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Tue Jun 19 10:49 am  #1


CRTC Starts Hearing On Pulling Radio Licences - Including Kitchener

The CRTC opened a hearing on Tuesday that I would definitely not want to be a part of. Four radio stations are being called on the carpet for repeated non-compliance issues, and the Commission's Broadcasting V.P. Caroline Simard admitted some of their rights to broadcast could be pulled if they don't properly explain themselves. 

Of the four, two are in Quebec and two in Ontario. The latter consists of a station in Christian Island, which I know little about beyond that it's a place near Midland. The other is CKWR-FM in Kitchener and what the CRTC veep has to say about them doesn't sound promising.

From her opening remarks:

"The licensee is in a situation of potential non-compliance for the third consecutive licence term. For the current period of licence, it seems that [owner] Wired World Inc. did not submit its annual reports for the past two years nor did it follow the regulations concerning the implementation of the National Public Alerting System. It also seems that CKWR-FM did not adhere to the regulations regarding Canadian music during the periods intended for ethnic shows for a given period...

"The CRTC would like to remind them that having a broadcasting licence is a privilege. This hearing will help assess whether the licensees should continue to benefit from this privilege."


It's rare but not unheard of that the Commission takes away a licence to broadcast. (The old Aboriginal Voices at 106.5 in Toronto comes to mind as the latest example.) As Ricky Ricardo often said to Lucy, "you got some 'splainin' to do." It should be interesting to see what those explanations might be. 

CRTC Opening remarks

 

Mon Jul 2 5:23 pm  #2


Re: CRTC Starts Hearing On Pulling Radio Licences - Including Kitchener

Interesting article about CKWR in today's Record:

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8708165-ckwr-fights-to-keep-broadcast-licence/

From the article:

In his arguments to the commission, CKWR board member and compliance officer Peter Beacock said the station has taken steps to fix the recent noncompliance issues, including replacing most of the station's leadership, firing an unqualified bookkeeper, and putting renewed emphasis on staff training.

In an interview with the Record, Beacock — who only joined the station this past May — said the station had suffered from years of poor leadership and oversight. In response, five of seven board members have been replaced since last November, and the former station president and vice-president were also required to step down.



At least it looks like the station is taking proactive steps to fix things.  I guess we'll find out if it's too little too late.
 

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Tue Jul 3 9:27 am  #3


Re: CRTC Starts Hearing On Pulling Radio Licences - Including Kitchener

Thank you for the update.

 

Mon Jul 16 4:56 pm  #4


Re: CRTC Starts Hearing On Pulling Radio Licences - Including Kitchener

CKWR kept its licence - but maybe not for long. In a decision released Monday, the Commission gave the Kitchener station permission to keep going - but only from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018. That's a total of only four months. It still faces demands for the reasons behind a host of non-compliance issues. This gives them a little more time, but not much to explain themselves.

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Tue Jul 17 11:10 am  #5


Re: CRTC Starts Hearing On Pulling Radio Licences - Including Kitchener

The 4 month renewal is generally an administrative one while they deal with any issues.  Expect a final decision within that period and if they keep their licence maybe a two year renewal so they can be monitored for compliance.

 

Thu Aug 9 7:42 am  #6


Re: CRTC Starts Hearing On Pulling Radio Licences - Including Kitchener

More trouble for this already troubled radio station, after one of its now released hosts goes on an online rant accusing management of racism and that "white content" is replacing some of its multicultural programming.

It comes after CKWR received a slap from the CRTC for a host of infractions and was given only a temporary licence renewal last month. 

Schedule change roils Kitchener community radio station  

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