CJCN-FM, Connect FM - Ethnic, Surrey
Akash Broadcasting Inc.
Akash Broadcasting Inc
On November 28, the CRTC approved an application by Akash Broadcasting Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a new ethnic commercial specialty FM radio station to serve Surrey. All of the station’s programming would be ethnic, targeting a minimum of 21 distinct ethnic groups in at least 14 languages, and at least 77% of the programming would be broadcast in third languages. The programming would be devoted primarily to the South Asian population, particularly the Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu communities. The station would broadcast 11 hours and 6 minutes of news. Akash committed to devote, by condition of licence, at least 50% of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) broadcast over the broadcast week to Canadian selections. At least 12% of its musical selections from content category 3 (Special Interest Music) would be devoted to Canadian selections during ethnic programming periods. The licence will expire 31 August 2023. The station would operate at 91.5 MHz with an average ERP of 290 watts (maximum ERP of 1,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 121.9 metres).
On March 5, the CRTC approved an application by Akash to change the authorized contours of the unlaunched CJCN-FM by increasing the average ERP from 290 to 320 watts, increasing the EHAAT from 121.9 to 193.9 metres and relocating the transmitter site. Akash submitted that the technical changes were necessary because the transmitter site it originally proposed was no longer available.
On September 20, the commission approved an application by Akash Broadcasting to change the authorized contours of the still unlaunched CJCN-FM by increasing the ERP from 320 to 600 watts (maximum ERP from 1,000 to 1,900 watts), decreasing the EHAAT from 193.9 to 128.5 metres and relocating the transmitter site. Akash indicated that the changes were necessary because the transmitter site approved earlier in the year was no longer available due to circumstances beyond its control.
CJCN 91.5 “Connect FM” began on-air testing on December 20.
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