CRTC OKs One New FM, Nixes Another
December 12, 2007 at 12:42 PM (PT)
MARITIME BROADCASTING SYSTEM LTD.'s application to operate its new FM in WINDSOR, NS at 92.9 FM with 23,800 watts has been rejected by the CRTC. MARITIME won the right to move its CFAB-A to FM but needed to find an acceptable frequency, and the CRTC says that the proposed 92.9 FM facility would not be the best use of a class C1 channel, which it would prefer to assign to cover the entire adjacent HALIFAX market.
The CRTC did, however, approve a new transmitter at YARMOUTH, NS to retransmit the CBC RADIO TWO programming of CBH-F/HALIFAX. THe new transmitter will operate with 19,900 watts at 98.5 FM.
And the Commission has ruled that the CBC's French-language RADIO-CANADA network did not violate the prohibition of abusive comments by airing eight episodes of the shows "PORQUOI PAS DIMANCHE" and "SAMEDI ET RIEN D'AUTRE" with JOEL LE BIGOT, who made comments about Jews and Muslims that drew a complaint, but that the programming did fail to meet the "high standard" requirement of the Broadcasting Act. The Commission instructed the CBC to "be more vigilant" about its programming in light of LE BIGOT's comments about a Jewish hockey player and Muslim women's veils.