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Various broadcasting applications further to calls for
applications for licences to carry on radio programming
undertakings to serve Chilliwack and Vancouver, British Columbia /
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de licence de radiodiffusion visant l'exploitation d'une
entreprise de programmation de radio pour desservir Chilliwack et
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Transcript / Transcription
Various broadcasting applications further to calls for
applications for licences to carry on radio programming
undertakings to serve Chilliwack and Vancouver, British Columbia /
Plusieurs demandes en radiodiffusion suite aux appels de demandes
de licence de radiodiffusion visant l'exploitation d'une
entreprise de programmation de radio pour desservir Chilliwack et
BEFORE / DEVANT:
Helen del Val Chairperson / Présidente
Rita Cugini Commissioner / Conseillère
Elizabeth Duncan Commissioner / Conseillère
Peter Menzies Commissioner / Conseiller
Ronald Williams Commissioner / Conseiller
ALSO PRESENT / AUSSI PRÉSENTS:
Jade Roy Secretary / Secretaire
Joe Aguiar Hearing Manager /
Gérant de l'audience
Carolyn Pinsky Legal Counsel /
HELD AT: TENUE À:
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Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver (C.-B.)
February 27, 2008 Le 27 février 2008
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TABLE DES MATIÈRES / TABLE OF CONTENTS
PAGE / PARA
PHASE I (Cont.)
PRESENTATION BY / PRÉSENTATION PAR:
Nirenderjit Pataria (OBCI) 649 / 3299
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd. 725 / 3822
902890 Alberta Ltd. 804 / 4274
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 854 / 4669
Frank Torres (OBCI) 922 / 5142
Vancouver, B.C. / Vancouver (C.‑B.)
‑‑‑ Upon resuming on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
at 0838 / L'audience reprend le mercredi 27
février 2008 à 0838
LISTNUM 1 \l 1 \s 32923292 THE SECRETARY: We will now begin the hearing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13293 Madam Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13294 THE CHAIRPERSON: Good morning. As you know, today is anti‑bullying day and let the record show that Commissioners Menzies and Williams are actually wearing pink eye shadow. It's very subtle, but they're there.
‑‑‑ Laughter / Rires
LISTNUM 1 \l 13295 THE SECRETARY: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13296 We will now proceed with Item 12, which is an Application by Nirenderjit Pataria on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated for a licence to operate an English language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13297 Please introduce yourself and your colleagues and you will then have 20 minutes for your presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13298 Thank you.
PRESENTATION / PRÉSENTATION
LISTNUM 1 \l 13299 MR. SUNNER: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13300 Addressing the Commissions of the CRTC and the public here in attendance. Good day and thank you for the opportunity to participate in Canada's broadcasting public process.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13301 We are very excited to propose a world urban dance music format called SKY 104 FM for Vancouver. My name is Michael Sunner and I am representing for Nirenderjit Pataria, Application for an FM radio licence.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13302 I have been involved in broadcasting, promoting the types of music proposed in this Application for almost 20 years on the radio and television in Vancouver. My extensive knowledge of the world‑wide music scene and my close association with Vancouver's urban world dance industry qualities me to act as Mrs. Pataria's agent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13303 First, I will introduce to the Commissions our SKY 104 FM team. On my right‑hand side, Jason Harmer, Canadian Content Development and Emergent Technology Director. At the far side, leaving the man out in the middle, is Idris Hudson, SKY's Promotion Executive, and just in between on the front row our beautiful Leanne Bitner, Music Director a.k.a. DJ Leanne, an award‑winning DJ.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13304 Next to me on my left‑hand side is David St. Helene, head of Sales and Marketing with knowledge and proven success in his field. Just next to Jay is SKY's sustainability advisor, a born environmentalist.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13305 On my far left‑hand side is our music programmer, James Morris, with a passion to promote independent Canadian talent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13306 On my far ‑‑ behind me on my far left‑hand side is SKY's Radio Treasurer, the Applicant's husband, a.k.a. DJ Goldy. Next to him is Kiara Hunter, A&R Director, actor, music artist and writer.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13307 And right behind me, Jesse Norsworthy, SKY's Multi‑media Chief, producer of our demo that we are presenting later on.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13308 To my left‑hand side just behind me is Jeff Young, SKY's legal advisor and to the far right‑hand side is Lance Souter, SKY street team leader.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13309 Sitting next to him is Navneet Dhillon, our A&R Director with international social craft, speaking five languages and our Asian music specialist, Phong Lee, with a true taste for the Asian underground sound.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13310 Our team is big. I'd just like to check if I've said and introduced everybody.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13311 I would like to start the presentation right now after the introduction.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13312 As the Commission and Madam Chair can see, Mrs. Nirenderjit Pataria, the Applicant, is not present here today, she's currently in Asia for an important family wedding that was arranged two years ago. Mrs. Pataria is a successful Vancouver businesswoman and a native born true Canadian who is committed to supporting this venture and new Canadian music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13313 I met Nirenderjit over 12 years ago while working with her now husband, Goldy Pataria, in the production of world urban and dance music on Vancouver's 96.1 FM. Since then I've continued on in my efforts to promote this music and in eight short years Mrs. Pataria has become the owner of a successful financially secure freight company, a true testament of her business skills.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13314 Today the Patarias' passion for music has evolved into this Application, an opportunity to participate in the Canadian broadcasting industry by proposing a format both near to our hearts.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13315 Upon learning of a call for applications for this area, Nirenderjit approached me to lead her SKY 104 FM team, knowing my love for the world of arts, music and entertainment. Mrs. Pataria put up all the finances for her quest to be successful in her Application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13316 Since filing, we have obtained an additional $3‑million in financial backing ready to support this initiative.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13317 The proposed music station will cover the spectrum of world urban and dance rhythms. SKY 104 FM will be a music orientated station with a truly independent attitude, featuring music that is exceedingly popular in the non‑broadcast music scene and which has little or non‑OMNI support or commercial support in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13318 At this time we would like to present to the Commissions and the public here in attendance a video presentation that tells the story of SKY 104 FM.
‑‑‑ Video presentation / présentation vidéo
LISTNUM 1 \l 13319 MR. SUNNER: Commissioners, as you can see, much care, time and passion has been put into SKY FM's application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13320 During our preparations for this hearing, and after we had submitted our original application, we were very pleasantly surprised to discover a very high level of support for this proposal in the heart of Vancouver. We discovered great support, not only from potential listeners, but from the advertising market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13321 As the Commissioners also know, at intervention time we submitted nearly $5 million worth of financial sponsorship letters.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13322 Our commitment to the CCD goes beyond cash investments, and to discuss briefly some of our highlights in this area, I would like to call on Jay Harmer, our Canadian Content Development Director.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13323 MR. HARMER: Thank you, Michael.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13324 The music industry is intimidating and appears as a closed loop to emerging artists. Using technology and innovation, instead of financial clout, we will create self‑sustaining conduits of communication, distribution and exposure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13325 We commit six minutes per day of advertising time toward programs such as C.A.P.I., creating a potential of up to $100,000 of tour support per year.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13326 This program is designed for any media outlet to contribute to, and we hope it will create a network of national support.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13327 We will submit 20 artist grant applications in our first year, and offer promotional support to management agencies in other cities in exchange for press and contact support for their locality.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13328 SKY 104 FM will provide organizational and promotional support to product artist workshops at high schools, cultural and community centres.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13329 We commit two minutes of programs, such as "Urban Village," to assist schools and community groups to advertise their fundraising efforts, at no fee.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13330 Our contributions for FACTOR, as well as the respective school boards and Music B.C., will provide a total of $150,000 over seven years. With our projected sales increase of over five times since our initial projections, automatically our CCD contribution will increase correspondingly, to $750,000 over seven years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13331 Including our C.A.P.I. program, producing a minimum of $700,000 worth of support, this will provide nearly $1.5 million of support for Canadian artists over a seven‑year period.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13332 In a landscape of new distribution technology, we no longer function as one in a series of middlemen. We are a vehicle to unite musician and music lover, so that they may come together as artist and fan.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13333 More than just content delivery, we are a hub of communities and cultures, and with that comes a great responsibility to go above and beyond conventional practice.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13334 Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13335 MR. SUNNER: Thank you, Jay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13336 I will now ask Dom Repta, SKY 104 FM's Sustainability Director, for a few words on our Green Station Initiative.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13337 MR. REPTA: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13338 SKY 104 FM will be setting a new standard in radio. We will be the first truly green commercial radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13339 Broadcasting in a new landscape, SKY 104 FM will broadcast with a whole new mindset, an environmentally responsible attitude toward our own operations, while reflecting the demand of Vancouverites as it relates to a green way of doing business.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13340 In essence, the new business must not only behave in a responsible manner toward the environment, it must take part in conveying the message of sustainability.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13341 We have developed a comprehensive sustainability plan with the Green Community endorsement, and we understand our responsibility to implement this plan.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13342 We will be incorporating green messaging in our daily programs, such as "Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities," "The Importance of a Diverse Community," "Sustainable City Living," and our "Green DJ and Artist" program.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13343 Our team has wholeheartedly embraced the culture of being a green radio station and will work beyond "reduce, reuse and recycle" ‑‑ we will be "re‑thinking".
LISTNUM 1 \l 13344 If our application is approved, sustainability will become an integrated part of Vancouver's airwaves.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13345 MR. SUNNER: Thank you, Dom.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13346 I would like to introduce DJ Leanne Bitner, our Music Director, who will say a few words about our programming and music variety.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13347 MS BITNER: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13348 SKY 104 FM's format is completely unique and diverse, with 74 percent of its daily selection pertaining to urban and dance, and 26 percent to world music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13349 The world, urban and dance selections all share a common ground as electronic‑based music with an urban beat and feel.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13350 With an aspiring young team of not only knowledgeable, but music‑involved individuals, SKY can explore the depth of these genres and fill the musical void in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13351 Staying cutting edge with exclusive tracks, re‑mixes of popular songs, international hits and less repetition, we will educate and introduce to listeners that new and innovative sound that will set us apart from the rest.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13352 MR. SUNNER: Thank you, Leanne.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13353 Members of the Commission, Madam Chair, we are a passionate team of future broadcasters with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for this industry, backed by solid business skills, reliable legal and accounting professionals, and an ownership and management structure that will truly commit long‑term to the success of SKY 104 FM as an independent broadcasting service.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13354 Nirenderjit Pataria has built a team dedicated to filling the demand that Vancouver has for fresh music, voices and broadcasting styles, bringing Vancouver's diverse urban audience together, uniting a public of all colours and nationalities. With an exciting world‑urban‑dance format, SKY 104 FM will support Canadian and independent artists 200 percent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13355 We now welcome the Commissioners to examine our application. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13356 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Mr. Sunner, and your panellists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13357 I will ask Commissioner Cugini to lead the questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13358 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13359 Good morning and thank you for your very enthusiastic presentation this morning, not only through your actual oral presentation, but your video as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13360 Mr. Sunner, if they haven't given you a job to be an on‑air talent, I think they should.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13361 I have some questions for you regarding your format. You are right, it is new to the Vancouver market, based on what is currently available.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13362 We know that this demographic, in particular, that you are targeting is getting its music from, maybe, 10 sources other than radio. What, in your plans, includes attracting these kids back to radio?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13363 How are you going to get them back to listening to radio?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13364 The kind of music that you are proposing, they are hearing it in the dance clubs, they are hearing it on their iPods, they are hearing it on the internet. What is going to make them listen to your radio station?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13365 MR. SUNNER: I believe, myself, in the kind of music that we are committed to, through our team's efforts in the city over the last two decades.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13366 This team is an unusual broadcasting team that has been heavily involved in the underground music scene in Vancouver. Many of these DJs or broadcasters have built up much linkage internationally and in Canada, especially from the underground movements, and not many radio stations will be playing the kind of music that will be presented on SKY 104 FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13367 Even looking to the internet, where kids are more geared up to listening and tuning, and not tuning into the commercial FM radio stations in the city, from the responses we have had from the public, the music on our playlist ‑‑ 75 percent of that independent sound has not hit Vancouver, or even Canada's market yet, we believe.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13368 MR. YOUNG: If I may, I would add that, if you take a look at our presentation, you will see that we have already taken into account a lot of convergence of media and new media methodology, in terms of podcasts and things like that, which actually would drive traffic back to radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13369 We are recognizing that the new ways of accessing music are a reality for younger people, but I think there is a way to take all of that via the internet, via podcasts, via those kinds of situations and drive that traffic back to radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13370 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: We keep hearing that with this demographic group, in particular, radio, to them, is like black‑and‑white TV. They just have no legacy. They have no loyalty to the medium itself, and you are asking them to change their habits and to listen to radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13371 MR. YOUNG: I think we are proposing to make it exciting, so they won't view it as black‑and‑white TV. I think that may be why our application is framed the way it is, to say: Can we, in fact, take what may be perceived that way and put some colour to it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13372 I think that is what makes it new, unique, and something that our team is very excited about.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13373 MR. SUNNER: I believe that James Morris would have a few words about the music and bringing the new audience, as you are saying, that demographic ‑‑ the kids are really tuning into that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13374 James Morris has been involved in the underground music scene here, and I think he has many ways of introducing Vancouver youth, especially through the schoolings and the DJ‑ing process of these army camps.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13375 James, would you like to say a few words?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13376 MR. MORRIS: Yes, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13377 Not only is our team made up of all of these young individuals who are involved in the music industry, the mix shows ‑‑ and the way we are involved with the community, this is just another way of keeping in touch with youth.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13378 I am an artist, as well. I have been involved with the music industry for many years. There is one thing about being in clubs ‑‑ doing performances in clubs is one thing, but another thing is to reach those kids who are still in school.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13379 New generations just keep coming and coming, and as technology changes, you still have to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13380 As a musician, it is hard to sell CDs. Now we are looking at MP3s and all of this new type of technology.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13381 So still trying to get the attention of the youth is very important, and these mixed shows, and these DJs that are still involved in the community as DJs in the clubs ‑‑ this is how we can attract them back.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13382 If you listen to radio nowadays, there is not a lot of live mixing, live shows, and it's the characters and the on‑air personalities that are on these shows that are the ones the kids look up to, or respect, or follow in the communities. These are the people who are bringing them back ‑‑ or, in our case, we want to bring them back to radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13383 And they will follow us because we are of that genre and we are in that community, in that age category.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13384 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: It sounds to me like you are going to create an all‑ages dance club on the radio.
‑‑‑ Laughter / Rires
LISTNUM 1 \l 13385 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: I am looking at your playlist. I am not the target demo, but I do recognize some of the names on the playlist.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13386 Have you been able to do a comparative analysis in terms of what is duplicated in the market currently, both from an artist point of view and from the tracks?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13387 In other words, how much of your proposed music is currently being played in the market, both in terms of tracks and artists?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13388 MR. SUNNER: James, would you like to answer that question?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13389 MR. MORRIS: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13390 Could you repeat the question one more time, please?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13391 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: I am looking at artists like ‑‑ you have Holly Cole, Jacksoul, Rihanna, The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Sean Paul ‑‑ those are just some examples of artists that are on your playlist, which I could see, also, probably, being played ‑‑ I am not from Vancouver, but some of the radio stations in Vancouver probably play these same artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13392 MR. MORRIS: The difference with us is ‑‑ as you can see, this is just a two‑day programming schedule.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13393 COMMISSIONER CUGINI: I realize it is a sample.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13394 MR. MORRIS: Our music range is thousands and thousands.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13395 And the type of music that we will be playing, it is not necessarily your top 20 or top 30 songs that you see on the charts that these radio stations select, because they are scared to try these other songs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13396 But, say, an artist on a major scale, who is very popular, their music ‑‑ they might have a single that all of these billboard charts and all of these major radio stations are playing, but they are not playing other singles that the clubs are playing, or, say, "MuchVIBE" is playing, rather than "MuchMusic" or BET or MTV. These are the types of songs ‑‑ they are specialty songs or re‑mixes. They are songs like this that do not reach these airwaves.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13397 That is not to mention the Canadian artists and the independent artists. These are artists who don't have that platform where their music is being exposed. Let's say that they have 20,000 mixed tapes put out throughout the years and they have ‑‑ they have successful touring and all this other ‑‑ avenues that they are successful on, but radio was that one platform that they are not successful on yet.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13398 So they are popular, just not popular on the charts. So that kind of music is the music we will be bringing out, as well as the remixes of the popular or crossover hits, certain things like that. So you might see a song that might be on The Beat that might be with us but it will be remix if it's on our station or it could be that popular that we have to play it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13399 So if that answers your question right there?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13400 MEMBER CUGINI: Yes, it does.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13401 MR. SUNNER: Also, I would just like to add onto that, that world music has changed so much that when you look at Nelly Furtado or Sean Paul there is always a Bhangra mix coming out of Canada or the U.K. and that might be put on the album or on the vinyl itself but it never really receives any airplay on an FM radio station here in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13402 And also the same goes for the Top 40 when it comes to a different kind of mixes, whether it's a popular song, an electronica version or a reggae version. Sometimes even in the retail outlets you can't really ‑‑ the public can't really go there to buy those records like in the big stores. And there is so many. There is hundreds and hundreds of vinyl stores in the city. The DJ pool in Vancouver is really, really hot.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13403 We believe SKY FM will bring that sound to the public through radio airwaves because, really, I believe the public doesn't even know that these kinds of mixes are out there. And it really ‑‑ as a world beat kind of vibe that's where we bring it all together, right? That when the youth in this town will hear that Nelly Furtado's Bhangra mix or Sean Paul's electronica mix it sorts of brings the ravers, the urban and the new younger immigrants all together, you know, through music and SKY 104 FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13404 This is unique. Sometimes it might be hard for me to actually explain. Hopefully, the video demo did answer that question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13405 MEMBER CUGINI: The context in which we ask this question is truly one of truly trying to understand the format and how it will bring musical diversity to the market. And it's not just this market when we do this analysis. We do this across the country whenever we are hearing new radio applications.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13406 If we take the Nelly Furtado example, and she has got a Bhangra beat in her next track and that's going to be played on this radio station and won't necessarily be played on The Beat, but as a commercial FM radio licensee you are not tied to your format. And down the road after licensed, six months down the road, you may decide you know what, that Nelly Furtado Bhangra beat ‑‑ track ‑‑ doesn't work so well. We are going to go back and we are just going to play Nelly Furtado no matter what she puts out and, therefore, not being a new sound to the market because you are not tied to format. So we just want to make sure that what you are proposing will stay as true to the licence as you possibly can, recognizing that we do not licence formats.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13407 So it really is critical for us to understand what the differences are between what you are proposing and what is currently available in the market. So it's in that context.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13408 MR. SUNNER: If I can just say this, our music director, Leanne Bitner, is award winning. We chose her because of her taste for the music of having an international sound that brings all mainstream and the underground together with a selection.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13409 Leanne, would you like to say something?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13410 MS BITNER: Basically, because on a weekly basis there are thousands of people out there listening to say dance music, there are songs that are number one in the dance music community but nowhere heard on radio. So we want to break these tracks. We really want to be the innovators in the city, and there has been incredible response for it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13411 So definitely we will be playing, you know ‑‑ yes, we may play some remixes of recognizable artists but we are breaking new artists and new DJs. That definitely is our mission.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13412 MR. MORRIS: If I can add to that, like we were saying, the way we are going to be different is the fact that we are not going to be dabbling into picking the top songs in the world or urban. We are actually going into the depths of these genres and really playing world, urban and dance. We are not playing alternative crossover hits, stuff like that or you know the top pop song, top hip hop songs. We are digging deeper than that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13413 If the Nelly Furtado Bhangra song does not work like you said, it doesn't stop there. There is tons of, you know, unheard popular songs from other artists that you or the public would not even hear of but you would hear in the clubs or on American stations or ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13414 MEMBER CUGINI: Are you saying I don't go to clubs? Just kidding.
‑‑‑ Laughter / Rires
LISTNUM 1 \l 13415 MR. MORRIS: Yes, so ‑‑
‑‑‑ Laughter / Rires
LISTNUM 1 \l 13416 MEMBER CUGINI: You are right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13417 MR. MORRIS: But you know what I mean. We are basically going to the depths of these genres.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13418 And especially with Canadian music; us being you know, some people artists or being involved with the music industry that brings that passion even more into actually wanting to help these artists. Because you know being an artist, getting your music played on radio is very hard and it's a struggle and probably discouraging for a lot of artists over the years and over years that they tried. So there has to be another opportunity for these artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13419 And we don't have to pick the top five artists, Canadian artists that are doing well. We should be helping those ones that are doing well but not on radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13420 MR. YOUNG: Madam Commissioner, I would also add, I think, reflecting on your earlier comment about loyalty and the younger demographic, that perhaps one of the realities is that the lack of loyalty, maybe they don't feel that someone is understanding what they are really experiencing in terms of the music they listen to. I think what SKY is trying to do is say, you know what, we are the real thing. We understand what you want. We understand what is really going on in your clubs and because you are not getting it on the radio we are going to give it to you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13421 And that's part of our submission as a new voice that's unique and, I would submit, that that would be exactly why we think this format will succeed in a very unique way.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13422 MEMBER CUGINI: Thank you very much for that. I think we do have a better understanding now of your format and what it is that you hope to accomplish with this format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13423 I do have a very detailed question, however.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13424 Today, Ms Bitner, in your presentation you very succinctly said 74 percent of the daily selection will be urban and dance; 26 percent to world music. Therefore, 74 percent is Category 2 music and 26 percent is Category 3?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13425 MS BITNER: Absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13426 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay. I needed to get that clarified because ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13427 MS BITNER: Absolutely, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13428 MEMBER CUGINI: ‑‑ in response of deficiencies dated the 23rd of November the applicant said 100 percent of our music selections would be considered Category 3. Then on November 30th the response was that all of the music falls into Category 2, and then later in that same letter you say that 74 percent would be Category 2 and 26 percent Category 3.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13429 MS BITNER: The last ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13430 MEMBER CUGINI: So I needed that confusion to be cleared up on the record.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13431 MS BITNER: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13432 MEMBER CUGINI: It's definitely 74 and 26?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13433 MS BITNER: Absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13434 MEMBER CUGINI: Mr. Sunner.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13435 MR. SUNNER: If I can actually touch on that, that was an actually genuine mistake when ‑‑ the answer for the 100 percent on the Category 3 and we rectified that in our deficiencies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13436 And on the 23rd ‑‑ on the 30th I believe of the deficiencies, there was two sheets submitted and the one that stated 74, it was sort of hard to get that category mix right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13437 So when I was speaking to Michael Craig he suggested that we send in a two‑day playlist and it was sort of really ‑‑ even these playlists that we did submit in such a short time we tried to explain it by dropping the Category 2 and 3 on the right‑hand side of the playlist to try and just clear that up.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13438 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13439 If the Commission deems it necessary would you accept a condition of licence that caps your Category 3 music at 26 percent of your playlist?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13440 MR. SUNNER: We would.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13441 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13442 Will any of the music ‑‑ will any of the world music be in languages other than English or French?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13443 MR. SUNNER: Of course. Music ‑‑ African music, music from Asia. As you know, there is a massive Asian population in Vancouver which is very underserved. Even on the Asian radio stations here they are lacking the same as all the multicultural radio stations of having a radio station where that youth can go to, to get into that underground demographic. That's why Phong Lee, our Asian music specialist ‑‑ we are really committed into bringing a right mix, however long it takes to find the right sound.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13444 We have a different radio operation as well when it comes to the music. We have a programmer, a selector and specialists from each department. It's quite exciting actually being here in Vancouver, living here for nearly 20 years now, to see how the city has changed and how the music really hasn't to a certain degree. And we felt that there was a massive void in this market. And if you do actually look around at this beautiful team here today you will see that this is Vancouver as it stands and we will stand and deliver a very underground sound for the Asian massive here, definitely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13445 MR. MORRIS: I just wanted to actually add to that ‑‑ sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13446 MEMBER CUGINI: M'hm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13447 MR. MORRIS: Not only is the ‑‑ you were asking if the music ‑‑ the language will be in all ‑‑ in English or in foreign languages. Of course, some music, like there is reggae tone and Asian hip hop that is spoken in English by these artists. So it could vary, you know, depending on the song, right?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13448 MR. SUNNER: So also a lot of mixes that are being produced right now, on a four‑minute song you will get two minutes of sort of Asian language and then two minutes of English on it. There is a massive amount of music being produced like that. That's what we would decidedly go for, the split of English and whatever other language, like French and English, even German and English, Bhangra and English. There is so many mixes now. That's actually ‑‑ that's the thing that's bringing the youth of the world together.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13449 MR. YOUNG: I do want to interject and say how much with the issue of different languages that things have changed. Just as a comment this is my 20th year of call at the bar. Pretty much all my legal career has been in entertainment and media and when we first dealt with language issues at one point there was sort of this feeling that it's language A or language B.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13450 And what I have noticed in the last couple of years, having a 15‑year old daughter at home that constantly has her computer on with music, is in fact that there is just a tremendous amount of music that has mixed language. I'm thinking pretty much on a nightly basis I'm hearing songs that are predominantly English for same very, very interesting interjections of Asian language mixes and things like that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13451 And part of the diversity of Vancouver, I think, is reflected in our format because of the fact that we are recognizing that in the world scene.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13452 MR. SUNNER: If I could just jump in there?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13453 In 1997 on the world music station here, Fairchild Radio, I produced and hosted a show that was a two‑hour show that actually brought that mix into Vancouver for the first time. It was the first Indo‑Canadian remix show in Canada and every song that we played had half the languages where they were in Hindi or Punjabi and half of them was from all over the other parts of the world.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13454 There is actually music being produced now with English as a third language where Asian people from, say, Japan and Bollywood are working together with artists over in North America. So the new thing is the three‑slice that SKY FM would be bringing to the radio as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13455 MEMBER CUGINI: Will any of the spoken word be in languages other than English and French?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13456 MR. SUNNER: Not at all. Everything will be spoken in English.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13457 MEMBER CUGINI: Do you ‑‑ based on that description of the world music what do you believe will be your impact on the two ethnic South Asian radio stations in the market currently?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13458 MR. SUNNER: Well, I have seen the progress of ethnic radio here, like being here for 20 years. There would be no impact into that as the mixes that would be played on SKY 104 FM would not be played on those.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13459 The demographic, the audience from those communities, basically young Canadian‑born are not really into the traditional and the folk music which, as like world beat, we at SKY 104 FM are not playing traditional and folk music. We are more in the remix market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13460 So the same thing goes for all the ethnic radio stations that we are away from that tradition and folk, and that's where we feel there is a niche there to really explore, as we did in 1997 that brought me into Radioland and how successful that show became. It was mind blowing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13461 MEMBER CUGINI: Onto the area of spoken word programming, you are proposing a total of 2.5 hours per broadcast week of spoken word of which approximately one hour is news; is that correct, on a weekly basis?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13462 MR. SUNNER: On a weekly basis we do have 60 minutes of news.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13463 MEMBER CUGINI: Does that one hour of news include surveillance material; weather, traffic, sports?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13464 MR. SUNNER: No.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13465 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay. We will take two and a half hours per week spoken word minus one hour of news. How much surveillance material will you be broadcasting on a weekly basis? You have got an hour and a half left.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13466 MR. SUNNER: Spoken word ‑‑ as far as spoken word goes, if I remember correctly, we are at about ‑‑ just under 200 minutes of spoken word counting the weather, traffic and news and also our community billboard notice.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13467 MEMBER CUGINI: And that's your total?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13468 MR. SUNNER: That's right. That also includes the urban village.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13469 MEMBER CUGINI: So to that 200 minutes I add 60 minutes of news?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13470 MR. SUNNER: No, no.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13471 MS BITNER: Yes. Okay, actually we ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13472 MEMBER CUGINI: Do you want to confer?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13473 MS BITNER: I would, yes, absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13474 MR. SUNNER: Just one second. Let me ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13475 MS BITNER: 240 minutes of traffic and weather per week, 45 minutes of community notice board.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13476 Let's see here. Our news is 60 minutes per week.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13477 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13478 MS BITNER: And then also we have our urban village program which is 30 minutes. Let's see, 150 minutes per week, half of that; 75 minutes per week which is ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13479 MEMBER CUGINI: I'm sorry, is what?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13480 MS BITNER: Sorry. We have got our urban village program which is 30 minutes per day, but half of that program is actually music and half of it is spoken word. So that's 75 minutes per week at a total of 420 minutes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13481 MEMBER CUGINI: And what about unstructured spoken word programming, DJ banter?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13482 MS BITNER: Oh, was that included? That is definitely not included.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13483 MEMBER CUGINI: That's not included in the 420?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13484 MS BITNER: No, it is not.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13485 MEMBER CUGINI: Perhaps you could provide us with a chart outlining what you have just given us plus unstructured spoken word for a grand total. And our legal counsel will tell you by when you have to do that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13486 MS BITNER: Thank you very much, absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13487 MEMBER CUGINI: I am curious, though, as to why you believe only one hour of news per week is sufficient for this target demo.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13488 MR. SUNNER: Well, we ‑‑ when we put the application together our passion is more about the music and we fully believe in being a music‑oriented radio station. We made the choice that there is many radio stations here in the city that have large news crews which also cost a lot of money to run that. If you are going to do news you really have to do it big time.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13489 We made the choice to deal with a smaller news segment that didn't really touch upon too much of the bad things that are broadcasted. Unless it is something really important, most of our news will be about the world of arts and culture, lifestyles and the environment.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13490 MEMBER CUGINI: So you are not going to provide, I don't know, the headline news of the news story of the day? The budget, you are not going to cover the budget for this demo? Not that a 12‑year old might be that interested.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13491 MR. SUNNER: Well, our demographics, you know, we believe are more interested in other different kinds of news. Unless the Pope gets shot, you know.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13492 MR. SUNNER: Then, you know, something that's major. And we are local. We are local news. We are more talking about Granville Street and the issues, the problems in Vancouver as a whole, that kind of news with a different twist.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13493 Like I said, our news is just five days, just in the morning times.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13494 MR. YOUNG: I think that again goes to the reality that our demo target, demographic is being recognized as being both internet savvy, television savvy, and otherwise. And I think looking at the realities of the other forms of media that they consume has led to that result.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13495 MEMBER CUGINI: But I can't help but feel that therefore ‑‑ I mean you are providing, you know, community listings or club listings as opposed to hard news. Like you are providing community news to this target demo as opposed to news they can use. Is that correct? Does that ‑‑ because I do understand from your application that you are saying:
"...a more positive and social facet to our spoken word programming where activities, events and cultural issues take precedence over what is traditionally described as news." (As read)
LISTNUM 1 \l 13496 MEMBER CUGINI: I mean are you going to tell your demo when for some reason schools are closed or school buses aren't in operation? Is there going to be news they can use?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13497 MR. SUNNER: Of course, if you are talking about from the application it gives the information of just what you said. Of course when we made this application, once again going back into the news, we haven't projected a big news team, right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13498 So the important day‑to‑day services communicating with Vancouver's public, there will be awareness and news will be delivered about some things that are important, especially with the schooling because of the demographics.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13499 MEMBER CUGINI: And because you brought up the issue of the news team it probably is in your application. I can't find it right now but can you go over ‑‑ can you go through your staffing list for me; in particular how many people will be employed in the newsroom, how many programming people, how many on air people within that programming element?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13500 MR. SUNNER: It really hasn't been 100 percent finalized in the application. We believe that we can run this operation with about ‑‑ under 20 people for a budget of about half a million dollars.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13501 MEMBER CUGINI: You are anticipating my next line of questioning because it is something that I looked at in terms of your financial and did notice that there is quite a sizeable amount on that payroll line. Payroll and benefits for the first year I think it is $583,000?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13502 MR. SUNNER: Yes, I believe that's it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13503 MEMBER CUGINI: That's for the 20 people?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13504 MR. SUNNER: Yes, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13505 MEMBER CUGINI: And yet your programming expenses are relatively low. It's only $29,000. What are you including in that line item?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13506 MR. SUNNER: The programming expenses of ‑‑ I have to check, just to double check. But when it says programming that was just the cost, costings for the people on air. Am I understanding that?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13507 MEMBER CUGINI: They are your financials.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13508 MR. SUNNER: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13509 MEMBER CUGINI: So I need to know what you included in that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13510 MR. SUNNER: Jeff, could you look into that, please? You are more familiar with the figures.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13511 MR. YOUNG: I actually believe that the programming is mainly to do with licensing fees and ‑‑ in that direction, and the staffing side of it is to deal with all, basically human resources‑type costs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13512 MEMBER CUGINI: And that's all in the payroll and benefits?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13513 MR. YOUNG: Correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13514 MEMBER CUGINI: And administration in general does that include staff members?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13515 MR. YOUNG: I am just looking at the ‑‑ are you referring actually to the Excel spreadsheet that was filed supplementary or on the face of the application?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13516 MEMBER CUGINI: I'm looking at your financial projections and assumptions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13517 MR. YOUNG: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13518 MEMBER CUGINI: Which is 7.1, I believe.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13519 MR. YOUNG: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13520 MEMBER CUGINI: In the application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13521 MR. YOUNG: Oh, here we are.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13522 Programming refers to statutory licences.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13523 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13524 MR. YOUNG: Administration in general, payroll and benefits; payroll and benefits would deal with human resources matters. Administration in general will deal with office expenses and related things as such, so everything from rent to photocopy paper to those types of things.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13525 MEMBER CUGINI: So everything above the payroll and benefits line does not include people?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13526 MR. YOUNG: Correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13527 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13528 Now, staying with the economic analysis of your application, I mean, you guys really do present a very positive picture going forward. You have a positive PBIT in the first year. And that's a good thing. I am not saying that that's a bad thing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13529 And between years four and seven your average PBIT is 52.3 percent while the average for the Vancouver market is 24.1. What makes you such savvy business people?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13530 MR. SUNNER: We believe in running an operation cost effective.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13531 And maybe, Jeff, you could add to that?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13532 MR. YOUNG: I think the optimism is balanced with the reality that we have secured a significant amount of financial backing. In the event that it doesn't happen we are covered, in essence.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13533 And so we have looked at the revenues and projections on the basis that there is indeed a significant amount of optimism in terms of the efficiency that the station wants to run. It is being run with what is viewed as somewhat of a thin, you know, infrastructure compared to a lot of other stations. And recognizing that it's a new team, we have I guess got the cushion in case these figures don't materialize.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13534 MEMBER CUGINI: Because you will ‑‑ you have access to additional financing?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13535 MR. YOUNG: I'm sorry?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13536 MEMBER CUGINI: Because you will have access to additional financing?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13537 MR. YOUNG: Yes, correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13538 MEMBER CUGINI: Your target audience, however, is not typically that attractive to advertisers. Do you wish to confirm or deny?
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13539 MR. YOUNG: I'm actually quite comfortable in denying that. I think it has everything to do with how you reach that target market in terms of the way media is converging.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13540 And I would very much look at major, major corporations in the world, particularly in the new media area, Yahoo, Google, My Space, you know, on and on, and some of the new electronics manufacturers and people like that that have zeroed in completely on that market. I think specifically of the number of kids that were lined up in front of electronics stores last Christmas when I was lining up with my own daughter. And I really ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13541 MEMBER CUGINI: They are all going after Guitar Hero ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13542 MR. YOUNG: And the like, but you know there is a lot of interesting cross promotion in that area, for example, when you are negotiating with videogame manufacturer, when you are negotiating with people who are dealing with that media.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13543 And that's exactly what I mean. We want to build business relationships with those people to drive that youth market back to radio to listen. And I think that's an approach that is somewhat different.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13544 It's not just about going to traditional advertisers which obviously we are not going to turn down, but it's also to look for those new areas of, you know, cross promotion. A lot of interesting people who are willing to look at that type of relationship is where we are after.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13545 MEMBER CUGINI: Have you had preliminary discussions with advertisers in the market to gauge their interest?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13546 MR. YOUNG: There is a significant number of ‑‑ like I think somewhat ‑‑ in fact I have them here, photocopies of very ‑‑ I think about 50 letters from different advertisers, all talking about estimated monies that they would you know consider giving to the station for advertising revenues and such.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13547 And so I think our projections, as optimistic as they were, were not pie in the sky. They were based on things like the letters that I have in my file.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13548 MEMBER CUGINI: And that's the reference that Mr. Sunner made in your oral presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13549 MR. SUNNER: Yes, if I could just add to that?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13550 Being involved, myself here in Vancouver in radio and television, when you talk about our demographics that it's not that big, I sort of seem to disagree. But this is a custom‑made kind of a crew here that already has built up lots of ‑‑ hundreds of thousands, millions some of us here that have collected over the years from local sponsorship.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13551 And I think the better answer might come from actually David who has done a lot of research on the sales and marketing side of things in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13552 MR. ST. HELENE: Good morning. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13553 We have definitely done the research and the research that was conducted prior to the application, and as part of the application indicates steadily from a research one, information that was provided in the application that that demographic does continue to grow steadily, that the 12 to 34; 18 to 24 which is really our focus target segment, does continue to grow. And being a non‑traditional broadcaster we are targeting non‑traditional advertisers as well, that we are providing a target group that a lot of advertisers do have a difficult time reaching.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13554 The comment that you made with regards to this is one of those ones that advertisers are sometimes wary of in how do you tap into, it's because traditional advertising methods don't reach them. The message that's being sent isn't being heard and it's sometimes due to a lack of understanding of the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13555 The opportunity that we provide to non‑traditional advertisers is a mixed media presentation as well. We are not just a radio broadcasting company. We're an online presentation as well, that we do look at the communities that exist on that side of the marketplace as well, and that companies moving forward can't just look at things in isolation when they go to sending their message to those potential target groups.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13556 You're exactly right, these people are receiving their radio ‑‑ their broadcast music on a multitude of different signals, be it PodCast, be it iPod, be it download, be it even illegal download and how advertisers can now tap into that market is not the same way.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13557 So, the success rates that they've seen traditionally now have to adjust, the companies need to grow and evolve and we're definitely providing a pipeline for that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13558 MEMBER CUGINI: And you did touch upon it a little bit in your video presentation, but what are you doing about interactivity and Internet presence?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13559 Go ahead.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13560 MR. ST. HELENE: We have several programs in place and our interactive director Jay can attest to a few of those.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13561 MR. HARMER: To begin with, to draw attention to our website for artists we are going to be creating a PodCast called Industry for Musicians, which is mentioned in the video.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13562 MEMBER CUGINI: Mm‑hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13563 MR. HARMER: Which is going to be a learning tool. It won't be something at this point we're going to broadcast, it will just be available online.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13564 So, that is going to start our program for drawing people directly ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13565 MEMBER CUGINI: To be exclusive to the web?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13566 MR. HARMER: Exclusive to the web, yeah. It will be a PodCast which would be free to download, but it's not something that we broadcast.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13567 Beyond that, having an online presence, working with things like sponsor advertising, we can run give‑aways and promotions through the website, we can handle song sales for material that's already been licensed, we can do polling, statistics gathering, as well as ticket sales for our events or other local events.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13568 There are other stations who run very successful preferred ticket sales programs and we're definitely interested in looking at something like that. As well, working with labels to create promotions for their artists on the website.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13569 So, we are really looking at a very robust presentation for online because we know that our target audiences will be watching both at the same time, listening to the radio, surfing the Net. So, we'd like to get them on both sides.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13570 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13571 MR. YOUNG: Point of clarification also on two things. One, the revenue projections does include what we anticipate just from peer on‑air radio advertising but, rather, all advertising, all revenues, including new media and online sources.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13572 And, secondly, just by reference, this stack of paper is indeed all single sheets, signed documentation that shows commitments, at least in principle, ranging from a high of about 200,000 per company down to about a low of 10,000 per company per annum in terms of, you know, intentions that they would advertise with us.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13573 MEMBER CUGINI: So, when I look at your financial projections though, in both the national revenue line and the local retail revenue line, therein are amounts generated from your website?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13574 Is that what you just ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13575 MR. YOUNG: I just want to clarify so we can be absolutely, sure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13576 MEMBER CUGINI: Because I have your Schedule "C", Seven Year Financial Forecast.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13577 MR. YOUNG: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13578 MEMBER CUGINI: And I have got a national revenue line, agency commissions, net national revenue, local retail revenue and other, which is blank.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13579 MR. ST. HELENE: Sorry. If it pleases the Commission, I'll answer that question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13580 MEMBER CUGINI: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13581 MR. ST. HELENE: The revenue projections are based on radio revenue, but as part of our radio sales we do have a product mix that includes online features where an advertiser might be purchasing a 30‑second spot but part of that might also include a new media portion, be that something on our website or as part of a contest or something that we might be running on our new media.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13582 Going forward, new products would be developed that would allow us to sell new media exclusively as well as part of a bundled package that would be part of both radio advertising and a new media advertising program.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13583 MEMBER CUGINI: So, that would be on top of what is included in this Schedule, should that come to fruition; right?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13584 MR. ST. HELEN: That would be, and that would fall under either a new media advertising line or an other income line, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13585 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay. Well, thank you for clarifying that. I just got a little bit of a, you know, panic moment there.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13586 I'm going to move on to your CCD and, again, in your oral presentation this morning ‑‑ sorry, I'll get it ‑‑ you say $150,000 over seven years is your base amount, is that...
LISTNUM 1 \l 13587 MR. SUNNER: Regarding the CCD, I think, Jay, you'd be much better at explaining it than me because you're a specialist.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13588 MR. HARMER: Thank you, Michael.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13589 The total ‑‑ our total contribution was $150,378 and that's based on seven‑year contributions starting 2009, 13,000; same with 2010, 2011, 2012 it increases to 17,800; 2013 goes to 24,403; 2014 is 31,000; 2015 is 37,000.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13590 MEMBER CUGINI: And what is your base amount?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13591 MR. HARMER: The base amount is a thousand dollars and our over and above is 2,400 which increases over the course of the years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13592 MEMBER CUGINI: Over the course of the seven years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13593 MR. HARMER: But we also do include additional contributions to Music B.C. as well as the Richmond/Vancouver/Burnaby and New Westminster School Boards.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13594 MEMBER CUGINI: Right. And on the school boards, because other than FACTOR, for the most part ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13595 MR. HARMER: Mm‑hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13596 MEMBER CUGINI: ‑‑ the recipients of your CCD monies are school boards?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13597 MR. HARMER: That's correct. Music B.C. and FACTOR and the school boards.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13598 MEMBER CUGINI: Right. And have you had discussions with the recipients?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13599 MR. HARMER: We actually haven't pursued them yet until we have something that we can actually concretely bring to them, but our research has shown that they will be reciprocative to receiving a donation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13600 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay. You may have noticed from reading other applications in this proceeding that typically applicants will include letters from the potential ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13601 MR. HARMER: Mm‑hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13602 MEMBER CUGINI: ‑‑ CCD recipients saying that the recipients understand our policy when it comes to the distribution of those monies and how they should be used and that they will agree to dispensing the monies according to our commercial radio policy.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13603 Is it possible for you to do that ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13604 MR. HARMER: Absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13605 MEMBER CUGINI: ‑‑ before the licensing decision is made?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13606 MR. HARMER: Absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13607 MEMBER CUGINI: And have those letters submitted to the Commission by the potential recipients of CCD monies?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13608 MR. HARMER: Most certainly. Absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13609 MEMBER CUGINI: And, once again, our legal counsel will tell you by when you need to do that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13610 MR. HARMER: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13611 MEMBER CUGINI: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13612 MR. SUNNER: If I could just add a little bit more onto the talking about the base of Canadian content development.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13613 When we put this application to the CRTC, being our first application we've ever put together, we kept it very realistic and very honest with the amount of financing we had.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13614 And it was sort of quite an interesting period because it was a secret when we made the application and then when it went to public notice we were quite amazed by the support in our community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13615 I think one of the reasons for that was because our team is so powerful in the city in the fields that we work in and we amassed this massive amount of money.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13616 We were looking at sort of roughly about a million dollars a year and then, all of a sudden, during that period of becoming public notice to our intervention period that all the support came in which really sort of encouraged us, because the Canadian content development program does need funding, but we couldn't just write out a cheque and say, you know, we can put a million dollars towards that plan because we wouldn't be able to do it. So, we went very realistic.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13617 Today, sitting here, and after spending hundreds of hours with Jason figuring this out when all the support came in, to onward forward march with the CAPI plan, that the ratio of sales really does skyrocket, like, it's sort of like five times fold. And, like I said, we were amazed and surprised.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13618 So, our Canadian content from looking at how low it seemed to be compared with other applicants, it's still low, but when all put together, you know, it still amounts up to, you know, a hundred thousand dollars a year if all these sales do actually come in.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13619 MEMBER CUGINI: It's what you do with it that counts as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13620 MR. SUNNER: Yes, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13621 MEMBER CUGINI: As well. Before I ask you to compare your proposal to that of others who seem to be going after the same target demo, I do need to ask you a couple more detail questions regarding your format so that we have a broader base on which to compare.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13622 One of the areas of your application that had, you know, a couple of different answers was the area of the number of musical selections per hour.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13623 I think in your file we find a range of answers going from 10 to 30 songs per hour and, you know, from our research a typical radio station will broadcast 10 to 15 songs per clock hour with the number being closer to 10.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13624 Do you have a better idea as to how many songs per clock hour you will be broadcasting?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13625 MR. SUNNER: When we sort of put this together there was a few ideas and I think Leanne, I think you would be ‑‑ send out a more loud clear message regarding the amount of songs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13626 MS BITNER: Basically between 10 and 14 songs is what we've stuck to.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13627 MEMBER CUGINI: And given ‑‑ I'm sorry, I don't remember your name.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13628 MS BITNER: Leanne.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13629 MEMBER CUGINI: No, the gentleman sitting beside you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13630 MS BITNER: I'm sorry, sure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13631 MR. MORRIS: James.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13632 MEMBER CUGINI: Your last name?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13633 MR. MORRIS: Morris.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13634 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay. So, we have to do this. Mr. Morris, given how you were talking about the different mixes ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13635 MR. MORRIS: Right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13636 MEMBER CUGINI: ‑‑ that you might be presenting on air, is it your intention to make use of medleys or montages in order to provide that mix of music, or will it be, you know, this is the track from Rhianna and this is the track from Delhi 2 Dublin and play the track in its entirety?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13637 MR. MORRIS: Well, it all depends really. It could range from a lot of songs. If Rhianna had a song that is popular and it's requested, or if that's what's on our playlist, we will play something like that. If we have a remix, maybe we might be playing something like that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13638 There's no one way we're going to stick to it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13639 MEMBER CUGINI: It might be a remix, but would it be a medley or a montage of an artist?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13640 Okay. A medley is a compilation of one minute or more in duration in which artists or musicians combine excerpts from several musical selections within a single performance.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13641 MR. MORRIS: No, it will be just one song, like, there will be individual songs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13642 MEMBER CUGINI: And a montage is a compilation of one minute or more in duration containing excerpts from several musical selections.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13643 MR. MORRIS: No, no, no.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13644 MEMBER CUGINI: So, you won't be making any use of montages or medleys?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13645 MR. MORRIS: No, they will be actual songs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13646 MEMBER CUGINI: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13647 MR. MORRIS: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13648 MEMBER CUGINI: Thank you for that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13649 MR. MORRIS: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13650 MEMBER CUGINI: Now, we do have a couple of other applications in this proceeding that, as I said before, does target your demo as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13651 Have you had an opportunity to look at those applications and, in particular, I'm thinking of the application from Newcap which is proposing an adult urban format, Evanov which is a youth contemporary format and as well the numbered Alberta company which is a modern global world hits format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13652 MR. SUNNER: Yes, of course we've gone through all the applications of all the other companies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13653 We feel pretty strong about our format. The urban format with the electronical beat mixed up with a truly brand new world beat kind of style.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13654 We don't ‑‑ even though we might have gone for the same demographics, we feel that there is more of a void in the market space for a station like SKY 104 FM's format than the other applicants that you just talked about.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13655 MEMBER CUGINI: So, if we were to license you, could we license any of these others as well?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13656 MR. SUNNER: Like I said earlier on, we stand and deliver on our format. It wouldn't really affect us because we have our own sources of revenue. Basically a lot of that revenue is new revenues that would be coming into radio land.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13657 I think the reason for that is because of the experience and the team being here are Vancouver people for a long, long time. Business people sponsor support when they like individuals and we do definitely have some individuals and characters on our team.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13658 It would make a difference if you did license someone from the other demographics, no, not at all.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13659 MEMBER CUGINI: Well, I want to thank you all very much for your presentation here this morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13660 Madam Chair, those are all my questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13661 THE CHAIRPERSON: I believe Commissioner Menzies has some questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13662 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Good morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13663 This relates to your business plan and, to some extent ‑‑ actually entirely, regarding your ability to attract and retain the sort of talent that you'll need in the long run in a market ‑‑ in any market, but in a market this competitive, the quality of talent you have will be very important to you. And you are a really interesting team to listen to and to look at. You're right, you look like Vancouver and I'm enjoying that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13664 But in year seven ‑‑ and I think in year one your business plan is very prudent and very honest. In year seven you're planning on making a lot of money, 60 per cent ROR, your profits will have risen 300 per cent, by then your wages will have gone up 35 per cent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13665 And it made me curious so that I could ‑‑ made me curious about what your plan would be to retain talent and keep it happy, given the cost of living in Vancouver and given that your salaries for 20 people, from what I understand would be, you know, averaging around 30,000 a year, growing to 35, 36 seven years from now.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13666 Can you address that for me?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13667 MR. YOUNG: Yeah. I think that if we achieve any of our financial targets that the company would not necessarily be closed to some form of profit participation on behalf of the key people that are involved and that would address the fact that if everyone's working for perhaps lower than industry standard compensation, that things like that would be there to compensate.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13668 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: I'm not trying to be a bargaining agent for your staff.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13669 MR. YOUNG: I understand.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13670 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: I'm just trying to get a sense of your understanding of some of those challenges that you might face down the road and whether you have, at least, the beginnings of a plan to retain talent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13671 MR. YOUNG: Yeah. Well, I really ‑‑ that was a very genuine comment in the sense that I think a lot of what's happened in Vancouver specifically, and I, you know, pretty much spend eight to 10 billable hours a day dealing with some form of entertainment in Vancouver and I discovered that, in fact, a lot of what the compensation package that attracts, you know, business talent as well as on‑air talent and otherwise in this city is the ability to be involved in the success of businesses.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13672 In so many negotiations I'm involved with I actually see people going, "You know it's not about the base salary, I need this to live, it's about being involved and feeling part of the team financially and otherwise".
LISTNUM 1 \l 13673 And to the extent that if the success does happen, which we believe in, I think that's a very genuine reality of saying, let's get people involved. Not necessarily in a, you know, common share voting kind of way, but certainly in some kind of a bonus percentage kind of way that's properly documented and promised.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13674 MR. SUNNER: If I may add to that, like I says, when we made the application it was our first application, very realistic, so it sort of ‑‑ when ‑‑ after we went public notice, again I have to say this is that we were absolutely amazed at the amount of support people are sort of pushing towards us.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13675 So, all those projections on the business plan, keeping that talent happy and together, most of this crew has been working together for at least 10 years in different ways individually.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13676 I now can honestly sit here and say that that business plan and all those projections of our first year to seven years ‑‑ and, sir, you says that by the seventh year we would be making a lot of money ‑‑ well, I believe it's not going to take us that long and I believe this team will benefit from it all the way around through artists' belief and in their pockets because we have ‑‑ I can't really explain in the way that having all that extra finance now also available how confident and strong we really feel.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13677 If we were accepted, and I'm sure all these people on this team would be even working harder than they've worked over the last three months, to take all them projection figures and say, listen, we said that we were going to do about a million, now someone says that, all the people in the Vancouver that $5‑million a year, that's a big difference.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13678 So, our overall cost of wages and all that is going to be beneficial to the people that will basically be the birth of SKY 104 FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13679 And, hopefully, being in radio land for many years, you know, it is hard to keep talent together. One of the ways we believe we can do it is by at the end of the day ‑‑ at the end of the year, make sure that the whole crew is happy financially.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13680 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay. Thank you very much for your answer and, for the record, I'm not at all opposed to making money.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13681 THE CHAIRPERSON: Commissioner Duncan, please.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13682 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: I do have just a couple of questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13683 I just want to understand on your financials then, just referring to your unique way of selling advertising, and I think you referred to it as cross‑promotion.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13684 So, what I'd like to know is if your revenue line includes those cross‑promotions like the contra; is the revenue in and then the contra part an expense, or is it just not recorded in your revenues?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13685 MR. ST. HELENE: When you're referring to contra, are you referring to the programs that we're offering for emerging artists and that type of thing?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13686 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: No, I'm talking about revenue and the contra word is my word, I think that you use the word cross‑promotion.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13687 MR. ST. HELENE: Okay. If referring to the kind of mixed media approach ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13688 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13689 MR. ST. HELENE: ‑‑ with regards to having perhaps an online and a radio component. Initially, as we ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13690 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: Sorry, no, I'm not. I think you were talking about ‑‑ just let me just get the gentleman's name just behind you, your counsel.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13691 MR. ST. HELENE: Oh, Mr. Young.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13692 MR. YOUNG: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13693 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: Sorry, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13694 You had mentioned ‑‑ you had talked in terms of cross‑promotion and you'd be looking ‑‑ what I understood you to be saying is you would be looking for unique ways of raising advertising revenues, perhaps Google I think was one of the examples that you had illustrated ‑‑ you had given.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13695 So, I'm just wondering how that is reflected on your revenue line?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13696 MR. YOUNG: I think any of these types of things it would be reflected as reality because a lot of these do involve a payment component and ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13697 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: Your microphone is not on, sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13698 MR. YOUNG: A lot of these transactions involve both cash and payment components, whether by Internet micro‑payments and, you know, referral fees and those types of things; or, alternatively, if it's reflected in actual contra, meaning, you know, a certain amount of services in exchange for certain amounts of services.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13699 In the latter category, the projections are ‑‑ don't reflect that from a dollar and cents perspective, but in the former category it would.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13700 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: Okay. So, that's important from my point of view, because we do have a limited number of frequencies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13701 MR. YOUNG: Mm‑hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13702 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: And we're trying to assess, you know, what's going to serve the market the best. And this is very exciting, it's interesting ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13703 MR. YOUNG: Mm‑hmmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13704 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: ‑‑ it's unique, I can appreciate all of that and you are all fun to look at and I'm sure you do represent Vancouver.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13705 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: But I'm just concerned that your revenue projections, then when I look at your revenue projections and your audience share projections you're second lowest in what we have.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13706 MR. YOUNG: Mm‑hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13707 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: And, so, your revenues might be understated ‑‑ your gross revenues, if I want to look at that line ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13708 MR. YOUNG: Mm‑hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13709 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: ‑‑ and compare you to the other applicants, then they're going to be understated by the amount of those revenues.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13710 MR. YOUNG: I think Michael's comment in terms of the additional optimism of our team increasing is in fact true, that at the time the application was filed there was the thought of doing something different, doing something unique and as a result we wanted to be completely open and honest with the resources that the Applicant had at the time.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13711 As you can appreciate, with the sort of energy that these things build, we have had sort of community support in a way that's very dramatic, very unique. And even, like I said, the stack of papers here that I have that reflect advertisers and excitement about it is not something we had when we first started.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13712 So, I would say that where we positioned ourselves relative to everyone else, as it turns out is the reality of what was happening then. Now, that we've reached hearing date, I would say we were being honest and real for the time that it was.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13713 Are we more optimistic than we were when we started? Absolutely. And I think that we ‑‑ if we were to say ‑‑ if the Commission were to say, is there revised documents that we could submit that reflect the optimism and the current reality, we could. But given that this is what was filed and we were very honest to ourselves at the time, that's what we have before us.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13714 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: All right. Thank you for that explanation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13715 MR. YOUNG: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13716 COMMISSIONER DUNCAN: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13717 THE CHAIRPERSON: I do have a couple of questions. I'm just going to make notes first.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13718 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Firstly, we will come back to you for your last pitch, but I recognize that you are applying for the first time and that but, you know, you look like there's some business experience here. I think that you can tell from the Panel questions that your business case is a real concern.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13719 So, that's something you may want to address when we come back on the last pitch or in Phase IV to better explain your business case. You cannot change it any more, but that's something you may wish to address.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13720 And, so, more specifically, I have a question right now. I was interested in your video where you talked about CAPI, the C‑A‑P‑I, and it sounded like it was a barter where you would let them have air time for advertising. Could you explain that, please.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13721 MR. HARMER: Certainly. It's not just simply barter. What we're proposing is, we're going to pony up a pool of advertising and we're going to exchange ‑‑ we'll administer the exchange as well ‑‑ to suppliers that bands will be requiring to go on tour.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13722 So, we would be putting together packages that instead of ‑‑ this comes from the argument that bands don't just need to be given money they also need to be given means.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13723 So, it's much easier to get a sponsor to trade something that they already have in their inventory instead of trying to get direct cash out of them. So, if you ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13724 THE CHAIRPERSON: So, maybe you can give me a concrete example.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13725 MR. HARMER: Sure. Let's say hypothetically we went to a hotel chain like Best Western and we approached them and we said, "We have a program that is going to be supporting new artists, we'd be interested in exchanging $5,000 worth of air time advertising directly to you at your list cost for a hotel room." And then we sign an agreement with them, we get the agreement for the hotel rooms and then we crate that with a package with fuel and a vehicle rental and we put it all together and then we award it to a band and that way offsetting their touring costs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13726 And it's ‑‑ I think one of the best parts of it is ‑‑ well, there's two best parts. It's win/win for everybody because it's ‑‑ the advertising is less expensive for the supplier because they're charging list cost; it's beneficial to us because we're helping new artists and we're helping the bands because this is just ‑‑ we're just handing them the hotel rooms, thing, go, get out of here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13727 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. And that is in addition to the dollar amount in CCD contributions?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13728 MR. HARMER: Yes, yes, absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13729 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay, right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13730 MR. HARMER: This is ‑‑ the idea was to try and ‑‑ Michael challenged me to come up with programs that would go above and beyond the financial requirement using the resources that we had, so this is one of the solutions that I had come up with ‑‑ we have come up with.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13731 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13732 MR. SUNNER: You've done a great job, Jay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13733 MR. HARMER: Thanks, man.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13734 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13735 MR. HARMER: There's one thing else I'd like to add. With the CAPI program, the principle behind it is that anyone can actually donate to the media pool. So, we'd really like to encourage other resources like print and other radio stations to also contribute time and print ads so that we can create a network which will allow us a much larger amount of clout so that we can create an even bigger pool of exchange so that we can support ours directly on a much grander national scale.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13736 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Mr. Harmer.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13737 MR. HARMER: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13738 THE CHAIRPERSON: I believe Ms Pinsky has a question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13739 MS PINSKY: Yes, I just have a few questions of clarification.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13740 You discussed your CCD commitments with Commissioner Cugini this morning, and in your presentation you spoke of a CCD commitment over seven years of $150,000. We have in your Application I believe a number of $123,000.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13741 Would you be able to explain the difference?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13742 MR. HARMER: Could you give me the reference for the $123,000?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13743 MS PINSKY: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13744 MR. HARMER: That may be the number for the additional other.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13745 MS PINSKY: You mean on ‑‑ see, we have a break‑out of 25,200 for FACTOR and 19,560 for each of the various school boards and the Pacific Music Industry Association. So, those numbers together add up to 123.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13746 MR. HARMER: I'm sorry, could you read me those again, please?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13747 MS PINSKY: Mm‑hmm. It was 19,560 for each of the school boards and the Pacific Music Industry Association.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13748 MR. HARMER: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13749 MS PINSKY: And the 25,200 to FACTOR.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13750 MR. SUNNER: What appendix are you looking at there, please?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13751 MS PINSKY: I will get you the reference. Sorry, I had it in ‑‑ I'll come back to that question when I have the reference.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13752 MR. HARMER: Sure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13753 MS PINSKY: Just to clarify the concept of live‑to‑air ‑‑ because in your response to the deficiency, I think there may have been a misunderstanding.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13754 You have committed to 126 hours of local programming. Did I understand your response correctly that the full amount would be live?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13755 MR. SUNNER: That's correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13756 MS PINSKY: Also, with regard to your CCD commitment, in your oral presentation today you spoke of how it would increase five times, since your initial projections, to $750,000 over seven years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13757 I wondered if you could explain that, please.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13758 MR. SUNNER: I can briefly get into that, and maybe Jay could help me finish it off.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13759 Like I say, when we projected about $1 million for the year, our CCD plan broke down, over a seven‑year period, to about $150,000. That was on no sales.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13760 At the intervention time, when we submitted ‑‑ turning our annual sales to $5 million ‑‑ in our deficiencies we were asked the question that, if our sales went up, would we contribute a certain ratio toward our CCD commitment.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13761 So when we sort of five‑folded the $150,000 over the seven‑year period, it amounted to ‑‑ you would have the figure there, Jay ‑‑ $700,000 or something like that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13762 MR. HARMER: The C.A.P.I. contribution would have been $700,000, but originally, when speaking to the $150,000 overall, that included all of the contribution additions between FACTOR, PMIA and the school boards.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13763 To go back to the $126,000, that is actually our additional, over and above the basic FACTOR.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13764 It is at 8.1 in the additional information. I believe that is what you are referencing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13765 If you look at the first page, where it says "Statement of Basic Contribution," if you total the additional FACTOR and the additional "Other" together, that is the $126,000. That doesn't include the basic FACTOR contribution.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13766 What 8.1 is referencing is what we are going to be donating above the compulsory donations to FACTOR via the CCD.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13767 MS PINSKY: I am sorry, I didn't follow that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13768 This is above the $25,200 to FACTOR?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13769 MR. HARMER: Yes, it is above the basic FACTOR contribution. It is the $126,000. That is the additional "Other" and the additional FACTOR.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13770 MS PINSKY: I'm sorry. What is the difference there compared to the $150,000 that you were talking about this morning?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13771 MR. HARMER: Our basic plan for the CCD over seven years is, roughly, $150,000. It is actually slightly more.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13772 The split between the $126,000 and the $25,000, those two together equal that $150,000.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13773 So the $126,000 is only the additional FACTOR and the additional "Other". That doesn't include the basic FACTOR. The basic FACTOR is the $25,000.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13774 MS PINSKY: Okay. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13775 With regard to the commitments that you made to file various information, firstly, you are going to file the amount of unstructured spoken word, and also a chart confirming the amounts of spoken word broken down, as you discussed with Commissioner Cugini.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13776 When would you be in a position to file that information?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13777 MR. SUNNER: We will be able to do that in a couple of days, I would say.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13778 MS PINSKY: Could you provide that by the end of the day tomorrow?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13779 MR. SUNNER: By the end of the day tomorrow?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13780 MS PINSKY: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13781 MR. SUNNER: That will be done.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13782 MS PINSKY: Secondly, you have committed to filing some additional letters with regard to your CCD commitments. When do you think you would be in a position to provide those?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13783 MR. HARMER: A couple of days would be great.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13784 MS PINSKY: We could have those a bit later, if you want.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13785 MR. HARMER: I would appreciate that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13786 MS PINSKY: By Monday, at the end of the day?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13787 Would that be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 13788 MR. HARMER: Sure. We will endeavour to do that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13789 MS PINSKY: Okay. Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13790 MR. HARMER: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13791 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mr. Sunner and your team, this is your opportunity for a two‑minute pitch on why you feel you should be licensed.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13792 MR. SUNNER: One of the main reasons why we should be licensed is the people that the Commissioners and Madam Chair are looking at. They have a lot of passion, dedication, and they are very, very committed to Canadian content, music and artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13793 They are also a multi‑mix of nationalities. It is one of the most joyful things about being Canadian in a city as big as Vancouver, having to establish that kind of communication.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13794 That is one of the reasons that, if granted, SKY 104 FM ‑‑ this team ‑‑ will really start to deliver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13795 The music ‑‑ it brings diversity to the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13796 Revenue ‑‑ radio stations show lots of revenue. This radio station has enough financing now to really stand up over the next three years and maintain and get really established in this city.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13797 Our CCD plans will go far and beyond.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13798 We are responsible. We have a desire, and we are definitely committed to Canadian talent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13799 We also know that there is a void in this market space, and given the opportunity, you will really get a true world‑Vancouver sound that will go international.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13800 As a matter of fact, just a few days ago I got a phone call from Bollywood in Mombay, where, working in the movie business, as well, there is interest in making a radio movie about world urban sounds. They have chosen Indian Lion to represent the SKY team in a format that will be shot here in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13801 If granted the licence, SKY 104 FM will take Canadian radio internationally in more than one way, because we have so many routes to go. We have built many passages here in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13802 In Canada, at present, there is no format that can really do what SKY FM is proposing. Vancouver already has several radio stations that play and do the same type of format and promotions. We know that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13803 SKY will be a change from the normal.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13804 SKY will open up markets for Canadian talent and music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13805 We are very local. We are very honest to our commitments in this application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13806 If there is anyone on the team that would like to say something, please do.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13807 MR. YOUNG: Just to summarize with respect to the comments that the Commission has made regarding the business case, it is a first‑time application, but I think we have evolved over the time that the application was prepared.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13808 If the Commission were to consider exercising its discretion in wanting any supplementary filings on that, it is something we would confidently do in a very simple period of time.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13809 I am not sure if that is in the cards at this stage, but I can certainly assure you that that has now been reviewed, and from whatever standpoint we can make, the business side of the vision that we have started with is something that can be followed through confidently on.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13810 Most notable is the additional financing, additional legal, accounting and professional skills in the broadcast industry locally.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13811 MR. SUNNER: Thank you very much. It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with this team, and I really do, honestly, believe that, given the chance, we can maintain a radio station, and run it, and become world‑renowned and known, because Vancouver is a world‑class city.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13812 There is no one in this town that really doesn't know about this application. We have worked extremely hard from the rainy days to the summertime. Hopefully the CRTC will grant us this licence. We would love to get this up and running as soon as possible.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13813 One more time, thank you very much, Commissioners and Madam Chair, for giving us the time.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13814 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13815 Mr. Young, thank you for the offer. I believe that the additional information we feel we need has already been requested by the panel. So, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13816 Mr. Sunner and your team, I thank you very much for your time and your presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13817 MR. SUNNER: God bless you all.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13818 THE CHAIRPERSON: We are going to take a 20‑minute break. We will come back at 10:35. Thank you.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13819 THE SECRETARY: We will now proceed with Item No. 13, an application by Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd. to move the English‑language commercial radio station CKBD Vancouver from the AM Band to the FM Band, and for a licence to operate an English‑language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13820 Please introduce yourself and your colleagues. You will then have 30 minutes for your presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13821 Thank you.
PRESENTATION / PRÉSENTATION
LISTNUM 1 \l 13822 MR. ARNISH: Thank you, Madam Secretary.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13823 Good morning, Madam Chair and Members of the Commission. My name is Rick Arnish, and I am President of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd. partnership.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13824 We are pleased to be before you this morning to speak to you with respect to our two applications for a new FM station to service Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13825 We are applying for a new FM licence on 104.1 FM, or, alternatively, an AM to FM conversion which would see us close our 600 AM Station and launch a new FM service on 100.5 FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13826 This presentation will speak to both of these applications.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13827 Before commencing our formal presentation, I would like to introduce the panel which is appearing before you this morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13828 To my right is Mr. Gerry Siemens, Vice‑President and General Manager of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group's existing Vancouver radio stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13829 To Gerry's right is Mr. Bill Dinicol, Vice‑President of Finance for the Pattison Broadcast Group.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13830 To my left is Jasmin Doobay, News Director of our Pattison Kelowna radio stations, who will speak to our news and information programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13831 To Jasmin's left is Bruce Davis, who is our Vice‑President of Sales.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13832 In the back row we have Gord Eno, who is with our Vancouver broadcast operations, and who worked on the music and spoken word programming of the new station, and will speak to the music components of our application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13833 To Gord's left is Mark Rogers, our General Sales Manager in Vancouver, who can speak to our revenue forecasts.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13834 To Mark's left is Tamara Stanners. Tamara has worked with us in interacting with the independent emerging artists in the music community in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13835 To Tamara's left is Chris Weafer, our legal counsel from Owen Bird here in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13836 To Chris' left is Jeff Vidler of Solutions Research Group, who did the market research for us in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13837 To Jeff's left is Ann Luu, who will be the Arts and Features producer on the new station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13838 I also wish to acknowledge our entire Vancouver radio team that has joined us in the front row this morning. It is nice to see our team here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13839 Gerry was saying earlier, "I guess the sales guys are running the radio station this morning."
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13840 MR. ARNISH: Madam Chair, we are ready to begin our presentation. We will commence with a four‑minute video, which we hope will give you a good picture of Peak FM, our proposed adult, album, alternative format, which we believe is the best choice for Vancouver.
‑‑‑ Video presentation / Présentation vidéo
LISTNUM 1 \l 13841 MR. ARNISH: Madam Chair, the applications we have before you are extremely important for the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. If approved, you will strengthen a western‑based, radio‑focused broadcast company which has operated in Vancouver since 1965.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13842 While independents, large groups and regional players have come and gone from the Vancouver radio market over the last 42 years, one thing that has remained constant is our shareholders' commitment to Vancouver and the Vancouver radio market, and to the growth of our radio broadcast group in western Canada.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13843 We believe, consistent with the Commission's criteria, that a new FM station for Vancouver must have the following five points: (1) provide a new format choice which adds diversity to the marketplace; (2) have strong Canadian content development initiatives and other tangible benefits that contribute to the Canadian broadcasting system; (3) be based on a solid, realistic business plan, and have the financial resources of a strong owner to ensure that commitments are met over a seven‑year licence term and beyond; (4) have minimal impact on existing players; and (5) be beneficial to the local community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13844 The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group's application addresses all of those points, the highlights of which we will discuss today.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13845 The adult, album, alternative, "Triple A" format is a format not available in Vancouver, and one that many applicants in this proceeding have demonstrated will do well in the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13846 The evidence is convincing that the "Triple A" format is in demand in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13847 To speak on the feel and flavour of the new Peak FM, here is Gerry Siemens.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13848 MR. SIEMENS: Good morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13849 In studying the Vancouver market, we determined that "Triple A" represents a wide open opportunity, as currently no one station is associated with delivering this distinct format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13850 Based on our research, we developed an application for the "Triple A" format that will incorporate a wide range of current and recent music, supplemented with music from the eighties and nineties and the early half of this decade.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13851 The station will serve adults 25 to 49 years of age, with an emphasis on women 35 to 44 years of age.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13852 The "Triple A" radio format is perhaps best described as a spinoff from the AOR, or album‑oriented rock format, and its roots can be traced back to the late sixties, with what was then considered underground or progressive music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13853 "Triple A" has a broad and more diverse playlist than most radio stations, and less played tracks are quite common.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13854 The music tends to be on the fringe of mainstream popular music and rock music, and is quite often acoustic‑based, with forays into alternative rock, folk, alternative country, blues, and even jazz.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13855 The Peak will place a heavy emphasis on current and recent material. Sixty percent of our music will have been released within the last two years, with the remaining 40 percent coming from the eighties, nineties and earlier part of this decade.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13856 Core artists on the new station will include Juno Award nominees such as Feist and Arcade Fire, plus Vancouver's own, The New Pornographers, along with the likes of Jack Johnson and John Mayer.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13857 The licensing of such a station would create an exciting new vehicle to expose new and emerging Canadian artists, and will repatriate many listeners who have given up on conventional radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13858 We are extremely pleased to have the support of the President of Nettwerk Music Group, Rick Arboit. Nettwerk is one of Canada's leading, privately owned record labels, based in Vancouver. It oversees the careers of artists such as Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Talent and Sarah McLachlan.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13859 In his letter of support, Mr. Arboit stated on behalf of Nettwerk:
"The `Triple A' format is much needed in Vancouver, along with other major cities in Canada. Our artists have found great support from the `Triple A' format in the United States. This support is translated back into Canada, where we then face less resistance to emerging artists being added at the AC and Hot AC playlists. We have a stable of great artists that would fit perfectly into the `Triple A' format, such as Tara McLean (Shaye), The Weepies, The Submarines, the Great Lake Swimmers, Uh Huh Her, Fauxliage, and D.B. Clifford, who currently, as of this letter, has the number one single in Japan."
LISTNUM 1 \l 13860 The Peak will be a music intensive station that will operate as a Group 2 licence, with a format that will be a refreshing alternative in the existing Vancouver FM stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13861 It is clear that the "Triple A" format will be a new format, which adds diversity to the Vancouver radio market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13862 I will now ask Jasmin Doobay to talk about our news and spoken word programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13863 MS DOOBAY: To set The Peak spoken word programming further apart from existing Vancouver stations, three long‑form programs will include "Voices Today", "Into the Arts ‑ Weekend" and "The Peak EcoZone", all part of a Sunday brunch radio magazine.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13864 As well, the daily short‑form features include "Vancouver Flavours", "The Peak EcoZone ‑ Daily", "Into the Arts ‑ Daily", "Talking Rocks", and "Peak Fitness".
LISTNUM 1 \l 13865 Each of these programs will be unique to Vancouver, and will be created and produced by The Peak.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13866 We are particularly excited about our green focus, reflected in The Peak EcoZone programs and in the culture of the radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13867 The birthplace of Greenpeace and the headquarters of the David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver has taken an international role in the complex and challenging area of environmental leadership.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13868 While all may not agree on the solutions, all agree that critical issues exist.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13869 Evidence that we are on track with our green approach to this application was never more top of mind than last week, when the Government of B.C. introduced Canada's first ever green budget, pledging $1 billion over four years to fight climate change. This is on top of the tens of millions of dollars that B.C. Hydro will be spending in the coming years, as they work toward their mandate of reducing energy consumption in the province by 50 percent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13870 Our green approach to this application articulates the core values of our listeners and will constitute a unique new voice.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13871 We are very appreciative of the letter of support received from the David Suzuki Foundation, as well as the Fraser Basin Council, recognizing the unique green initiatives that our application provides to the Vancouver radio market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13872 I will now ask Ann Luu to make a comment on The Peak's arts programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13873 MS LUU: The City of Vancouver has a dynamic and vital arts scene that receives little exposure on existing commercial radio stations. Coverage and promotion of the arts will be an integral component of The Peak.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13874 "Into the Arts" weekend edition will be a 30‑minute program that will take our listeners behind the curtain of arts and cultural events throughout the Lower Mainland, with in‑depth interviews with actors, dancers, directors, musicians and producers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13875 The long‑form feature will be complemented by our daily "Into the Arts" short‑form feature, which will air 10 times during the broadcast week.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13876 I will now turn the mic over to Gord Eno, to speak to some of the music programs that will air on The Peak.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13877 MR. ENO: Good morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13878 As detailed in our supplementary brief, The Peak program schedule features a number of innovative music programs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13879 "The Daily Demo", each weekday evening from 8 to 8:30, will present music demos, primarily from local emerging artists, providing their first radio exposure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13880 "Threshold", Sunday nights from 7 to 10, is a showcase for Canadian and international emerging artists. Presenting new music from a vast spectrum of "Triple A" artists, "Threshold" will have an experimental texture, exploring new ideas in music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13881 Friday nights at 9, "Acoustic Avenue" will offer The Peak listeners an hour of unplugged and roots performances.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13882 Sunday through Friday nights from 10 until midnight The Peak presents "Late Night Chill". A newly branded sub‑genre of "Triple A", "Chill" is the laid‑back side of adult, album, alternative music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13883 "Border Crossings" is a weekly, one‑hour program, featuring music that transcends the borders or parameters of established music genre descriptions. "Border Crossings" is culturally diverse world music, focusing on cutting‑edge, traditional and popular international selections. Artists, many being local, will perform Aboriginal, Cuban, Latin, Roma, Caribbean, and Bhangra music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13884 "Delhi 2 Dublin" is an excellent example of a local world fusion band blending East and West, sitar and Celtic fiddle, DJ and dance.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13885 "An Hour of Evolution" will be hosted by radio students from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and will present highlights from their weekly Evolution 107.9 programming. Airing Saturday night at 11, "An Hour of Evolution" will feature interviews, innovative music, and experimental radio programming. "An Hour of Evolution" will create an expanded voice for student radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13886 All of the special music programs will be supported by web pages, containing archived playlists, artist links and discussion groups.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13887 All spoken word programming, highlighted by Jasmin, Ann and myself, plus interstitial announcer dialogue, will generate 24 hours and 48 minutes, which is 19.7 percent of our weekly programming, all of which will be locally produced.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13888 MR. SIEMENS: The Peak will have a mandate of new media/audience interactivity that will generate a forum for diverse opinions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13889 As filed in the supplementary brief, each of the spoken word programs and the special music programs will have corresponding web pages on The Peak website.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13890 For example, the on‑air ecozone features will have corresponding web pages containing listener‑generated green tips, discussion groups, listener polls, blogs, podcasts, and extended audio of the on‑air interviews.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13891 In addition to those website features, the "Into the Arts" web pages will also include an area for listener reviews of local arts events, such as visual arts exhibits, theatre productions, and film festivals.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13892 The Peak "Point of View" editorials will have a web page, too. There, Peak listeners can click to hear the daily editorial and take part in a moderated "Point of View" discussion group.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13893 "The Daily Demo" will archive bio information on each of the featured emerging artists and, where available, provide audio‑on‑demand links to sample, download or purchase their music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13894 Where possible, every special music program website will offer audio‑on‑demand, archived playlists, and artist links.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13895 The keystone of The Peak website will be The Peak "Performance Project Web Pages". Promoting advanced listener interactivity, The Peak "Performance Project Web Pages" will track the project through the initial stages of the call for artists, through to the announcement of the final three Peak performers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13896 Content will include video webcasts of The Peak "Performance Concert Series", artist bios, and streaming of their songs and videos, with listeners voting for their favourite contestant online or through e‑mail and text messaging.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13897 The Peak "Performance Project Pages" will utilize a number of new media concepts to offer an enhanced Canadian content development initiative.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13898 Every opportunity to create an interactive relationship between Peak listeners and the radio station will be explored, with new media being a complementary means of communication.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13899 MR. ARNISH: Madam Chair and Members of the Commission, I would like to highlight to you our CCD commitments, which were commented on briefly in our video presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13900 In preparing this application, we wanted to make sure that we conveyed to the Commission and the community that we take our obligation to Canadian content development very seriously. We recognize that we should be prepared to make a serious commitment if we are privileged enough to have this licence awarded to our broadcast group.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13901 No other applicant in this proceeding is close to our level of CCD commitments. We have made equal levels of CCD commitments in both of our applications.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13902 Our commitments in our package of Canadian content development initiatives amount to $19 million over the course of the seven‑year licence term. This amount includes $12 million in direct cash contributions to support the various initiatives, and an indirect contribution of $7 million in on‑air support, as well as promotional components from other Pattison companies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13903 The plan has six parts, as detailed in our supplementary brief, each of them quite different, but all designed to:
LISTNUM 1 \l 13904 (1) benefit emerging artists, including Aboriginal emerging artists;
LISTNUM 1 \l 13905 (2) create sustainable Canadian content; and
LISTNUM 1 \l 13906 (3) be of long‑term benefit to the system as a whole.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13907 We recognize the importance of the national organization FACTOR, and have committed $2.8 million over the course of the licence term to FACTOR, with $350,000 of that amount designated for use by Aboriginal artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13908 We have committed $350,000 for the music industry Travel Assistance Program, run by MusicBC.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13909 We have committed $350,000 for the Save the Music Foundation, or other eligible organizations, for funding in support of music in schools.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13910 We have committed $210,000 to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13911 We have committed $3 million for the support of Aboriginal Voices Radio. AVR will speak in support of our application later in this proceeding, but suffice it to say that the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has made the determination that this is an entity that needs to survive and thrive in the Canadian radio market to truly create an access for Aboriginal people to our broadcasting system.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13912 We are proud to be supporting that important initiative.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13913 Our shareholder, Mr. Pattison, has extensive working relationships with First Nations in British Columbia, and strongly endorsed this material financial commitment to Aboriginal Voices Radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13914 Finally, we are extremely proud to be in a position to fund a unique, innovative project, designed by MusicBC to focus on support for the development of emerging artists in British Columbia.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13915 We went to the experts to create this program. We asked the music industry in British Columbia the question: What do emerging artists need to get a foothold in the music industry?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13916 We were told that five areas of support are needed:
LISTNUM 1 \l 13917 (1) a solid financial footing;
LISTNUM 1 \l 13918 (2) marketing;
LISTNUM 1 \l 13919 (3) airplay;
LISTNUM 1 \l 13920 (4) tour support; and
LISTNUM 1 \l 13921 (5) solid management and a development plan.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13922 Our $5,290,000 commitment over the term of our licence is specifically focused on serving those five needs. Our Peak Performance Project is detailed in our supplementary brief, and we would be pleased to answer any questions you may have on the proposal.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13923 I should add that Mr. Bob D'Eith of MusicBC will also be appearing as a supporting intervenor. As the primary architect of this project, he can also provide you with further details.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13924 We do note that a detailed budget on the proposal is attached to our application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13925 MS STANNERS: Good morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13926 One of my roles in assisting the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in preparing this application was to discuss The Peak Performance Project with young artists working in the Vancouver music community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13927 As demonstrated in the video, I can confirm that there is both a need for and a strong interest in this unique proposal.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13928 One common comment was that it was built with artists in mind, not just the broadcaster.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13929 Clearly, the thoughts of MusicBC guided the project, and there is a strongly held belief that this initiative will launch new emerging artists in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13930 There is a growing trend of decentralization of the music industry in Canada, as emerging artists in cities like Vancouver strike out on their own, independent of Toronto‑based major labels.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13931 The Peak Performance Project will create a valuable outlet for up‑and‑coming artists to further their careers. There is nothing like it in Vancouver. There is nothing like it in Canada.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13932 You have heard from artists in our video, and I can confirm that there is significant local support for this major investment in emerging Canadian talent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13933 MR. ARNISH: Why license the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13934 Madam Chair, you have a large number of applicants before you in this proceeding. We are all making promises about our contributions to the community, to Canadian talent, and to the broadcast system, but to deliver on these contributions there must be a business case.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13935 The Pattison Broadcast Group has a long history of running niche formats in our Vancouver operation, where we have operated our FM station in a country format for over 21 years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13936 We know how to successfully launch and operate a unique format competitively in a major market. We know that we must be patient, as a new station appealing to a tightly targeted demographic takes time to find its feet. We know that, given time, this format will work. We are committed to making it work.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13937 We note that in Vancouver our country music station has been named by Canada Music Week as Country Music Station of the Year for three consecutive years: 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007, it received the prestigious Major Market Radio Station of the Year Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13938 We know how to run a successful station, in a large market, in a unique format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13939 We have confidence in our ability to meet the ambitious commitments we have made. We have a solid and attainable business plan, and we have the resources of the Pattison Group of companies behind us.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13940 The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group competes in the Vancouver market with one AM and one FM station against a number of national chains, each of which have two FMs but for Astral. This FM licence will solidify our position in this highly competitive radio market, enabling us to strengthen a western‑based, regional radio company, and to compete on a level playing field with the national chains serving the Vancouver market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13941 The consolidation of ownership in the broadcasting industry has made it even more important to ensure that regional players be strengthened and enabled to compete fairly and effectively.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13942 We have been serving the Vancouver market for 42 years, and remain committed to the growth of our regional broadcast company.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13943 Our application, if approved, will have minimal impact on existing competitors in the market, as they are all strong, national radio companies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13944 Madam Chair, the Pattison Broadcast Group keeps its promises and serves its communities. We have a core belief, as does our shareholder, that the more we serve our community, the more successful we will be.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13945 Collectively, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group commits in excess of $12 million in air time and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash each year in support of charitable, public and community service.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13946 The numerous letters of support, indicating the commitment of our shareholder and our radio stations to the Vancouver community, are strong evidence as to how the addition of a new Jim Pattison Broadcast Group FM station in Vancouver will benefit the community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13947 We quote from the letter from Mr. Bob Stewart, President of Variety ‑ The Children's Charity, one of the major charities in British Columbia which states:
"I am a long time Vancouver resident and in my 37‑year career as a Vancouver police officer, 10 of those as chief of police, I am aware of the need for quality broadcasting at all levels. The Pattison Broadcast Group under the direction of Jim Pattison has a very positive reputation in this city and are respected corporate citizens. As the current volunteer president of Variety ‑ The Children's Charity, I am also very much aware of Mr. Pattison's philanthropy locally and around the world." (As read)
LISTNUM 1 \l 13948 MR. ARNISH: Madam Chair, the Pattison Broadcast Group believes this application if approved would be the best utilization of the 104.1 FM, or alternatively the 100.5 FM frequency, and submits that approval is therefore in the public interest and in furtherance of the objectives of the Broadcasting Inc. Approval will:
LISTNUM 1 \l 13949 (1) Enable a B.C.‑based broadcast company to level the playing field in the very competitive Vancouver market by providing a second FM licence. This would put our broadcast group in a competitive position with the other companies holding two FM frequencies in Vancouver, Rogers, Corus and CHUM/CTV. All conventional FM services in Canada, save for our own, are owned by companies based in central Canada.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13950 (2) Result in $12 million in direct benefits targeted primarily to emerging artists and Aboriginal Voices Radio; $9 million in direct benefit contribution to the development and exposure of emerging artists and $3 million will be contributed to Aboriginal Voices Radio to assist in ensuring that this important service is sustainable. A further $7 million in indirect benefits will be provided over the licence term.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13951 (3) Add a new triple‑A FM format to the market which will air 40 percent Canadian content and 10 percent emerging artists content, a new format adding diversity to the market which will embrace new and emerging artists unlike any existing format in the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13952 (4) Create new jobs in the broadcast industry in Vancouver and;
LISTNUM 1 \l 13953 (5) Provide 24 hours and 48 minutes weekly of new, innovative spoken word programming in the market from a locally‑owned company. A Vancouver‑based editorial voice will be created.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13954 Madam Chair, Members of the Commission, we would like to leave you with a sound bite of the PEAK before closing our presentation.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13955 MR. ARNISH: Madam Chair, that sound bite was 40 percent Canadian content with 10 percent emerging artists and we are excited by the new sound that we can add to Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13956 The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has been meeting or exceeding its obligations under the Broadcasting Act for over 40 years. We hope the Commission will grant us the opportunity to meet and exceed the commitments set out above and enable us to compete more effectively in the Vancouver market with a new and exciting station, the PEAK.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13957 Thank you, Madam Chair, Members of the Commission and Commission staff. We look forward to responding to your questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13958 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Mr. Arnish and the panellists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13959 And Commissioner Menzies will lead the questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13960 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13961 Right off the top, just to establish for the record the terms of the conversation, I think it would be most efficient if we agree, as you have indicated in your presentation, that unless either of us stipulates otherwise, all our questions and answers are dealing with both applications.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13962 MR. ARNISH: That is correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13963 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13964 Now, you have set aside four hours and 21 minutes for news. What isn't clear and what we would like to clarify is the percentage of that that will be dedicated to local news.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13965 MR. ARNISH: I will have Ms Doobay respond to that in just a moment.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13966 Our plans for spoken word content here in Vancouver, not only from the news and information side but certainly from the programming side we find very exciting. And we think it's going to add a huge, diverse new opportunity for our station if we are licensed here in Vancouver to bring new, diverse programming to the FM channel.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13967 With our commitments that we have talked about in our presentation, and you have it in our application, this new station that we are proposing here in Vancouver would have the most spoken word content of any and we are excited about that and we believe that it's going to bring a diverse new voice to the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13968 Jasmin.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13969 MS DOOBAY: I think it's fair to say that in any newscast it fluctuates in terms of how much local content is in there. You could easily have a newscast with 100 percent local content if you have a situation like the federal budget coming down and you are looking for local politician comment and then you throw in a little bit of sports with the Vancouver Canucks or the B.C. Lions and the Vancouver Giants.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13970 But I would say as an average we would be looking at 80 percent per newscast.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13971 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay, that's what I needed, was something typical in terms of that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13972 So you would be?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13973 MS DOOBAY: I would say on average 80 percent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13974 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: On average?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13975 MS DOOBAY: Yes, but that does fluctuate.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13976 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Did you want to put a number on that or are you just happy with that? Did you want to commit to something on that or do you need the flexibility?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13977 MR. ARNISH: Well, I will jump into the conversation on that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13978 All of our radio newsrooms in British Columbia and Alberta, Commissioner Menzies, have a mandate to provide local content. Local content is also national and regional content or it could be world content as well, where we put a ‑‑ where we always put a local angle to that story. There could be something happening in central Canada or somewhere in the United States and there is always a local angle to that, and we are very committed to ensuring that the newscast for the most part is 100 percent local.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13979 But as Jasmin just said, sometimes it fluctuates but we feel very confident that our local news content here in Vancouver and with our other stations could be at that 80 percent mark.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13980 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Sure. I am not asking you to handcuff yourself. I was just trying to ‑‑
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LISTNUM 1 \l 13981 MR. ARNISH: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13982 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: ‑‑ get the answer.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13983 One of the things that we need to clarify for the record is to what extent the new station would benefit from synergies with your other properties here in B.C., including the two in Vancouver. Can you break that down for us in terms of, for instance in content, in news, in administration?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13984 MS DOOBAY: If we are looking specifically at news content or the spoken word content as a start, we do have ‑‑ we do have stations in 11 communities in British Columbia. And as news director in the Okanogan and Kelowna we have an opportunity to share information with our other stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13985 And so in a situation this year where avalanches were very predominant in Vancouver and into the central interior and one of our major arteries got cut off for a considerable amount of time, the Coquihalla Highway, or situations where we had at our local ski hill in Big White an avalanche which caused a fatality. We know that there are hundreds of students from Vancouver and Prince George and Kamloops, busloads of them that come up to Big White and all those families around the rest of the province want to know who was that fatality and where was it from?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13986 Well, our Kelowna news station, for example, would have the opportunity to get that information first. Once we found out, the community immediately via email or phone get that information to the community that needed that information. So in a crisis situation of news there is a sharing opportunity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13987 But each of the stations is locally staffed. The news rooms are locally staffed and you focus on your local community because that's what the community wants to hear. So the Vancouver station would be locally staffed, but the opportunity to reach out to the other communities and get firsthand information when necessary is absolutely there.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13988 MR. SIEMENS: As to the synergies in Vancouver, of course, we already operate an AM and an FM station in the market. So the infrastructure is already in place to run two radio stations and the staff is in place and all of the systems are in place. So those are obvious synergies whether we were granted the conversion, in which case we would add eight new employees, or we were granted the new licence in which case we would have to add significantly more.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13989 But the synergies are in place, and what is also in place and which have a positive impact on the new licence is a very stable and very successful sales team. Mr. Rogers has been our general sales manager for nine years. He has a group of true professionals. I don't think we have had a change in our sales department in over four years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13990 And so what comes with that is very, very productive relationships with our clients. They know us, they trust us, they like us and they have indicated they will support the new radio station. And so those are very real synergies that will be applied with the new PEAK.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13991 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13992 I am going to try to do this without confusing all of us, but I just want to go through the CCD.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13993 You mentioned in your presentation, you mentioned the number $19 million, but I just want to confirm $7 million of that is soft costs and not a condition of licence commitment. Is that correct?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13994 MR. ARNISH: That's correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13995 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: And of the ‑‑ oh, one other thing. I just want to confirm that the $3 million contribution to Aboriginal Voices Radio applies to both the applications?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13996 MR. ARNISH: Yes, it does, absolutely. We are very excited about that opportunity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13997 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay. Now, of the remaining $12 million, we were talking about the $3 million for Aboriginal Voices Radio plus $9 million which is categorized on your financial projections and assumptions as Canadian content development.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13998 I guess what I'm trying to establish is ‑‑ can you confirm for us that on this sheet under ‑‑ that the $3 million for Aboriginal Voices Radio is categorized on your financial projections under "Other" EE initiatives?
LISTNUM 1 \l 13999 MR. ARNISH: That's correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14000 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14001 And is that then excluded or included in a condition of licence commitment to Canadian content development? So are we talking about a $12 million CCD condition of licence commitment or is it a $9 million plus the $3 outside?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14002 MR. ARNISH: No, we wanted to make sure that we broke out at the end of the day the $3 million commitment to AVR so that the Commission understood what we were trying to accomplish. But we have committed to $12 million in direct CCD benefits which includes the $3 million to Aboriginal Voices Radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14003 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay, thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14004 And again, I just need to confirm for the record that this contribution, $12 million, applies to both the FM application and the flip?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14005 MR. ARNISH: That is correct, Mr. Menzies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14006 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14007 And you will accept that as a condition of licence?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14008 MR. ARNISH: We sure will.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14009 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: The next item is concerning the Save the Music Foundation. The Commission's new CCD eligibility criteria are pretty specific in that the emphasis needs to be on the "support, training, promotion and development of Canadian musical talent".
LISTNUM 1 \l 14010 Can you detail for us how the money to the Save the Music Foundation will ensure that all of this money will flow through to the schools for those purposes as detailed?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14011 MR. ARNISH: Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14012 We were very excited a couple of years ago in Calgary when we appeared in front of the Commission for Calgary to establish what we believed was a new Canadian content initiative at the time, the Save the Music Foundation. We don't have as much money in the funds at this point in time. We hope through this application and other applications as well to continue to grow this portion of our CCD commitments.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14013 What we do in marketplaces and what we would do here in Vancouver, the $350,000 that we are talking about, we would certainly go out to the elementary and secondary schools in the Greater Vancouver Metro market and assure them and let them know that this money is available for the purchase of musical instruments or, in the cases of high schools, it may be that they would bring in a seminar conductor of some sort to conduct a weekend seminar for a high school band or a choral group.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14014 And we detail all of our initiatives at the end of the year with our financial statements going back to the Commission and we think that this $350,000 commitment for the PEAK in Vancouver will certainly go a long way in helping the secondary or elementary school band and music programs in this province.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14015 Gerry, do you want to add any more?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14016 MR. SIEMENS: Just that the foundation has already been active with some of the acquisitions on Vancouver Island and we have been working with the schools in Nanaimo and in Victoria and other places on Vancouver Island. So it is already in place.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14017 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: So the answer is "yes"?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14018 MR. ARNISH: The answer is yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14019 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14020 In your oral presentation I noted that around the Save the Music Foundation you said:
"We have committed $350,000 for the Save the Music Foundation or other eligible organizations for funding and support of music or schools." (As read)
LISTNUM 1 \l 14021 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Is that just to confuse me or is it ‑‑
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LISTNUM 1 \l 14022 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: ‑‑ I should know about that?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14023 MR. ARNISH: Well, we talked about that leading up to our presentation today.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14024 We just want to ensure that we are not offside on anything related to CCD. We have a belief in the Save the Music Foundation even though it has not been ‑‑ it is not formalized per se, but at the end of the day if the Commission deemed that you wanted us to take that $350,000 and put it into another CCD initiative we would certainly do that as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14025 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay, that's what I was assuming, that you were giving yourself some flexibility there if required.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14026 MR. ARNISH: Absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14027 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14028 Now, for the record do you benefit, does your organization, your company benefit in any way, for example by reduced administration fees by choosing the Save the Music Foundation as the source of CCD contributions?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14029 MR. ARNISH: No, none whatsoever. We don't have ‑‑ we virtually have no administration charges charged to that. All the money flows out. If we commit the $350,000 for the PEAK in this case, the entire $350,000 will be spent in the Greater Vancouver market area.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14030 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14031 Would you be able to give us a budget breakdown on the ‑‑ I think it's ‑‑ on the amount you intend to contribute to the Save the Music Foundation as to where it goes exactly? I mean, I don't need it right now but for the Commission.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14032 MR. ARNISH: We sure could. We just need to know a date and I guess we could provide that by Friday if that's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 14033 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: You could probably touch base with legal after ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 14034 MR. ARNISH: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14035 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: ‑‑ and arrange whatever is required.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14036 Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14037 MR. ARNISH: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14038 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay. I think that got rid of most of the icky details.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14039 MR. WEAFER: Commissioner Menzies, just to be clear on the request, the fund that is created as the Save the Music Foundation is intended to work ‑‑ it is basically to specifically go to schools that have a requirement for instruments.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14040 We understand the description in the Radio Policy was to restrict what was eligible for CCD. So in terms of the budget amount we would not be able to identify specific schools that may receive those funds. What we will be committing to is over the course of the licence term, we would be assuring the Commission that that's where the money would be going specifically to schools in need that made a request in the market. So I just want to make sure we can respond to the request.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14041 But at this point in time, looking forward over the next seven years ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 14042 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: I understand that you can't tell me who is getting what six years from now. So I am not asking for that. I am just asking for an overall budget flow that shows how much of the $350,000 is going for exactly what. And if it's 100 percent is going in there, then that answers the question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14043 MR. WEAFER: Thank you, Commissioner.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14044 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14045 Now, regarding the Triple A application there are four others who have outlined that as their format for the area. So I need you to expand a little bit beyond your presentation in terms of specifically how it addresses our desire to ensure there is as much diversity as possible serving the public interest in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14046 What is it that makes you different from the other applicants specifically?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14047 MR. SIEMENS: Okay, thank you, Commissioner Menzies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14048 I certainly understand why you would ask the question, because by the very definition Triple A is rather an elastic format. It can lean in some markets towards a modern rock station. Another market may have a Triple A station that leans more towards hot AC, or it can be any number of variations in between that and I guess largely depends on the needs of the market that the station is operating in.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14049 Our station, the PEAK will have rock at its core but will lean slightly towards a softer, more acoustic sound in its nature. Emerging artists will certainly be an essential part of the music mix.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14050 And I would like to correct a comment that was made yesterday. A minimum of 10 percent emerging artists is in our application and is a condition of licence. That commitment is based on our own attempts to define what an emerging artist is. That definition ‑‑ in our application we defined an emerging artist as an artist with at least ‑‑ with one year ‑‑ within one year of cracking the Top 40 for the very first time. And we recognize that that definition is subject to change.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14051 Commissioner Menzies, I personally sit on the CAB music issues subcommittee and we are continuing to try and develop a consensus on what constitutes an emerging artist that will eventually be admitted to ‑‑ submitted to the CRTC as an opinion. Our next conference call is tomorrow but the most definite ‑‑ recent definition I saw was an artist that was within four years of their first exposure inside the Top 40. So if that definition were to be eventually adopted obviously our quota of emerging artists would be much higher.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14052 Getting back to the format, Triple A is an explorative format in nature. I think good Triple A programmers are able to recognize songs with hit potential long before they gain widespread popularity. Some examples:
LISTNUM 1 \l 14053 KT Tunstall, the song Black Horse and a Cherry Tree, a major song in Triple A radio almost a year before it broke on hot AC and AC charts.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14054 The Plain White T's, the song Hey There Delilah, pretty much the same story, a major Triple A song in 2007 and eventually went on to become one of the biggest hits in all of pop music in 2007.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14055 The success of Leslie Feist has been mentioned several times this week but it bears repeating that her first album was a brilliant piece of work; Mushaboom, a major hit in Triple A radio and yet received virtually no airplay in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14056 Amy Winehouse, Rehab; now a major, major hit in North America. Triple A stations in the U.S. were playing that song almost a full year before it crossed over to CHR and hot AC.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14057 So I mention all of that to say this. When we built our playlist for this application eight months ago less than 10 percent of the playlist that was in the application was receiving any airplay in Vancouver. So after comments were made about our application earlier this week we tested our playlist again against what is being played in Vancouver this week, and we learned that even after eight months since the list was made, and after several of the songs had established themselves as bona fide hits, only 25 percent of our submitted playlist was receiving any airplay in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14058 So you know, with the tools that we have in our hands in the broadcast industry today such as BDS and MediaBase, anybody can identify 150 songs that nobody is playing and say, "Well, look at this. How diverse are we?" But will anybody listen to it? We think the answer is not many.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14059 We believe there has to be some degree of familiarity for the listeners to feel comfortable and that's what the PEAK accomplishes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14060 As to your question as to how we compare to the other Triple A applicants, the application for Planet FM contains 30 percent Category 3 music and that differentiation alone makes our application distinctly different from theirs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14061 JANE FM would be built not so much to appeal to women as it would be almost exclusively for women, whereas our research confirmed that the station would skew towards a female audience but our gender split of 56 percent women and 44 percent men, we can still be true to our core target without totally alienating younger women and men who have musical tastes that are a bit more adventurous.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14062 And finally, with regard to SHORE FM we think our application is musically quite similar to theirs. That having been said, our application wasn't written from a textbook. What we did was build an application that is textbook Vancouver. And I think what sets the PEAK further apart from their application are the distinct and unique music‑based programs that allow us to go deeper into the music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14063 And I will ask Mr. Eno to describe those to you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14064 MR. ENO: That is one of the aspects of the Triple A format and how we interpret it that makes us very excited about what we have put forward; special programs, special word ‑‑ spoken programming and music programs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14065 And I will ask Jasmin to expand on some of the specifics of the spoken word programming such as the EcoZone and Into the Arts and Point of View programs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14066 And also Jeff may want to add some thoughts on how the research that we conducted provided direction on the programming decisions that we made to build this radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14067 And our evolution is we have a close relationship with the radio programmer at BCIT. In fact, two of our staff members, including myself, are on the advisory committee and I am the chair of that committee.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14068 We have a close relationship in developing future broadcasters in B.C. and we are very interested in what they do at BCIT on Evolution 107.9. And we had the idea to give the students the opportunity to try some new concepts in broadcasting and provide wider exposure for their programming on the PEAK which would offer an expanded voice for student radio in the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14069 Border Crossings is Sunday mornings. It's 11 a.m. It's not too early and not too late. It seems to be about the right time for that program. It is 60 minutes of what could be described as what everybody calls world music. But we also want to explore the cutting edge of world music. Fusion music is something that is evolving, very interesting.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14070 The music ‑‑ our listeners we have found are more ‑‑ they are slightly more educated and more interested in exploring new thoughts and new ideas and music comes into that. And the explosion of world music, the expansion of the evolution of world music and being popular that would make it a good program.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14071 Late Nite Chill is a program that's late night and that's the chill program. Chill is a new subgenre of Triple A. It is the sort of laidback aspect of Triple A but it doesn't really describe itself just as chill. It's more ‑‑ it's stretched. As Gerry said, the format is elastic and we stretch it here with more soft acoustical and, for want of a better word, contemplative music for Late Nite Chill.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14072 Acoustic Avenue, Friday night at nine, good place for that one too. The PEAK becomes unplugged. It's where the Be Good Tanyas would find extra play, the Vancouver group ‑‑ roots, folk, old country, but not necessarily all stringed acoustic music. Woodwind acoustic would fit in here too and there is some experimental stuff that we could accomplish with that program.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14073 Thresholds, again more stretching and find where the threshold of Triple A is, and try and stretch beyond that. That's where you will hear music never heard on the mainstream stations and you might not even expect to hear on the PEAK.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14074 Daily Demo is one of the highlights of the music programs and I think it makes us very distinct. It follows the concept of Triple A and the experiment and the emerging aspect of it. It's using the concept of artists getting their demos heard, except this is where everyone can hear it. It's on the air every night.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14075 Emerging Artists, lots of local artists is the goal. This could be the first step for a lot of careers and ties in nicely with the PEAK Performance project. And for PEAK listeners who love to discover new music and new artists this is their daily fix.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14076 As far as spoken word programs, Jasmin?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14077 MS DOOBAY: From as little as two hours and 45 minutes of news for some applicants to seven hours and 30, we feel that the PEAK's four hours and 21 minutes of core news programming equally spread through the week, including the weekends which is a key time that people would be listening to our radio station, we feel is a good balance. We also have the most spoken word content provided in this radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14078 Of the four applications for Triple A only two are ‑‑ as I can see or determine from the different applications ‑‑ only two are providing straight editorial voice comment and the PEAK application is providing the most at 20 minutes per week. And that's not just one person repeated five days a week. That's five to six to seven different alternating editorialists from the local market providing content and providing an opportunity for our listeners to interact with the radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14079 We have the most of short term features provided, short form features with two hours and 31 minutes per week of any of the applications.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14080 Long features ‑‑ our short form features we like to think of as the spice to the day, adding a little bit of information and the who, what, when and where that would lead to in say the PEAK EcoZone and Into the Arts. That would lead to the why and how that we could go into more detail with our long form programming on the weekends. And our long form features running Sunday morning, you get up in the morning and you have your coffee and you sit down and you listen for a little bit more detail before you start your day.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14081 And again, as Gord mentioned, we have a considerable amount of spoken word in and amongst our music programming as well. So we truly feel that our 24 hours and 48 minutes of spoken word is interwoven with our music to create a great environment for this listener.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14082 Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14083 MR. VIDLER: A key point that I ‑‑ a key point that I can probably speak to just in terms of this is that PEAK's Triple A format was tailored specifically to the Vancouver market. Having done the research and by giving them the opportunity to focus on a single format in the research we are able to include a number of questions in the research to establish not only the size and nature of the Triple A audience in Vancouver but also the music and spoken word preferences that would please the Vancouver Triple A listener.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14084 For example, to those respondents who expressed an interest in the Triple A format, we played nine music montages that represented the wide range of styles that we have heard discussed as being part of the intrinsic part of Triple A and it is these preferences, Vancouver preferences, that have been reflected in the Pattison application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14085 And the research was part of that process to make sure that this was a Triple A format tailored to the Vancouver marketplace.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14086 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14087 You mentioned that this would ‑‑ your format provided more time for listeners to interact with the station. Can you just flesh that out just a little bit for me in terms of its interactivity?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14088 MS DOOBAY: If we looked, for example at the PEAK Point of View, which is our editorial comment, we would be posting those editorial comments on the web on our website and allow a moderated discussion to ensue. And when you throw an opinion out there you often get one back and there would be an opportunity for our listeners to provide a voice on the radio station, or we would give them an opportunity to provide a counter voice to an editorial that they heard. Of course, it would be vetted.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14089 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Yes, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14090 The last couple of days we heard quite a bit about Vancouver overall ‑‑ we heard a criticism anyway, I can't say we heard it a lot, but we did hear it ‑‑ about Vancouver being, the Vancouver market in terms of existing radio stations being somewhat risk intolerant in the views of some.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14091 And I was interested in getting your perceptions, a reaction to that critique and doing so within the context of helping me understand how this format and this application perhaps represents or doesn't represent a change in that reputation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14092 First of all, you'd have to agree that the criticism had some validity to it, which you're quite entitled to disagree with; and, secondly, how does this application bring new opportunities to the marketplace?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14093 MR. ARNISH: Well, I'll start and then Mr. Siemens can jump in in this as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14094 As we stated earlier, we've been in the country music format in Vancouver for 21 years and counting and on our AM station, AM 600, we've been in the format of adult standards now for approximately 10 years and that took a lot of soul searching and a lot of heavy thinking on our behalf to get out of the Christian music format that the station was in 10 years ago and move to adult standards. We knew there was going to be a lot of risk there as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14095 The station ‑‑ our team there has done a great job in the adult standards format, it's a very niche format, we know how to run that, and I think the same thing can be said our Triple A format for the PEAK here in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14096 We know it's not going to be a totally populaced format like CHR or Classic Rock or Classic Hits, whatever the case may be.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14097 We're not expecting, as you can tell by our business plan going forward, that we're going to start out with a five share. I mean, we've looked at the market, we know the market, we live in the market, we're projecting a two share at the very beginning and then it's going to flatten out over the seven‑year licence term to a five share.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14098 And it is a niche format and we're going to really have to work at it to make it successful, but we've done that before with both of the formats that we're currently in now.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14099 Jerry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14100 MR. SIEMENS: I think that the new radio station, the PEAK, will be quite adventurous musically, I think it will be quite adventurous from a spoken word point of view.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14101 The commitment we've made, and I'm going to ask Mr. Eno to identify some of the artists that would support that comment in just a moment.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14102 But our commitment to the environment, our commitment to the green quota that we've set in our spoken word can be quite controversial. So, I think that opens us up to lots of controversy because, while we all agree that something has to be done, we don't all agree what, we don't all agree how and when. And, so, I think that that's going to be an adventure for us and we're looking forward to being educated by our listeners and by our clients and hoping to be somewhat reciprocal in the process and I think it's going to be very exciting.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14103 Getting back to the music though, Gord, can you help Commissioner Menzies understand.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14104 MR. ENO: What will make this a unique radio station in this market is that it's a new music station. Not all are new music stations in the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14105 For instance, we are at a 60 per cent/40 per cent new to Gold projected for this radio station which puts us second in the market for playing new music behind the BEAT which plays a lot of new music and, interestingly enough, just ahead of JRFM which is another new music radio station in town.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14106 And, conversely, as far as Gold‑based radio stations go, it would again be second in that on the lower end of the scale.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14107 So, that's a fresh sound and lots of new artists, local artists: Monica Lee Band, Winston, Jenny Galt. It's like ‑‑ to mainstream radio there's an underground movement to the new music scene that may not be aware to a lot of people, but once you dig into it and once you're part of that music scene, you understand that there are an awful lot of bands out there and artists that are not getting airplay, that are just on the verge.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14108 They have the talent, they have everything they need, but they're just not getting the airplay. And that would be one of the goals of the radio station, of the PEAK, to expose some of these artists and to give them a break through the daily demo and through the PEAK performance project.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14109 I think that there's a certain amount of adventurous concepts going on with how we would pick the music. And, again, the spoken word makes it unique as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14110 The Into The Arts Program is a 30‑minute program that explores the arts and I don't believe there's another commercial radio station in this town, or possibly in the country, that I know of that has a passion for exposing their audience to new ideas in theatre and visual arts and performing arts. I think that's another aspect of how we stand apart and would be different from other radio stations and take some risks.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14111 MR. SIEMENS: Commissioner Menzies, I think that to go to the spirit of taking risks, we are very excited about our PEAK performance project and the emerging artists that that will introduce us to and they're going to open our eyes wide open.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14112 And I'm going to talk about that just a little bit. I'm going to ask Ms Stanners in a second to speak to some of the artists that she met when she was out on the street.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14113 But when we developed the PEAK performance project, we went to the music industry and we said, "Help us out here. What do you really need? What does the music industry need to help develop emerging artists?"
LISTNUM 1 \l 14114 We talked to Bob D'Eith at Music B.C. who's going to be here later this week at length, in fact, he ultimately designed the program. We talked to Ric Arboit at Nettwerk Music, we talked to Jonathan Simkin at 604 Records, we talked to Michael Burke at Cordova Bay Records who's also going to be here later this week.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14115 And what we learned is that the artists need really ‑‑ they need support financially, of course, they need management. I mean, we've got a bunch of independent artists out there, because the music industry is upside down and has been for some time now, that's not news, but what has happened along the way is the music companies have moved away from the A&R department, so they're just not looking for new artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14116 So, virtually all of the artists that are coming up right now are independent and what that means is that they have to sign their own contracts, write their own websites, they have to do their own travel plans, they have to book their own tours and they're just ‑‑ a lot of them are just ‑‑ they're musicians and they're just not set up to do that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14117 So, Tamara, maybe you could talk a little bit about the PEAK performance project and how it was received by these emerging artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14118 MS STANNERS: I can tell you they're thrilled, that they're really excited to have an opportunity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14119 Over the past couple of years, just because I am super passionate about music, I started working with several different local bands just to try and help them break into the radio market, knowing that it was an integral part of their careers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14120 Unfortunately for them there was nothing in Vancouver and they all wanted to start local, of course, that could even come close to hearing their music because it didn't fit the formats which really are tight when you have a Top 40 format or an adult contemporary format, it doesn't allow for a whole lot of experimentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14121 So, they were really excited to hear that not only was there going to be a station that could play their music, but one that would really actively help them get their music heard, and not just with the station, but also with our website which we will definitely be showcasing all of these talents with.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14122 One of the men I talked to, Dan Mangan, he wanted to be here so badly but he's in Australia, he's on tour there where he does actually get radio airplay, and he had all but given up on Vancouver radio until he heard about the PEAK performance project and about the PEAK radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14123 So, what they need, as Jerry mentioned, when they are responsible for their websites and their marketing and their tour schedule and arranging the recording and trying to song write somewhere in there, is they need financial support and also knowledge about the business. And we are so prepared to do that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14124 And one of the funny stories I heard was from Sweatshop Union who were getting ready to do their tour. They get some airplay in the States, so they were going on a California/Colorado ski resort tour and I asked them what it was going to be like, we're going to have the big, you know, zwanky bus to go on.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14125 And, in fact, they told me that they were renting a Suburban for the eight members of Sweatshop Union, their gear and their merchandise.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14126 So, the eight of them were going on tour in that and they were going to be very close for several months.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14127 And that has some benefits, I mean, you know, in forming relationships I'm sure, but it was also a very ‑‑ I could tell that they were sceptical as to whether or not they were going to make it through the trip. They did, they're fine, and they are still together.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14128 But I can tell you that all of the artists I spoke with ‑‑ and there are so many ‑‑ are very, very excited about the opportunity that the PEAK performance project will allow them.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14129 MR. SIEMENS: But it's also going to be a broadening experience ‑‑ and I'm sorry that we're going on a bit, but I will finish in just a second ‑‑ but it's going to be a broadening experience because they are going to encourage us to take risks with their music when they bring it to the PEAK performance project and when it gets on the air. So, we're excited about that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14130 And just as an aside, we also have in our application $350,000 for Music B.C.'s MITAP, Music Industry Travel Assistance Plan. So, if we're licensed, hopefully Sweatshop Union won't have to go in the Suburban any more.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 14131 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14132 I just had a quick question for Ms Luu who had mentioned about the arts and I was just looking for a little bit of information really. It's one of the items that you presented as being unique.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14133 Why, in your view, are the arts generally not covered elsewhere? I find when you go to these things everybody talks about a vibrant arts community, cities sell themselves on a vibrant arts community on how exciting it is and then you hear that nobody covers it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14134 MS LUU: Right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14135 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: And it doesn't make sense to me, and I want to hear your perceptions on that and perhaps explain to me whether this is a commercial opportunity or a community opportunity, in your view.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14136 MS LUU: I think it's both. I honestly don't know why it's not covered, mostly probably because most commercial radio stations don't have a large spoken word component and I think the PEAK will be one of the first to have the 24 hours of spoken word.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14137 And when I went into the arts community and spoke to various people in there, they were very excited about this because, you know, due to the lack of funding that they have they cannot market themselves, they cannot, you know, promote themselves and very seldom do they have a week‑long festival or a week‑long performance. So, it's usually one or two days.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14138 So, what we want to do with our Into the Arts Program is just to create awareness for our listeners and say, "Hey, you know, after the Vancouver International Film Festival there is a Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Did you know about that? And did you know that, you know, it's a Mexican immigrant who founded it after 10 years of, you know, being here and being passionate about it, bringing in directors and films from Cuba and Brazil?"
LISTNUM 1 \l 14139 That is actually happening in our community and we just want to put audience members into the seats where usually, you know, they might be half empty because there is not that promotion there.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14140 And we also want to create a diversity. You know, lots of people think that it's hard to understand the arts, whether it's ballet or just paintings, and we want to let people know art is a universal language. So, what I take from it, I could laugh at a performance, you could cry at it. So, it's a diverse understanding and it's a diverse situation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14141 So, we want to do that and bring that forward, and it will be a commercial opportunity because no other commercial station right now in Vancouver has that and I think it's mainly due to the fact that their spoken word program is quite limited.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14142 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14143 I have a couple more technical questions here for you in terms of that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14144 Your revenue projections indicate growth of 14 per cent between years four and seven, while your market share growth is forecast at three per cent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14145 Can you help us understand what is happening, or what you expect to happen in the market that gives you confidence that that's an accurate forecast, given that those are post‑Olympic years and often aren't as exciting as people think they might be.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14146 MR. ARNISH: Very well put, and I'll ask Mr. Davis and Mr. Rogers to respond.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14147 There's a lot of optimism though in British Columbia post‑Olympics. The B.C. Economic Council came out just about four weeks ago and said that they project after 2010 that the British Columbia economy, due to the Asia Pacific opportunities that British Columbia has with commodities, the economy here in British Columbia and particularly in this area of British Columbia and into the interior is going to continue to be very, very strong.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14148 Now, in response to our business plans, as I talked earlier, we've been in niche formats here in Vancouver for a very, very long period of time, we know the marketplace, we live in the marketplace and we certainly built our business plan around the knowledge of the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14149 So, with that I'll turn it over to Bruce and Mark.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14150 MR. DAVIS: Sure, thanks, Rick.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14151 Commissioner Menzies, you see with our business plan that we look at a five share down the road and come in with a two share to begin with. We realize that it is going to be hard to start to ramp this thing up, it's going to take a lot of hard work and we know we're going to start at the bottom and work our way up through it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14152 Given that we also will be looking at maybe another competitor coming into town, we're dealing with a signal that isn't perfect, if you will, so our starting point is maybe lower than the other ones, but we know that once we get our feet underneath us we can really start to ramp this up.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14153 Again, we've done this in niche formats many times. We've been selling in the Vancouver market for four decades and, like Rick said, none of those formats have been what you would call mainstream. So, we're very good at start‑up applications and getting niche formats going.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14154 And I'll get Mark to shed some more light and elaborate on how we do that through our sales departments.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14155 Mark.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14156 MR. ROGERS: Thanks, Bruce.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14157 The short answer is it's really just a lot of hard work by skilled professional people who are here in the market and sell radio in the market professionally.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14158 In the last nine years of my 33‑year career of selling radio time and 25 years of ‑‑ 26 years of sales management in radio, it's just ‑‑ market after market, it just simply becomes absolutely pivotal that your sales department sells local business, belly‑to‑belly, local businesses.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14159 In fact, 60 per cent of our FM current business in Vancouver is local business, local direct and over 80 per cent of AM business is local direct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14160 In a specialized format or niche format you don't always have the ratings and the books for agencies or large regional advertisers that are going to be terribly attracted to, so you have to be able to do it at a local level.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14161 Our sales department ‑‑ and this makes us sound like we're all old, but we're really not ‑‑ our sales department has over 200 years of professional radio sales experience, but there are ‑‑ there's 11 of us, so it's not really that bad.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14162 We have a highly skilled sales department, local sales department, they are deeply experienced, they live in the market, they see themselves as local business people, as do our local businesses.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14163 We've also made great efforts to train our promotion department and our creative services departments so that they become really good at understanding what local business does.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14164 We understand that being in specialized formats that we have to knock on doors. Especially in a start‑up situation, we know that it's going to take time, we understand that, and that agencies or large regionals, you know, they just don't have an appetite for sign‑on stations, they just need a book or two or three or four to see where the station's really going to go. So, we know it takes time.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14165 But we do believe that advertisers will find a fresh audience with the PEAK and we believe that this audience will be an environmentally conscious audience and like‑minded companies, or mandated Crown corporations or, in fact, government will find that they want to associate with and attract and speak with, communicate with this audience and they'll have ample opportunity to do that through the PEAK.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14166 In the music industry, and this station really is about the music and entertainment and the community, in speaking with large show production companies, promoters, we've been told that they can fairly routinely sell hundreds, if not thousands of tickets to live events in clubs and venues with bands that have, not virtually, but have no airplay. So, we know that the association between that business and the radio station will be beneficial for both of us financially, we're certain.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14167 Also there's the PEAK performance project and, as it grows, the associations there with the local advertisers and perhaps beyond local advertisers, in time there will be some sponsorship opportunities and generate revenues through sponsorships and spot sales, time sales over time.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14168 And while the target, over time our target really is women 35‑44 as a, you know, focus target, we know that it's wider than that. We know our demographic will be wider than that. We know that the advertiser appeal will be quite a bit wider than that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14169 And, so, as time moves forward and the skill of our sales department, which is formidable, that we'll be able to make our business plan and do quite well as the years go forward against what ratings might be.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14170 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14171 Notwithstanding all of that, sometimes things happen in marketplaces that can't be anticipated and, so, I need to ask you if the forecasts don't come about, what would be the first adjustment that you would make?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14172 MR. ARNISH: I don't know that we would make any adjustment. We're ‑‑ again, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but there was a Commissioner one time said, go ahead and beat it, so I guess I will a little bit.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 14173 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Which dead horse is it?
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LISTNUM 1 \l 14174 MR. ARNISH: You know, us being in this market for as long as we have, Mr. Pattison bought CJOR back in 1965, as you're aware. You know, we've been around in the market, we've seen the British Columbia economy go up and down and up and down, but it's certainly been on a roll the last five years in particular and we really don't see it going anywhere but continue to go up.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14175 In answer to your question, if things go down in the economy and we're a new niche Triple A format with the PEAK here in Vancouver, we're very committed to ensuring that what we've committed to you here today, what we've committed to you in our application, that we will follow through at the end of the day.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14176 With our group of stations in British Columbia and Alberta, we rely on each other obviously from a financial perspective as well as programming, people and promotion, so on and so forth, and what we have in front of you today we are committed to for the long, long term. We're not going anywhere.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14177 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Okay. And what if you ‑‑ would anything change if you exceed the expectations, other than that you can recoup some of that $18‑million that goes back into your history and was the reason why you're here?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14178 MR. ARNISH: Would anything change? I don't think so. It's going to take us a while for this format to certainly grow and to meet our business plans.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14179 We want to make ‑‑ we want to ensure, like everybody else in front of you as well at this hearing, we want to at the end of the day ensure that we're running a station that is profitable at the end of the day, contributes to the system, contributes to the community and the City of Vancouver and the metropolitan area.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14180 COMMISSIONER MENZIES: Thank you very much, Madam Chair. That concludes my line of questioning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14181 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14182 I believe Commissioner Williams has some questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14183 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Good morning, Mr. Arnish and panel.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14184 MR. ARNISH: It's still morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14185 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: It is still morning, barely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14186 Regarding the $2.8‑million commitment to FACTOR with the 350,000 designated for use by Aboriginal artists, do you expect and have you made any form of request to FACTOR that these funds all be invested in British Columbia by FACTOR with B.C. artists and B.C. Aboriginal artists?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14187 MR. SIEMENS: Yes, Commissioner Williams, thank you for asking.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14188 In our application, as one of the appendices, we have a letter from Ms Ostertag at FACTOR and it spells it out quite clearly.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14189 I can just read it out here for you, if you like. She confirms that:
"The Pattison Broadcast Group's contribution of $2.8‑million over seven years will be earmarked for B.C. artists whose genre is specific to that of the Applicant's stations." (As read)
LISTNUM 1 \l 14190 MR. SIEMENS: That would be Triple A.
"If there are no qualifying B.C. artists falling within that genre, funds will then be made available to B.C. artists of all genres." (As read)
LISTNUM 1 \l 14191 MR. SIEMENS: And, lastly:
"Should there be no qualifying B.C. artists in the fiscal year, the funds will be put back into the general fund for that year." (As read)
LISTNUM 1 \l 14192 MR. SIEMENS: So, we will be using that money in British Columbia and she also acknowledges the $50,000 each year for Aboriginal artists in her letter of September 25th.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14193 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Okay, thank you very much, Mr. Siemens.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14194 That's my question, Madam Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14195 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Mr. Arnish and your team. I just have a couple of questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14196 Now, on the ‑‑ you know, Mr. Siemens, you gave a very full answer on the distinction between your Triple A and the other applicants and also on the comment on what was textbook and what's not.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14197 But that discussion also prompted me to take a look at the playlists and put them side by side and compare them.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14198 So, I'm looking at your playlist which you appended as Appendix 8C and I see how you were ‑‑ I think you were alluding earlier to, you can't just play completely current, unheard music because listeners need ‑‑ the listeners you're targeting need some familiarity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14199 So, does that account for the alternation between current and Gold?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14200 MR. SIEMENS: Thank you, Madam Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14201 Mr. Eno, do you want to respond to this question?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14202 THE CHAIRPERSON: Perhaps I should start first with this. Maybe I don't understand what current and Gold is.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14203 MR. ENO: In our application we described current as anything within the last two years and Gold as over two years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14204 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. So, that does explain quite a bit.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14205 What percentage of the 40 per cent which you said that your application ‑‑ your music is 60 per cent new music and 40 per cent is from 80s, 90s and the earlier part of this decade; then of that percentage, of the 40 per cent what portion of it would be hits?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14206 MR. ENO: We really haven't broken out a hit/non‑hit ratio for that. Some of it would be familiar, some of it would be hits as according to charts. I would say probably about half.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14207 The other aspect of this is that a song might have been released in the 90s, there might have been an album that had that hit on it. We would also look further into that CD and play something from that album that may be from that era but not necessarily a hit.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14208 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay, great. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14209 One question that ‑‑ now, your stated preference in your deficiency response I believe is for 100.5 which that would free up the frequency for an additional player.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14210 Is that still your position?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14211 MR. ARNISH: I think it is a tremendous opportunity for our company and our team here in Vancouver, you can see them all behind us, they're ready to go on building the new PEAK here in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14212 And, you know, I guess just to give you some background history, when we looked at putting an application together and, as a matter of fact, working with our consulting engineers, DM Allen & Associates, we found out working through them that we actually could come up with a new frequency for Vancouver and we started working on an application for 100.5 before we found out about the 104.1 hearing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14213 And, so, when that came about we started scratching our heads and saying, "Well, what should we do here at the end of the day?"
LISTNUM 1 \l 14214 And, as you're aware, to answer the question and, at the end of the day, we decided to apply for both 104.1 and the 100.5, so that we certainly weren't off base either, but our preference is the 100.5 for Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14215 You know, there's lots of talk right now with the Commission right across the country about diversity of voices and new voices and new formats and new entrants into the marketplace, and we believe with our commitment to the 100.5, which is what we really want, it allows you then to license, you know, a new music format in Vancouver and again bring more diversity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14216 And I guess the other thing too that, you know, we would say with our conversion application is, we have $12‑million on the table for Canadian content development, you license another player, there's more money that can go into Canadian content development.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14217 So, who knows, maybe at the end of the day there might be 18 or $19‑million of direct Canadian content development initiatives here in Vancouver with two new FM licences.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14218 So, we're very, very excited about the 100.5
LISTNUM 1 \l 14219 THE CHAIRPERSON: Now, the 100.5 is a frequency that only you ‑‑ that only Pattison could use.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14220 MR. ARNISH: That's correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14221 THE CHAIRPERSON: And, so, it was an option; wasn't it, to just apply for the flip for a frequency that only you could use?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14222 MR. ARNISH: That is correct, Madam Chair. When we went into this we didn't feel at the time that there was another frequency because we understood that the 104.1 was designated to CBC and that's why we went out and found our own frequency.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14223 The last time we were in front of you, you know, we heard that this was the last frequency and then there was another hearing, this is the last frequency.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14224 So, we thought, well, maybe we've got the last frequency and then the 104.1 came up. But suffice to say that we created this frequency opportunity in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14225 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mm‑hmm. Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14226 How many and who do you think we should license? Obviously I believe you believe that you should be licensed; so who else would be most compatible?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14227 MR. ARNISH: Well, you've had a lot of great applicants in front of you already, there's a number of others coming up today and tomorrow morning as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14228 The least intrusive applicants would be certainly the Christian applicants that were in front of you over the last couple of days. Obviously there's others after the Triple A format as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14229 We believe the best use of the 100.5 frequency is to launch a new Triple A station. We really have to leave it to the Commission's decision at the end of the day, who presented the best application, who is going to be committed for the long term for the 104.1 and at the end of the day, if you license another Triple A, we're ready to compete, we're ready to compete with any and all formats and ownership groups as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14230 THE CHAIRPERSON: I will turn it over to legal. I may have another question afterwards, and then your pitch.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14231 MS PINSKY: I just have one question of clarification really for the record.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14232 In your Executive Summary on page 3 you indicated that the PEAK will feature alternative music from rock, pop and folk music genres.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14233 And then in speaking today and in your deficiency responses you state that the overwhelming majority of our music will come from the rock and pop music genres.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14234 And I was wondering if you could clarify that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14235 MR. SIEMENS: I will start that response, counsel, and then I'll just ask Gord to finish up my comments.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14236 For the most part we will be drawing our music from rock and pop, Category 2 music, but we've spent some time this morning describing some of the special music programs, the Sunday Morning Show and some of the acoustic programs and so on where we will be ‑‑ because as I said earlier, not to repeat myself, but it's a very elastic format Triple A, that's what makes it so exciting.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14237 So, in some of those specialized programs we will occasionally be mining some Category 3 music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14238 Gord, maybe you can finish that thought.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14239 MR. ENO: Especially in those special programs is where the Category 3 music will fall into, the borders program and the acoustic program would be predominantly Category 3 music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14240 MS PINSKY: So, just to understand then, in terms of your music playlist, setting aside the specific programs, can I understand it that the music will feature rock and pop and folk will be ‑‑ or, you have indicated folk, so that would just be separate and then with regard to the general music list, because I'm looking specifically at how, just so that we can characterize what you will be featuring and what the focus will be.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14241 MR. ENO: The radio station is a Category 2 radio station with the focus on Category 2 which really does ‑‑ when you look at the description of the Category 2 music, it does involve, you know, rock, dance, R&B, urban, techno, rock & roll, rhythm and blues, soul, dance, hip‑hop, those are all Category 2 songs, or Category 2 descriptions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14242 The majority of the music that we will be playing, with the exception of 4.7 I believe the term is, will be Category 2 music and stretching the parameters of all that is described as Category 2 music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14243 MS PINSKY: Okay, thanks. Just to clarify I think folk can fall, depending on the type of music, in Category 2 as well as Category 3?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14244 MR. ENO: That's correct, folk can be in both categories.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14245 MS PINSKY: And then just to clarify, I think you indicated that you'd be in a position to file by the end of day Friday the budget breakdown for the Save the Music Foundation?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14246 MR. ARNISH: Yes, we can.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14247 MS PINSKY: Or you have provided it orally on the record, is that what you're saying.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14248 MR. ARNISH: Yes, orally, you're correct, and we'll do that, we'll file it by Friday.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14249 MS PINSKY: Okay, thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14250 THE CHAIRPERSON: Commissioner Cugini has a question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14251 MEMBER CUGINI: I apologize, but I have to do this. Mr. Eno, I just want to know, being in the music business, how many people ask you if you're related to Brian?
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LISTNUM 1 \l 14252 MEMBER CUGINI: That's all. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14253 MR. ENO: I can tell that you're in the music business just by asking that question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14254 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay, Mr. Arnish and your team, this is an opportunity for your last‑minute pitch.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14255 MR. ARNISH: Thank you, Madam Chair and Members of the Commission.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14256 As identified by the Chair in your opening comments to this hearing, you have before you two applications from the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. One is a competitive application for 104.1, while the second is an application for a conversion of our existing AM station to 100.5 FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14257 Dealing first with our competitive application, we believe we have presented the Commission with the best use of the 104.1 FM frequency in comparison to all other applications before you for the following key reasons.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14258 The PEAK FM offers a distinct radio voice to the Vancouver market which can compete in a sustainable way with strong national operators which presently dominate the Vancouver market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14259 We have a strong realistic business plan and we have the resources to deliver on that plan over the course of the licence term and beyond, as we have been doing for the past 42 years in the Vancouver market. The Commission can have complete confidence we will deliver on what we have promised.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14260 Our benefits package recognizes the value of a licence for Vancouver which includes our commitment of $12‑million in direct and $7‑million in indirect commitments which far exceed any other applicant in this highly competitive proceeding.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14261 Our investments will (a) held add a distinct new voice in Vancouver through our material $3‑million commitment to Aboriginal voices radio; and, (b) we will increase access to the broadcasting system for emerging artists, both through our condition of licence to our emerging artists but even more significantly through our unprecedented level of commitment through the PEAK performance project which invests $5,290,000 in the development of emerging artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14262 In the competitive application process for 104.1, we submit we have tabled the best use of the frequency and would be pleased to accept 104.1 and compete in Vancouver with two FMs and an AM on a level playing field with the incumbent national radio companies.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14263 That said, the Commission has a concern with adding diversity of voice and, therefore, we have taken steps to assist the Commission in adding diversity while meeting our objective of converting our 600 AM licence to FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14264 We undertook significant technical work and negotiated accommodations to create an FM frequency for Vancouver at 100.5 FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14265 Madam Chair, we have tabled the same substantial benefits for our conversion application on 100.5 FM equal to our application for a new 104.1 FM frequency, providing the Commission with the opportunity to add two new services to Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14266 We're the only applicant able to utilize the 100.5 frequency. Approval of our conversion allows the Commission to achieve the greatest amount of diversity that can come from this proceeding. It creates sustainable diversity by allowing the Pattison Broadcast Group to create an exciting new Triple A radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14267 It allows the Commission to license a second new station for Vancouver at 104.1 and it enables AVR to sustain its service to the Vancouver market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14268 Thank you very much for this opportunity to appear before you today and present our application for the PEAK in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14269 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Mr. Arnish and to your team. Thanks for your time and your presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14270 We will take a lunch break and be back at 1:15, please.
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‑‑‑ Upon resuming at 1315 / Reprise à 1315
LISTNUM 1 \l 14271 THE SECRETARY: We will now proceed with Item 14 which is an application by 902890 Alberta Limited for a licence to operate an English language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14272 Please introduce yourself and your colleagues and you will then have 20 minutes for your presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14273 Thank you.
PRESENTATION / PRÉSENTATION
LISTNUM 1 \l 14274 MR. DHILLON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14275 Good afternoon, Madam Chair, Members of the Commission and Commission Staff. My name is Sukhdev Singh Dhillon, I'm the President of 902890 Alberta Limited and founder of Radio Punjab.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14276 I would like to begin by thanking the Commission for entertaining our application for the new modern global music format World FM, FM radio licence.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14277 I will now take a moment to introduce our panel. Seated to my right is Narinder Ghag, he will be our CFO of our company. Beside Narinder is Amrita Kaur, a student at SFU studying Bachelor of Arts Criminology. Beside Amrita is Samar Ghazi, a student at SFU studying Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14278 Beside Samar is Marinda Gill, a student at Kwantlen University College studying for a degree in human resources. She will be heading our human resources department.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14279 To my left is Kuljeet Kaur, a former program director at Radio Punjab. I'm sorry that Sashi Kapoor who she works with the Natural Resources of Canada had an urgent meeting to go to, she could not attend.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14280 And beside myself, to my left is Kuljeet Kaur and besides Kuljeet Kaur is Amrik Singh Nijjar, he's the President of Five River Society, an umbrella organization of all local Sikh and Hindu religious societies of Greater Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14281 Our presentation today will illustrate that we have crafted a quality application, that we are experienced broadcasters, that the economic conditions of the market is more favourable in Vancouver, B.C. than it is in other parts of the country, that we have created a solid conservative business plan based on our 14 years of selling radio advertising in the local market and that we provide a missing, highly desired radio option to Vancouver region listeners.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14282 We will also show that our format will help break and launch new Canadian artists through commercial airplays of their music on FM airwaves.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14283 Our application includes hundreds of individual and business letters of support. We have conducted extensive research into the viability of our proposed format in Greater Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14284 Our research is ongoing, but unequivocally points to a clear need for a modern global music format on a commercial radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14285 The modern global music format is a vibrant format. It exists on the Internet but it is not available on conventional over‑the‑air radio in Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14286 This application is by 902890 Alberta Limited in response to Broadcasting Notice CRTC 2007‑95, the Public Notice in which Commission invited interested parties to apply for a broadcasting licence to provide a commercial radio service for Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14287 As a leading Canadian media company and content provide, 902890 Alberta Limited has presence in the Canadian radio history since 2000. Over the years 902890 Alberta Limited radio station has become known for its local focus and its ability to take advantage of the market opportunities by implementing new cutting edge formats.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14288 The most recent example being the launch of 16 hours of programming in Edmonton on CKER 101.7 FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14289 I have been involved in radio broadcasting for the last 14 years throughout Canada and the U.S.A. When our application is approved, we will use our resources and expertise to offer Vancouver's diverse population an innovative programming concept, a radio station featuring modern global music, a new format that blends traditional world music with modern global sounds.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14290 This new station will celebrate the universal language of music which transcends culture and begs to be shared and experienced. In addition, spoken word programming that encourages and promotes cross‑cultural understanding will be complementing the station's music‑based programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14291 This station will be of particular interest to Vancouver area youth, an age group that have largely abandoned radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14292 Operating at 98.7 FM, the new station will be known as World FM, Vancouver's modern global music station and identified by the call sign CIRP.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14293 The term modern global does not refer to one genre but collage of different types of popular music targeted at young diverse urban audience.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14294 Madam Chair, Members of the Commission, in our brief today we hope to share with you our vision for what we believe will be a ground breaking new kind of radio offering and, in doing so, we plan to give you a taste of what World FM is all about, show how World FM will fill an important void in Vancouver and explain how World FM will bring increased diversity to Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14295 By the time we wrap up today, we hope to have answered three fundamental questions. Will World FM clearly reflect the diversity as well as the multicultural and multi‑ethnic reality of Vancouver? Will World FM advance the policy objectives of the Broadcasting Act? Is this the best possible application for a new FM radio station, taking into account the Commission's evaluation criteria?
LISTNUM 1 \l 14296 As we will demonstrate, we believe that the answer to all these questions is yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14297 Ms Samar Kaur.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14298 MS KAUR: Thanks, Mr. Dhillon.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14299 Vancouver is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Its residents are multicultural and multilingual and multi‑ethnic.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14300 I was born and raised in this city and I'm just one example of the Vancouver of today. Like many young Vancouverites, I am Canadian and extremely proud of my cultural roots.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14301 You may be asking yourselves whether the ethnic broadcasters in this group serve people like me, first and second generation Canadians? The answer is no.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14302 In my parents' kitchen, Punjabi radio is always on. I may listen to it when I'm visiting them and enjoy the experience. However, when I return to my home I'm listening to artists from all over the world, not just South Asia.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14303 World FM's mission will be to seek out the best music from around the world and share with an audience eager to experience contemporary international sounds.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14304 World FM will be the first station in Canada to champion a genre we are calling modern global music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14305 Musical influences are transcending geographical borders and are apparent in the electric sounds that are emerging from the streets of the world's urban centres: cities like San Paolo, Brazil; Ibiza, Spain; Bombay, India; Vienna, Austria and right here in Vancouver you can hear everything from Aboriginal hip hop in East Vancouver to fungara(ph) from Surrey, as well as many other ground breaking artists who are marrying modern trends in music and production with their regional influences.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14306 World FM will showcase these artists. Given that this is the first service of its kind in Canada, the best way to get World FM is to experience it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14307 MS GHAZI: World FM will promote a growing, diverse cutting edge Canadian music scene that receives limited airplay, if any, on conventional radio. Instead of marginalizing the material, World FM will celebrate the works of such trail blazers as War Party, Chin Enjenti(ph) and Jazzy Bains.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14308 In total, a minimum of 40 per cent of World FM's music selections will be Canadian. At least 50 per cent of these songs will be uncharted, guaranteeing exposure for emerging artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14309 In addition, we will spend over $1‑million to support ethnically diverse Canadian talent and the further development of modern global music in Canada.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14310 World FM 98.7 will make a significant contribution to the development of Canadian musical talent by introducing listeners in the Vancouver area to cutting edge diverse music that does not receive airplay on conventional Canadian radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14311 We are proposing a service that connects with the largest emerging group of diverse Vancouverites, they are connected to their roots, they live in Canada and are navigating cultural experiences from around the world. They are, in fact, the next generation of Vancouverites who have been missed by both conventional commercial radio and traditional ethnic radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14312 Our mission is to create a radio experience that is truly reflective on the reality. World FM will accomplish this in three ways.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14313 First, modern global music is a music format that is inherently unimaginatively diverse. The station will take audiences on a musical journey around the globe. We'll fully reflect the diversity that is Vancouver. Not only will this be easily achievable in the case of a start‑up station, but given the nature of this station's format, this diversity will be central to World's FM success.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14314 World FM will provide listeners with a minimum of 36 hours of locally produced culturally diverse spoken word programming each week.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14315 The station's spoken word programming will take one of three forms: long form programming designed to promote cross‑cultural understanding; features consisting of interviews with artists from Canada and around the world which will offer valuable insight into this emerging musical genre; and youth and public affairs programming focus on issues of importance to our listeners' communities.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14316 In short, we are inviting Vancouver's youth to experience the world through music. World FM will be a leader in connecting with today's youth on their terms and integrating their media preferences.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14317 With recent advancements in technology, music is being created, recorded and shared at almost an unprecedented rate.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14318 Today's young Canadians live in one of the most wired countries in the world. Their technology savvy garner musical influences from around the globe and connect with like‑minded people on multiple platforms.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14319 They view themselves as members of a global community of lovers of music and culture. Since last several years time spent listening to radio for Vancouver residents between the ages 12 and 34 has declined. Tuning by younger ethnic Vancouverites would be even more. To connect with Vancouver's youth, World FM will have to compete with the Internet, MP3 players, online communities and blog for its audience.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14320 Our goal is to create a radio format that is relevant to the diversity of Vancouver, becomes a meaningful part of the media mix that they consume and speaks to them directly. To do this, we will need to offer them a total experience that they are not currently finding on other media.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14321 As well, we will need to integrate new technology such as the Internet and wireless to reach out to listeners and create an interactive experienced community around both the radio programming and the artists featured on World FM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14322 MS GILL: Statistics Canada data for the Vancouver CMA shows that almost 50 per cent of Vancouver's population are visible minorities, 70 per cent of visible minorities are under the age of 45 and 37 per cent of visible minorities are under the age of 25. The breakdown for the Aboriginal population skews even younger. 95 per cent of Vancouver's young visible minority and Aboriginal population speaks English. Though these young people come from many different cultural backgrounds, they share not only a global view and a love of music, they connect in the same language, English.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14323 At present, no radio station is dedicated to serving Vancouver's multicultural youth. Vancouver's ethnic media may provide some programming that is of interest to younger generations of immigrants or second or third generation youth who are more fluent in English, however, the bulk of the programming they offer is directed at an immigrant population that is looking for a link between the new land and the homeland.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14324 In contrast, Vancouver's commercial radio stations cater to an audience seeking more conventional hit‑driven playlists and programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14325 While Vancouver's diverse youth do listen to these stations, given the evidence of declining hours of tuning, they aren't getting everything they need.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14326 World FM would answer that need, providing music and programming currently unavailable in the market. Specifically targeting young visible minorities who define themselves simultaneously as Canadian and as members of a particular cultural community and heritage.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14327 We firmly believe that World FM will make a significant contribution to the objectives of the Broadcasting Act and will truly reflect the diversity of languages, as well as the multicultural and multi‑ethnic reality of Vancouver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14328 As a result, we believe that the approval of this application will strengthen the Canadian broadcasting system and the multicultural fabric of this country and, therefore, would be in the public interest.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14329 Young Vancouverites from visible minorities and Aboriginal communities want a station that reflects the contemporary Canadian experience, one that offers music and programming from multiple cultures shifting between them and promoting a shared cross‑cultural reality.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14330 In effect, our goal with World FM is to create a station that bridges the void between traditional ethnic broadcasters and conventional commercial broadcasters. Not only will this appropriately fill a hole in the market, it will ensure that World FM will have minimal impact on the existing commercial broadcasters or any traditional third language broadcasters that operate today or may be licensed in this process.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14331 MS GHAZI: The broadcasting policy for Canada as set out in section 3 of the Broadcasting Act states that:
"The Canadian Broadcasting System should encourage the development of Canadian expression by providing a wide range of programming that reflects Canadian attitudes, opinions, ideas, values and artistic creativity and, through its programming and the employment opportunities arising out of its operations, serve the needs and interests and reflect the circumstances and aspirations of Canadian men, women and children, including equal rights, the linguistic duality and multicultural and multi‑racial nature of Canadian society and the special case of Aboriginal peoples within that society." (As read)
LISTNUM 1 \l 14332 MS GHAZI: These two objectives are the basis for the Commission's quest for diversity, both for a programming or format perspective and an ethnocultural perspective.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14333 With respect to programming diversity or diversity of format, the Commission has implemented a number of policies to help achieve this goal. For example, format diversity was highlighted as one of the potential benefits of the changes the Commission made to the Radio Common Ownership Policy in 1998.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14334 The Commission has also been clear that both traditional ethnic licensees and mainstream broadcasters have an important role to play in the investment of cultural diversity and cultural understanding.