OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted a
licence to Rock 95 Broadcasting, allowing it to launch a new radio
station to serve the Toronto market at 88.1 FM. Rock 95 will offer an
English-language music format with a focus on independent and emerging
Canadian artists. Forty per cent of the music featured on the new
station will be Canadian musical selections, of which at least 60 per
cent will be from emerging artists.
"Even in the age of digital media, Canadian artists who do not have
major-label support face a tough road to success. Rock 95's station
will give much-needed radio exposure to those artists and listeners
will have an opportunity to discover new talent," said Leonard Katz,
the CRTC's Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications and Chair of the hearing
panel. "We received some very compelling applications, but could only
award one licence."
Following a call for applications, the CRTC considered 22 proposals for
the use of 88.1 FM in the Toronto market. The applications were
analyzed according to the following criteria:
the diversity of voices in the market
the impact a new station would have on the competitive state of the
radio market, and
the quality of the application.
The CRTC also granted a licence to Bhupinder Bola for the use of 105.9
FM in Markham. The new station will offer ethnic programming with a
contemporary and alternative music format.
Today's decisions follow a proceeding that included a public hearing,
which was held from May 7 to 16, 2012 in Toronto.
Broadcasting Decision 2012-485
Broadcasting Decision 2012-486
Broadcasting Decision 2012-487
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-126
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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