Broadcasting Procedural Letter addressed to Tejinder Singh Saini (Akash Broadcasting Inc.)

Ottawa, 15 November 2018

By Email

Tejinder Singh Saini
Manager
Akash Broadcasting Inc.
13376 Comber Way
Surrey, BC
V3W 5V9
paul.tejinder@gmail.com

Subject: Part 1 Broadcasting Application - 2018-0488-1 (CJCN-FM Surrey)

Dear Tejinder Singh Saini,

This is in reference to the above-noted application by Akash Broadcasting Inc. (Akash) for a technical amendment to change the authorized service contours of the unlaunched commercial specialty ethnic FM radio station (CJCN-FM) in Surrey, British Columbia.

In order to pursue the analysis of this application, please address the following.

  1. The application by Akash states that the original transmitter site proposed for CJCN-FM is no longer available. Thecover letter filed with the application states “ISED determined that use of this site by Akash would comprise ISED monitoring equipment”. Akash’s reply to the interventions adds “On the basis of ISED’s concern that use of this site by Akash could comprise ISED monitoring equipment, the site was effectively made unavailable for transmission purposes” (sic).
  2. Please elaborate, with additional details, on the unavailability of the original transmitter site. In doing so, please substantiate with additional evidence the unavailability of this site and ISED’s specific concerns with the use of this site for CJCN-FM. In your response, you may include correspondence received from ISED relating to its concerns and the unavailability of the original site.

  3. In Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-464, the Commission approved the original application by Akash for a broadcasting licence to operate CJCN-FM in Surrey, among other applications for new radio services in Vancouver and Surrey. In that decision, the Commission noted concerns about the continued operations of cross-border broadcasting entities and U.S.-based stations. The Commission considered that there was an opportunity to repatriate revenues from these operations by licensing new radio services, such as CJCN-FM.

In light of the above, please comment on any impact the approval or denial of the application by Akash would have on repatriating from the operations of cross-border broadcasting entities and U.S.-based stations.

The information requested herein should be submitted to the Commission by no later than 19 November 2018, failing which, the application may be returned to be completed and resubmitted with the Commission should Akash wish to pursue this proposal.

Please note that the intervention period for this proceeding will be re-opened for additional comments from all parties with respect to the new information only, as follows:

Interested persons have until 23 November 2018 to submit interventions relating to the new information.

Akash will have until 27 November 2018 to reply to any interventions.

The Commission requires the response or other documents to be submitted electronically by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey) and filing the “Broadcasting Cover Page” located on this web page. Also on this web page you will find information on the submission of applications to the Commission “Submitting applications and other documents to the CRTC using My CRTC Account”.

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

Should you need further information concerning this application, please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone at 819-997-2882, by fax at 819-994-0218 or by e-mail at john.fernandez@crtc.gc.ca.

Sincerely,

John Fernandez
Analyst, Radio Policy & Applications

cc: ajforsyth9@cogeco.ca, mlewis@lbhmedialaw.com, kulwinder@redfm.ca, Suki@sukibadh.com, info@sherepunjabradio.cabadh.gurdial@gmail.com, gpoulton@vistaradio.ca, Rod.Schween@jpbg.ca, spectrum@cbc.ca

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