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Route reference: 2012-461

Ottawa, 20 December 2012

Vista Radio Ltd.
Sechelt, British Columbia

Application 2011-0115-4, received 26 January 2011

CKAY-FM Sechelt – Licence renewal

The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CKAY-FM Sechelt from 1 January 2013 to 31 August 2019.

The application

1. The Commission received an application by Westwave Broadcasting Inc. (Westwave) to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CKAY-FM Sechelt, which expires 31 December 2012.1 the current licensee for the undertaking is vista radio inc. (vista).2

2. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2012-461, 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 2005-2006 broadcast year.

Intervention and licensee’s reply

3. The Commission received and considered an intervention commenting on the application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Jim Pattison), the licensee of CHWF-FM and CKWV-FM Nanaimo. In its intervention, Jim Pattison submitted that CKAY-FM was increasingly positioning itself as a Nanaimo radio station by establishing studios, a morning show and a sales presence in Nanaimo, which it argued is contrary to the station’s original commitment that led to the approval of CKAY-FM’s broadcasting licence in Broadcasting Decision 2005-167. As such, Jim Pattison maintained that CKAY-FM was increasingly competing with its stations for advertising revenue in that market and requested that conditions of licence be imposed on CKAY-FM to remove its studios, morning show and sales presence in Nanaimo.

4. In its reply, Vista indicated that Nanaimo was included in CKAY-FM’s 3 mV/m contour and was therefore part of its authorized service area. Vista therefore argued that while it was not CKAY-FM’s original intention to serve or to solicit advertising in the Nanaimo market, it was not prohibited from doing so. Vista added that after calls from several Nanaimo businesses in 2007 and 2008 asking about advertising on CKAY-FM, as well as from island listeners offering support for the station, it had determined that it would be neither appropriate nor the best use of the broadcast spectrum to refuse to serve a large portion of its audience located within its 3mV/m contour. Vista also indicated that the advertising revenues earned by CKAY-FM in Nanaimo were insignificant in comparison to those earned by CHWF-FM and CKWV-FM and that no compelling evidence was provided to suggest that CKAY-FM’s presence in Nanaimo negatively affected these stations. Finally, Vista stated that it had never attempted to brand CKAY-FM as primarily a Nanaimo radio station and that the station had always operated in accordance with the provisions of the original licence. It was therefore of the view that imposing a condition of licence stating that CKAY-FM should operate according to its existing conditions of licence would be redundant.

Commission’s analysis and decisions

5. After examining the public record for this application in light of applicable regulations and policies, the Commission considers that the issues it must address are the following:

Contributions to Canadian talent development for the 2005-2006 broadcast year

6. As set out Broadcasting Decision 2005-167, the licensee was required by condition of licence to devote a total of $39,000 in direct expenditures over the licence term to support the development of Canadian talent (now known as Canadian content development or CCD), in accordance with the following minimum annual budgets:

7. Further, as set out in Broadcasting Information Bulletin 2009-251, the Commission generally requires that a licensee make a pro-rated payment for the first year of operation in order to meet its over-and-above CCD commitment for that year. In other words, the licensee is required to pay an amount representing the number of months the station was in operation during that broadcast year. However, the total CCD amount for the station’s first seven years of operation does not change. The licensee is required to contribute an amount representing the remaining months of its first year of operation in its seventh full broadcast year. In such cases, the licensee must contribute the total over and above CCD amount over seven consecutive full broadcast years following the commencement of operations. The same principles also apply to CTD contributions.

8. The Commission notes that CKAY-FM’s required pro-rated payment for the 2005-2006 broadcast year was $750. However, Commission records show that CKAY-FM directed only $375 to CTD, resulting in a shortfall of $375 for that broadcast year.

9. The licensee indicated that the shortfall was due to a miscalculation of the required payment and that it increased the amount it contributed to CTD for the 2007-2008 broadcast year in order to make up the shortfall.

10. The Commission acknowledges the overpayment in the 2007-2008 broadcast year to meet the shortfall for the 2005-2006 broadcast year. The Commission notes, however, that the total annual CTD payment must be paid in the broadcast year that it is due.

11. Accordingly, the Commission finds that CKAY-FM is in non-compliance with its condition of licence relating to contributions to CTD for the 2005-2006 broadcast year. Further, in light of the above, the Commission notes that $2,250 remains to be paid in the 2012-2013 broadcast year for the remainder of the 2005-2006 broadcast year in order to meet the licensee’s total over-and-above CCD commitment over seven consecutive full broadcast years following the commencement of operations. A condition of licence to this effect is set out in the appendix to this decision.

Solicitation of advertising in Nanaimo

12. The Commission notes that at the time of licensing CKAY-FM, it was presented with evidence that the Nanaimo market would experience steady growth and that the presence of this new radio station would have a limited impact on existing stations. The Commission further notes that, as indicated by Vista, the station generates only modest revenues in the Nanaimo market at levels of $60,000 per year. In this respect, having reviewed the financial information available to the Commission on the radio stations operating in the Nanaimo market, the Commission finds no evidence of undue impact as a result of CKAY-FM’s presence in Nanaimo.

13. The Commission therefore considers that that the imposition of a condition of licence restricting the solicitation or acceptance of advertising from Nanaimo businesses is not necessary.

14. However, while Nanaimo is within the 3mV/m contour of CKAY-FM, the Commission notes that CKAY-FM is licensed to serve Sechelt and that the licensee indicated that it was not the station’s original intention to serve Nanaimo. The Commission therefore reminds the licensee of CKAY-FM’s commitment to serve its current market area, which also consists of the lower Sunshine Coast Regional District, the Town of Gibsons and Municipality of Sechelt and expects that it will continue to do so in the next licence term.


15. In Broadcasting Information Bulletin 2011-347, the Commission announced a revised approach to dealing with radio stations found in non-compliance. The Commission noted in particular that each instance of non-compliance will be evaluated in light of factors such as the quantity, recurrence and seriousness of the non-compliance. The Commission also noted that it will consider the circumstances leading to the non-compliance in question, the licensee’s arguments and the measures taken to rectify the situation.

16. In accordance with its revised practice, the Commission is of the view that a short-term licence renewal is not necessary in this instance. In this respect, the Commission notes that the licensee has made up the shortfall related to CTD incurred in the 2005-2006 broadcast year in the subsequent broadcast year. As such, notwithstanding the non-compliance discussed above, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CKAY-FM Sechelt from 1 January 2013 to 31 August 2019. The licence will be subject to the terms and conditions of licence set out in the appendix to this decision.

Employment equity

17. 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, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.

Secretary General

Related documents

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-698

Term and conditions of licence for the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CKAY-FM Sechelt, British Columbia


The licence will expire 31 August 2019.

Conditions of licence

1. The licensee shall adhere 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.

2. In order to fulfill the commitment to devote a total of $39,000 over seven broadcast years to the development of Canadian talent (now Canadian content development) set out in English-language FM commercial radio station in Sechelt, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-167, 20 April 2005, the licensee shall devote, by the end of the 2012-2013 broadcast year, a minimum of $2,250 in direct expenditures to support the development of Canadian content in a manner considered eligible pursuant to Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006.


[1] The original licence expiry date for the station was 31 August 2011. The licence was administratively renewed until 31 December 2012 as a result of Broadcasting Decisions 2011-556, 2012-164 and 2012-456.

[2] By administrative letter dated 7 September 2012, the Commission approved an application by Vista Radio Inc. for authorization to acquire Westwave Broadcasting Inc.

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