CRTC Reviewing 'Hits' Rule
January 4, 2008 at 4:45 PM (PT)
The CRTC is asking for comment on a review of its long-standing rule prohibiting some FM stations from playing too many hits.
Under the rule, English-language commercial FM stations are restricted to under 50% hits, with campus stations restricted to 10% hits and instructional stations kept under 30%. In MONTREAL and OTTAWA-GATINEAU, hits are defined as pre-DECEMBER 31st, 1980 chart hits. The Commission is reconsidering the rule in light of the rise of the Adult Hits format, future AM digital service, ownership consolidation, satellite radio and other new technologies.
Among the items to be reviewed is the possibility of allowing Oldies stations on FM (and its impact on using FM to promote emerging Canadian artists), the MONTREAL-OTTAWA-GATINEAU rule and whether it is effective in preserving linguistic diversity in those markets, and the addition of more charts to the definition of "hits."
Comments are due in the proceeding by MARCH 4th.