Friday, July 30, 2010

Canadian station gone -- for good

St. Catharines, Ontario: 1220KHz:
CHSC licence to expire in 31 days.

In Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-533, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decided not to renew the licence of CHSC-1220 St. Catharines.

In the Commission's conclusion, they wrote:

Pellpropco has shown a history of repeated non-compliance and disregard for its regulatory obligations since acquiring CHSC in 2002. The Commission considers that, under the same circumstances of being denied a licence amendment due to non-compliance and of being called to a mandatory hearing mid-licence, a responsible licensee would have understood the seriousness of its situation and the Commission’s warnings at that time, seized the opportunity to rectify the situation and taken all necessary steps to do so as quickly as possible. However, Pellpropco has taken the opposite course of action, committing repeated and further acts of non-compliance and taking steps to bring itself into compliance only after intervention by Commission staff and at the outset of the public hearing itself. In fact, the licensee’s explanations for non-compliance, steps toward compliance and proposed remedies seem to have been made in haste, leaving the Commission unconvinced as to the seriousness with which the licensee takes its regulatory obligations, as well as its ability and willingness to bring the station into compliance.

Some of the violations cited include:

  • Inadequate news coverage, at least in English. (see below)

  • Failure to file required paperwork.

  • Failure to assist in development of Canadian content, as required by regulations.

  • No operational studio in St. Catharines.

  • Too much concentration on Italian-language programming to a Toronto audience, instead of programming to St. Catharines as required.

  • The CHSC licence expires at the end of August. Presumably the station will go away on that date. In the States I would expect this to be appealed to the bitter end, but from what I'm hearing, in Canada this may be final.


    Doug Smith said...

    Well, maybe it's not final.

    Word has it CHSC has filed an appeal, and will be allowed to continue to operate pending resolution of that appeal.

    Doug Smith said...

    OK, now it's final...

    According to the St. Catharines Standard, on Thursday, September 30th, the Federal Court of Appeal decided not to hear CHSC's case. The CRTC's decision to "un-renew" the CHSC licence stands.