May 2001
- Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992‑59, 1 September 1992
* This decision is to be appended to each licence.
 In Notice of Consultation 2010-334, the Commission erroneously noted that the licensee may have failed to comply with the requirement to devote, during each broadcast week, 10% or more of its musical selections from content category 3 (Special Interest Music) to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety. These stations do not offer music from category 3.
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