Broadcasting Commission Letter Addressed to Ravinder Singh Pannu
Ottawa, 7 April 2016
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ravinder Singh Pannu
9400 Goreway Dr.
Re: VF2689 FM Surrey, BC (Tourist Information), Monitoring Report, Week 31 January to 6 February 2016
Dear Mr. Pannu,
Thank you for providing the material requested in our letter of 8 February 2016 pertaining to the programming broadcast by your undertaking and the program schedule received on 12 February 2016.
We note that the programming schedule provided does not contain a schedule for Sunday 31 January 2016 as requested. If the programming broadcast on Sunday is different from the programming broadcast from Monday to Saturday, please provide us with a schedule for Sunday 31 January 2016 or any other Sunday.
The Commission has also reviewed the recordings which you provided of the programming broadcast on VF2689 during the week of 31 January to 6 February 2016. Based on our review of the audio files for Tuesday 2 February 2016 and your program schedule for the week, it appears that the various programs on VF2689 contain programming that is inconsistent with paragraph 4 of Broadcasting Order 2014-447:
- The programming provided by the undertaking consists of live or pre-recorded messages which provide the public with information about local traffic, weather and marine conditions, road and boating conditions, highway construction and closures, airport arrival and departure information, ferry and train schedules, current border crossing regulations and wait times, conditions on bridges and in mountain passes, advisories of approaching large vehicles (example: logging, construction, road maintenance and other large vehicles) and any other locally relevant information relating to attractions and events of interest to tourists.
In particular, we note that the following programming appears to be in non-compliance with that provision:
- News (local and provincial headlines)
- International news
- Health information / studies (e.g. pesticides in food, organic food, children’s health)
- Gold prices
- Bollywood news, gossip and entertainment
- Segments on phobias, world’s biggest companies, breastfeeding, renewable energy in Denmark, political talk (cultural relation, issues and problems)
- Studies on salt, nutrition and obesity, etc.
- Stories / Jokes
- International traveling information (information on traveling abroad & advisories from government of Canada e.g. traveling to Brazil/Zika virus)
- Business opportunities in other countries
A detailed review of our analysis of the programming broadcast on Tuesday 2 February 2016 is attached at Appendix 1. Please note that all programming that appears to be non-compliant with paragraph 4 is in red.
Please provide the requested schedule as well as any comments on the Commission’s analysis of the recordings no later than 15 April 2016.
We ask that you repeat the above information (as well as information in Appendix 1) and requests in your reply.
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Acting Director, Radio Policy and Applications
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