A panel for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will be in Calgary all week for public hearings from 12 applicants looking to diversify the radio airwaves.
Eleven of the applications, which will be heard at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference centre until Friday, are after licences to operate commercial FM radio stations in Calgary.
The panel will also hear from Corus, which wants to install an FM Transmitter at its existing AM station CHQR. Decisions on applications will be made in the next few months.
Among the 11 applying for licences, five are looking to broadcast ethnic-based specialty FM radio programming.
The remaining six are looking to operate English-language commercial FM music programming in Calgary, ranging from adult contemporary, to 1990s country music, to adult album alternative.
The panel will base its decisions on quality of applications, the state of competition, the diversity of editorial voices, the capacity of the market to support new radio stations and the financial resources of the applicant.