CRTC Revokes Aboriginal Voices Radio's Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa FM Licenses
June 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM (PT)
The CRTC has revoked the licenses of ABORIGINAL VOICES RADIO for AC-Aboriginal CKAV (VOICES RADIO)/TORONTO and rebroadcasters CKAV-FM-2/VANCOUVER, CKAV-FM-3/CALGARY, CKAV-FM-4/EDMONTON, and CKAV-FM-9/OTTAWA due to "AVR’s repeated and serious non-compliance with its regulatory obligations over four consecutive licence terms... as well as the Commission’s complete lack of confidence in the licensee’s ability to broadcast in compliance with those obligations going forward and therefore meet the unique needs of Aboriginal people." The stations must cease broadcasting on JULY 25th.
Violations in the latest license term included failure to file accurate program logs and logger tapes, failure to file annual returns for 2013-14, failure to broadcast regular daily local newscasts with five distinct stories of "direct and particular relevance to the Aboriginal community," failure to file annual updates on the achievement of AVR's business objectives, and failure to file audited financial statements. The licensee blamed its violations on its not-for-profit status and the competitive disadvantages that constraint imposed.
In its ruling, the CRTC said that "the Aboriginal community has not been well served by the AVR stations. For example, the OTTAWA station has not been broadcasting since Fall 2014 and therefore this market has not been receiving any of the Aboriginal music or spoken word programming that AVR offers. Further, the licensee admitted that it had not been providing the local programming and news it had committed to offer in the other four markets it is licensed to serve.
"As a result, the Commission is not convinced that, if renewed, the licensee would operate its stations in a manner that would adequately fulfill its mandate to serve the Aboriginal community."
The agency is opening the frequencies up for applications for new stations aimed at the Aboriginal community.
B.C. Station Loses License, Too
In addition, SALT SPRING ISLAND RADIO CORP.'s license for community station CFSI/SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC and retransmitter CFSI-FM-1/MOUNT BRUCE, BC has been revoked as well. Violations included program log and logger tape filings, submission of self-assessment reports and music lists, a shortfall of $9,000 in Canadian Content Development contributions, and failure to provide other information. Several interveners, mostly former employees or volunteers, complained about SALT SPRING principal SUKHDEV SINGH DHILLON, saying that he was "seldom present at the station, did not pay bills or employees on time, and did not maintain the station’s equipment to an acceptable standard"; all employees left the station in MARCH.
KYK Radio X/Saguenay Gets OK To Air Habs
But the CRTC approved GROUPE RADIO ANTENNE 6 INC.'s application to amend its license to allow French Alternative-Active Rock CKYK (KYK RADIO X)/ALMA-SAGUENAY, QC to add MONTREAL CANADIENS and CHICOUTIMI SAGUENÉENS hockey play-by-play, putting the station over the 50% mark for spoken word content.