CRTC Rejects Appeal, Denies Complaint Over Song
May 15, 2007 at 5:49 AM (PT)
The CRTC says that a song broadcast on MCGILL UNIVERSITY noncommercial CKUT/MONTREAL did not violate the Broadcasting Act and has turned down an appeal of the staff's determination in the matter.
In 2005, the station's "SPACE BOP" show played a song by the TIGER LILIES, "Banging In the Nails," which two MONTREAL residents complained was "distasteful, hateful and 'gleefully mocked' the Crucifixion," violating the Canadian Human Rights Act. The station said the song was satirical but apologized for the airing nonetheless. The complainants rejected the apology and took the case to the CRTC. The CRTC ruled that the station took adequate measures to address the situation and the song was satirical and appropriate to the tone of the particular station and show and within the reasonable expectations of listeners to that station.