ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-390
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Route reference: 2011-55
Ottawa, 22 June 2011
Holy Mother World Networks of Canada
Application 2010-1385-4, received 17 August 2010
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
5 April 2011
Holy Mother World Network– Specialty audio service
The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, religious English-language specialty audio service.
1. The Commission received an application by Holy Mother World Networks of Canada (HMWN) for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, religious English-language specialty audio programming undertaking to be known as Holy Mother World Network. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. HMWN is a not-for-profit organization controlled by its board of directors.
3. The applicant proposed to broadcast a single faith religious service offering programming devoted to the Roman Catholic faith. The service would broadcast daily prayers such as the Rosary and the Mass, news from the Vatican, music, as well as family and social programs.
4. HMWN indicated that 65% of its programming would be devoted to spoken word programming and that the remainder would be devoted to music programming. HMWN further indicated that in each broadcast week, at least 95% of its musical selections would be drawn from subcategory 35 (Non-classic religious) and that at least 10% of its weekly category 3 musical selections would be Canadian. Finally, HMWN indicated that 90% of its programming would be produced in Canada.
5. The applicant made a commitment to adhere to a condition of licence requiring that it comply with the guidelines on balance and ethics set out in Public Notice 1993-78, whenever it broadcasts religious programming, as defined in this policy.
6. The Commission is satisfied that the application is in conformity with all applicable terms and conditions set out in Broadcasting Public Notice 2002-53. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Holy Mother World Networks of Canada for a broadcasting licence to operate the national, religious English-language specialty audio programming undertaking Holy Mother World Network. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
New licensing framework for specialty audio programming services, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2002-53, 12 September 2002
Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-390
Terms, conditions of licence and encouragement for the national, religious English-language specialty audio service Holy Mother World Network
The licence will expire 31 August 2017.
The Commission will issue a licence once the applicant has satisfied the Commission, with supporting documentation, that the following requirements have been met:
the applicant has entered into a distribution agreement with at least one licensed distributor; and
the applicant 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 22 June 2013. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before that date.
The Commission requires the applicant to file within 12 months of the date of this decision a copy of its amended and executed by-laws in order to comply with the Direction to the CRTC (Ineligibility of non-Canadians), P.C. 1997-486, 8 April 1997, as amended by P.C. 1998-1268, 15 July 1998, at all times.
Conditions of licence
1. The licence will be subject to the conditions of licence and the licensing framework for specialty audio programming services set out in Appendix 1 to New licensing framework for specialty audio programming services, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2002-53, 12 September 2002.
2. The licensee shall provide a national, religious English-language specialty audio service devoted to the Roman Catholic faith. The service shall broadcast daily prayers such as the Rosary and the Mass, news from the Vatican, music, as well as family and social programs.
3. A minimum of 95% of all musical selections broadcast during each broadcast week shall be devoted to selections drawn from content subcategory 35 (Non-classic religious), as set out in Revised content categories and subcategories for radio, Public Notice CRTC 2000-14, 28 January 2000.
4. A minimum of 10% of all category 3 musical selections broadcast in each broadcast week shall be Canadian selections that are scheduled in a reasonable manner throughout each broadcast day.
5. A maximum of 65% of all programming shall be devoted to spoken word programming and the remainder shall be devoted to music programming.
6. Where the licensee broadcasts religious programming as defined in Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, the licensee shall adhere to the guidelines set out in sections III.B.2.a) and IV of that public notice with respect to the provision of ethics in religious programming, as amended from time to time.
7. The licensee shall adhere to the Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children and the Equitable Portrayal Code, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
8. The licensee shall adhere to sections 2.2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9(2) and 11 of the Radio Regulations, 1986.
9. The licensee shall adhere to the Broadcasting Licence Fee Regulations, 1997 if its revenues derived from broadcasting activities exceed the threshold amount of $2 million.
For the purposes of the conditions of this licence, broadcast day shall have the same meaning as that set out in section 2 of the Radio Regulations, 1986.
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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