Broadcasting Commission Letter Addressed to Ravinder Singh Pannu

Ottawa, 7 April 2016

By e-mail: rspannu@ymail.com

Ravinder Singh Pannu
9400 Goreway Dr.
Brampton, ON
L6P 0M7

Re: VF2688 FM Surrey, BC (House of Worship), Monitoring Report, Week 31 January to 6 February 2016

Dear Mr. Pannu,

Thank you for providing the material requested in our letter of 12 February 2016 pertaining to the programming broadcast by your undertaking.

The Commission has reviewed the recordings which you provided of the programming broadcast on VF2688 during the week of 31 January to 6 February 2016. Based on our review of the audio files for the week, it appears that certain programs contain programming that is inconsistent with paragraph 4 and 6 of Broadcasting Order 2013-621 (the Exemption Order):

  1. The programming provided by the undertaking consists solely of live local broadcasts of religious services, weddings, funerals, and other such religious celebrations and ceremonies.
  1. The undertaking does not broadcast the programming of any other programming undertaking.

In particular, we note that on 31 January 2016 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. you broadcast programming from a conference (Samagam) that appears to be originating from India.  This programming, therefore, appears to be inconsistent with both paragraphs 4 and 6 of the Exemption Order.

Furthermore, discussions on charity work, exchanging ideas, planting trees and where to hold the next conference (Samagum) also appear to be inconsistent with paragraph 4 of the Exemption Order.

A detailed review of our analysis of the programming broadcast on 31 January 2016, 2 and 6 February 2016 is attached at Appendix 1.  Please note that programming of concern is in red.

Please provide any comments you may have on the foregoing 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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A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions, please contact Catherine White at 819-997-4672 or by E-mail at catherine.white@crtc.gc.ca.

Sincerely,

Joe Aguiar
Acting Director, Radio Policy and Applications

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