Broadcasting Commission Letter addressed to Cassandra Theriault (Acadia Broadcasting Limited)

Ottawa, 4 June 2019

BY EMAIL

Ms. Cassandra Theriault
Controller
Acadia Broadcasting Limited
58 King Street, 3rd Floor
Saint John, New Brunswick  E2L 1G4
theriault.cassandra@radioabl.ca

Re: Audit of Acadia Broadcasting Limited’s (Acadia) Canadian content development contributions for the 2013-2014 and 2014-broadcast years

Dear Ms. Theriault:

As part of its annual audit of Acadia’s Canadian content development (CCD) contributions, the Commission recently reviewed the licensee’s contributions for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 broadcast years.  During this audit, Commission staff identified instances of apparent non-compliance with regards to Acadia’s CCD contributions.  You were notified of this apparent non-compliance by Commission staff letter dated 27 July 2017 and responded by letter dated 11 August 2017.

This letter is to inform you that the Commission finds that CHWV-FM was in non-compliance with its CCD contribution requirements, under section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, for the 2013-2014 broadcast year.

In addition, CHWV-FM was found in non-compliance for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 broadcast years with the following condition of licence as stated in Appendix 11 to Broadcast Decision CRTC 2013-460:  

The licensee shall, in addition to its basic contributions to Canadian content development (CCD) as required by section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, devote $4,000 annually towards parties and initiatives fulfilling the definition of eligible CCD initiatives set out in paragraph 108 of Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006.

The non-compliance stems from the fact that Acadia did not make the payments towards meeting its CCD contribution requirements for CHWV-FM in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 broadcast years. 

The Commission notes that Acadia paid the total shortfall of $14,276 in the 2016-2017 broadcast year and thus no CCD shortfall payment is required at this time.  These instances of non-compliance will be further examined during the next licence renewal of CHWV-FM.

Further information on CCD contributions and eligible initiatives can be found on the CRTC website: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/ENG/GENERAL/ccdparties.htm

Lastly, the Commission notes that the determinations set out in this letter address only the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 broadcast years and do not relate to any subsequent broadcast years. 

Yours sincerely,

Claude Doucet
Secretary General

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