CRTC revokes licence of dormant Winnipeg radio station

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, July 24 /CNW Telbec/ - In a decision released today,
the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
announced that it has revoked the licence of the campus instructional station
CJWV-FM Winnipeg. The licensee, Harmony Broadcasting Corporation, has been in
breach of various regulations and conditions of licence since 2005 and has
failed to comply with a number of mandatory orders imposed by the Commission.
The station has not been broadcasting since October 2007.
    "The use of Canada's public airwaves is a privilege, and the rules and
regulations must be followed. Failure to do so not only contravenes the Radio
Regulations but also puts the integrity of the broadcasting system at risk,"
said Len Katz, Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications and Chair of the panel.
    Harmony Broadcasting was called to appear before the Commission in
September 2006 to explain why it had not complied with its terms of licence.
As a result, in January 2007, the Commission imposed six mandatory orders as
conditions for keeping its licence.
    These mandatory orders required that they submit on-air tapes and other
information, broadcast a specified level of Canadian music including special
interest music as prescribed by the regulations, news, and educational
programming as required by condition of licence. Harmony Broadcasting
Corporation remained in non-compliance of these mandatory orders, and
particularly failed on two separate occasions to submit on-air tapes as
requested by the Commission.
    On June 4, 2008, the CRTC held a public hearing in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
where interested parties of CJWV-FM were given an opportunity to appear before
the Commission to explain why the radio station should maintain its
broadcasting licence. No convincing reasons for maintaining the licence were
advanced. Given the licensee's past history of non-compliance, the CRTC
concluded that revoking Harmony Broadcasting's licence is warranted.

    Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-146

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Reference document: Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-37

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