Hector Broadcasting, the New Glasgow, NS-based company that’s announced its intention to sell CKEC-FM and CKEZ-FM to Newcap Radio, owes roughly $600,000 to the federal government, according to court records. Hector has been ordered to pay the money under the Income Tax and Excise Tax Act for 2016 and 2017. The sale of the stations is subject to approval by the CRTC.
The Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) in the Peace River region has shuttered its Francophone community radio station CKRP-FM, which ceased broadcasting on Nov. 21. The station was launched in 1996, but experienced difficulties, including transmission problems and a lack of volunteers. The majority of programming had originated from Montreal in recent years.
The CRTC has approved the Radio Communautaire Francophone et Francophile de l’Outaouais (Radio Franco) application for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language community AM radio station in Gatineau. The new station would operate at 1350 kHz with a daytime transmitter power of 1,000 watts and a nighttime transmitter power of 180 watts. It would broadcast 126 hours of local programming each broadcast week, including local and regional news, sports coverage and spoken word programming focusing on provincial and national news.
CBC Information Morning Moncton raised $190,294 in just three hours, with the baton then passed to Radio-Canada to carry on the fundraiser. The annual campaign raises funds for the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital and its oncology centre.
The 17th annual Tree of Hope/l’Arbe de l’espoir radio-thon raised $1,619,743 on Nov. 24.
Ernie Calcutt and Jeff Avery were inducted into the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame prior to the 105th Grey Cup game in Ottawa. Avery, a former Ottawa Rough Riders wide receiver, has been a radio analyst now for 30 years, while Calcutt was the voice of the team from the early 1960s until his death in 1984. Calcutt was represented by family members at Sunday’s induction.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) says comments broadcast during Énergie le matin on Énergie 94.3 (CKMF-FM) Montreal violated the CAB Code of Ethics because the host clearly advocated vigilante justice in response to a news story about a controversial Twitter post. The complaint stemmed from the Oct. 19, 2016 morning show as the hosts discussed a controversial tweet which made reference to feminists and the 1989 École Polytechnique shooting. One host expressed the view that the man should be beaten up, a view he repeated several times. The panel found the disagreement of his co-host did not suffice to mitigate the comments.
Kim Komando, talk radio’s “digital goddess,” is coming back to Canada in a syndication partnership with Vancouver-based Momentum Media Networks. Heard on more than 450 U.S. stations, Komando has evolved her Q&A technology program into a multi-media brand that includes a three-hour weekend show, daily audio feature, digital content, and a daily one to two minute television feature designed for local newscasts. Click for more info on Komando’s brand of advice for living in digital times. This week’s Broadcast Dialogue podcast features an interview with Komando below.