OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced
that it is restricting the use of musical montages by two Francophone
commercial radio stations. A condition of licence has been imposed on
Astral's station CKTF-FM and Cogeco's station CKOI-FM limiting their
broadcasting of montages to no more than 10% of total programming per
A musical montage is a compilation of excerpts from a number of songs
played without interruption. Although it may contain excerpts from
several songs, a montage is considered a single piece of music for
purposes of calculating the levels of Canadian content and
French-language vocal music (FVM). Used properly, montages allow
audiences to sample selections that would not otherwise be broadcast,
or to discover new artists.
CKTF-FM and CKOI-FM were broadcasting up to 18% of long montages
composed almost exclusively of popular English-language and
non-Canadian music. Given that CKTF-FM's licence was also up for
renewal, the Commission imposed a four-year renewal period on the
The CRTC also imposed a shorter renewal period of five years on RNC
Media's station CFTX-FM because of its failure to comply with the
regulations on the required levels of FVM.
In an information bulletin published today, the CRTC consolidated its
goals and its expectations with regard to the use of montages and
specified what would constitute an inappropriate use of montages. It
also announced that it may impose conditions of licence similar to
those imposed on CKTF-FM and CKOI-FM to all broadcasters who allot more
than 10% of their programming to montages in their broadcast week.
"There is a widespread trend on the part of some French-language
broadcasters to use montages inappropriately," commented Tom
Pentefountas, the CRTC's Vice Chairman of Broadcasting. "Some licensees
appear to be using montages to circumvent the requirements for
French-language vocal music. We are finding that for some Francophone
commercial stations, the current quotas represent a particular
challenge given their target audience and the market they serve."
In view of this situation, the CRTC will gather data on the
French-language private radio industry and on the Francophone music
industry in order to more fully understand the problem.
The CRTC will hold a symposium in the winter of 2012 to discuss with key
stakeholders the results of this data gathering, the evolution of the
market for French-language music, and the role of radio in the
broadcast and promotion of FVM. The CRTC will reconsider its regulatory
requirements with respect to FVM and montages when it undertakes a more
comprehensive review of policies affecting the Francophone commercial
radio sector. This review should be initiated in 2012.
Broadcasting Decision 2011-725
Broadcasting Decision 2011-726
Broadcasting Decision 2011-727
Information Bulletin 2011-728
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-188
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