June 29 2015
The CRTC has announced calls for applications for a station to serve the Vancouver area. The Commission has received applications by Sher-E-Punjab Radio Broadcasting Inc. (Sher-E-Punjab) for a broadcasting licence to operate an AM ethnic commercial radio station for Vancouver, and by South Asian Broadcasting Corporation Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence of its ethnic commercial radio station CKYE-FM Vancouver by adding a rebroadcasting transmitter in Surrey. With that in mind, the CRTC has opened the door to applications from other parties wishing to obtain a radio licence to serve this area.
The Commission is of the view that the existence of three cross-border stations transmitting into the Lower Mainland from Washington State indicates that there is demand in the Vancouver market for additional ethnic radio programming services. Therefore, as indicated in the introduction of this notice, the Commission will give preference to proposals to serve the market’s ethnic communities. It should be noted, however, that, in making this call, the Commission has not reached any conclusion with respect to the licensing of any service at this time.
Interested parties must submit a duly completed application to the Commission no later than September 17, 2015.
The full CRTC press release can be found HERE.