CRTC Orders Cross-Border Vancouver Punjabi Broadcasters Off The Air, But One Plans Appeal
November 17, 2014 at 4:02 AM (PT)
The CRTC issued orders last week prohibiting three programmers from targeting the Indian population in the VANCOUVER market with programming airing on U.S. stations heard in the area. SHER-E-PUNJAB BROADCASTING INC. of RICHMOND, BC, airing on BBC BROADCASTING, INC. Ethnic KRPI-A/FERNDALE, WA; RADIO INDIA, airing on MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTING Ethnic KVRI-A/BLAINE, WA; and RADIO PUNJAB LTD. of SURREY, BC, airing on NEW AGE MEDIA Ethnic KRPA-A/OAK HARBOUR, WA were put under a mandatory order not to broadcast over U.S. signals back into the VANCOUVER market.
SHER-E-PUNJAB and RADIO PUNJAB entered consent orders with the Commission in OCTOBER (NET NEWS 10/14), but RADIO INDIA did not, and the latter's Managing Director MANINDER GILL told THE GLOBE AND MAIL, "We are doing everything by the Canadian Broadcasting Act and we are going to appeal this decision to the federal court."