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THE CANADIAN RADIO‑TELEVISION AND
TRANSCRIPTION DES AUDIENCES DEVANT
LE CONSEIL DE LA RADIODIFFUSION
ET DES TÉLÉCOMMUNICATIONS CANADIENNES
VARIOUS BROADCASTING APPLICATIONS /
PLUSIEURS DEMANDES EN RADIODIFFUSION
HELD AT: TENUE À:
Membertou Trade and Membertou Trade and
Convention Centre Convention Centre
Maillard Street rue Maillard
Sydney, Nova Scotia Sydney (Nouvelle-Écosse)
April 16, 2007 le 16 avril 2007
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VARIOUS BROADCASTING APPLICATIONS /
PLUSIEURS DEMANDES EN RADIODIFFUSION
BEFORE / DEVANT:
Elizabeth Duncan Chairperson / Présidente
Andree Noel Commissioner / Conseiller
Ron Williams Commissioner / Conseiller
ALSO PRESENT / AUSSI PRÉSENTS:
Donna Shewfelt Secretary / Secrétaire
Shari Fisher Legal Counsel /
HELD AT: TENUE À:
Membertou Trade and Membertou Trade and
Convention Centre Convention Centre
Maillard Street rue Maillard
Sydney, Nova Scotia Sydney (Nouvelle-Écosse)
April 16, 2007 le 16 avril 2007
TABLE DES MATIÈRES / TABLE OF CONTENTS
PAGE / PARA
PRESENTATION BY / PRÉSENTATION PAR:
Barry Maxwell Martin 6 / 26
Newcap Inc. 81 / 578
Andrew Newman 145 / 874
HFX Broadcasting Inc. 228 / 1519
INTERVENTION BY / INTERVENTION PAR:
Frank Bruleigh 299 / 1967
Mayor John Morgan 304 / 1989
ABBACO Clothing 310 / 2025
Maritime Broadcasting Ltd. 315 / 2050
REPLY BY / RÉPLIQUE PAR:
HFX Broadcasting Inc. 352 / 2301
Andrew Newman 360 / 2347
Newcap Inc. 365 / 2373
Barry Maxwell Martin 373 / 2409
Sydney, Nova Scotia
‑‑‑ Upon commencing on Monday, April 16, 2007
at 0930 / L'audience débute le lundi 16 avril
2007 à 0930
LISTNUM 1 \l 11 THE CHAIRPERSON: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this public hearing. My name is Elizabeth Duncan, and I'm the CRTC Regional Commissioner for the Atlantic. I will be presiding over the hearing. Joining me on a panel are my colleagues, Andre Noel, Regional Commissioner for Quebec, and Ronald Williams, Regional Commissioner for Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
LISTNUM 1 \l 12 The Commission team assisting us includes Hearing Manager, Lynn Cape, who is also Manager of Radio Applications and Policy, Sherry Fisher, Legal Counsel, Donna Shewfelt, Hearing Secretary and Manager of our Atlantic Regional Office.
LISTNUM 1 \l 13 Please speak with Mrs. Shewfelt if you have any questions with regard to hearing procedures.
LISTNUM 1 \l 14 The panel will begin by considering four proposals to operate an English language FM commercial radio station in the Sydney, Nova Scotia market. We will then examine two applications presented by Newcap to convert radio station CHVO Carbonear, Newfoundland from an AM to an FM, and to operate a new English‑language FM station in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
LISTNUM 1 \l 15 We will study the proposals in light of the cultural, economic and social objectives defined in the Broadcasting Act, and the regulations growing from it. The panel will base its decisions on several criteria, including the state of competition and the diversity of editorial voices in the market, as well as the quality of the applications. It will also look at the ability of the market to support new radio stations, the financial resources of each applicant, and proposed initiatives for Canadian Content Development.
LISTNUM 1 \l 16 With respect to the radio applications for Sydney, we will examine the proposals in the order of items one, two, four and five, presented in the Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing, CRTC 2007‑2.
LISTNUM 1 \l 17 We will then review the application by Newcap to convert radio station CHVO Carbonear from the AM to the FM band. The proposed FM station would continue to offer CHVO's current country music format, and would operate on the 103.9 megahertz frequency. The applicant is seeking permission to simulcast the new station's programming on CHVO for a period of six months from the date it begins operation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 18 Finally, we will examine Newcap's application for a license to operate an English language FM commercial radio station in Kentville to serve the Annapolis Valley. The new station would operate on the frequency 89.3 megahertz. The applicant is proposing a classic hits music format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 19 With regards to the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the consideration of the application presented by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which is item three in the Notice of Public Hearing, has been moved to the non‑appearing phase of this public hearing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 110 I will now invite the hearing Secretary, Mrs. Shewfelt, to explain the procedures we will be following. Mrs. Shewfelt?
LISTNUM 1 \l 111 THE SECRETARY: Thank you, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 112 Before beginning, I would like to go over a few housekeeping matters to ensure the proper conduct of the hearing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 113 When you are in the hearing room, we would ask that you please turn off your cellphones, beepers, Blackberrys and other text messaging devices. They can be a distraction for participants and Commissioners, and they can interfere with the internal communication system used by our translators.
LISTNUM 1 \l 114 We would appreciate your co‑operation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 115 We expect the hearing to take approximately two days. Today we expect to finish around 6:00 or 6:30, and Tuesday we will begin at 9:00 a.m. and finish by early afternoon.
LISTNUM 1 \l 116 Today we will take an hour for lunch, and a break in the morning, and in the afternoon, and we will let you know of any schedule changes that may occur.
LISTNUM 1 \l 117 The Great Hall will serve as the examination room, where you can examine the public files of the applications being considered at this hearing. The telephone number of the examination room is 902‑562‑1389.
LISTNUM 1 \l 118 There is a verbatim transcript of this hearing being taken by the court reporter sitting across from me. If you have any questions on how to obtain all, or part of this transcript, please approach the court reporter during a break. Please note that the full transcript will be made available on the Commission's website shortly after the conclusion of this hearing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 119 Simultaneous translation is available during the hearing. You may obtain a translation receiver through the technician at the back of the room. The English interpretation is on Channel 5, and the French is on Channel 6, and the floor channel is on Channel 4.
LISTNUM 1 \l 120 For the record, we wish to inform you that the applicants, Barry Maxwell Martin, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, and Halifax Broadcasting, a corporation, have filed additional information relating to their Canadian Content Development commitments on which they will be questioned at this Hearing, pursuant to the Commission's letter dated March 6, 2007. These documents can be viewed on their respective application files in the examination room.
LISTNUM 1 \l 121 We will now proceed with the presentations in the order of appearance set out in the agenda. Each party will be granted 20 minutes to make its presentation. Questions from the Commission will follow each presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 122 Phase I are the applicants' presentations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 123 And now, Madame Chairman, we will proceed with item one on the agenda, which is the application by Barry Maxwell Martin, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a license to operate an English language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Sydney.
LISTNUM 1 \l 124 The new station would operate on frequency 103.5 megahertz, Channel 278B, with an effective radiated power of 26,500 watts, non‑directional antenna, antenna height of 169.6 meters.
LISTNUM 1 \l 125 Appearing for the applicant is Mr. Jay Bedford who will introduce his colleagues. You will then have 20 minutes to make your presentation.
PRESENTATION / PRÉSENTATION
LISTNUM 1 \l 126 MR. BEDFORD: Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 127 First of all, welcome to Cape Breton Island. National Geographic Traveller magazine indicates that this is the number two travel destination in the world, and Conde Nast Travel magazine this is the most scenic island in the world. We're proud of your island. We're glad you're here. We hope that you come back during the summer season, when it's a little bit warmer, and you enjoy your, an opportunity to travel around the island.
LISTNUM 1 \l 128 And also welcome to the Membertou Trade and Convention Center. This facility has been opened for about three years now. It's an incredible facility, and of course, quite a compliment to the people of the Membertou community. As a matter of fact, I was very proud to be the MC of the very first function that was held in this facility.
LISTNUM 1 \l 129 Good morning, Madame Chair, Members of the Commission, Staff of the Commission, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Jay Bedford. I am one of three principals of the FM radio station proposed by the applicant, Barry Maxwell Martin, on behalf of a company to be incorporated.
LISTNUM 1 \l 130 I am pleased to have this opportunity to review with you the highlights of our application, but before I address our application, I'd like to take a moment to introduce the three principals involved in this application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 131 Barry Martin will serve as President, and will be in charge of all financial operations. He has a tremendous background in the financial community. He's a former bank manager, he's a certified internal auditor, and he is the President and Owner of the Meridian Hotel in Sydney, as well as other holdings.
LISTNUM 1 \l 132 Barry Martin is the gentleman seated to my immediate right, and to your left.
LISTNUM 1 \l 133 Alex Morrison is on my far left, your far right. Alex been, has been involved in the broadcast business for over 20 years. He worked at C99 FM here in Membertou, along with CHER radio in Sydney. He worked at CJCB, and CKPE in Sydney, and also worked at Y95 FM in Hamilton Ontario. He has probably MC'd more concerts on this island than just about anyone else. He is a very sports‑oriented individual. He was the voice of the Canadian Little League Championships, he's a baseball umpire, a hockey coach, and a referee.
LISTNUM 1 \l 134 My name is Jay Bedford. My background is extremely varied. I have spent a lot of time in the media ‑‑ over 35 years, 15 stations from Alberta to Newfoundland. I've been an assistant general manager, a program director. I've been on air, I've been involved in promotions, and also been sales manager of five radio stations. I also owned my own newspaper at one point in time, and I was the only Canadian writer that ever wrote freelance for Country Weekly, the number one selling country music magazine in the world. I've also been involved in business training and other things, as you can see on the screen and on the sheets of paper in front of you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 135 My remarks this morning will highlight the major strengths of our application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 136 The first is the overwhelming desire in this community for a locally‑owned station such as ours, as evidenced by the responses to our market survey, and by the letters of support, and affirmative interventions on behalf of our application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 137 The second is the financial responsibility of the station as confirmed by conservative financial projections for the first seven years of operation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 138 The third is our station's programming mix, with its focus on the special needs and interests of the local radio audience.
LISTNUM 1 \l 139 Let me begin by identifying the benefits of local ownership that our station will bring to this community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 140 Point number one: Like many of our prospective listeners, we have long been aware of the need for a fresh, independent local voice for our community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 141 Point two: Ours will be the only truly independent commercial station. The other applications are for stations that would be operated by non‑resident owners, and off‑island owners, or merely one of a group of stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 142 We will provide the highest possible level of local news, weather and information about athletic, musical and other community events.
LISTNUM 1 \l 143 Because our station is locally owned, it would be an integral part of our community. We know the local listening audience. We live here. We know local musicians personally. We meet them, and talk with them regularly, and we actively support them. We know the local advertisers. We have worked with them for many years, and we are familiar with their special interests and preferences.
LISTNUM 1 \l 144 In addition, we, ourselves, are members of the local business community. We sit on local boards, we chair local functions, we host local concerts, and we coach local sports teams.
LISTNUM 1 \l 145 We are personally committed to our community because our friends and family live here, and because we know the significant economic and cultural impact that our station will have. For us, this radio station is about much more than just the bottom line.
LISTNUM 1 \l 146 Our application has overwhelming local support from local individuals, from businesses and not‑for‑profit organizations, as demonstrated by their letters of support in the original application, and the positive interventions that were filed over the last month and a half.
LISTNUM 1 \l 147 From the Municipal Council of the CBRM, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, as demonstrated by their unanimous resolution of support, and the appearance of Mayor Morgan at these hearings.
LISTNUM 1 \l 148 The market survey submitted with our application reveals widespread and outspoken dissatisfaction with the perceived negative effects that consolidation has had on local radio ‑‑ the high repetition of music, the lack of local news and community information, especially in the evenings and on weekends, and the lack of live announcers, accessible staff and community engagement.
LISTNUM 1 \l 149 More than three‑quarters of the market survey respondents reported wanting a greater choice of local stations, and when asked about the importance of different aspects of their ideal radio station, 89 percent reported that community information was either important, or very important to them; 86 percent said local news; 84 percent said a locally‑owned station; 83 percent said having live announcers; and 79 percent said interviews with local guests.
LISTNUM 1 \l 150 Turning to the financial side of our application, our revenue and expense estimates are based upon our own experience. The soundness of these estimates have been confirmed with radio advertising reps in our community, and other similar communities. These projections are realistic.
LISTNUM 1 \l 151 One of us, the majority investor, Mr. Martin, is a certified internal auditor, a former bank manager, and a successful local businessman. Two of us have more than 50 years combined experience in a local commercial radio, involving station management, advertising, sales, programming and promotion.
LISTNUM 1 \l 152 We understand the other applicants are projecting substantially higher revenues than we have, however, for the first seven years of operation, we have chosen conservative estimates, number one, to be prudent, and number two, to avoid overstating the station's potential. But on the other hand, based upon our knowledge of advertising clients in this community, we anticipate but do not assume the station's revenues could be higher than the projections shown.
LISTNUM 1 \l 153 This slide shows our projections of PBIT, profit before interest and tax, as a percentage of total revenue. We expect our PBIT percentage to rise slightly, and then remain relatively constant at about 20 to 22 percent as we reinvest in our staff, add to our staff, and expand our service to the community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 154 Referring to net return on investment, we expect the net return on investment to increase steadily from 13 percent, in the first year of operation, to 36 percent in the seventh year.
LISTNUM 1 \l 155 Our station will not have an undue financial impact on the existing three commercial stations in the CBRM market. The retail stations to station ratio for the CBRM market is greater than for other Atlantic Canadian markets, except Halifax and St. John's, all of which have four or more stations. For example, the ratio for the CBRM market is substantially greater than the ratio for the Charlottetown market, which has four commercial radio stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 156 With the addition of the station that we are proposing, the retail sales to station ratio for the CBRM market, and that's indicated by CBRM, plus one, will be comparable with the ratio in the Fredericton and Moncton markets, which has five and six commercial stations, respectively; somewhat greater than the ratio for the Saint John market, which is supporting five commercial stations; and still significantly greater than the ratio for the Charlottetown market, which, with its four commercial radio stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 157 For seven years, the commercial radio market in the CBRM has been a monopoly. The introduction of competition will improve the quality of radio service to our community in both programming, and advertising rates for local businesses.
LISTNUM 1 \l 158 Our financial projections assume that our station would achieve a 20 percent share of the local radio advertising market. This slide shows that the CBRM market can easily support an additional commercial station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 159 The Financial Post's 2007 projection of retail sales growth in the CBRM market shows that the corresponding ratio of retail sales per station will grow about 4.7 percent over the next five years. This growth in the retail sales to station ratio for the CBRM is shown for three stations. That's the existing situation. CBRM, that's the blue curve. And for four stations, that's CBRM, plus one new station, that's the turquoise curve.
LISTNUM 1 \l 160 Even if the presently projected growth rate in the CBRM market were not to increase, the ratio in the Charlottetown market ‑‑ that's the red curve ‑‑ would take almost eight years to catch up to the ratio for four stations in the CBRM market, at the Charlottetown market's current projected growth rate.
LISTNUM 1 \l 161 But the growth rate of retail sales in the CBRM market is almost certain to increase. Major retailers such as Home Depot, Canadian Tire and WalMart have been demonstrating their confidence in the local economy with very large investments in new facility. Most building supply centers, supermarkets and automobile dealerships are investing in large, new facilities, and The Mayflower Mall, the largest shopping center on the island, will complete, this year, its largest expansion project since its original construction, in order to accommodate new national retailers like Home Sense, Winners, Future Shop, and Sport Check.
LISTNUM 1 \l 162 In addition, a new high‑tech sector is replacing the CBRM's old resource‑based industries. A $340,000,000 real estate development by German investors is already under construction near Louisbourg. The $400,000,000 Tar Ponds cleanup is scheduled to start this spring. Two studies are under way for massive development of the Port of Sydney, and XSTRATA is close to bringing the Donkin coal mine into production.
LISTNUM 1 \l 163 These large‑scale initiatives will have an immediate and direct positive impact on the CBRM economy, as well as a long‑term, indirect impact through the development of new infrastructure, and new economic activities.
LISTNUM 1 \l 164 In a competitive environment, the critical success factors for any station will be, one, understanding the local audience and the local advertising market, and two, the quality of local programming. We have listed below other factors that will ensure our stations financial success ‑‑ our advertising sales experience; advertising rates affordable to small, local business; station profits will remain in the community, and be reinvested in expanded services; and the principals' personal commitment, Barry, myself and Alex, to the station's success and the local community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 165 Our radio station will appeal to listeners who bring, who long for the traditional days of radio, with well‑known local announcers, community involvement interactivity and enthusiasm. Our station will feature live announcers for 113 hours of the 126 hour broadcast week. Our goal is to return radio to the days of involvement, enthusiasm and fun, and in return, to attract a loyal audience who will make our station a part of their daily life.
LISTNUM 1 \l 166 Our commitment to the people of the CBRM includes local news coverage, with a news hotline 24 hours a day, 24‑hour accessibility for all emergencies, daily contact with local police, fire and transportation departments, local weather and sports seven days a week, the promotion and coverage of community events, air time for volunteer organizations, including interviews, public service announcements, and informal announcer mentions as we often refer to as "jock talk". Though its ongoing promotion of local events, our station will be an essential part of the community fabric.
LISTNUM 1 \l 167 Our music will feature a mix of 80 percent classic rock, and 20 percent current and recent rock, providing familiar music to the older listeners, and a fresh and diverse collection of recent rock, mixed with emerging Canadian artists. The results of our market survey suggests that 39.7 percent of potential listeners would be likely, or very likely to listen to a new FM station broadcasting this music mix.
LISTNUM 1 \l 168 We were rather pleased to see that other survey results from other applicants indicate that 76.5 percent of the 18 to 24‑year olds in the CBRM market are likely, or very likely to listen to a station that plays classic rock, and 90.6 percent of the 18 to 24‑year olds are likely, or very likely to listen to current rock. Even though this is not our target audience, we feel rather excited that we will be able to attract a younger audience, as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 169 The percentage of musical selections featuring emerging Canadian artists will be 11 percent. Every time we feature an emerging Canadian artist, we will billboard the selection with a promotional description of the artist and the song, including some biographical information, website location, and where the selection can be purchased, and/or downloaded.
LISTNUM 1 \l 170 We fully support FACTOR, and will allocate all of our financial contributions to FACTOR. We will consistently meet and/or exceed our Canadian content levels. We will promote local music events with announcer mentions, and interview features, and our no‑cost promotion will guarantee that Cape Breton artists will receive high‑profile advertising of any and all new recordings, regardless of their genre. Once again, that's a no‑cost promotion package.
LISTNUM 1 \l 171 Our station will broadcast more news, weather and sports than any of the other applicants. We will broadcast the highest amount of news of any of the applicants. We are the only applicant broadcasting regular news updates between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and 1:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. We are the only applicant broadcasting hourly news on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., we will broadcast a news hour. It will feature a review of the week's top local news stories, along with good news stories from the business community, and interviews with local newsmakers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 172 In addition, we will be broadcasting over three and a half hours of community and local event information through interviews, announcer talk, and pre‑recorded public service announcements.
LISTNUM 1 \l 173 The crucial distinction between our application and other applications is that we actually do live in the CBRM, and we have the support of the community. We also have the financial means, the understanding of the local market, experience in the broadcast business, and personal engagement with our community, to ensure that our station thrives, and that it reflects the new spirit of optimism that is now emerging in the CBRM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 174 In conclusion, our station would be locally owned, locally managed, and locally programmed. We will take radio to the community, and bring the community back to radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 175 Thank you very much. (Applause) Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 176 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Mr. Bedford.
LISTNUM 1 \l 177 I'd like to begin first with some questions with respect to your programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 178 MR. BEDFORD: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 179 THE CHAIRPERSON: In your response February the 1st, you indicated that your station will broadcast 13 hours and two minutes of spoken‑word programming, and I'll just go through the breakdown that I have here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 180 The newscasts were going to be four hours and 50 minutes, a sports cast three hours and seven minutes, weather, two hours, community announcements, PSA's and current event promotion, two hours and five minutes, and the one‑hour programming, program on Sunday, which you just mentioned, for a total of 13 hours and two minutes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 181 And first of all, with respect to announcer talk, you indicate there will be an additional coverage of community events through jock mentions, in‑studio interviews, phone interviews, plus occasion remote coverage. How much time should be added to your spoken‑word commitment for this coverage, and for announcer talk, in general, if it hasn't been included in those totals?
LISTNUM 1 \l 182 MR. BEDFORD: If you would look at the slide that's on the screen in front of you, we have broken it down in a pie‑like format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 183 Public service announcements, either pre‑recorded, or read live, or featuring members of the community would account for 125 minutes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 184 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 185 MR. BEDFORD: Local event promotion would account for about 94 minutes, and that would be a combination of interviews, announcer talk, and so forth. The rest is on that chart, as well. Sports, 187 minutes, weather, 129.5 minutes, the 60‑minute news review program, and the news content, which is 290 minutes, and that's news conten‑, pure news content. That is not a newscast that includes news, weather and sports. That's the actual news content, itself.
LISTNUM 1 \l 186 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 187 MR. BEDFORD: We broke them down individually.
LISTNUM 1 \l 188 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay, so that's slightly different than what we have, and that does take, then, into account the announcer talks?
LISTNUM 1 \l 189 MR. BEDFORD: Yes, it does.
LISTNUM 1 \l 190 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Thank you very much. I just make a note here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 191 In regards to the healthy lifestyle segments, which you indicate will include messages and content from environmental groups, nutritionists, the anti‑smoking lobby, the Regional Health Authority, and non‑profit community groups, you indicate these segments will be aired throughout, through announcer input, and pre‑recorded announcements. What is the minimum amount of time per week allotted to your healthy lifestyle segments?
LISTNUM 1 \l 192 MR. BEDFORD: That would be included in our, those two segments that I referred to ‑‑ the 94 minutes, and the 125 minutes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 193 There is a fair amount of concern in this community over numerous health issues, so we decided we would include that in our news program, and also promote healthy lifestyle, healthy living, nutritional things. And as a result, we will encourage our radio announcers to do some research into that, so that we can include that in our, on our, in our on‑air patter, if I can use that expression.
LISTNUM 1 \l 194 THE CHAIRPERSON: What was it again? It would be included in the 94‑minute segment, and the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 195 MR. BEDFORD: That would be part of our community involvement commitment, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 196 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. I thought you mentioned ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 197 MR. BEDFORD: It would, it ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 198 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ two segments for ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 199 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ would be part of the mix.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1100 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1101 MR. BEDFORD: That would be part of the PSA's, as well, obviously.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1102 THE CHAIRPERSON: Oh, okay. That was fine. Yes, thanks.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1103 MR. BEDFORD: I'm sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1104 THE CHAIRPERSON: That's alright. That's alright. Thanks. So as far as the duration of each segment vary, I suppose, depending? Am I not ‑‑ you can't give me ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1105 MR. BEDFORD: It'll obviously vary in terms of the content.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1106 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1107 MR. BEDFORD: Exactly.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1108 THE CHAIRPERSON: Alright. And when will they be presented? Daytime, evenings, weekends, week nights?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1109 MR. BEDFORD: We ‑‑ the ‑‑ since we are proposing to have live announcers on the air for 113 hours of the broadcast week, that will be included as part of their on‑air prep for each of those announced shifts, and then in addition to that, local organizations will be allowed to use the public service time to help promote healthy lifestyles, and healthy living.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1110 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Is the public service time assigned specific slots, or again, that'd be more flexible?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1111 MR. BEDFORD: We're going to be more flexible with that, if it's allowed.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1112 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. In regards to news, how much of the four hours and 50 minutes, or 290 minutes of newscasts ‑‑ make sure I have the same numbers now ‑‑ will provide ‑‑ I'm sorry ‑‑ will be devoted to local news stories?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1113 MR. BEDFORD: We will endeavour to provide as much local news as at all possible. Obviously a lot of that's based on exactly how busy the news day itself is. Our newscasts will be led with local news at all times, and our news staff will be ‑‑ we will obviously, in consultation with them, promote the fact that we want as much local news as at all possible.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1114 I ‑‑ with today's world, with the CNNs, and the News Worlds, and the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1115 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1116 MR. BEDFORD: The national and the international news has ‑‑ there's so many avenues available for the listener, and the viewer to get that kind of information, so we want to be as local as at all possible.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1117 THE CHAIRPERSON: So you wouldn't care to put even a minimum amount of time on it, because, again, you want to be flexible, or could you put a minimum?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1118 MR. MORRISON: What she's saying is what percentage of the 290 minutes would be, would ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1119 MR. BEDFORD: No.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1120 MR. MARTIN: No, you would ‑‑ it's ‑‑ it would all depend on, again, on the flow of the news. I mean, you can't judge by how much local news is going to be available. We can commit to two minutes, I would suppose.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1121 MR. BEDFORD: I think that ‑‑ yeah. Again, I've worked in newsrooms before, and I know what a news day is like, and I know there are days that you are bombarded with local stories.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1122 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1123 MR. BEDFORD: There are days that there aren't that many stories. You're doing as much research as at all possible, you're trying to develop and cultivate as many stories as possible, you're possibly take, picking up an old story to find out if there's a new twist to it, and so forth, and you're calling out, making a lot of outgoing calls to base your story on to make sure the story is balanced and objective. I would say that if ‑‑ I would say that it ‑‑ out of every newscast, at least 50 percent of it's going to be local, if not more.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1124 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1125 MR. BEDFORD: Is that the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1126 THE CHAIRPERSON: That's fine.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1127 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ answer you were looking for?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1128 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes, yeah, that's fine.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1129 In your supplementary brief, you indicate you will provide 24, a 24‑hour day news hotline, and 24‑hour accessibility for all Emergency Measure organizations, which I think you touch on here, too, today. In your brief, you refer to live announce shifts, 18 hours a day, Monday through Friday, 14 hours on Saturday, and a minimum of ten hours on Sunday. Will your news hotline be manned 24 hours a day?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1130 MR. BEDFORD: Yes, it will be. While there are live announcers in the building, and people in the newsroom, obviously those calls will be directed at that parti‑, at, to those phones. During the all‑night span of time, when we don't have ‑‑ or during the evenings on Sunday, when we don't necessarily have a live announcer on the air, those phone calls will be forwarded to The Meridian Hotel, and they will answered by a live voice, and information will be taken, and proper people will be contacted.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1131 THE CHAIRPERSON: And that would be the same with the Emergency Measures organizations?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1132 MR. BEDFORD: No. With the Emergency Measures, what we are proposing is we will have a series of cellphones, and each of our staff members will be allotted different weeks of the month, in which case that they will be on call 24 hours a day. It could be our news editor, it could be Alex Morrison, it could be myself, it could be Mr. Martin, but we will have a cellphone. All of the Emergency Measures organizations will have that phone number available to them at all times.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1133 THE CHAIRPERSON: Now if you wanted to input into your programming, when you got an emergency announcement, how would you do that? Remotely, or would somebody have to go into the station, or ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1134 MR. BEDFORD: We can use both methods. Primarily, with as much live content as we will have, it should not be a problem, however if something is required, we will be there as quickly as possible to make sure that it's, that it happens.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1135 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. So sometimes, of course, weather might prevent that, but you say you can do it remotely?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1136 MR. BEDFORD: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1137 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. With respect to live versus automated programming, in your response February 1st, you indicated a minimum of 123 of the 126 broadcast hours will originate from your local studios and/or local remote broadcast locations. The breakdown on page four of your response adds to a total of 113 hours, and I just turned to that myself.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1138 MR. BEDFORD: No, you're right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1139 THE CHAIRPERSON: I just thought perhaps it was a typo.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1140 MR. BEDFORD: Yes, it was.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1141 THE CHAIRPERSON: Was it? Okay. Thanks.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1142 MR. BEDFORD: It was.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1143 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah. Okay. So that answers that. So the 113 is the correct number?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1144 MR. BEDFORD: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1145 THE CHAIRPERSON: Can you ‑‑ okay, so three hours will be reserved for the possible purchase ‑‑ no, I guess ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1146 MR. BEDFORD: The possible purchase and/or barter.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1147 THE CHAIRPERSON: How many hours is that?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1148 MR. BEDFORD: Three hours.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1149 THE CHAIRPERSON: Three hours. Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1150 MR. BEDFORD: And we're not intending to do that, but we wanted to leave that option available to us, in case a nationally‑produced program becomes available that suits the sound of the station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1151 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. And does that, is that type of programming fairly frequently come available, or ‑‑ it's possible.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1152 MR. BEDFORD: We've only reviewed one that we thought was even had the potential of ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1153 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1154 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ being included.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1155 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1156 MR. BEDFORD: We are going to ‑‑ you know, our intent to stay as local as much as possible. We just wanted to leave that window of opportunity in there.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1157 THE CHAIRPERSON: I appreciate that. Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1158 MR. BEDFORD: We didn't want you to come back and say, "Where'd that come from?"
LISTNUM 1 \l 1159 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah, okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1160 MR. BEDFORD: Right?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1161 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah, alright. Thanks. Can you confirm the hours of the live programming will be as set out in your response April 4th, '06? It said Monday to Friday, 6:00 to midnight, Saturday, 7:00 to 9:00, Sundays, 8:00 to 5:00.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1162 MR. BEDFORD: That is correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1163 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. And in your April 6 response, you indicated 55 hours would be automated, and I'm just wondering what your intention is with respect to automation, and if there will always be somebody in the studio that's able to interject comments?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1164 MR. BEDFORD: The only part of our broadcast week that will be automated is the all‑night show.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1165 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1166 MR. BEDFORD: Saturday evening, from 9:00 until midnight, as far as our current plans are concerned.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1167 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1168 MR. BEDFORD: And Sunday, of course, from six in, from 5:00 in the afternoon, on, we will endeavour to put live people in there as soon as we can afford to do that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1169 THE CHAIRPERSON: And so the automation, it's prepared in your studios through ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1170 MR. BEDFORD: It'll be prepared in our ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1171 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ and it's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1172 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ studio ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1173 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ played at ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1174 MR. BEDFORD: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1175 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ night, automatically. Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1176 MR. BEDFORD: The news program, the two‑hour Atlantic Canadian music show, the two‑hour blues program will all be put into the system, and available for broadcast on Sunday night.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1177 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. So the voice tracking, then, what was that? I've just ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1178 MR. BEDFORD: There ‑‑ the only voice tracking that'll occur, in terms of regular music mix, will be the all‑night show, and pri‑, that's primarily just weather forecasts.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1179 THE CHAIRPERSON: So you're using voice tracking and automated synonymously?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1180 MR. BEDFORD: Oh, I'm sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1181 THE CHAIRPERSON: Is that what you mean? I ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1182 MR. BEDFORD: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1183 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ just want to make sure I understand.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1184 MR. BEDFORD: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1185 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes? That's correct? Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1186 THE CHAIRPERSON: Now we're going to deal with the CCD, so it's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1187 UNIDENTIFIED: With what?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1188 THE CHAIRPERSON: It's a bit repetitive, but we ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1189 MR. BEDFORD: Canadian contact development.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1190 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ want to get it on the record, so in March 2007, the Commission sent you a letter. I'll let you get to your place, if you like.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1191 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. In March 2007, the Commission sent you a letter advising that it would want to review, at this public hearing, your proposed contributions to Canadian content development to ensure that these are in line with the new contribution regime outlined in the Commercial Radio Policy, 2006.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1192 We note that you have submitted a written reply to our letter, and that a copy of your reply is available on the public examination file for your application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1193 For the purpose of the public record, I will take a few minutes, and go through the questions that we had sent you, and summarize your replies in order to ensure that we have a clear understanding of your CCD commitments.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1194 We had asked you to confirm your understanding that if licensed, your station will have to contribute a basic annual CCD contribution imposed by regulation, based on the station's total annual revenues, and the amounts set out in paragraph 116 of the new radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2006, 158.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1195 You have stated, in your reply, that you would make basic annual CCD contributions in accordance with the radio regulations. According to my calculations, based on your financial projections, this would represent an annual CCD contribution of $500 in year one to three, years one to three, increasing to $1,000 in years four to seven. Is this correct?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1196 MR. BEDFORD: This is correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1197 THE CHAIRPERSON: We had asked you to confirm your understanding that no less than 60 percent of the station's basic annual CCD contribution must be allocated to either FACTOR or music action, and the remaining amount of any may be directed to any eligible CCD initiatives, at your discretion.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1198 I note you have indicated that the full amount of the basic annual CCD contribution will be allocated to FACTOR. Is this correct?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1199 MR. BEDFORD: This is also correct. Mr. Morrison has MC'd many ‑‑ well, probably more CCD release projects than just about anybody. I'm a former booking agent, and I'm a former manager of an aboriginal rock band. We have seen the value of the FACTOR organization, and as a result, we would like to see all of our contributions go to a FACTOR.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1200 THE CHAIRPERSON: Excellent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1201 As set out in the new Commercial Radio Policy, the new annual basic CCD contribution will be imposed on all commercial radio licenses by regulation. The Commission will impose a transitionary condition of license reflecting the new basic annual CCD until such time as the regulations come into force. Once the regulation is in place, the COL would expire.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1202 You have indicated that you would adhere to such a condition of license. Is that correct?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1203 MR. BEDFORD: We confirm that. We'd be happy to.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1204 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1205 As was the case with the previous Canadian talent development policy, an applicant or licensee may choose to exceed the minimum annual basic CCD contribution. As part of the application now before us, you are proposing to contribute additional annual funding to CCD that would be over and above the basic required CCD.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1206 In your reply, you indicated that the over and above contributions would be $1,900 in years one to three, decreasing to $1,400 in years four to seven. Is this correct?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1207 MR. BEDFORD: That is correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1208 THE CHAIRPERSON: We had also asked that you confirm your understanding that under the new policy, not less than 20 percent of this annual over and above CCD contribution must be allocated to FACTOR, or a music action.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1209 In your reply, you confirmed your understanding that no less than 20 percent of the annual over and above CCD would have to be directed to FACTOR, however, you indicated that you wished to contribute 100 percent of the over and above amount to FACTOR. Is that correct?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1210 MR. BEDFORD: That is correct. I confirm that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1211 THE CHAIRPERSON: Please confirm that you will adhere to the over and above CCD condi‑, contributions as a condition of license.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1212 MR. BEDFORD: We will adhere to that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1213 THE CHAIRPERSON: In light of this, could you confirm you will not pursue your talent search contest, as a CCD initiative?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1214 MR. BEDFORD: We are going to ‑‑ no, we would continue to do that as a ‑‑ yeah ‑‑ as a local initiative, as something that the station wants to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1215 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1216 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ pursue on its own.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1217 THE CHAIRPERSON: Alright. Thank you. Not as a CCD?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1218 MR. BEDFORD: No.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1219 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Now, with respect to emerging Canadian artists ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1220 MR. BEDFORD: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1221 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ I wanted to review your definition of emerging Canadian artists which you describe in your response February the 1st, '07 as:
"We consider a performer to be an emerging Canadian artist for the 12‑month period from the time they promote their first release to us directly, through a promotion firm and/or through an existing record company. We will consider new material from these artists based on appropriateness to our format [of classic rock and] of current rock and classic rock."
LISTNUM 1 \l 1222 With respect to your promotional material, would it have to include an audio sample, or would it consist of written material, only? The promotional material that comes in to you, would it have to include an audio sample, or would you ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1223 MR. BEDFORD: Would ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1224 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ accept it if it was just written material?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1225 MR. BEDFORD: We'll accept anything, but obviously we're looking for the audio sample.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1226 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. And would you consider airing a promotional CD or single that has not been released for purchase by the public?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1227 MR. BEDFORD: Alex?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1228 MR. MORRISON: We've talked about we wanted a full‑length CD, or EP.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1229 MR. BEDFORD: No, this is the actual airing of emerging Canadian artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1230 MR. MORRISON: No, we want that commercially published, only, or do you? I mean, it's totally ‑‑ it's your call.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1231 MR. BEDFORD: For artists that we are familiar with ‑‑ in other words, Cape Breton‑based artists, Atlantic Canadian artists ‑‑ if it was a well‑produced piece of music, and we considered it appropriate for our sound, and they fit within our definition of emerging Canadian artists, they would be, even though it was my, maybe not a commercially available piece of music at that point in time, we would play it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1232 For other artists across the country who we would not be as familiar with, we would have to take that into consideration.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1233 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1234 What type of system would you put in place to accurately cor‑, record and track the date of the, the promotional material is received in order to be able to apply the 12‑month period, including in your, concluded in your proposed definition?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1235 MR. BEDFORD: Well, obviously we would rely on a computer program, and we'd rely on a good manual system, as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1236 THE CHAIRPERSON: (Laughing) Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1237 MR. BEDFORD: There's nothing wrong with a good file drawer.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1238 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay, good. So you're planning to track it. Okay, thank you. That's good.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1239 MR. BEDFORD: There is controversy over the definition of emerging Canadian artists, anyway.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1240 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes, no, and we're trying, we're still trying to develop it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1241 MR. BEDFORD: And I know the CAB have theirs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1242 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1243 MR. BEDFORD: And we decided to tighten ours up a little bit, because we thought it was a little too wide spaced, a little too ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1244 THE CHAIRPERSON: It's an evolving ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1245 MR. BEDFORD: It is.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1246 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ definition, and ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1247 MR. BEDFORD: It's going to continue to evolve.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1248 THE CHAIRPERSON: Well, yes, and probably your comments'll influence the outcome, so that's fine. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1249 You're proposing ‑‑ I'm going to talk about your music format, and as I understand it, you're proposing a rock music format, which will consist of 80 percent classic rock, 1963 to 1990, 20 percent new rock, 1991 to date, to current. How will your proposed rock format contribute to musical diversity in the market?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1250 MR. BEDFORD: The three existing stations in the market cover off three of the more acceptable formats in Canadian radio. One station's country, one station has a classic hit format. The third station is primarily current, with a, with some late '80s and '90s mixed in, as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1251 Those formats tend to be rather diverse, 'cause they're trying to reach people from eight to 80. I think with the addition of another station in the market, we can be a little bit more focused. I think that the ar‑, the people of this area have always loved cla‑, rock music. The older listeners certainly will identify with the classic rock. The younger listener will certainly identify with the more recent rock, as well as the current rock, and the emerging Canadian artists. And I think the mix of that familiar music, the music that they've heard in the past, plus some new material mixed in, will keep the station at, with a fresh sound, and I think that that combination will provide something that this area's not getting, at the moment. I think it will compliment what's already here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1252 THE CHAIRPERSON: And how will your proposal, then, differ from the yet to be launched SHARE FM, which we understand is going to launch in May, and the classic rock mainstream rock station being proposed by Newcap?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1253 MR. BEDFORD: The distinct different between ours and Newcap is obviously the fact that we're going to play more recent rock, and current rock. The difference in terms of what we would be playing versus CHER‑AM, which is flipping to FM, with their classic hits format, there will be some overlap, but that overlap will be primarily in terms of artists, not in terms of the actual songs played.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1254 I anticipated that question, and I did write down a couple of, a couple of examples here. For example, when referring to classic rock, and when referring, for example, to Canadian artists like Trooper or April Wine, CHER would obviously be playing some of that material. So would we. We would go further into the, into their catalogue of music, and play those songs with a little more edge than the current stations are playing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1255 THE CHAIRPERSON: So can you ‑‑ I'm curious, can you give me a percentage that your playlist might be duplicate, dupli‑, a duplicate of CHER's?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1256 MR. BEDFORD: In terms of CHER, and we did air check them recently, because they have changed their music mix dramatically over the past year, maybe in anticipation of these applications. We noticed a shift, and we did another survey of their music about a week and a half ago. We anticipate somewhere between 19 to 21 percent overlap in terms of artists, but not ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1257 THE CHAIRPERSON: Right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1258 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ necessarily in terms of songs played.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1259 In regard to CKPE FM, the overlap that we see would probably be a little bit less than 19 percent, and it would also be primarily in terms of recent or current artists, where they might pick up on a rock song that ‑‑ by a current, that we would also play.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1260 THE CHAIRPERSON: And what about, then, Newcap's? What percentage overlap do you think you'd have with that application, with their playlist?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1261 MR. BEDFORD: Well, the fact that we're going to play 80 percent classic rock, and they're going to play 100 classic rock, if, the overlap would be a lot more apparent. I would think that having had the opportunity of listening to their stations in Halifax, their stations in Charlottetown, and in Fredericton, I believe ‑‑ one of the things that was indicated in our market survey, one of the things we already knew ‑‑ all that happened was the market survey confirmed it for us, is the local people are tired of the high repetition of music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1262 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1263 MR. BEDFORD: So we an‑, you know, we're proposing to launch a format with a minimum of 25‑‑ or 300‑thou‑, 3,000 songs, 2,500 to 3,000 songs, and continuously refresh that every three months. The people in the area want a variety of music. We're going to provide a variety of music. So, therefore, I think the overlap with the Newcap organization, which tends to play a little tighter playlist, we're not going to be a, have as tight a playlist as they will have.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1264 THE CHAIRPERSON: I don't know if you had a chance to look at their application. They ‑‑ I think as they refer to it as classic rock, mainstream rock.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1265 MR. BEDFORD: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1266 THE CHAIRPERSON: So does that still apply, then? Are you still considering that? You said yours would be 80 percent classic rock, and theirs was 100 percent classic, 100 percent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1267 MR. BEDFORD: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1268 THE CHAIRPERSON: So would your answer change any, if I, if you take into consideration they've said they will have a classic rock, mainstream rock hybrid?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1269 MR. BEDFORD: That sounds a lot more like what we're proposing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1270 THE CHAIRPERSON: Does it? Okay. Alright. And you did anticipate my next question, because I was wondering about the 2,500 songs in rotation, and ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1271 MR. BEDFORD: And may I reiterate, a minimum of ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1272 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1273 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ 2,500.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1274 THE CHAIRPERSON: I wrote it down, minimum.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1275 MR. BEDFORD: Alright.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1276 THE CHAIRPERSON: (Laughing) I had minimum. I'm just wondering what would you say the rotation in the market is now?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1277 MR. BEDFORD: Rotation on current hits in this market right now is probably running around four hours, four and a half hours.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1278 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. So percentage? Can you give me a percentage? Like if you're going to have a 2,500 songs in rotation ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1279 MR. BEDFORD: We anticipate our, the rotation will be anywhere from four and a half to five and a half days.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1280 THE CHAIRPERSON: So if I'm listening to your radio station ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1281 MR. BEDFORD: The emerging Canadian artists ‑‑ oh, I'm sorry, I interrupted you. I ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1282 THE CHAIRPERSON: No, that's okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1283 MR. BEDFORD: I apologize.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1284 THE CHAIRPERSON: Go ahead. That's alright.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1285 MR. BEDFORD: The emerging Canadian artists would be on a higher rotation than that ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1286 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. If ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1287 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ obviously.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1288 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ I'm listening to your radio station, though, are you saying it would be four and a half days before I'd hear that same song again?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1289 MR. BEDFORD: Yes, it would, and it would be in a different time slot.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1290 THE CHAIRPERSON: This is a very new concept (laughs).
LISTNUM 1 \l 1291 MR. BEDFORD: We ‑‑ Mr. Morrison was the architect of the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1292 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1293 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ sound that the Membertou radio station had, when we went on air. It was a 50‑watt radio station. I worked with Alex at the station here in Membertou for about 16 months, and it was a very different concept. We had 8,500 songs in rotation, and ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1294 THE CHAIRPERSON: 8,500?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1295 MR. BEDFORD: There was 8,500 songs in the system at any one point in time. I'd say the rotation was probably in the range of 5,500 of the 8,500. It was interesting to note that we became the talk of the town over that 16‑month span of time, with a little 50‑watt radio station that only reached 55 percent of the market area.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1296 THE CHAIRPERSON: You know, it's interesting because it's sort of annoying to listen to the radio at the same time every day, and ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1297 MR. BEDFORD: The same song.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1298 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ hear the same songs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1299 MR. BEDFORD: You can ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1300 THE CHAIRPERSON: But ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1301 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ brush your teeth by it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1302 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes, correct.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1303 THE CHAIRPERSON: So when you say 2,500 songs in rotation, that means you have a library of 2,500 songs that you're currently playing, but further to that, you're saying that it wouldn't repeat for four and a half days?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1304 MR. BEDFORD: We are ‑‑ we have designed a program grid, and we will put eno‑, inject enough music into that system that the repeat on the classic rock, and the recent rock will be four and a half to five and a half days.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1305 THE CHAIRPERSON: And how do you ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1306 MR. BEDFORD: The current rock and the emerging artists will be a little faster rotation than that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1307 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah, okay. Okay, so that probably takes into my ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1308 MR. BEDFORD: And that's of songs, not artists. The rotation of songs, not artists. Obviously you could hear a Rolling Stones' song today, and you could hear a Rolling Stones' song again tomorrow afternoon, but it would be two different songs.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1309 THE CHAIRPERSON: Oh, so ‑‑ yeah, no, I realized you meant that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1310 MR. BEDFORD: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1311 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah. So ‑‑ and that was going to take, answer my next question, because I know that if there's a song that's popular at the moment, you don't want to wait four and a half days to hear it again, so ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1312 MR. BEDFORD: Exactly.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1313 THE CHAIRPERSON: So that's the way you've got it? Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1314 MR. BEDFORD: So the current, and the recurrent, the very recent rock would be on a higher rotation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1315 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. That's great.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1316 With regards to the blues show ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1317 MR. BEDFORD: Yes?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1318 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ you're proposing a two‑hour weekly show, and just ‑‑ did I understand you say earlier that that's going to be in your pre‑recorded section?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1319 MR. BEDFORD: We hope to do it live.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1320 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1321 MR. BEDFORD: But we want the option to be able to pre‑record it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1322 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. And so I was wondering when that show will be presented. That was ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1323 MR. BEDFORD: 8:00 to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1324 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ my first question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1325 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ 10:00 on Sunday night.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1326 THE CHAIRPERSON: 8:00 to 10:00?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1327 MR. BEDFORD: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, following the Atlantic Canadian show, which will be on from 6:00 to 8:00, following our news hour at 5:00. That's working backwards.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1328 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah, that's good. I think like that sometimes. Why do you feel this blues show will be of interest to the listeners of your proposed rock format?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1329 MR. BEDFORD: I think blues and rock are so closely aligned, so closely ‑‑ they fit so well together. There are no blues programs on current radio in this market. You know, I ‑‑ the CBC blues show is extremely well done, the one that comes in nationally, and I have listened to it many, many a time, and they have given exposure to people, for example, like Matt Minglewood.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1330 Matt Minglewood is ‑‑ we were there when we ‑‑ I was there when the ‑‑ I was the MC when the local musician's union gave him an award back in 1997, and he is commonly referred to as Cape Breton's Rock and Roll Road Warrior. But Matt also is a very wonderful blues singer, and as a matter of fact, he ‑‑ I can quote him from a, an article that was written two days ago in Toronto, Ontario, about the fact he's not getting the air play that he deserves, or that he thinks that he deserves, and then if you go through our application, you'll see there's one heck of a strong letter of support for our application, not only because of the blues show, but because his regular rock music will be part of our classic rock music segments.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1331 THE CHAIRPERSON: Because what rock music? Sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1332 MR. BEDFORD: His older ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1333 THE CHAIRPERSON: His ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1334 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ hits from ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1335 THE CHAIRPERSON: Oh, yes, okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1336 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ the '70s and '80s ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1337 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1338 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ will be part of our music mix, along with other Cape Breton artists, like Sam Moon, and Ian Acker, and The Field Battery, and ‑‑ these are artists that we have played in the past, and we want to play them again. They deserve the air play.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1339 Other examples would be the Glamour Puss Blues Band out of Moncton. They don't get any air play here. We will play them. I ‑‑ excuse me, I will correct myself. I know that Bill MacNeil's sitting in the audience. Coastal Radio, the community station, does play that, 'cause I have worked for them, and I know that for a fact.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1340 THE CHAIRPERSON: Can you confirm your un‑, that you understand that the minimum level of Canadian content for music selections from sub‑category 34, which is the jazz and blues category, was increased from ten to 20 percent in the 2006 Commercial Radio Policy?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1341 MR. BEDFORD: We have every intention to have a minimum of 35 percent CanCon in that two‑hour show.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1342 THE CHAIRPERSON: 35?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1343 MR. BEDFORD: 35 percent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1344 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1345 MR. BEDFORD: A minimum of, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1346 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1347 MR. BEDFORD: The same applies, obviously, our Atlantic Canadian show's going to be 100 percent Canadian content.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1348 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. So, so ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1349 MR. BEDFORD: My math has always been very good.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1350 THE CHAIRPERSON: It has? Oh, I see. Okay.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1351 THE CHAIRPERSON: So then I ‑‑ just for the record, you, can you confirm that you will adhere to this higher 20 percent level of Canadian content by condition of license until such time as the regulations are amended?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1352 MR. BEDFORD: Absolutely. No problem at all.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1353 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1354 I'm just turning to the economic section. You were projecting year one revenues of 470,000, increasing to 788,400 in year seven, and you have projected advertising revenues will go, grow by 20 percent in year two, 15 percent in year three, five percent in years four through seven.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1355 What sources of data did you use to assess the future growth potential of the Sydney, and to arrive at your revenue forecast for year one, and subsequent annual increases in your revenue?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1356 MR. BEDFORD: We came up with a thought process and/or a formula that would allow us to make a projection for year one that we thought was extremely conservative. Obviously, at the time that we did that, we had not seen any of the other applications.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1357 We were ‑‑ when we first approached Mr. Martin, Alex and I, we had already written a complete business plan. That business plan was presented to Barry. Barry is a numbers man. Barry is a former bank manager, he's an entrepreneur, he's a business person, he's a, an auditor. He took one look at the business plan, and he was extremely pleased with what he saw. He did not, for a moment, question our projections. He looked at us, and said, "You think the same way I do", and I said, "What do you mean by that, Barry?" He said, "You're very conservative in your approach". I said, "Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1358 Obviously we hope to do more than that, and obviously the other three people that have applied for this, at this hearing, are projecting much higher revenues than we do. I hope that we can achieve higher revenues, but we have ba‑, built the radio station's financial projections on a decent cash flow, enough working capital in there, and a high enough revenue level to make sure that we can operate at a half million dollars a year.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1359 I was part of CHER back in 1979, when we were doing almost $800,000 a year, and that's ancient history, so we know the market can substantiate, can sustain our projections.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1360 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. I notice in your, some of your submissions that you estimated the ‑‑ you went, you go through your thinking on the formula, and estimate that the market is $3,000,000, and that your share will be at 20 percent I think is how you did it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1361 MR. BEDFORD: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1362 THE CHAIRPERSON: So if ‑‑ and because you don't have access to the market numbers, can I assume if it was $10,000,000, you'd still think your share would be ‑‑ that's a figure out of the air, as you know.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1363 MR. BEDFORD: Oh, God ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1364 THE CHAIRPERSON: But ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1365 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ that'd be wonderful.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1366 THE CHAIRPERSON: But you'd still expect to get 20 percent ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1367 MR. BEDFORD: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1368 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ of that?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1369 MR. BEDFORD: We know the radio revenue in this market's over 3,000,000. We just pegged it at that figure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1370 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1371 MR. BEDFORD: And we know that we didn't have access to it, and we know that you do.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1372 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. The projected revenues from the four applicants, as you know, range from a low of 470 to a high of 915,000 in year one, to a low of 649,000 in year three, to a high in year three of 1,208,000. Over the seven‑year period, projected revenues from the other applicants are 38 to 91 percent higher than your projected revenues.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1373 You indicate in your supplementary brief, and again here today, that your estimates are conservative. How conservative do you feel your estimates are?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1374 MR. BEDFORD: Whoa (laughs).
LISTNUM 1 \l 1375 THE CHAIRPERSON: It's not a condition of license, so it's your best guess (laughs).
LISTNUM 1 \l 1376 MR. BEDFORD: I, I really ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1377 MR. MARTIN: Well, if we looked at it, we could always build in, you know, 25 percent. I, I think that 25 percent would be a safe percentage.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1378 MR. BEDFORD: I think in year one we're going to do at least 25 percent more than that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1379 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Okay. That's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1380 MR. BEDFORD: And that's Mr. Martin speaking. I think we're going to do 50 percent, personally.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1381 THE CHAIRPERSON: So I should put down 25?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1382 MR. BEDFORD: Easy, big guy. Easy, big guy.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1383 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1384 MR. BEDFORD: I noticed in the paper this morning they used the term, "Local and national broadcasters will fight for a spot on the FM radio dial in Sydney at a CRTC hearing today". I rather like the idea I got Big Alex, and Big Barry with me.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1385 THE CHAIRPERSON: To look after you. (Laughing) Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1386 The ‑‑ I'm just wondering are ‑‑ I notice there's a considerable difference, as well, among the applicants with respect to capital expenditures.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1387 Are you confident your estimated capital expenditures are sufficient, or would you ‑‑ and would ‑‑ also, would you like to offer any additional comments with respect to your estimate of 220,000?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1388 MR. BEDFORD: We did a lot of research on that. We brought a consultant in, an engineering consultant in from Montreal, and an engineering consultant in from the Valley, who have worked on numerous radio applications.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1389 We told them that we wanted to make sure that our start‑up costs were reasonable. We wanted to make sure all along that the whole cost of our operation jived with the size of the community, and so forth. And as a result, we ‑‑ again, we have ‑‑ if ‑‑ we have chosen an extremely good transmitter. We have chosen an extremely good antenna system, because we know that's of prime importance. We've been a little bit more moderate in our choice of studio gear, and so forth, but we know that we can do it at that rate, know, and it's been confirmed by our engineers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1390 The total investment that we're looking at, if you include our line of credit, and the hotel's leasehold improvements, borders on $400,000.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1391 THE CHAIRPERSON: So the hotel's contributing that, in effect, then?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1392 MR. BEDFORD: Oh, yeah. That's all leasehold improvements that the hotel's going to carry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1393 THE CHAIRPERSON: I'm just wondering about the li‑, if you buy more moderately priced equipment, which is what I understood you to say, would you be looking at replacing that ‑‑ or maybe the nor‑, in the norm, you'd be replacing it anyway, after year three, or ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1394 MR. BEDFORD: One of the ‑‑ yeah, one of the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1395 THE CHAIRPERSON: Have you given that any thought?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1396 MR. BEDFORD: One of the points that I made when I was speaking originally was the re‑investment in our staff, and the re‑investment in the station, and re‑investment in the community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1397 One of the things that I rather enjoyed was the fact that, at one point in time, when you were erecting AM transmitter sites, it required a lot of land, expensive towers, and so on, and so forth. With FM, of course, we're able to collate, locate on the Global TV tower, and of course we have a letter of agreement with them. And that certainly keeps the costs down, and it certainly makes it a much more affordable venture.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1398 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah. So I didn't hear ‑‑ I know you're going to re‑invest, but did I hear you say re‑invest in capital expenditures, as well?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1399 MR. BEDFORD: With ‑‑ over time, yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1400 THE CHAIRPERSON: As needed?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1401 MR. BEDFORD: As needed.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1402 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1403 MR. BEDFORD: I don't think that will apply to our antenna and transmitter combination ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1404 THE CHAIRPERSON: No.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1405 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ which is the most expensive purchase anyway.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1406 THE CHAIRPERSON: The 200 and ‑‑ okay. The 100, the 175,000 transmitting ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1407 MR. BEDFORD: That ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1408 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ is what you're referring to?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1409 MR. BEDFORD: That's ‑‑ yeah, exactly.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1410 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1411 MR. BEDFORD: We have the quotes ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1412 THE CHAIRPERSON: So that's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1413 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ from those companies, and yes, they may have gone up five percent since those quotes ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1414 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1415 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ were issued.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1416 THE CHAIRPERSON: But that's about a ten‑year life, then, is it, or ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1417 MR. BEDFORD: We want to amortize that over seven years, max.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1418 THE CHAIRPERSON: Seven? Okay. Now I ‑‑ in year one, you're forecasting a positive profit before interest and taxes beca‑, and if ‑‑ I'm wondering if the results aren't as forecasted, because it's probably optimistic. Oftentimes, in a new start‑up business, you're not going to see a profit in the first year, but at any rate, if it ‑‑ that's a general statement, so it doesn't necessarily mean it applies to radio, but if the results are not as forecasted, are you prepared to invest additional funds for as long as it takes for the station to turn a profit, and if necessary, to cover any unforeseen capital expenditures?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1419 MR. MARTIN: Yes. I'm a businessman, and if the station is hemorrhaging, then obviously, you know, I may not be prepared to put in the levels that it would take. If for some unforeseen reason it was a collapse, I will be monitoring the numbers extraordinarily close, but, yeah, I have sufficient resources at my disposal to allow the station any reasonable time, and reasonable losses until it achieves profitability.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1420 You know, in my experience, in most endeavours, you're lucky to see positive profitability after three to five years, and you know, I feel our numbers are so conservative going into this, that I believe we will achieve a small profit the first year. If not, I fully expect that it will be there in years two and three.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1421 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1422 MR. BEDFORD: It was interesting. I asked the, one of the people at, in Gatineau. I said Mr. Martin's more than willing to bring a personal net worth statement with him for the confidential ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1423 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1424 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ perusal of ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1425 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1426 MR. BEDFORD: Of you three individuals, and I was told it was not necessary; that the financial analysis had already been completed.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1427 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah. My question isn't directed more to net worth, it's directed to willingness, but I got my answer. (Laughing) That's fine.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1428 MR. BEDFORD: Yeah, okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1429 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Yeah, thanks.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1430 I notice in your long‑range planning, you indicate you would consider applying for another license, if the local economy would support it, and that's sort of in the context of recognizing that that there's efficiencies in that. And I'm just wondering how many years out you think that might be.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1431 MR. BEDFORD: Well, this station, first of all, is a dream. That's a ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1432 THE CHAIRPERSON: Dreams do come true, so if it wa‑, ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1433 MR. BEDFORD: Dreams do come ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1434 THE CHAIRPERSON: If it came true ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1435 MR. BEDFORD: Dreams do come true.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1436 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ what would be your next dream, then?
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1437 MR. BEDFORD: And I ‑‑ the fact that we would even anticipate another station, yes. We wanted you to realize that we are, even though we keep talking about being conservative, we're also aggressive. I know that they're at odds with one another, those two terms, but we are conservative, but we're also aggressive, and if at any one point of time the market could sustain another station, we would certainly investigate, and maybe ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1438 THE CHAIRPERSON: So when ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1439 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ pursue that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1440 THE CHAIRPERSON: When you made this statement, you didn't have a particular timeframe in mind. Just if the time was right?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1441 MR. MARTIN: I think within ten years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1442 MR. BEDFORD: I would ‑‑ yeah, I was looking at seven years, and Barry says within ten years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1443 MR. MARTIN: Seven to ten years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1444 MR. BEDFORD: Seven to ten years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1445 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. How many new entrants do you think the Sydney market could sustain, at this time?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1446 MR. BEDFORD: Based on the information that we've presented to you, based on our own research ‑‑ this is our consultant, Dr. Paul Patterson, who's sitting with us. I do apologize.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1447 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1448 MR. BEDFORD: I should have introduced him at the beginning, and I didn't.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1449 Dr. Patterson is a very well‑respected local individual. He has three PhD's. He's written a book on the economic development of Cape Breton Island.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1450 MR. MARTIN: Answer the question.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1451 MR. BEDFORD: Yes, I got sidetracked there, because I did for‑, ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1452 THE CHAIRPERSON: I was thinking I was relieved you hadn't told me he had three HB, PhD's first, or I'd have been intimidated, so that's a good ‑‑ it came at the end.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1453 MR. BEDFORD: What was your question, again, please?
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1454 MR. BEDFORD: Oh, according to the material that we've presented, and also according to our own thought process, and the work that we've done with Dr. Patterson, we believe the market's large enough to sustain one and a half radio sta‑, one and a half more radio stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1455 THE CHAIRPERSON: So at this ‑‑ if we were to ‑‑ two and a half, then?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1456 MR. BEDFORD: One and a half more ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1457 THE CHAIRPERSON: Including your ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1458 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ new stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1459 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ your application?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1460 MR. BEDFORD: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1461 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1462 MR. BEDFORD: We ‑‑ it's just borderline for two.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1463 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1464 MR. BEDFORD: And there's certainly more than enough in terms of retail sales per station, and population per station to sustain one, and it's very close to two, so I'd like to use the expression one and a half.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1465 MR. MARTIN: Could be more.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1466 MR. BEDFORD: And based upon our positive approach towards the new investment coming into the market, like XSTRATA, the German $400, $400,000,000 development in Louisbourg, the Tar Ponds project, the retailers in the area expanding their properties, and building new facilities, if that all comes to be, obviously, it could sustain more than one station. It could be two, or even three. Especially seven to ten years from now, when we start our next one.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1467 UNIDENTIFIED: (Laughing) Your guys are getting carried away.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1468 THE CHAIRPERSON: Now just going back and looking at your slide 11, and you talk about the potential new developments, and I'm just sort of ‑‑ it's hard to put a timeframe. The Tar Ponds is actually going to start this spring? That's a definite, now, is it?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1469 MR. MARTIN: May, I believe.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1470 THE CHAIRPERSON: May?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1471 UNIDENTIFIED: May, yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1472 THE CHAIRPERSON: Next month?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1473 MR. MARTIN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1474 THE CHAIRPERSON: Oh, that's excellent then.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1475 And ‑‑ but some of these other things, like, how long before you'd see jobs from some of these other initiatives?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1476 MR. BEDFORD: Mr. Patter‑, ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1477 DR. PATTERSON: Yes, but let me look at the list so we can ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1478 THE CHAIRPERSON: Oh, sure, yeah. It's slide 11.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1479 DR. PATTERSON: Already because of the major retailers that are coming into town, there have been not only new jobs, but new ways of bringing jobs in. Many local people who have experience, say, in home building are being hired by Home Depot under special circumstances where they continue to do their work, but they work evenings, or something, so it, it's sort of a graduated thing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1480 The Mayflower Mall, as we indicate, will be expanding ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1481 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1482 DR. PATTERSON: ‑‑ and I understand from local economists that ‑‑ or people who know the local economy, including some of the retailers we've talked to, they expect retail sales to be increasing in their areas.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1483 The concern that some people have is whether it's going to be local businesses that expand, or whether these big boxes who come in and take their profits out.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1484 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1485 DR. PATTERSON: And so there's an issue there about how much of the money is going to be staying the community for re‑investment, but if their intentions are realized, why, it will be staying in investment.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1486 The new high‑tech sector is a sort of a hidden but very important sector here, and two or three companies have really started to take off. The glass, Advance Glazings, Dynagen has become a world player when it comes to alternative energy sources. There are new companies with regard to wind energy. We have a small company that's just starting out who I, which has a revolutionary approach to plumbing your house. You order something, and it come‑, it gets sent in a box, and a plumber sticks it in, in two hours, and you're done. It's a very ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1487 THE CHAIRPERSON: Is the plumbing for your ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1488 DR. PATTERSON: ‑‑ modern ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1489 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ whole house? Is it for ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1490 DR. PATTERSON: Pardon me?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1491 THE CHAIRPERSON: For new construction?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1492 DR. PATTERSON: Your whole house ‑‑ heating, potable water, everything. Now you have these ‑‑ what do you call ‑‑ tube‑in‑tube is ‑‑ it's not the traditional copper piping, and it's not the traditional plastic piping, or steel piping. It's this new tube‑in‑tube which is used very widely in Europe. And so they, they've got a group of little, of young engineers and inventors who've come up with this beautiful panel that you put ‑‑ in fact, the funny part is people don't want to put it in the basement. They want to put it in the garage, so they can bring in their neighbours, and show it off, 'cause it, it's brass and chrome and dials. It looks like a Boeing 707. They're bec‑, they are about to take off.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1493 It's hard to know what the Tar Ponds spinoffs will be. Everybody's waiting breathlessly, and the Province and the Feds are basically keeping their cards close to their chest, but it's very clear that there are going to be major improvements in salaries, and people being hired there, and unemployment.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1494 This morning at noon, around noon time, they're going to announce the expansion of a call center right down in Sydney River. That's been growing, not as rapidly it was initially, but it's still growing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1495 Finally, the biggy is XSTRATA. Although we've alluded to the closure of the coal mining industry in Cape Breton, there is a major mine which was prepared before that closure. It was called the Donkin Mine. And XSTRATA has been given permission by the Province to mine that, and there have been recent articles pointing out that they've opened it up, that they're getting close to installing the equipment necessary to start producing coal on a very big scale. I mean, they're ‑‑ we're talking about $100,000,000 or so investment right off the bat, and that should be a major source of new income, new jobs in the area.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1496 THE CHAIRPERSON: And so what would be the timing, would you expect, of something like that with ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1497 DR. PATTERSON: I'm only ‑‑ I mean, that's up to them. They're not going to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1498 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1499 DR. PATTERSON: ‑‑ release that, but the way the sort of momentum is gathering, I would say people are expecting to be hired within the next two years. They, they'd certainly be hiring people to do some of the pre‑, the electrical and the pre‑development work of the faces, and then, of course, they'll be hiring on a fu‑, several hundred people to do the full production.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1500 THE CHAIRPERSON: And is coal considered environmentally friendly? Is, is not ‑‑ is it going to be a environmental issue, or is it an, a ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1501 DR. PATTERSON: Oh, it, it's a ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1502 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ environmentally friendly.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1503 DR. PATTERSON: It's an environmental issue, but there's still an enormous demand for it around the world. Those are ‑‑ we haven't addressed those issues, but for example ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1504 THE CHAIRPERSON: It's sort of out of our purview here, but I was just interested in trying to co‑, understand what that ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1505 DR. PATTERSON: Until the closure of the coal and steel industries here, Sydney Harbour was one of the most highly, high‑traffic ports in the world, because we had so much coal going out, and so much ore coming in. The two studies that we've talked about going on, about the development of the port, or city, this is ‑‑ there's been a strategic plan in place since at least 1993, and right now it's gaining some interest by Federal Government, and the Provincial Government.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1506 That has another possibility for developing, and that would be all positive. There's no environmental concerns about that, because it would be basically imported. We wou‑, we hope to become ‑‑ this is the western abutment for a bridge to the rest of the world. Sydney has the shortest ‑‑ if you look on a globe, it has the shortest great circle routes from Sydney to Europe, Africa and South America. Surprisingly South America. So it's very, very positive, and the Chinese, I un‑, I've read, have insisted that Nova Scotia will be the place where they start bringing in their big super Panamax ships from, that come through the Gibraltar Straits. So Sydney is hoping to, and has for a long time, been working on developing both the old Sysco waterfront, where they have two massive ‑‑ I think 720 long, feet long wharves. They have the international pier which can, for, can take in and send out massive amounts of coal, or any other aggregate, and they're also talking about developing the western side, Westmount side of the harbour all the way out to Point Edward with investments by major companies in New Jersey ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1507 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Thank you, Mis‑, ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1508 DR. PATTERSON: ‑‑ in container ports.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1509 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Dr. Patterson. That gives us a better understanding of the potential. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1510 Just one last question that I have for you. What impact would the licensing of more than one new entrant today have on your business plans?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1511 MR. BEDFORD: The diversity of formats in the market is certainly going to play a big part in that. We think that we have picked a combination of ‑‑ our format mix is combined in such a way to have broad appeal, but still be very targeted towards that 25 to 55 age bracket that we're shooting for.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1512 I think with the addition of if there were two stations, it's just improved quality for the community, and with the improved quality, and with the fact that ‑‑ up until this point in time, there's been on FM station, one commercial ‑‑ excuse me ‑‑ FM radio station. If CBC gets their flip, if one of us get a license ‑‑ hopefully us ‑‑ if even a second station's licensed, all of a sudden the FM band is going to have such a high profile in this community that I do believe that, you know, it'll be a not only benefit to the community, but each of the radio stations, in turn, will enjoy that synergism that's caused by all of these stations being on the air, on the FM band at the same time.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1513 THE CHAIRPERSON: That's great. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1514 MR. BEDFORD: And also, the advertising costs for the small advertiser, for the small business operator, there have be‑, there ‑‑ when we were in Membertou, we were selling radio ads for $8 a holler, and it'd be, you'd be amazed the number of small operators. It was the first time they ever had the opportunity of using radio, and they were extremely impressed with the results.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1515 So if you come on with a commercial radio station ‑‑ and yes, the rates are higher than that, obviously ‑‑ they're probably still going to be able to afford it, and the end result will be that they're going to be able to enjoy the immediacy, and the point of purchase type effects of radio advertising.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1516 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Thank you very much. Commissioner Noel has a question ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1517 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Just the one ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1518 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ for you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1519 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ short question. If we decide, in our wisdom, to license two new applicants in the Sydney market, and if we decide that you are one of the lucky winners, which other applicant will be less damagable to your business plan?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1520 UNIDENTIFIED: (Inaudible).
LISTNUM 1 \l 1521 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Choose your partner, he says.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1522 MR. BEDFORD: Oh.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1523 MR. MARTIN: In what sense?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1524 MR. BEDFORD: Are you referring to market share, or do you mean like the economic impact upon us?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1525 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Well, I'm ‑‑ the audience.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1526 MR. BEDFORD: The audience is a listening audience ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1527 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1528 MR. BEDFORD: ‑‑ versus an advertising audience.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1529 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Listening audience. Who would be your worst adversary?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1530 MR. BEDFORD: The worst adversary?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1531 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Or who would be the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1532 MR. BEDFORD: The one that would be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1533 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ less dangerous adversary?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1534 MR. BEDFORD: The less dangerous adversary?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1535 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Well, one ‑‑ you know, give me an answer. If ‑‑ I'm just asking you to ‑‑
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1536 COMMISSIONER NOEL: To get your feet wet here. Would it be Newcap? Would it be HFX? Would it be Newman?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1537 MR. BEDFORD: I could get, give answers to all three of those, but I think I'll zero in on one, in particular ‑‑ the Evanov application, which is very, very youth‑oriented. Demographically in this marketplace, there's not a lot of youth.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1538 A lot of it has moved away, especially the 20‑‑ to 30‑year olds. In addition to that, there have been surveys included in these four applications which prove that the younger people in this market happen to like rock, classic rock, as well as current rock, so as a result, I think that if we had that ‑‑ if we were one of the recipients of a license, we think that we would be able to attract not only our target audience, but also a younger audience, as well, because Cape Breton youth do like rock and classic rock music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1539 So, therefore, the least damaging would probably be the Evanov one.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1540 The second least damaging would probably be the Andy Newman application, 'cause he's going adult contemporary, and probably the most damaging is the fact that we'd be head‑to‑head with Newcap on a classic rock and/or classic rock, plus mainstream, or classic rock, plus current rock type approach.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1541 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And do you think that the local aspect of your applications please in favour of the pertinence of your ‑‑ as opposed to Newcap's, which is based ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1542 MR. BEDFORD: A large corporation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1543 COMMISSIONER NOEL: It's not already, is not already based in Cape Breton, or ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1544 MR. BEDFORD: Oh, no, they're a large corporation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1545 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Nor Evanov who was in, on the west side of Toronto.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1546 MR. BEDFORD: Yeah. No, I mean, they're both ‑‑ all three applications are well done. All three applicants are good broadcasters, and they want to expand, and I can't blame them for that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1547 We live in this market. We've been listening for years to, and years to what people really want in their radio. They would like to return to the days of radio with good local news coverage, and in addition to that, some enthusiasm, some energy, some fun, some good community involvement, and so on, and so forth, and that's what we want to deliver.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1548 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Thank you. I have no other questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1549 MR. BEDFORD: Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1550 THE CHAIRPERSON: You have any more?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1551 UNIDENTIFIED: No.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1552 THE CHAIRPERSON: No? Well, thank you, Mr. Bedford and Mr. Martin, Mr. Morrison and Dr. Patterson. We appreciated your comments. Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1553 MR. MARTIN: Thank you for the opportunity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1554 MR. BEDFORD: Thank you very much for the opportunity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1555 THE CHAIRPERSON: And we're going to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1556 MS. FISHER: Sorry, Madame Chair, I have a question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1557 THE CHAIRPERSON: Oh, certainly. Sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1558 MS. FISHER: Sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1559 THE CHAIRPERSON: Sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1560 MS. FISHER: In reply to Madame Chair's question on the Canadian content level of your blues show, you have stated that you would adhere to the higher level of Canadian content of 20 percent which will be required by the regulations by condition of license, until such time as the regulations are amended.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1561 You have stated that, in fact, you plan to offer 35 percent Canadian content in this show. Please comment on whether you adhere to this 35 percent Canadian content in sub‑category 34 ‑‑ that's the jazz and blues ‑‑ as an exception to the minimum regulatory requirement by condition of license.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1562 MR. BEDFORD: We would willingly accept as condition of license a minimum of 35 percent in that category, and then during that blues show.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1563 MS. FISHER: Thank you. Thank you, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1564 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Madame Secretary?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1565 THE SECRETARY: Yes. Thank you, Madame Chair. Perhaps this may be a time for our morning break.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1566 THE CHAIRPERSON: We'll adjourn, then, until 11:15. Is that ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1567 MS. FISHER: That's great.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1568 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1569 MR. BEDFORD: Thank you very, very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1570 MR. MARTIN: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1571 MR. MORRISON: Thank you.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1572 THE CHAIRPERSON: Okay. Sorry for the delay. Madame Secretary?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1573 THE SECRETARY: Thank you, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1574 We will now proceed with item two on the agenda which is the application by Newcap Inc. for a license to operate an English language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Sydney.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1575 The new station would operate on frequency 101.9 megahertz, Channel 270C, with an average effective radiated power of 57,000 watts, maximum effective radiated power of 100,000 watts, antenna height of 122.7 meters.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1576 Appearing for the applicant is Mr. Rob Steele who will introduce his colleagues.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1577 You will then have 20 minutes to make your presentation.
PRESENTATION / PRÉSENTATION
LISTNUM 1 \l 1578 MR. STEELE: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1579 Good morning, Madame Chair, Members of the Commission, and Commission staff.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1580 I'm Rob Steele, President and the Chief Executive Officer of Newcap Radio, and before we begin our presentation, I'd like to introduce our team.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1581 Seated in the front row furthest to my left is Glenda Spenrath, Newcap's Director of Operations, and next to Glenda is Brad Muir, the Program Director and Operations Manager for our Fredericton FM rock station, CFRK FM, known as "Fred FM", which was launched in 2005. Beside Brad is Mark Maheu, Executive Vice‑President and Chief Strategist for Newcap, and seated next to me is Jennifer Evans, the General Manager of our Charlottetown stations, including our recently launched rock station, CKQK FM, known as "K‑Rock 1055".
LISTNUM 1 \l 1582 We're here today to present our application to provide a new radio‑listening choice to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. It's a new choice in many ways.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1583 First, by bringing a missing radio‑listening option to the listeners of Cape Breton, and one that is available to most other communities of the size, the rock format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1584 Secondly, by providing a new and distinct editorial voice to Sydney and area, one with the expertise to provide a credible choice to commercial radio that is clearly missing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1585 And finally, by providing advertisers in the area with an alternative and an effective way to reach an audience not currently served by radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1586 The question that has been raised about this market is how much additional service can it sustain? The image that most Canadians have of Cape Breton is that it is economically challenged, despite its wonderful music, its culture, and its lifestyle. With the closing of mines and mills being the only news about the area that most outside Nova Scotia receive, no wonder there is a gross misunderstanding about this market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1587 But in fact, while Cape Breton is not the economic hotspot that Alberta is, it has lots of economic activity, and it is rapidly re‑establishing its economy, and I'd like to ask Glenda Spenrath to start our presentation by outlining the strong economic case for a new station in this area.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1588 Glenda?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1589 MS. SPENRATH: Thank you, Rob. Thank you, Rob, and good morning, Madame Chair, and Members of the Commission.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1590 When we first considered applying for a new FM station here in Cape Breton, we knew that there was an appetite for additional radio choices here. With only three commercial radio stations to serve Sydney and area now known as the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, with a population of 103,000, the region is definitely under‑radioed.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1591 Cities of similar size have both more stations and more owners, giving both format and editorial diversity beyond what is available here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1592 The market of Quinte in Ontario made up of Belleville, Trenton and the surrounding area, with a population of 100,000, has five commercial radio stations, with two different owners.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1593 Fredericton, with a population of 90,000, now has four radio stations. Before the launch of our classic rock station, Fred FM there, the radio market was also a closed shop, with one owner controlling three stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1594 Kamloops, B.C., a market of about 82,000, has five local radio stations, with two different ownership groups.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1595 The Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority put into place an economic development strategy in the mid‑1990s to transform the local economy from a resource‑based one to one sustained by services, health and financial, and both the Atlantic Canada Opportunities, and the Government of Nova Scotia have made diversification of the local economy a priority. The results have been encouraging.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1596 For example, the employment rate has increased substantially over the past ten years. The value of building permits in Cape Breton increased from 50.5 million in 2003 to $91.6 million in 2004, and again, to 98.2 million in 2005. Cape Breton Regional Municipality's totals incomes are projected to increase by 12 percent over the next five years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1597 The Radio Bureau of Canada indicates that on average in Canada, the total advertising spin is three percent of retail sales, and that radio gets about 12 percent of this. Using this analysis, we believe that the projected retail sales for 2007 for the Regional Municipality of 1.14 billion should result in an advertising revenue pie of about 34,000,000, with radio getting about 4,000,000. And given that the Sydney area is the shopping center for the whole island, we believe that the potential is a bit higher than this.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1598 Now to tell you a bit about our research, and the format we propose, here is Brad Muir.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1599 MR. MUIR: Thanks, Glenda, and good morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1600 At Newcap, we operate successful rock radio stations in many cities around Atlantic Canada, and the Maritimes ‑‑ Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton and St. John's. Our involvement in the local music scene, and the East Coast Music Awards tell us there is a strong interest in rock throughout the region.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1601 Up to now, this interest in rock is not reflected in Sydney radio, with a country station, an AC, and a classic hit station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1602 To test what kind of radio station we should propose, we asked Kroeger Media Research to examine the market for us. Kroeger conducted 250 detailed interviews with Sydney and area residents, testing what they listen to now, their satisfaction with their radio choices, their preferred music styles, their perception of the availability of music styles in Sydney radio, as well as a number of other questions about features on what they would like to hear on a new radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1603 Kroeger tested six formats with the respondents to determine the degree of interest in the format, which he translated into "P1 listeners", and their perception as to whether the format was available, which he calls "P1 unfilled". What emerged was very interesting to us, and confirmed our perception of this market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1604 Mainstream rock had a medium to high level of interest, but was considered to be almost not available in the market. Classic rock had a very high level of interest, and was perceived to be not available to any extent. Classic hits also had a fair amount of interest, and was not perceived as being available.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1605 Knowing that CHER‑AM was planning to go for a classic hits format, when converted to the FM band, Kroeger recommended that we provide a classic rock format, with a strong sampling of mainstream rock. He also suggested that the station provide a significant amount of local news, and local information.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1606 We took Kroeger's suggestions, and started to build our concept for a rock station based in Sydney, which we call Rock 1019. The format is one that we know very well, since this is the kind of format we offer in a number of markets across the region, and across the country, but just as Fred FM in Fredericton has its own flavour, and K‑Rock 1055 in Charlottetown has a very distinct approach, Rock 1019 will have a Cape Breton personality of its own; one distinct from the other stations in the market, and from other rock stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1607 The station will marry the greats of classic rock from the past 40 years from artists like The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Sloan, Bruce Springsteen, and The Who, with compatible current mainstream rock artists like U‑2, Sam Roberts, Tom Petty, Nickelback, the Foo Fighters, and The Trews.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1608 And our own breaking artists will have a special place on our airwaves. At Q104 in Halifax, C103 in Moncton, and K‑Rock 1055 in Charlottetown, we have had amazing success with our Atlantic music shows ‑‑ "Route 104", "Action Atlantic" and "Sonic Source", respectively. Meanwhile, in St. John's, the long‑running "Home Brew" program has nurtured new careers and preserved the heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador music.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1609 The dedication that Atlantic Canadians have to home‑grown talent is evident in the popularity of these programs. It is also witnessed by the success of The East Coast Music Awards, of which Newcap is a major supporter and sponsor.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1610 There is a strong history of rock music in Atlantic Canada, from the 1970s blues rockers like Matt Minglewood, Sam Moon and Dutch Mason, to independent rockers like Sloan, through to today's stars, like Matt Mayes and El Torpedo. Dutch Mason's son, Garrett, and the Joel Plaskett Emergency, and there are many bands bubbling under, ready for that next step.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1611 For example, Cape Breton's Slow Coaster will be a future regular on Canadian rock radio, as will bands like Faded Blue, Air Traffic Control and the Contact from Nova Scotia, Age of Daze from New Brunswick, and Brothers in Stereo from Newfoundland.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1612 We intend to reflect the history, and present of Atlantic rock with "Rocking the Cape", a nightly feature that showcases what's going on in our region. While the emphasis will be on new and emerging Cape Breton artists, we won't forget the heritage artists from our area, as well as emerging rock artists from around Atlantic Canada. This will not be a re‑broadcast of other radio stations' programs, but it will benefit from our on‑the‑ground presence in all four provinces.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1613 Exposure of new artists in the major markets around the region will give their careers a real boost.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1614 At Newcap, we know it takes more than music to make a great radio station. As you may have heard us say at other hearings, we believe that in an environment with an expanding number of music options, whether it be satellite radio, cell downloads or iPods, radio's major advantage is to be live, and to be local, providing information that these other sources can't.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1615 Cape Breton deserves live, local Cape Breton newscasts, focusing on Cape Breton issues, and events, all day, every day. This is not available in this market, at present.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1616 The Kroeger research told us that there is a taste for a new source of news and information in the market. 80 percent of respondents said that they would listen to a radio station that provides more local news and information. We intend to be an additional editorial voice in the community, providing an alternative voice to the three MBS stations, and the CBC.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1617 Rock 1019 will bring a new journalistic voice to Sydney and Cape Breton. Three journalists will provide 79 newscasts per week, with major newscasts on the hour from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week, with shorter newscasts on the half hour in‑morning drive.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1618 We will also provide a complete service of weather, traffic and marine reports, community, emergency announcements and PSA's. This essential information will be provided in a timely fashion when it is needed, and updated frequently.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1619 Now one of the best times for rock radio is in the evening, so we've developed a new concept. It's called the late night breakfast show. This will bring a new and exciting kind of radio to Sydney listeners, whether they are shiftworkers with a schedule out of sync with the regular morning shows, rock fans that just don't want to watch T.V., or folks who are running errands, shopping or on the job in the evening. This program will provide news and information in a more informal, less structured format.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1620 We will have details on the Screaming Eagles junior hockey scores of that evening, and information about clubs and other entertainment venues around the region, and of course, all the breaking news, weather and other surveillance information.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1621 While Sydney may be the largest center in Cape Breton, there's lots of interest about what's going on around the island, and to tap into this interest, we intended to trek around Cape Breton on Friday afternoons with a show called "Hit the Road, Jack", which will originate from different towns and villages. While it will play lots of great rock, it will also invite local people in to talk about what's going on in their community.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1622 The show will give us a particular opportunity to reflect the different cultures around Cape Breton, whether the Acadians in Cheticamp, The First Nations community at Eskasoni, or the Gaelic speakers at The College of Cape Breton. In all, we will provide five hours and 45 minutes of newscasts each week, and a total of 12 hours of Spoken Word.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1623 And now to speak to you about the launch of Rock 1019, here's Jennifer Evans.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1624 MS. EVANS: Thank you, Brad, and good morning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1625 At Newcap, we have had a lot of experience in the Maritimes at launching new rock stations into markets where we are the newcomers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1626 When the Commission granted the conversation of CHTN in Charlottetown to the FM band, and a new licence for K‑Rock, the market was definitely dominated by MBS. They had their AM/FM combo, and an FM station coming in from Summerside. Similarly, in Fredericton, we launched Fred FM into a market with a three‑station grouping.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1627 In both cases, we were immediately successful. Fred FM debuted with a 17 share of tuning, and was number one in 12 plus tuning, and number on in its target demographic of man 18 to 49. In Charlottetown, K‑Rock 1055 debuted as the number one station in the market according to the BBM survey.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1628 In both cases, we have grown radio's share of advertising revenue by attracting new advertisers, and bringing back former radio users to our medium. Why the success? Well, clearly our research was accurate. There was a pent‑up demand for classic rock‑base music, and despite the dominance of the existing three‑station operations, the incumbents could not be all things to all people, and had focused on a limited number of broad formats. Men and women who like rock just felt they were settling for the radio stations they listened to, or were, in fact, ignoring radio altogether.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1629 We have to take some credit for launching exciting and fun radio stations attuned to the markets which we serve. They are unique and individual stations, customized to the needs of the market, and they have benefitted from Newcap's programming expertise. We have learned both from our successes, and from the setbacks we have had elsewhere, to make sure we do things right.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1630 In Charlottetown, we provide news on the hour, all day, all week, and a renewed focus on community service that our market was missing. One great example was just last week on Easter Sunday, when a spring blizzard hit Prince Edward Island, shutting down all Easter celebrations. We were the only ones live in studio to bring that information to listeners across P.E.I.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1631 And, finally, advertisers are pleased to have a new choice to place their commercials. We do not battle with the existing players by cutting price. In the long run, that would be bad for radio, and bad for us. We do provide value‑added advertising, targeting demographic groups that have not been reached efficiently in the past, and we price accordingly.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1632 We intend to bring this same approach to Sydney. Good research, good people, community involvement, pro‑active and targeting sales opportunities.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1633 And now to talk about Canadian Content Development is Mark Maheu.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1634 MR. MAHEU: Thanks, Jennifer.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1635 As we usually do, we have proposed a strong package of Canadian Content Development initiatives ‑‑ $406,000 over the first seven years of operations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1636 Our approach is to fund national initiatives with over $80,000 going to FACTOR, and $70,000 to Canadian Music Week. But we have a local focus, as well. We will provide the Cape Breton‑Victoria Regional School Board with $210,000 to help budding musicians further their studies and their careers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1637 We had originally proposed just under $45,000 in our application to Radio Starmaker fund, but after a discussion with Vice‑Chair Arpin at a recent hearing to discuss applications for Sudbury, we decided that we should probably revise our approach, and we've done so. We intend to divert this money to the Membertou First Nations Elementary School for the purchase of musical instruments, and for music lessons for promising young students.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1638 Madame Chair, Members of the Commission, we believe that we have an exciting proposition for the people of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. For the first time in many years, they will have real diversity in music, in editorial voice, and in advertising options.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1639 With only three radio stations in this market, it is impossible to cover all the major programming groups without significant compromises. Clearly, the missing element is rock, rock music, and we propose to fill that void with a combination of the best classic rock, and today's rock successes. Our research is clear ‑‑ that this is, by far, the largest unserved programming niche in the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1640 We also propose to provide a complete radio service ‑‑ newscasts on the hour until 6:00 p.m. seven days a week, with a three‑person newsroom, and this will be supplemented by a more informal approach to news in the evenings on our late‑night breakfast program. A quality program service with $4.6 million in programming expenses over the first seven years. That's more than $2,000,000 higher than the next closest applicant.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1641 We will also reach out to the larger Cape Breton community with a travelling Friday afternoon show to bring attention to smaller communities, and create some buzz for Cape Breton music and events.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1642 And we will contribute significantly to the development of Canadian content, with $406,000 in spending over the first seven years of our license. That's over $100,000 more than the next closest applicant.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1643 Most importantly, perhaps, we bring the expertise and resources to effectively compete with a well‑established radio monopoly. We have launched new radio stations into single‑owner dominated markets before, most recently in Fredericton and Charlottetown, and have been successful in growing listening and radio's share of advertising.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1644 For these reasons, we ask you to grant us a license here in Sydney.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1645 We thank you, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have about our application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1646 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Commissioner Williams will be doing the questioning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1647 MR. MAHEU: Great.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1648 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Good morning, Mr. Steele, and the panelists from Newcap.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1649 It's a pretty nice place here, Cape Breton. I haven't been out here forever, and I'm really impressed by how friendly and how pleasant this community is right from my taxi ride into town to the various people that helped me with my breakfast, and getting here, and it's a nice part of Canada.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1650 I'm going to begin my area in, my area of questioning in the programming section, and then, and work our way through.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1651 I guess I'd like to determine how much of your programming would be live, or if some will be automated, or voice‑tracked, and if some is automated and voice‑tracked, how much, and during what time of the day and week.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1652 MR. MAHEU: Commissioner Williams, one of the big key benefits we believe Newcap is bringing forward to the, our application for a new radio station here in Sydney is the fact that our proposal for a new radio station here would have the radio station be live and local on a 24/7, 365 basis. This is part of what Newcap has been doing in a number of markets across Canada.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1653 We mentioned earlier in our application about the other listening choices that many people who listen to radio have ‑‑ pre‑recorded music on iPods, MP3's, satellite radio, and so on.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1654 And corporately and collectively, we've taken a look at these trends, and we are in the radio business in a way big way in a lot of small and medium‑sized markets like Sydney, and we've determined through the research we've done, the anecdotal evidence we've seen, that one of the differentiating factors for us is the company has to be more than just music, and we feel that live and local service is a way that we can differentiate ourselves in many different communities, stand out from the pack, and really ingratiate ourselves with radio listeners.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1655 We're in a fight with a lot of other mediums that are unregulated, so we have to do what we can with our transmitters and the people power that we have in all of our local markets to build strong, sustainable franchises, and we've come to the conclusion that it will cost a little more money, and it's going to be more work, but our focus as a company, as it would be here in Sydney, on a local radio station basis, is to have somebody in this radio station 24/7, 365.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1656 It doesn't cost that much more to do it right, so what we're proposing for our radio station is that no voice tracking is going to be on the radio station. We're going to have live announcers on the radio station 24/7, 365, and we've budgeted for that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1657 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Thank you, Mr. Maheu.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1658 You've stated that you have five hours and 45 minutes of newscasts, however, there seems to be some additional news presented to seven to ten hours on your very, very late breakfast show.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1659 I guess I'd like to confirm the total hours of news over the broadcast week, and determine whether the 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. period is a Monday to Friday thing, or a seven day a week event, and perhaps give us some ideas on the other content of this very, very late breakfast show.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1660 MR. MAHEU: Sure. Just to clarify, so there's no misunderstanding, we've provided a quick reference sheet that breaks down the amount of news and Spoken Word.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1661 But to answer your question specifically, and then I'm going to ask Brad Muir to talk about the late night breakfast show to give you a sense of what that'll be about, but in terms of the news commitment that we're making, as a guaranteed minimum, we're looking at five hours and 45 minutes a week of what we would call traditional, regularly‑scheduled newscasts, the kind of newscasts that you would hear presented at the top of the hour, or in some cases, at the bottom of the hour. So five hours and 45 minutes a week. Some of the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1662 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Excuse me, excuse me, Mr. Maheu, for a sec. Would that five hours and 45 minutes be pure news, excluding say sports and other surveillance material?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1663 MR. MAHEU: The ‑‑ how we break it down, Commissioner Williams, is in our five‑minute newscasts Monday through Friday, of that five minutes, four minutes would be news, 30 seconds would be devoted to sports, and 30 seconds would be devoted to weather, but we count sports news and weather news as news, but to break it out more specifically, four minutes, 30 and 30, for a total of five minutes in those newscasts.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1664 And our focus here, as it is in all the other local markets that we operate in, is that we want to have a real focus on local news and information. So, you know, our preference and our goal is to always lead with local news, or localize the lead, if possible. So if there's something happening around the world, obviously if there are events happening in Afghanistan, or so on, they affect everybody, but we, what we would try to do, as we do in our other local markets, is try to find a perspective on that story of how it impacts people in the local marketplace. So our credo is kind of lead local, or localize the lead.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1665 Our late night breakfast show, we talk about it in terms of news. It's ‑‑ there's a lot of Spoken Word, a lot more than normal, and I'll let Brad elaborate a little bit. When we talk about news in that 7:00 'til 10:00 p.m. hour, it's more informal and less structured, and you won't hear it as a top hour newscast, per se. And I'll let Brad talk a little bit about the kinds of things you can expect to hear between 7:00 and 10:00 at night.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1666 MR. MUIR: Yeah, thanks, Mark.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1667 This late night breakfast show is a concept that we're really excited about, because in ‑‑ we've seen over the last number of years that, traditionally, the 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. morning time, so that gets all the entertainment, gets all the goodies, gets all the prizes, gets all the great guests. We're trying to reverse that trend, because we know that there's a lot of people who still listen to radio at night, and they deserve to be entertained, and to have all of the offerings that the regular, traditional morning shows offer, as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1668 So in that, you know, the music might be slightly different, because people listen to the radio differently in the morning than they do at night. They're a little more open to maybe rocking out a little more at night than they are at 6:10 with their coffee, and getting the kids ready for school. So the concept, musically, might be slightly different in the evening. Maybe a little harder, but the content and our attitude about involving the listeners, having fun, and getting out, seeing people, inviting people into the radio station, and taking the radio station out to people.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1669 So it's, it speaks more to the content, and the energy, and the vibe, and the things that we'll be talking about.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1670 MR. MAHEU: I think if I could just supplement what Brad said, as well, that in terms of, you know, Spoken Word in that evening show, I think we, we're going to spend a little more time talking about area bands, concerts, movies, movie reviews, DVD releases, and things like that. Entertainment news and such, that kind of falls into that Spoken Word/news category. It's definitely Spoken Word, but we don't consider it news like we would a top hour newscast, where we're reporting on current events, and things that are happening around the world.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1671 But there is, there's definitely much more Spoken Word being proposed by Newcap for this evening show than there would be on a normal rock radio station that tends to be, at that hour of the day, very music‑intensive, and more music, and less talk. But we think there's an opportunity there for us to be a little bit different, and build a brand by doing something a little bit different at night.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1672 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Speaking of your news, and you've referred to equivalent news people, three full‑time equivalent news persons. Can ‑‑ what is ‑‑ what are the roles and responsibilities of each of these persons, and in light of the significant amount of news to be broadcast, would this news staff be sufficient to produce not only the local level that you speak of, but to ensure high quality newscasts?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1673 MR. MAHEU: Yeah, we're very confident that we can deliver high quality local news content, and meet or exceed the commitments that we've put forward with the three full‑time equivalent news people. Is, it's a practice that we employ in a number of radio stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1674 I'm going to ask Jennifer, in just a moment, to maybe give you a, kind of an equivalent example of what we've done with K‑Rock 1055 in Charlottetown ‑‑ a market of similar size, and how many news people we have, but our approach in Sydney, with the three full‑time equivalents, would likely be two full‑time, plus two part‑time news people.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1675 And each person is going to be multi‑tasking. Who's ever doing morning news will also, will likely be the news director of the radio station. The afternoon news person will supplement their on‑air news run with some reporting, and we'll employ part‑time reporters, and part‑time news people that work for us in the late afternoon, and on the weekends.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1676 So, you know, we do this in a number of locations. It works very well, and with technology the way it is today, we also have a big assist from technology where we can use the internet, we can use webcasting, we can use digital transmission to get phone interviews, or high quality audio interviews with other people, so we can do a lot of stuff from the radio station, and cover events without necessarily being there, at times. But there are going to be times at City Hall, or whatever, where we're going to need a reporter on site, and we'll do that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1677 Jennifer, if you can maybe just very briefly give the Commissioners a sense of how we do it at K‑Rock?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1678 MS. EVANS: Sure. The operation, the way we work in Charlottetown, we actually have the largest private newsroom in the entire province. We have a five‑person newsroom, and how that breaks down, that's five full‑time employees dedicated to our newsroom. How that breaks down, of course, we have a morning show, a news host, we have an afternoon news host, and then we have a full‑time reporter and weekend news announcer.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1679 From time to time, we're also required to use part‑time employees to cover additional events. We'll be heading into ‑‑ all indicators are we're heading into a spring provincial election which is going to be a time that we will require additional part‑time reporters to help us for those very news‑intensive periods.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1680 The system works very well, and one thing that we have certainly received several compliments on in our new operation is our local news coverage, and people have really responded to the fact there is local news on your local radio station seven days a week, every single hour, on the hour.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1681 So it's been very well received in our market, and looking at the similarities between Charlottetown and Sydney, I can see that a full‑time news complement of three would work very well here, as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1682 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Okay. Thank you for that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1683 Can you talk a bit about your other Spoken Word elements ‑‑ traffic, sports, the community calendar, announcer talk, that sort of thing, and maybe kind of give me an idea of the total amount of spoken‑word programming to be offered during the broadcast week, and then perhaps you could finish up with some examples of the programming topics that might flow from your program entitled "Hit the Road, Jack", where you'll be broadcasting from various parts of the region.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1684 I'm particularly interested in that part, so if we can cover the first two areas, and then spend maybe a bit more time on the "Hit the Road, Jack" portion.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1685 MR. MAHEU: Sure, and I'll give you a sense of our total Spoken Word and news commitment, and then maybe I'll ask Brad to elaborate a little bit on some of our special programming features, like "Hit the Road, Jack" which we're quite excited about.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1686 When you add up our commitment to news, regularly‑scheduled newscasts, and then take into account the additional Spoken Word, or enriched Spoken Word that we're proposing on the radio station, it adds up to just over 12 hours a week. We're committing to 12 hours and ten minutes a week of Spoken Word, as defined by the broadcast week, of which, of that 12 hours and ten minutes, five hours and 45 minutes would be what we would call regularly scheduled traditional newscasts that take place at the top, or the bottom of the hour. The rest of it is supplementary enriched Spoken Word, announcer talk, surveillance information, et cetera.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1687 Some of that Spoken Word in the 12 hours and ten minutes will be taken up by things like the "Hit the Road, Jack" program, which is going to include music, but extended amounts of Spoken Word, and Brad, maybe you could elaborate a little bit on what we're trying to accomplish there, and what it might sound like on the radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1688 MR. MUIR: Sure. "Hit the Road, Jack", to really sum it up, it's about taking the radio station out to the people. For a long time, radio stations have been kind of hidden away in a closet, and nobody sees the people, nobody sees the radio station, and they don't get a chance to interact with people.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1689 So part of the goal is to get out there and to meet the community, find out really what is going on. So within "Hit the Road, Jack", the plan and our goal is to hit as many festivals as we possibly can, all the events, all the concerts. It might even be a kitchen party that we show up at. You're really just kind of not going to know week to week to week where we're going to show up, and that kind of brings a bit of excitement to people, as well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1690 And the goal is to get the people on the radio with us, so that it's not necessarily just about us talking about what we think is important. We want to hear what they think is important, and that's how we're going to wrap that ‑‑ is to get out, and to meet the people, see the people, and bring them on the air with us.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1691 MR. MAHEU: And if I may, Commissioner Williams, our approach on this, especially in this area, there are so many smaller communities, and every one of these communities has some great stories to tell, and some real characters that are in these communities. And our goal with "Hit the Road, Jack" is to get out there, find these stories, and find these people, and get them on the radio, and have those stories be told.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1692 You know, we're confident, in terms of the format that we've selected, that rock is a format that this market will embrace rather quickly. There is a huge vacuum here for a rock station, so musically, that's not an issue. People will listen to our radio station because we're playing the kind of music that they want to hear.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1693 But if we want to keep the listening, and keep them engaged, and kind of keep re‑inventing what they're hearing on the radio every day, we think things like "Hit the Road, Jack" are going to be those extra elements that go above and beyond to kind of set us apart, and to help us make a name for ourself in a market where we're going to be the newcomers.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1694 So ‑‑ and inside of that, we think there's going to be some great Spoken Word, and a lot of fun on the radio that's going to be a little bit different.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1695 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: In your opening remarks, and in this section dealing with "Hit the Road, Jack", you said:
"This show will give us a particular opportunity to reflect the different cultures around Cape Breton, whether the Acadians in Cheticamp, First Nations, community Eskasoni, or the Gaelic speakers at the College of Cape Breton".
LISTNUM 1 \l 1696 Can you give me a sense of what a ‑‑ one of ‑‑ a program reflecting one of these three groups you'd be likely ‑‑ how ‑‑ what would your approach be?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1697 MR. MAHEU: Really what we're going to try to do is we're going to try to be as topical as we possibly can. In other words, we're going to try to schedule these out rather as far as in advance as we can, and get prepared for them appropriately.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1698 We're going to be looking for opportunities, say, in any one of those areas. If there is a festival, an anniversary celebration, something specifically interesting about the community that's happening that week, we would pick that community to be featured on "Hit the Road, Jack" on that Friday. We'd also be pre‑promoting it during the week, as well, so that community enjoys a little bit of the spotlight on the radio station leading up to the Friday.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1699 But we're going to be looking for opportunities to be there with something specific to bring to the listeners in Sydney, on Rock 1019. So in other words, if it's the 100th anniversary of a community, or they've just received an interesting award; if something innovative and unique is being developed in that community, or has happened; if one of them is a finalist in the Hockeyville Contest, or whatever it happens to be. If there's a reason for us to be there, that's why we want to be in there in a topical, meaningful way.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1700 And inside of the broadcast, if that's the premise for us being there, inside of that, with interviews with local people on the air as part of the program, we think this is where the unique stories about the community, the people who live there, the things that you didn't know about the community will start to come out on the radio. And I think there are a lot of communities with a great story to tell that are looking for an opportunity to get the word out about what they're famous for, and why people should come and do business with them, or visit there, or just drop in.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1701 So we think, in a way, we can perform a great community service for some of the small, smaller communities in the outlying area, as well, at the same time, creating great radio programming for people to listen to here in Sydney, and make a difference.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1702 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Thank you, Mr. Maheu.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1703 I'm going now move into the area of questions relating to the Commission's new CCD contribution regime as outlined in the 2006 policy, and we're certainly encouraged that you took the initiative, based on Vice‑Chair Arpin's remarks to make some changes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1704 Could you please confirm your understanding that if licensed, your station will have to contribute a basic annual CCD contribution imposed by regulation on the station's total annual revenues in an amount as set out in paragraph 116 of the new radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2006‑158?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1705 Based on your financial projections, this would represent a basic annual contribution. Over seven years, this would represent total contributions of $8,490 under the basic annual CCD requirement.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1706 And could you please confirm your understanding that no less than 60 percent of the station's basic annual contribution must be allocated to either FACTOR, or music action, and the remaining amount, if any, may be directed to any eligible CCD initiatives, as per your direct discretion?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1707 MR. MAHEU: Yes, Commissioner Williams, we can confirm. We've read 2006‑158. We understand what it means. We have provided you with a quick chart here, so for the record, we are prepared to abide by 2006‑158 as it relates to the minimum amount of CCD that the station will be required to do.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1708 And then further confirm, on top of that, that what we're proposing in Sydney ‑‑ the $406,000 in supplementary CCD will be over and above what's required by 2006‑158.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1709 We also confirm, and understand that 60 percent of our minimum contribution required by 2006‑158 will be devoted to FACTOR, and we'd like to reserve the opportunity to look at what the options might be for the other 40 percent of that money, and either direct it to FACTOR, or some other deserving, qualifying endeavour under 2006‑158.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1710 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Thank you, Mr. Maheu.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1711 As set out in the new Commercial Radio Policy, the new annual basic CCD contribution will be imposed all commercial radio licensees, per regulation. The Commission could impose a transitionary conditional license reflecting the new basic annual CCD, until such time as the regulation comes in force.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1712 Once the regulation is in place, the COL, of course, would expire. Do you have any comments regarding the Commission imposing such a described COL?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1713 MR. MAHEU: We would not have a ‑‑ we've made the commitment to do this, so we would not have a problem with a transitionary condition of license, or a condition of license requiring us to contribute the $406,000 over and above the basic amount required by 2006‑158. So it would not be a problem for us.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1714 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: As was the case with the previous Canadian talent development policy, an applicant or a licensee may choose to exceed the minimum annual basic CCD contribution.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1715 Under the old CTD policy, it was clear that your funding proposal exceeded the minimum planned requirements.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1716 As part of this application, you are proposing to contribute additional annual funding to CCD that would be over and above the basic required CCD contribution. Can you confirm for us the total annual amount of this over and above contribution to CCD?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1717 MR. MAHEU: The total over and above amount that we're committing to during the first seven years of operation totals $406,000, and we consider that to be over and above the basic CCD contribution that we'll be required to do as a condition of license. So the entire amount toward FACTOR, Canada Music Week, the School Board, Membertou School, will all be over and above during the first seven years, totalling $406,000.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1718 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Could you also please confirm ‑‑ and I recognize you've given us documents ‑‑ can you please confirm your understanding that under the new policy, not less than 20 percent of this annual over and above CCD contribution must be allocated to fe‑, FACTOR, or music action?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1719 MR. MAHEU: Yes, we understand that, and we've decided, we've put forth that 20 percent of that $406,000 will be directed to FACTOR of the over and above money.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1720 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1721 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mr. Maheu, can I just ask a question on this point, before we move on?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1722 On the schedule included with your package this morning, it appears there might be a typo in year one. You're showing the CCD required in year one as 1,000. That actually should be $500. We were just wondering if you could re‑submit the schedule so it would be $500 required, and then the 60 percent, if you wouldn't mind?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1723 MR. MAHEU: Sure, no problem.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1724 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1725 MR. MAHEU: We'll do that. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1726 THE CHAIRPERSON: And I guess we'd need to have that by phase three, if that's not a problem?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1727 MR. MAHEU: No problem at all.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1728 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Thanks, Ron. Sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1729 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Thank you, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1730 I guess we want to now explore the area on how your proposed classic rock, mainstream rock hybrid would, music format would contribute to musical diversity in the marketplace, and I guess in ‑‑ when you're preparing your response to this, maybe if you could consider, determine how the proposed format will differ from the yet to be launched CHER FM classic hits station, and the rock station being proposed by Barry Maxwell Martin.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1731 And spend a bit of time on the percentage of duplication of station playlists that would have with both CHER FM's and Barry Maxwell's proposed Sydney station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1732 And just to make this a really long question, you can then wrap up with telling us why you, rather than the others, and maybe put forward your opinion as to, if we were to license more than one, who would be the least harmful to your application, and who would be the most harmful.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1733 So that's a pretty long question, but it's ‑‑ basically, we want to learn about your music format, and how it differs, and where it's the same, and ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1734 MR. MAHEU: Sure, Commissioner Williams.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1735 So if I understand what you're saying, you'd like to get a sense from us how Rock 101.9 will be different than the classic hits being proposed by the FM conversion on CHER, and the proposal we just heard from the Barry Maxwell Martin group, and our opinion on how many stations the market could potentially support, and the station mix or combination that potential works best or worst with our proposal?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1736 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Right, and ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1737 MR. MAHEU: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1738 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: ‑‑ I know it was a long question, so ‑‑ and then a bit of a commentary on the, an estimate, say, on the percentage of duplication playlists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1739 MR. MAHEU: Sure. Yeah. Fantastic.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1740 I'm going to give you a brief overview. I may ask Brad Muir to also help supplement and explain how we're different, but first of all, to give the Commission and everybody in attendance a very good sense of the kind of music that you're going to hear on the station that we're proposing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1741 The previous applicant, I listened to their answer about how they perceived what our music was going to be like, and their perception of what we propose to do is not quite accurate, so I'm, I'd like us, if we could, to kind of set the record straight.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1742 Our research conducted in this marketplace was a very complete and comprehensive research study. We came back with the same answer that the previous applicant did, and that is that there is a huge hole and an opportunity here for a rock radio station. That is clear, in terms of the percentages.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1743 The recipe, so to speak, of what this rock station will sound like, and what it would be comprised of is different from what we're, they're proposing to what we're proposing. What we are proposing is really a hybrid maintstream rock station. 50 percent of the music that you would hear on Rock 101.9 would be what we would call traditional classic rock, some of the best rock from the last 35 or 40 years ‑‑ The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, The Who, and Springsteen, and April Wine, and people like that from the '70s, '80s and '90s. 50 percent of the music would be current and recurrent music, and we break it down this way ‑‑ 20 percent of the music on the radio station would be what we call current mainstream rock. These are new releases, songs that have been out for the past six months. They're new, they're current, and they're today. The next 30 percent of the music you would hear on the radio station would be what we call recurrent music, or young gold. This music is anywhere from six months to two years old, so they could be hits that have just fallen off the chart, so to speak. The rotation on these songs is slower, but in essence, the radio station is 50 percent current or recent, and 50 percent traditional classic rock.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1744 'Cause what we found in the research is that there was a strong call for classic rock in the market, and there was a real strong call for mainstream rock in the market, and we found that the best way to kind of, to serve this rock constituency, and not be too narrow, because there is no rock station in the market, is to do a li‑, a hybrid. It's very similar to what some stations in other bigger markets do. Standard with their bare format, is pretty much 50/50; half new rock, half classic rock, and we're doing that same type of approach in Charlottetown, where, on K‑Rock 1055, it's about half current and recent, and the other half is classic rock. So that is what the radio station will sound like.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1745 It will also give us an opportunity to play some of those emerging Canadian artists, and we've made a commitment to do that, and having a current component on the radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1746 In terms of duplication, this is where it gets a little bit subjective, but I'll try to be as objective as possible here, to give you a sense.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1747 Let's first talk about the potential of duplication between Rock 1019 and a classic hits format. Classic hits is a format that really blends ‑‑ I should say this ‑‑ classic hits, as a format in general ‑‑ I can't speak to the specifics of what CHER is proposing, but classic hits is a format, tends to blend the very best of top‑40 popular music from the past 30 years, mostly from the '80s and '90s. A little bit from the '70s, but it tends to blend the best popular top‑40 songs with some of the popular rock songs from the past 30 years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1748 And there are different flavours of classic hits, depending on the size of market, and where you are in the competitive environment, the recipe, how much gold, how much current, how much '70s, how much rock, or how much pop and top‑40 varies, depending on the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1749 So in this particular case, if the classic hits format follows the tried‑and‑true method of being largely popular top‑40, combined with some rock, the duplication between Rock 101 and that radio station would be somewhere probably in the area of 20 percent. There would be very little or no duplication on 50 percent of the music, the current and recurrent part of our format proposal, and there would be some duplication on the gold portion, and we're estimating that to be around 20 percent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1750 Now in terms of the duplication for Rock 1019, as we propose it, with the previous applicant's proposal, I listened with interest that they talked about having a playlist that was somewhere in the neighbourhood of 3,500 songs, and that they would have very low turnover, and very low repeat factor. If that, in fact, is the case, then there is not going to be very much duplication between our proposal and theirs. There will be some, but it sounds to me like they're going to be playing a lot of songs that we aren't going to be playing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1751 Our focus with rock, we do an awful lot of research in markets, when we put a radio station on the air, and we do extensive music testing in markets. And what we found is that by going into the markets, doing music research with potential listeners to the format, we have a very good sense of the kinds of songs, and specifically the songs that they want to hear most, and the songs they don't want to hear, because our experience and our research has shown us very clearly that giving them a great variety of songs they don't like is not perceived as being good variety. But do, people do want a variety of sounds, and options.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1752 So what we found is that, on most of our radio stations, that we can have a playlist on mainstream rock stations in the neighbourhood of 800 to 1,000 songs, and do very well, and the ratings that we have on these radio stations in these markets is normally very, very good, because we're giving people a steady diet of what they need, and what they want to hear from a radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1753 So if the previous applicant is proposing potentially 3,500 songs, and we would be playing considerably fewer than that, I would say they're playing a lot of songs we won't be playing, so the duplication goes down. So I would anticipate that the duplication between that proposal and ours is probably in the neighbourhood of 25 to 30 percent, and that would be about where it stops.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1754 We're talking ‑‑ if ‑‑ to pick up the next part of your question, in terms of how many radio stations the Sydney marketplace could potentially support ‑‑ new services.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1755 We've looked at that very carefully. We based our business plan, the one we submitted with our application, on one radio station being licensed. As mentioned by the previous applicant, we do the same thing. We take a rel‑, what we believe is a relatively prudent and conservative approach based on our experience in markets of this size, and we have quite a bit of collective experience in markets of this size, and even smaller, in situations where we've received a license, or put a station on, and we, we've got a kind of a good database, and a good pool of experience to know how quickly ‑‑ yeah ‑‑ how you can ramp up revenues, and where listenership comes from, and where revenue comes from.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1756 So our business plan, although it was based on one, as we got into this, and discovered more about the market, we're really of the opinion that the market could support anywhere from one and a half to two, depending on what it was. We certainly think there's room for one, and potentially two radio stations in this market. The proposal from the previous applicant, in terms of total revenues, is rather low, and even that application, that revenue projection, combined with ours, would still leave, we believe, plenty of room for the incoming broadcaster to do quite well in this market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1757 It was interesting to hear the economist on the panel of the previous group talking about the economic activity in the area. We share that. We believe that Cape Breton, and Sydney, in specific, their best days are still very much ahead of them. They're on the comeback. Things are getting better here. There's an optimism here that hasn't been around for quite awhile. Things are happening, and economic activity is picking up, and all of the data from FP markets or anecdotal conversations with business people tell us that things are getting better. And we believe that there's definitely room for one, and possibly two to be able to provide additional service to this market, and not have an undue impact on the incoming broadcaster, MBS.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1758 In terms of why our proposal? I think that was the final part of your question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1759 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Well, yours, and who would be least harmful and most harmful, if there were two licensed.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1760 MR. MAHEU: Yeah. I guess ‑‑ I don't want this to come off the wrong way, but we are of the opinion that if we were licensed in this marketplace, and the Commission saw fit to license another broadcaster, for a total of two new services, we could certainly live with, and work with any other applicant that you decided to license.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1761 Definitely the HFX and Newman applications are quite different that ours, and target different audiences, and have different business plans. It might, on the surface, seem kind of strange that we could live with another rock station, but the ‑‑ it's not very different here in terms of the competitive environment as it is in a couple of other markets that we're in.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1762 For instance, when we put a classic rock station in Fredericton a couple years ago, Fred FM, there was a mainstream rock station in the market owned by Estrow(Sp). And they did a really good job. There was just room for another radio station in the market. The research showed that even though there was a rock station in the market, there was still room for another one. It was a real rock and roll market, and we launched Fred FM into that market. There's two rock stations there, and they both do very well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1763 Same thing in Charlottetown. We proposed a new mainstream rock station, we launched it. The market was so big on rock that MBS changed the format of their Summerside station from country, the week after we launched, to classic rock, so we went from having a market with no rock station to a market with two rock stations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1764 And I think Sydney, if it was in the mind and the wisdom of the Commission to license two, could support two new services, even if they were both rock.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1765 Markets have a funny way of sorting themselves out, when new entrants come in, too, because for ‑‑ like the law of physics ‑‑ for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction, and when new stations come on the air, incumbent stations adjust to the market niches, and the needs and wants of listeners, as all good broadcasters do, and the market slowly changes and evolves.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1766 The same thing would happen here, I believe, we believe, with two rock stations being licensed. There's a large appetite for rock. The rock being proposed by Newcap and by Barry Maxwell Martin are substantively different. The Spoken Word and the approach on the radio stations are substantively different, and over time, each one would evolve and find their niche, and I think there's probably room for that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1767 But to specifically answer your question, we wouldn't have a problem if you were to license two. If we were one of them, we could live with any other additional license that you licensed.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1768 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Thank you, Mr. Maheu.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1769 Your application, and your supplementary brief, and your presentation in chief this morning, you've been very, very thorough and clear, so you've clarified many of the questions that I had, so I have one question remaining, though, and Newcap does not appear to have commissioned a third party economic assessment of the Sydney market, so I'm just looking back to your presentation this morning, and you quote the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, and we've heard earlier in this hearing of some of the other economic events of a positive nature that are starting to come down the road, or certainly on the horizon.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1770 Can you give us some idea of what other sources of data that you used to arrive that, at your economic conclusions, and given the economic outlook of the market, determine what assumptions Newcap made to arrive at the conclusion that only 30 percent of its projected revenues would be, would come from the incumbent radio services, while 70 percent would come from other sources?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1771 So how did you come to these conclusions? What type of research did you do? And I guess, give some substantiation to your conclusions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1772 MR. STEELE: Sure. It's a, it's an excellent question, and a fair question.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1773 What we did in Sydney, and how we came to our economic conclusions about the marketplace was in a very similar vein to what we've done in other situations where we've surveyed, and taken a look at what we believe the opportunity is. We rely a lot on third‑party sources for information, like FP markets. We took a look at what ACOA is proposing for the area. We extensively looked at what the Chamber of Commerce had to say about the marketplace. We use the internet extensively. We have some other data from ‑‑ for the region, from TD and RBC on what their projections for this area are, and we kind of put that all together, and get a sense to ourselves of what the economic activity in the future might look like in the marketplace.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1774 To supplement that, we also had people from Newcap spend some time in the marketplace who are familiar with the Sydney market, have relationships with some business people here, and do a little bit of work on the ground in terms of talking to some business people about the economic environment, what they feel their, the future, immediate, and short‑term, and long‑term future is in Sydney, and we kind of put that altogether.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1775 We didn't commission a third‑party professional, economic study. We rarely do that, but in most cases, when we, when we've done our homework like we've done in Sydney, we're normally pretty accurate, and, in assessing what the potential for the marketplace is.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1776 It was encouraging to hear the previous applicant, the economist talking about some of the exciting things. The XTRATA news is rather big. That is, that's something that could have a profound impact on employment and prosperity in the area for a number of years to come, with the re‑introduction of coal mining for high‑efficiency clean coal power generation, which will be, you know, a lot of jobs and a lot of investment in the area.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1777 In terms of taking a look at what we believe the economy's going to do, and where we're, where our revenues will come from, we're proposing that 30 percent of the money that we're going to bill in the first year will come from the incoming broadcaster, and that's just ‑‑ no matter what you do, when you put a new radio service on, some of that money is going to come from the existing broadcaster.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1778 But we do believe that the other 70 percent ‑‑ and in our particular case, that's a little less than $700,000 in the first year ‑‑ is going to come from new advertisers to radio that are not on radio right now, and those who are currently spending, but can expand their budgets.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1779 And I'm going to ask Jennifer to talk, in just a moment, very briefly on a pretty good example of how that happens, but we know from other situations we've been in, as a company, that when we launch a new radio station in the market, an interesting thing happens. Total radio spending in almost every case goes up, because there are just more people on the street knocking on doors, having conversations with potential advertisers about the benefits of radio.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1780 And radio, as a medium, has a higher profile when new stations come on, so advertising spending always tend to go up beyond the level it would have gone up anyhow. So, in effect, it kind of grows the market by itself. So when we increase the market, by having more people talking about radio, and selling radio, it's not that far of stretch to think that we can take a pretty good share of some of that new money, 'cause we're going to be out there knocking on doors.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1781 There are also a number of advertisers that we believe, in this marketplace, will do business with us for the first time, and use radio, who are not using radio, because we have a format and a product on the air that fits their service, and it fits the target group of consumers that they're trying to reach. Jennifer's got a great example of that we just ran into Charlottetown, and in 45 seconds, if you could give them a sense, that'd be great.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1782 MS. EVANS: Sure. I guess one of the things that we're seeing in Charlottetown, with the launch with K‑Rock 1055 being a brand new music format to P.E.I., we're seeing ‑‑ three things happen. Advertisers have increased their budget to some extent, to include K‑Rock in their mix. We're seeing advertisers come back to radio, because finally there's a music format that will, in fact, reach their target audience, and the final item we're seeing is people coming to radio for the first time, because we have a format that was never available in P.E.I. before.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1783 A great example, and it's been very rewarding for our team, when a leading business person in P.E.I., that's huge in the hospitality industry, with over 12 different restaurants and bars, has never used radio to any extent before, because there wasn't a music format in P.E.I. to reach his demographic, and since K‑Rock has launched, we've really developed a partnership with this particular business. And since then, they've actually signed on for an annual contract with us. That is brand new revenue for radio in Prince Edward Island.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1784 And we're seeing that example, and there's many others that are coming. All of a sudden, these new businesses are coming, and wanting to be partners with us, because we have a product that just has not been available before, and certainly Sydney is going to be another great example of seeing new businesses come to use radio as their advertising medium.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1785 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: Well, thank you, Mr. Steele, Ms. Evans, Mr. Maheu, Mr. Muir, and Ms. Spenrath. That's ‑‑ I have a good, clear understanding of your application. I think ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1786 MR. STEELE: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1787 COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS: ‑‑ those are all my questions, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1788 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Maybe one little question for Monsieur Maheu, and I'm calling you "Maheu", because it's a French name from the Prescott Russell area.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1789 Would you say that it's like ‑‑ I'm going to make a little analogy with telephone, which I'm more familiar with, as you may or may not know, but in the good old days of the ROE, Return on Equity, we had black phones with dials, and then we changed, and we opened telephone inter‑competition, and we now have all sorts of things, so could you ‑‑ do you think it's a reasonable analogy if you have only one incumbent and one market, it will cater to a very definite part of the population? If you bring some newcomers, it will broaden the spectrum?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1790 MR. MAHEU: I would agree with that, Madame Noel. I think any time competition enters a business cycle, the consumer always benefits.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1791 There's inevitable disruption in the short term, whenever competition has been introduced into a closed environment, and that's one of the hiccups that businesses do have to deal with. We face it in our business. We're in situations where ‑‑ we're in markets where new competition's been introduced, and it's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1792 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Saint John's.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1793 MR. MAHEU: Pardon me?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1794 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Saint John's.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1795 MR. MAHEU: Oui. And all of a sudden, you know, we have to react to that, and in the short term, it causes a hiccup.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1796 But what we found, and I think other broadcasters would say the same thing, that competition in any marketplace always serves the consumer best, as long as its reasonable competition. If you were to license ten new stations here, it would be very difficult for anybody to be successful, but reasonable competition ‑‑ consumers benefit by more choice. It makes the competitors also sharper, too, because there's a focus back on service, responsiveness.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1797 With the telephone companies, when you didn't have a choice of where you got a phone, or what colour of phone you could have, I think we all know that the level of service may have been here, but the introduction of new competition, new options for consumers has provided more choice, and made the companies providing those choices a lot more sensitive and responsive to consumers. And radio is a consumer product, like any other one, and the advertisers in this marketplace we believe deserve some more choice, and options. We believe that there's enough of an economy to support the incumbent, and new opportunities.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1798 So I would agree with you that more competition, although a little uncomfortable in the early going, in the long run, serves the constituency of consumers well.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1799 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And you're convinced that there's room for one, or more than one?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1800 MR. MAHEU: Definitely convinced there's room for one, and depending on who it was, potentially two.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1801 One of the reasons ‑‑ we are confident if it were two, if we were one of them ‑‑ is that we do have the experience, and we have the financial depth and wherewithal that if things do not go as, go well as quickly as we had thought, that we have the staying power to be able to stay with it. And one thing we have learned in our experience, and we work in a lot of small and medium sized markets like Sydney, is that in spite of our best intentions ‑‑ and we have examples in Fredericton and even in Charlottetown; they're going well ‑‑ but it always tends to cost a little more than we thought it was going to cost, and it always takes a little longer than we thought it would take. And ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1802 COMMISSIONER NOEL: It's like renovations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1803 MR. MAHEU: (Laughing) Exactly.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1804 MR. MAHEU: So, you know, consistently, although we're conservative, it always takes a little longer than we think, and it always costs a little more, and things don't always go your way as quickly as you think they will.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1805 And so, you know, if we were licensed along with somebody else here, we certainly are confident in our ability to compete, achieve our goals, but we also have the depth of experience and the financial staying power that if it takes an extra year or two to accomplish our business plan, that we can do. And we've got the resources to be able to stay with it, because when we're here today ‑‑ this is on the record ‑‑ we're making commitments to the marketplace about what we're going to do ‑‑ the levels of service that we're going to provide.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1806 We're in business in a lot of places, and we intend on being in business for a long time, so we know we can't come, and say one thing, and then do another. If we say we're going to provide the news, we're going to have three news people, we're going to have live programming, we have to deliver, because we know somewhere down the line, if we don't, you're going to ask us about it.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1807 And so we've made that commitment, and we'll do what we have to do.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1808 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Comes renewal time, we're very bad.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1809 MR. MAHEU: That's correct. So the chickens come home to roost at some point, and ‑‑ but I ‑‑ one for sure, and if we were a second licensee in this market, we could certainly make it work with two.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1810 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Maheu.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1811 MR. MAHEU: Merci, Madame.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1812 THE CHAIRPERSON: I have one question for you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1813 I would just like to understand I guess sort of the major items that make up your $1.1 million capital expenditure budget, and you know, the necessity for that, 'cause it ‑‑ there is, as I mentioned earlier, quite a discrepancy in the applications. Just some insight on that I'd appreciate.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1814 MR. STEELE: Glenda, I'm going to ask you to speak to that, when you can look it up there.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1815 There is, there's always going to be some discrepancies between licensees, based on tower locations, and so on. I think our capital ‑‑ find it here for you ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1816 THE CHAIRPERSON: 420 for the studio, 560 for transmitting, and a contingency for 120.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1817 MR. STEELE: That is pretty ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1818 THE CHAIRPERSON: That's what I have.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1819 MR. STEELE: It's pretty much in keeping with our previous experience of launching stations of this sort ‑‑ stand‑alones. We don't enjoy any economies of scale in this particular marketplace, so we aren't able to cut any corners, or save any money, because we don't have a sister station here, but our experience in putting out a radio station in Fredericton on the Astral Tower, what it cost us in terms of the transmitter, the studio equipment, what we're proposing in Sydney is very consistent with what it's cost us in real terms in Charlottetown, and in Fredericton.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1820 So we're comfortable with that amount being the right amount. Sometimes, in previous proposals, we may have been a little light in terms of what it was going to cost us, but this proposal is based on real‑world examples that are rather recent for us, so we have a really good sense that those numbers are pretty close.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1821 THE CHAIRPERSON: And you're going on some, on CBC's tower, I think ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1822 MR. STEELE: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1823 THE CHAIRPERSON: ‑‑ it is? Okay. Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1824 That's the end of our questions, then. Oh, sorry ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1825 MS. FISHER: I have some questions, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1826 THE CHAIRPERSON: I missed you the last ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1827 MS. FISHER: Sorry.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1828 THE CHAIRPERSON: Sorry. Yes, go ahead.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1829 MS. FISHER: I just have a couple of additional questions.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1830 First, I just wanted to clarify and confirm with respect to your news programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1831 Out of the total amount of news to present, to be presented, could you specify how much time would be devoted to local news stories, or news of local interest.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1832 MR. STEELE: Sure. In the five hours and 45 minutes a week of what we call traditional, or standard, regularly‑scheduled newscasts, our goal is to have 75 percent of that news content be local.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1833 MS. FISHER: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1834 With respect to CCD, in response to Commissioner Williams, you confirmed that your total over and above the first seven years of operation would be 406,000. Can you confirm, for the record, that the annual over and above will be 58,000?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1835 MR. STEELE: Yes, we ‑‑ it'll be in equal increments over the seven ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1836 MS. FISHER: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1837 MR. STEELE: ‑‑ years.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1838 MS. FISHER: And you will adhere to this amount, including the 20 percent allocation to FACTOR as a condition of license?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1839 MR. STEELE: Yes, we will.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1840 MS. FISHER: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1841 I also wanted to confirm that the allocation to Membertou School identified in your written submission this morning is replacing the contribution previously allocated to the Radio Starmaker Fund?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1842 MR. STEELE: Yes, it is.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1843 MS. FISHER: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1844 And how would the monies be used? For example, would it be used for the purchase of musical instruments, or in a similar way as those identified for the other School Boards?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1845 MR. STEELE: Yes, it would, and we will have a letter to that effect that we're prepared to file with the Commission within a week.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1846 MS. FISHER: Okay. And who will be responsible for the allocation of funds? Will it be Newcap, or the schools?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1847 MR. STEELE: It'll be Newcap working with the schools, and we're going to develop a funding agreement with each so that they understand that, where the, how the money needs to be spent in order to qualify with the Commission's guidelines in 2006‑156, I believe.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1848 MS. FISHER: Excellent.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1849 MR. STEELE: And we're going to work with them on an annual basis, because we need to be able to report that in our annual return, so we'll take steps to work with them. We'll have a funding agreement that spells out what it can go for, and to make sure that it qualifies. And we'll ha‑, we'll meet with them on a regular basis to ensure that that's happening.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1850 MS. FISHER: Okay. And you'll be filing those agreements with the Commission ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1851 MR. STEELE: That's correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1852 MS. FISHER: ‑‑ so that we can have a look?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1853 MR. STEELE: Once they're done, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1854 MS. FISHER: Excellent. Thank you. Those are my questions, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1855 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you, Mr. Steele, Mr. Maheu, Ms. Evans, Mr. Muir, and Ms. Spenrath. Thank you very much.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1856 MR. STEELE: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1857 THE CHAIRPERSON: Secretary? Further?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1858 THE SECRETARY: I have nothing further, and perhaps this will be a time for ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1859 THE CHAIRPERSON: Oh, yes, she's going to ‑‑ go ahead.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1860 THE SECRETARY: ‑‑ our break.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1861 THE CHAIRPERSON: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1862 THE SECRETARY: Our lunch break.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1863 THE CHAIRPERSON: And we'll be returning at ‑‑ is it 2:00? Do you have the schedule there?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1864 UNIDENTIFIED: 2:00.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1865 THE CHAIRPERSON: 2:00. Thank you very much.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1866 THE CHAIRPERSON: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1867 I think we're going to first hear from the Secretary.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1868 THE SECRETARY: Thank you, Madame Chair.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1869 We will now proceed with item three on the agenda, which is the application by Andrew Newman, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a license to operate an English‑language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Sydney.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1870 The new station would operate on frequency 93.1 megahertz, Channel 226B, with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts, non‑directional antenna/antenna height of 85.6 meters.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1871 Madame Chair, I would like to note for the public record that MacEachern Broadcasting Limited is no longer part of this Andrew Newman application. The e‑mail from Mr. MacEachern has been placed on the public file. A letter confirming the availability of funds has also been placed on the public examination file of this application, both of which are available up in our public examination room.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1872 You will be applicant, or appearing for the applicant is Mr. Andrew Newman, who will introduce his colleagues, and then you'll have 20 minutes to make your presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1873 THE CHAIRPERSON: Thank you.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1874 MR. BELL: Slight correction. It's Andrew Bell, actually, just to ‑‑ introducing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1875 Good afternoon, Chair Duncan, Commissioner Noel, Commissioner Williams and Members of the Commission.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1876 My name is Andrew Bell, and I'm the President of Coast Broadcasting. To my far right today is Gary Tredwell, our Program Director, and home‑grown local boy from the area ‑‑ grew up in the area ‑‑ and also Andy Newman who's our V‑P of Operations for Coast Broadcasting.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1877 Before we beginning today's presentation, we wish to acknowledge a change in our application. Our intention was to have a partnership with MacEachern Broadcasting of Port Hawkesbury, however, after initially informing us of his interest to be a part of this application, Mr. Bob MacEachern informed us on Friday past that he has decided that he no longer wishes to be involved.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1878 It remains our intention to form a Nova Scotia registered company, if granted a license through this process. The only change is the proposed company's ownership structure will now be 100 percent subsidiary to Coast Broadcasting Limited, an organization of which the CRTC is certainly aware.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1879 We feel the application is strong on its own merits, and we feel that the reason for choosing Sydney are just as important as they were under the proposed ownership structure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1880 We apologize for the late notice, and thank the Commission's staff for the questions and advice, and would like to now like to proceed with our presentation.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1881 Our application is for a category 2 FM broadcasting license, with an adult contemporary format here in Sydney, or Cape Breton Regional Municipality, which we believe is the best format for the CBRM market, considering the aging population, and the current formats that exist, or will exist in the coming months. We believe that the current market is under‑served with regards to the number of radio stations present, and needs an additional license to provide an unbiased voice for editorial news and music content.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1882 Yes?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1883 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Could you just slow down, because the people in the back are ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1884 MR. BELL: Sure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1885 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1886 MR. BELL: Okay. So it's category 2 FM broadcasting license, serving CBRM, or Cape Breton Regional Municipality. It's an adult contemporary or classic hits format targeting adults 25‑54.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1887 We believe that the current market is under‑served with regards to the number of radio stations present, and needs an additional license to provide unbiased voice for editorial news and music content.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1888 Cape Breton and Sydney have long been regarded as a depressed economy, and one that was or is in decline. While although this may have been the case in the past, we believe the picture today is much different, as the economy has many projects on the horizon that will directly benefit the economy and provide growth in the Sydney marketplace. The question that needs to be asked is can Sydney support another operator?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1889 When one takes a look at the Stats Can information for census population by age and gender, quite evidently 25‑54 age demograph is the largest by a significant proportion. Male, female both together, obviously, of 45,000 people.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1890 Retail sales in the area continue to grow. 2006 projections through 2011 show an increase by 13 percent over the next five years. We all know that the largest spending demograph is 25‑54, when it comes to all advertisers that are out there, from furniture to cars to restaurants, and things along those lines. Retail sales in the area are going to rise to almost 1.5 billion by 2011. We believe that's a significant impa‑, number, and we believe that the market has the room for radios, two additional radio stations, potentially, to satisfy that 1.5 billion.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1891 The income in Cape Breton has grown, and is going to grow, projected by 22 percent over the next five years ‑‑ 2006, around 16,000 through to 2011 at over 20,000.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1892 And growth in the Sydney, as far as we concerned today, and going forward, is going to have a great impact on the economy, and a great reason and rationale for an additional radio station, hopefully, so let's have a look.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1893 MR. NEWMAN: Thanks to Grammy award winner, Gordie Sampson, for lending us his music, and certainly the culture of Cape Breton is well‑renowned across Canada, and across North America.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1894 Let's take a look at the Sydney radio market, as it stands today. The commercial formats currently in Sydney include CJCB, which is primarily a country AM station serving adults 45, plus. CKPE, as we confirmed by listening as late as yesterday and this morning, is primarily a Hot AC station targeting adults 12 to 34. CHER proposed a classic hits, classic rock format, and all indications are that they will soon be on the air with their FM, targeting primarily, by the sheer genre that they have proposed, males 18 to 49.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1895 The question is, for us, what was missing in the Sydney market for the people? We did extensive market research ‑‑ 420 18 to 54‑year olds polled back in August of 2006 ‑‑ the respondents represent the demographic makeup of the market. We didn't go to just one group. We wanted to get a good representation from a research of the demographic makeup of the market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1896 Of the people we spoke to, 30.2 percent were heavy radio users ‑‑ four hours or more per week. 58.3 percent of the market research was conducted by females. That research is, of course, all on file with the Commission staff, and with the Commissioners for all of the details.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1897 72.6 percent of our respondents listened to CKPE, and I'll quantify that by saying they CUME'd CKPE, because these numbers that I'm going to give you do add up to more than 100. They said unaided, when asked, unaided, what stations they listened to. They gave us a list. But 72.6 percent did listen to CKPE, 29 listen on a regular basis to CHER, 26.7 percent listen to CJCB, 17.6 percent listen to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and good news for the local community station, Membertou, 19.8 percent listen to that particular frequency. However, 86.2 percent of the respondents thought there should be more choice in the Sydney marketplace.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1898 We went a little deeper than that. We did some cluster analysis to determine the format gaps, if it were, and the true listener tastes. They're broken down by age, by genre, and again, that full analysis is on file with the Commission.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1899 We did want to look at persons aged 25‑54, because we do know that from a financial standpoint, they make the bulk of the buying decisions, and they are certainly the most sought‑after group. 45 percent of persons aged 25‑54 in the CBRM want recent adult pop ‑‑ Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Tina Turner, Sting, Bryan Adams. 57 percent are looking for more adult gold. Some people call this classic rock. We put this in genres, and called it adult gold ‑‑ Genesis, Styx, The Police, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Rolling Stones, and Supertramp.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1900 Take a look at what's in the market right now to find out what's missing the Sydney market, and it is an adult FM station designed for the largest demographic in the region that is also under‑served, and has the most buying power and influence ‑‑ adults 25 to 54.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1901 We think that our proposed station on 93.1 FM will satisfy the audience demand in Sydney, and the CBRM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1902 Here's some specifics on the plan. Our on‑air product will feature an emphasis on local issues, and community matters. One of the things that keeps coming back to us in this marketplace, from our research, is that this is a very tightly‑knit community; they're very interested in what's going in their backyards; and they'd like to be informed about that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1903 We do have a plan to utilize live‑to‑air announcers during the key day parts, and on the weekends to provide current and relevant information to a demographic that certainly needs more information and wants more out of their listening choices than just listening to an iPod. We're proposing local news and sports, a distinct editorial voice, and when it comes down to specifics, we've outlined in our application four hours minimum of locally‑produced news on a weekly basis. Sydney and Cape Breton news ‑‑ that content, specifically, will exceed 90 percent of that four hours.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1904 We're proposing live coverage of community events, as the other applicants are. It's the smart thing to do. We intend to be entertaining and offer relevant topics for the key demographic ‑‑ adults 25 to 54.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1905 One of our key products that we've been working on in our other operation in St. John's is promotion of local talent on the air. It is one thing to say that you're playing local talent. It is another to step up, and give them the promotion that they deserve, giving them the opportunity to come on for interviews to promote the venues that they're going to be playing at, to let people know that they're working on a new project, and keep people interested in some of these artists that I guess the buzz word has become "emerging". (Clears throat) Excuse me.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1906 As in our other operation, we do fully intend to be active in the community through sponsorships. We're going to dedicate almost two hours per week for community matters, not in a block, but spread out through the broadcasting day, but the math does work out to be two hours a week for community matters, for community groups to have the opportunity to share their event information.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1907 And we're going to encourage our staff to become involved in their community. We want them to become part of the fabric that makes up the CBRM.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1908 And, of course, our commitment to our proposed CCD initiatives, and balanced levels of Canadian local artists throughout the day and the week. Again, it's very important for us to make sure that the local artists get equal amount air play throughout the week, rather than relegating them to a time of the day that they many not be reaching their potential audience.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1909 We are offering a performance area for live musicians to come in, and play live. It's one of the things that keeps coming back from our listeners at Coast in St. John's that they truly enjoy as listeners, and certainly the talent and the artists certainly appreciate the opportunity.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1910 Our adult contemporary classic hits format means a broader exposure to a wider variety of local artists. The adult contemporary genre, by its very nature, is very broad, and very dynamic, and it allows us a certain leeway to play a deeper variety of local talent than pure traditional artists, or pure rock artists, or pure hip‑hop artists.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1911 And we're offering internships for the next generation of broadcasters. Specifically in our application, we've outlined our community cruiser position. It gives a young broadcaster a chance to get their feet wet in a real‑world environment.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1912 And, of course, a reliable high‑quality transmission facility. We are going to be partnering with the CBC, if approved, to go onto their transmission site, and as we know, the CBC does a great job of keeping their broadcasting facilities, their facilities on the air, even in the middle of inclement weather, as we often get here in Cape Breton.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1913 How do we fund all of this? The business plan? The Sydney radio market has been primarily stagnant with one operator, one owner and three stations. We do believe, and our other, the other previous applicants have also acknowledged that a new FM license will bring new listeners, listeners back to commercial radio. It will likely bring with it new advertisers, and new revenues.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1914 We have put forth in our business plan conservative revenues with realistic increases, and they are based on historical and our own operations, liberal expenses based on similar sized operations. It's a real‑world business plan. And it has no appreciable impact on the existing operator's ability to discharge their programming requirements.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1915 We have heard various estimations of the value of the Sydney radio market. We've heard it as low as three. We have heard it as high as $5,000,000. We did inquire with the Commission's staff, at one point, to see if the information was available. Of course, under your regulations, it was not. We were forced to do some anecdotal information, but we do feel that if it's on the low side of the $4,000,000 mark, we can still meet our business objectives.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1916 We also feel that a new player will stimulate interest in radio, especially in those key buying and decisionmaking demographics.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1917 Our CCD, upon questioning and review, and of course the release of the proposed new, the new Radio Policy, we did review our initial Canadian Talent Development project or program, and we did refine it to reflect the wishes of the Commission under the new Radio Policy. Our Canadian Content Development has a total commitment of $680,682 in cash, and in‑kind donations.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1918 Specifically a commitment to play local stars in the same rotations as national artists, five spins per day for emerging artists, as defined in our CCD. Our actual cash donations represent a total of $69,162 over the course of our license term. Included in that is the Commission's wish to have money go to FACTOR ‑‑ $17,332.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1919 We'll offer daily broadcasts of the entertainment guides to promote all facets of the arts, be they music, be they literary, be they the performing arts, and of course our live space for the open‑air performances, the on‑air performances. We have not put a dollar value on that from a capital standpoint, or from a value standpoint. It is something that we are going to do, because it makes good programming sense.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1920 We also offer the condition of license to adhere to the proposed Radio regulations that were released back in 2006, and we appreciate you'll be asking about those in a few minutes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1921 Our Canadian Content Development Program is reasonable and it's attainable for the Sydney market. It's a CCD that is for this marketplace and for this radio station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1922 In summary, our 931 application is offering a distinct editorial voice. We are representing an organization that has a proven track record. We have had success with similar formats, and certainly financial success in another market, and we believe we can duplicate that in Sydney. We have a strong commitment that is reasonable to Canadian Content Development. And more importantly, we're going to deliver a product that is needed, and is wanted here in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1923 CB3, CB931 is also something very important, but before I tell you about that, I'm going to allow Mr. Bell to clue things up.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1924 MR. BELL: In closing, we appreciate the fact that the CRTC has recognized the need to study the impact the larger media operations have on the industry, including the impact, the recent amalgamations, mergers, acquisitions having creating industry giants, and concern they present for the industry, and the smaller independent player to compete and provide unbiased broadcasting to a particular market.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1925 With this in mind, we believe that our application is the best option for an additional license in the Sydney market, and that granting a license to an existing smaller operation, such as ourselves, will no only allow the realization of economies that will ensure the ability to compete with the multi‑license player; it will also ensure provision of the best interest of the industry, the market, and the CRTC's long‑term goals.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1926 In December of 2002, we went in front of the Commission for a broadcasting license for the St. John's marketplace. As part of our application, we presented an opportunity for a new entrant to the media broadcasting that had the desire to grow, and add additional licenses. After successfully launching Coast 101.1 in St. John's February of 2004, we have attempted to fill this obligation with our application for a license in Charlottetown in 2005, however were unsuccessful.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1927 Today we stand in front of you once again, in an attempt to fulfil this obligation, and provide the industry with a proven, young up‑start organization that can only add, and the insurance of maintaining competitive environment in the radio industry in Canada.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1928 Andy?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1929 MR. NEWMAN: With our application here in Sydney, we would like to let you know that our philosophy, as we have proven in our previous application, and in our application in Charlottetown that was unsuccessful, that our philosophy still maintains that radio, in fact, can be local and it can be great.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1930 We thank the Commission for their time, and their understanding in our previously mentioned issue. Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1931 THE CHAIRPERSON: I'm asking Commissioner Noel to do the questioning.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1932 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Thank you, Madame Chair. Good afternoon, Mr. Bell and Mr. Newman.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1933 As the hearing Secretary mentioned earlier, we were informed by e‑mail Friday, by e‑mail sent by Mr. Robert MacEachern on Friday the 13th ‑‑ it must have been your lucky day, I guess ‑‑ that he was no longer a partner in this application, and I'm going to quote his e‑mail:
"Please note that MacEachern Broadcasting Limited is no longer part of this application process for April 16, 2007 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Coast Broadcasting, Andy Newman, will be proceeding as scheduled".
LISTNUM 1 \l 1934 Could you tell us, given the fundamental change ‑‑ you know, you're starting from one part‑, from a partnership into now it's a Coast Broadcasting application, and that not posted in the, on the public record until this afternoon, actually ‑‑ could you tell us how this will affect your application?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1935 MR. BELL: As far as we're concerned, it will not affect our application at all. We were the principal that initiated this application. Mr. MacEachern approached us about being involved. He's since approached us about not being involved.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1936 I think what's important here is to understand is that nothing changes with regards to the CRTC, or the product that goes to where. That's what's the most important aspect of all of this is, which our application on all other fronts remains unchanged ‑‑ the product we're going to bring to air, the format, the investment, the financial backing. None of that's changed, and all of that remains exactly the same as it was, so I truly believe that beyond Mr. MacEachern, or the lack of Mr. MacEachern's involvement ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1937 COMMISSIONER NOEL: So, Mr. Bell, if I understand you well, instead of investing $50,000, you will be investing ‑‑ Coast Broadcasting ‑‑ well, it was supposed to be 50/50, and ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1938 MR. BELL: We were invest‑, ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1939 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And there was a loan of 500,000. I have confirmation that the loan is still available to Coast Broadcasting, but will you put the extra $50,000 of cash down that was mentioned in the application?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1940 MR. BELL: In actual fact, there was going to be no financial contribution from Mr. MacEachern. Mr. MacEachern's contribution would have been from a standpoint of his involvement, his expertise, as opposed to a financial. We were 100 percent of the financial backing of this initiative, and this application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1941 COMMISSIONER NOEL: But you would have received 50 percent of the shares?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1942 MR. BELL: When we put this together, initially, that was ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1943 COMMISSIONER NOEL: That is actually what's on the re‑, on the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1944 MR. BELL: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1945 COMMISSIONER NOEL: On the public record.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1946 MR. BELL: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1947 COMMISSIONER BELL: So you will put up whatever ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1948 MR. BELL: Absolutely.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1949 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ dollar amount which was valued at $100,000, if I can read correctly your application, and it was all coming from your pockets, but it wasn't evident from the record, I have to say.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1950 There's one point that bugs me there, and I'll tell you ‑‑ and you ma‑, you referred to it, as I said, it was, he was going to contribute in kind. As far as I remember, you're based in Newfoundland, right?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1951 MR. BELL: That's correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1952 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And he was based an hour away from Sydney?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1953 MR. BELL: That's correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1954 COMMISSIONER BELL: Was he supposed to ‑‑ I'm reading ‑‑ I will quote from your supplementary brief here, and you can comment on that:
"Robert (Bob) MacEachern, the principal and driving force of MacEachern Broadcasting, has fostered a philosophy of community radio and local content for his entire career. From all‑night announcer to owner, Bob is a small market independent with major market skills. His operation model is one to be admired and copied. Bob is a Cape Breton resident, and wears his culture with pride. His business contacts and community relationships are unrivaled. He has been awarded citizen of the year [blah, blah, blah] and mostly recently, super headed fundraising efforts for the new community center, a showpiece of the Strait area."
LISTNUM 1 \l 1955 How will you replace this gentleman who seemed to have such deep roots in the community, when you're based in Newfoundland? And having had the pleasure to fly to Newfoundland, and not being able to come back at the time that I was scheduled to come back, I'm just wondering how you will be able to achieve that presence in the market, if you're stuck in St. John's.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1956 MR. BELL: The concept of getting into St. John's and not getting out is actually an initiative started by our new Premier, and it's part of the immigration process, but we certainly understand the issue of transport.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1957 Mr. MacEachern's involvement ‑‑ "in kind" is a good word. In the banking industry, I believe they call it sweat equity. The involvement on a day‑to‑day basis, if you look at our, at the supplementary brief, yes, there was certainly a certain cache.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1958 COMMISSIONER NOEL: If I ‑‑ I didn't finish the quote.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1959 MR. BELL: Oh (laughs).
LISTNUM 1 \l 1960 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Now:
"Bob's ability to be in the Sydney marketplace on a frequent basis is demonstrated by the commuters who regularly travel [through] to and from Sydney, or to the Stora pulp mill in Port Hawkesbury, yet again, in the two markets are completely independent of wher‑, independent as Port Hawkesbury and Sydney".
LISTNUM 1 \l 1961 But that's ‑‑ what I want to understand is how you, will you replace that sweat equity, as you called it?
LISTNUM 1 \l 1962 MR. BELL: We'll hire a manager on the ground for the Sydney operation, and we will put someone in the place that ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1963 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And you will hire that experienced manager from where? You'll go and take somebody out of Maritime ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1964 MR. BELL: I believe Mr. Pace is in the audience, but ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1965 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ Broadcasting.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1966 MR. BELL: ‑‑ I certainly wouldn't suggest that we'll take any of his people, but I think, you know, the ‑‑ he and I are probably coming to the same realization, at this point.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1967 Mr. Tredwell has ‑‑ Mr. Tredwell and I actually worked together for Mr. MacEachern back in the late '80s, and Mr. Tredwell's joined us in St. John's, and you know, being from Glace Bay, and understanding this market, and one of the things that we certainly appreciate and discover is that you truly need to have someone who understands the market to be on the ground.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1968 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Am I ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1969 MR. BELL: And I think we're going to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1970 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Am I, am I ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1971 MR. BELL: ‑‑ lean on Mr. ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1972 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ understanding that ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1973 MR. BELL: ‑‑ Tredwell's experience.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1974 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ Mr. Tredwell here will be repatriated to Cape Breton.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1975 MR. BELL: I think that's going to be an option that he and his wife will have to discuss, yes.
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LISTNUM 1 \l 1976 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1977 MR. BELL: But to answer your question, Madame Noel, the cache of that being ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1978 COMMISSIONER NOEL: You have to understand that I have to, I had to adjust to the new application ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1979 MR. BELL: Absolutely, and ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1980 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ at very ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1981 MR. BELL: ‑‑ we also ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1982 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ short notice.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1983 MR. BELL: We also appreciate that you didn't have the time that should normally have been afforded you, and it was unfortunate that the deal did not come together.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1984 The concern of not having an operator on the ground is something that we'll deal with on the operational side, and we'll replace Mr. MacEachern's three‑day‑a‑week sweat equity by a full‑time operations manager.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1985 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Welcome, Mr. Tredwell, to Cape Breton, and to Sydney.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1986 Just for the record, I would like to read the, a letter, confirmation that we just received at the end of the morning from Charles Bell, R. Bell Limited, which confirms that the financing of 500,000, up to $500,000 will be available to go to Coast Broadcasting, and that this is not in any way put in jeopardy by the fact that MacEachern Broadcasting has withdrawn from the application.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1987 And I understand, also, for the record, that the applicant is now Coast Broadcasting, period.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1988 MR. BELL: The actual application, Madame, was ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1989 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Was a company to be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1990 MR. BELL: Was in my name on ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1991 COMMISSIONER NOEL: To be formed by the two ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1992 MR. BELL: On behalf of the company to be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1993 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ but now it ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1994 MR. BELL: ‑‑ incorporated.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1995 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ will be directly owned by Coast Broadcasting, or will ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1996 MR. BELL: It will have to be a Nova Scotia subsidiary of Coast Broadcasting.
LISTNUM 1 \l 1997 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay, so you will have ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1998 MR. BELL: Yes, there will have to be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 1999 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ a new ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11000 MR. BELL: ‑‑ another ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11001 COMMISSIONER NOEL: A new company to be created ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11002 MR. BELL: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11003 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ which, of which the owner will be Coast Broadcasting ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11004 MR. BELL: Correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11005 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ 100 percent. Thank you. Okay, now that we have sort of settled that part of the record, or that part that was not on the record, we will go the number, a number of other questions that we have. Clarifications for us to understand your application better.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11006 We will talk about programming. We will talk about Canadian Content Development, and if I do say CTD, I mean CCD, but you know, it's in my genes. We will ‑‑ I wanted to talk about the synergies with MacEachern, but we'll talk about the absence thereof, I guess. We'll talk format, and we'll talk about your definition of an emerging artist, and finally, we'll look into the basis on which you derived your economic conditions to support your business plan, okay?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11007 And we look, also, at the impact on Maritime Broadcras‑, Broadcasting of granting a new license in Sydney, and the number of acquisition, or the number of applications that should be granted in the Sydney market, because you base your assumptions, if I'm correct, on two new licenses.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11008 MR. BELL: Yes, we did.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11009 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay. But before that, I have a few little questions that are springing out of your presentation of this afternoon, and let me go back to where I put those little ‑‑ those here ‑‑ yes, you presented 19‑, or 2001 census figures at the very beginning of your presentation, Mr. Bell. Are you aware that the 2006 census figures are now available, and that they show, from what I have here, a 3.5 percent decline in the population of Sydney since 2001?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11010 MR. BELL: The information was taken from Stats Can, 'cause that's when it was taken off the website. I ‑‑ as per 2006 numbers ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11011 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Well, it's ‑‑ because on your document, it says "Cape Breton 2001".
LISTNUM 1 \l 11012 MR. NEWMAN: 2001.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11013 MR. BELL: Yeah.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11014 MR. NEWMAN: I'll speak to that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11015 MR. BELL: I'm going to let Andy speak to that. I guess, from my standpoint, certainly am I ‑‑ the question is am I aware? I certainly am now. Andy, why don't you speak to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11016 MR. NEWMAN: The fact that Cape Breton, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and actually they don't break out just the Sydney ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11017 COMMISSIONER NOEL: No, it said that ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11018 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ in Stats, in ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11019 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ CBRM's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11020 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11021 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ Cape Breton Regional Municipality ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11022 MR. NEWMAN: The, the purp‑, ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11023 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ and they forecast a ‑‑ they found that there was a 3.5 percent decline since the 2001 census, and that this tendency is supposed to continue through 2012.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11024 MR. NEWMAN: One of the intentions of that particular graph that we put up was to show the actual census ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11025 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Yes, yeah, I know what ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11026 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ population by ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11027 COMMISSIONER NOEL: What you meant, but ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11028 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ age and gender.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11029 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ I was just wondering why you had the 2001 census figure, instead of the more recent 2006 figure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11030 MR. NEWMAN: At the time of putting together the presentation, the 2006 weren't readily available.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11031 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay. Now next little thing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11032 Well, we've discussed a little bit of that, but you mention on your on‑air product slides that you would put emphasis on local issues, and community matters. Was that prepared before your partner ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11033 MR. NEWMAN: The ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11034 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ disappeared?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11035 MR. NEWMAN: The philosophy of this particular application is not unlike the philosophy that we currently operate in St. John's. It is a philosophy, and since you've mentioned his name, it is a philosophy that Mr. MacEachern shared with us.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11036 It is also a philosophy that we do operate by, currently, and proposed in the application, regardless of Mr. MacEachern's involvement. The ‑‑ as the previous applicants have also indicated, the importance of community involvement, especially in a market such as the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, it's such a tightly‑knit community that you have to pay attention to what the community wants.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11037 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And how ‑‑ I know this gentleman has already agreed to move back to Sydney, but how will you fill the void left by the departure of Mr. MacEachern, and for that particular ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11038 MR. NEWMAN: Mr. MacEachern's involvement in our operation was to be an operations manager, corporate philosophy, and conditions of license for this ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11039 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Yes, but he had the contacts.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11040 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ particular license.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11041 COMMISSIONER NOEL: That's what I mean.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11042 MR. NEWMAN: He had the contacts ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11043 COMMISSIONER NOEL: From what I have ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11044 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ in his ‑‑ yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11045 COMMISSIONER NOEL: From what I have read of what you wrote ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11046 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11047 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ in your supplementary brief, he's the one who was rooted here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11048 MR. NEWMAN: He was rooted in the Port Hawkesbury market, and did have contacts certainly in the Sydney and Cape Breton Regional Municipality marketplace. I think, taking a good look at the staff and hiring correctly, we'll certainly eliminate any of the shortfalls that Mr. MacEachern's loss to the application will bring.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11049 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Thank you, Mr. Newman.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11050 Now, just ‑‑ I was wondering here, on your business plan, you said you had conservative revenues, and liberal expenses. Have you thought other than of anything green?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11051 MR. NEWMAN: Pardon me?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11052 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Have you thought of anything green? Conservative revenues, liberal expenses.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11053 MR. NEWMAN: I think if you look at the bottom ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11054 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Something green.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11055 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ line, you'll see the green that we hope to achieve, yes.
‑‑‑ Laughter / Rires
LISTNUM 1 \l 11056 COMMISSIONER NOEL: I, I, I'm teas‑, I'm teasing you. Don't take that ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11057 MR. NEWMAN: And I did notice that you're using a ‑‑ someone this morning was using a green highlighter, so yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11058 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Oh, yeah, I'm not Irish. (Holding up highlighter) I'm going with pink. Okay. Let's go to programming, then.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11059 You see we're not yet a paperless industry yet. Not quite, although I can get a few things from my screen here.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11060 Your commitment to local programming. It's based on a week of 168 hours. How would you calculate the number of hours of local programming based on the normal broadcast week of 126 hours, but ‑‑ and those 126 hours, as you are, you know I'm sure, are calculated between 6:00 a.m. and midnight, including Saturdays, and starting on the Sunday.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11061 MR. NEWMAN: The percentages certainly will not change in, that we've outlined in our deficiency letter. We did take a look at the 24‑hour clock, and not the broadcast clock, which is how we arrived at the number. We certainly recognize the intent of when we would ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11062 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Yeah, we do the calculations on the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11063 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11064 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ 126‑hour week, so could you give us the figure based on the one ‑‑ you know, like it doesn't count if it's in the middle of the night. That's what I mean. So we, what we need to know is what, how many hours of local programming are going to be done during the broadcast week, which is the 126 hour between 6:00 a.m. and midnight, starting on the Sunday.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11065 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Maybe you could ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11066 MR. NEWMAN: No, I'm just ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11067 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ come back, come back in ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11068 MR. NEWMAN: Sure, no I'm just ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11069 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ the Phase III, and give us the answer at ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11070 MR. NEWMAN: I, I'm getting you ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11071 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ that stage.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11072 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ the actual number. I wanted to make sure that I didn't have a percentage there, and that we, in fact, had a number. We discussed that the number of hours of the Spoken Word, for example ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11073 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Well, we're talking ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11074 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ would be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11075 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ local programming.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11076 MR. NEWMAN: Right, which would be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11077 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Which is not exactly Spoken Words. Do you want to come back in ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11078 MR. NEWMAN: Sure, that would be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11079 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ Phase III with the, with an answer to that?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11080 MR. NEWMAN: That would be fabulous. We'll get ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11081 MR. TREDWELL: It's there at the bottom of page seven.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11082 MR. NEWMAN: There, hang on. Gary tells me it's on the bottom of page seven, so there we are.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11083 MR. TREDWELL: That one?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11084 MR. NEWMAN: No.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11085 MR. TREDWELL: No? Okay.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11086 MR. NEWMAN: No. That's it. Math is one of Mr. Bell's strong points.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11087 COMMISSIONER NOEL: You'll have to take it, too, eh?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11088 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Just make the calculations, and come back in Phrase III ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11089 MR. NEWMAN: Certainly.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11090 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ please. Okay? And just a second, okay?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11091 Now could you my, tell us ‑‑ and maybe you'll have to answer us in Phase III, as well ‑‑ could you tell us how much of that local programming will be spoken words, and how much of that local programming will be music?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11092 MR. NEWMAN: The calculation that we're doing is just to take out the ‑‑ we had suggested we would like to reserve some time to purchase some syndicated programming from possibly ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11093 COMMISSIONER NOEL: So you're talk‑, ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11094 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ other areas of ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11095 COMMISSIONER NOEL: You're talking about the two to six hours that you mentioned in your supplementary ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11096 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11097 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ brief? We'll be addressing that a little later on, okay, because I have ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11098 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11099 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ a couple of questions on that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11100 MR. NEWMAN: Sure.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11101 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Because of the reference you made to the actual show you mention as an example.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11102 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11103 COMMISSIONER NOEL: I will have some questions on that, so besides those six hours out of the 126 hours, am I correct to say that it's going to be all local ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11104 MR. NEWMAN: One ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11105 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ programming?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11106 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11107 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay. So that leaves 120 hours of local programming out of 126. And how much of this is spoken words, and how much of this is music?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11108 MR. NEWMAN: 14 hours of spoken word.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11109 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Including news?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11110 MR. NEWMAN: That will include news, sports, surveillance. It does not include any of the commercial announcements.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11111 COMMISSIONER NOEL: So 14 out of a 120?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11112 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11113 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And the balance, that's 106 music, and six syndicated. Syndicated, non‑local. Am I correct?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11114 MR. NEWMAN: If you're referencing produced in Sydney, then the answer is yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11115 COMMISSIONER NOEL: That's what I call local, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11116 MR. NEWMAN: Perfect.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11117 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Not produced in St. John's.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11118 MR. NEWMAN: No.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11119 COMMISSIONER NOEL: St. John. St. John's?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11120 MR. NEWMAN: St. John's.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11121 COMMISSIONER NOEL: I'm getting confused between St. John's and Saint John. Which is which?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11122 MR. NEWMAN: St. John's is S‑t‑. J‑o‑h‑n‑s, apostrophe "s".
LISTNUM 1 \l 11123 THE CHAIRPERSON: In Newfoundland, Newfoundland.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11124 MR. NEWMAN: In Newfoundland.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11125 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Newfoundland is St. John's ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11126 THE CHAIRPERSON: St. John's.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11127 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11128 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ with a "sss" at the end? Okay. Okay. Forget, forgive me. You know, it's ‑‑ for me, the apostrophe "s" is sometimes confusing.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11129 How much of the four hours a week of news will be devoted to sports?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11130 MR. NEWMAN: The four hours of news is exclusive of sports.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11131 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Exclusive of sports?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11132 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11133 COMMISSIONER NOEL: So sports, news are not calculated. They would be added to the news ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11134 MR. NEWMAN: The new‑, the sports ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11135 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ but part of the spoken words?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11136 MR. NEWMAN: The sports and the weather are not included in the four hours of news.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11137 COMMISSIONER NOEL: So it's four hours of pure news? No sports, no weather, no traffic?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11138 MR. NEWMAN: Correct.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11139 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11140 Now you've been talking about those students, and I've seen them popping again in your presentation of this afternoon ‑‑ internships ‑‑ I'm on on‑air product.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11141 MR. NEWMAN: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11142 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Internships for the next generation of broadcasters, community cruiser position. Could you tell me what this is, and what they will do?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11143 MR. NEWMAN: The community cruiser ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11144 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Or who this is, and what they will do?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11145 MR. NEWMAN: Not a particularly ground‑breaking position. It's a very common, very common for radio stations to hire students, preferably broadcasting students, to come, get some real‑world experience, actually be employed gainfully ‑‑ that's not a volunteer position. It's a position that's budgeted for. They would travel around to community events. They would be doing live reports. They would be representing the station.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11146 The concept is to go out into the community to bring the cultures of the particular communities back to the larger audience. They would journalistic in their nature, simply because they would have to go out and ask the questions to come back to report about the particular events.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11147 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay. You mentioned that preferably broadcasting students. Is there a broadcasting college in ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11148 MR. NEWMAN: There ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11149 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ Cape Breton, or is there a communications school in Cape Breton?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11150 MR. NEWMAN: There had been for a short time, some time ago, back in the '80s, some type of broadcasting school that was attached to one of the high schools. There was a program being taught in the media, in a very general sense, but there is no university ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11151 COMMISSIONER NOEL: So basically ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11152 MR. NEWMAN: Cape Breton university.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11153 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ we're talking summer students' job, and not permanent jobs here?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11154 MR. NEWMAN: It's very likely, as in the case of one of our producers in St. John's, that this position does lead to a permanent position as the company grows, and the requirement for ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11155 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Yes, but you mentioned broadcasting students, and since there's no broadcasting students here in Cape Breton, you ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11156 MR. NEWMAN: No, ideally, we would repatriate people from the Cape Breton region who have gone away to school, be that to Carlton, be that to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11157 COMMISSIONER NOEL: That's what I mean. It will be ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11158 MR. NEWMAN: ‑‑ AMI.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11159 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ a summer, it will be a summer job maybe leading to a permanent position, but it would not be students during the year that are also experiencing on the ground their ‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11160 MR. NEWMAN: Some of the broadcasting ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11161 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Their journalistic skills?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11162 MR. NEWMAN: Some of the broadcasting schools do offer internships that are outside of the normal summer hours, but yes, it ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11163 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Co‑op programs, then?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11164 MR. NEWMAN: It would be ‑‑ that would be something that we would be availing from, whether that be AMI in Halifax, the College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, which is just across the water, or some of the larger universities.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11165 COMMISSIONER NOEL: But mostly summer students?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11166 MR. NEWMAN: There's ‑‑ certainly the summer cruiser position is a summer position, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11167 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay. Now what does that su‑, what is a summer cruiser? You mean he's cruising in a car around the island?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11168 MR. NEWMAN: Essentially, I guess the, he ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11169 COMMISSIONER NOEL: He's, he's becoming to ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11170 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11171 COMMISSIONER NOEL: To be the expert on the Cabot Trail?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11172 MR. NEWMAN: We'd certainly help you, yes. The summer cruiser position is ‑‑ yes, it's a, it's dedicated to travelling around the community to bring back the message from the community back to the masses. Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11173 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay. Now what type of support would, will those students, or interns, as you call them, get from full‑time staff?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11174 MR. NEWMAN: Well, certainly just first and foremost, the experience of going out and meeting people, taking advantage, if they are expatriate Cape Bretoners, of coming back home and re‑establishing that if they're in the journalistic will certainly become invaluable. From a full‑time position, certainly the ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11175 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Mmm hmm.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11176 MR. NEWMAN: The staff members are encouraged to offer advice, offer direction. It would be the operation manager, and the program director's job to do air checks with them, to give them direction, to offer them suggestions of areas to travel.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11177 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Will there be supervision before they go on‑air?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11178 MR. NEWMAN: Absolutely, yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11179 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Okay. We'll tackle the CCD aspect, and as it's very technical, you'll have to bear with me. I'm going to ask you very technical questions. I think you've heard them before.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11180 In your 29 January 2007 response, you modified your original CCD funding proposal to reflect the Commission's new CCD contribution regime outlined in the Commission Radio Policy. Could you confirm your understanding that if licensed, your station will have to contribute a basic annual CCD contribution imposed by regulations based on the station's total annual revenues, and in the amounts as set out in paragraph 116 of the new Radio Policy; that is Public Notice CRTC 2006‑158?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11181 MR. NEWMAN: Yes, we ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11182 COMMISSIONER NOEL: And based on your financial projection, projections, this would represent a basic annual CCD contribution of $1,000 in years one through seven?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11183 MR. NEWMAN: Our planned third‑party donations are now $1,500 annually to FACTOR, as outlined in our deficiencies. We recognize that that is an overage, and we are certainly willing to commit to any of the conditions of license under the CCD proposal.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11184 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Could you confirm your understanding that no less of 60 percent of the station's basic annual CCD contribution must be allocated either to FACTOR, or music action, and the remaining amount, if any, may be directed to any eligible CCD initiatives at your discretion?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11185 MR. NEWMAN: Yes, we understand that, and are prepared to accept that.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11186 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11187 And as set out in the new Commercial Radio Policy, a new annual basic CCD contribution will be imposed on all commercial radio licensees by regulation. The Commission could impose a transitory condition of license, COL, reflecting the new basic annual CCD until such time as the regulations comes into force. Once the regulation is in place, the COL would expire.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11188 Do you have any comments regarding the Commission imposing such a COL?
LISTNUM 1 \l 11189 MR. NEWMAN: The Commission's recommendations for this particular marketplace, and based on our financial projections, we have no issue with it being a transitional condition of license, no.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11190 COMMISSIONER NOEL: Thank you.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11191 And as you certainly recall from the past, under the previous Canadian Talent Development Policy, the CTD Policy, an applicant or licensee could choose to exceed the minimum annual basic CTD contribution.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11192 Under the old CTD Policy, it was clear that your funding proposal exceeded the minimum planned requirements.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11193 As part of this application, you are proposing to contribute additional annual funding to CCD that would be over and above the basic required CCD contribution.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11194 Can you confirm for us the total annual amount of this over and above CCD contribution? That is over and above the $1,000 that I mentioned ‑‑
LISTNUM 1 \l 11195 MR. NEWMAN: Yes.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11196 COMMISSIONER NOEL: ‑‑ earlier.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11197 MR. NEWMAN: Our planned third‑party donations which, if you take the $1,000 off, becomes an additional $500 to FACTOR per year.
LISTNUM 1 \l 11198 COMMISSIONER NOEL: 500 to FACTOR. Yeah?
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