CKUN-FM, Aboriginal, Christian Island
On March 24, Isadore H. Peltier, on behalf of Chimnissing Communications was granted a licence for an English-and Native-language FM station at Christian Island. The new station would broadcast 56 hours each week of local programming of which approximately 2.5% would be in the Ojibway language. The station would cover community events in Christian Island and offer news from a native perspective. The new station would operate on 101.3 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 900 watts.
CKUN-FM signed on the air.
On July 23 the CRTC approved an application by Chimnissing Communications to change the authorized contours of CKUN-FM Christian Island by increasing the antenna height from 22.6 metres to 47.6 metres. The increase in the antenna height is to resolve interference problems that will be caused by the technical changes approved in 2003 for CIQB-FM Barrie.
The CRTC renewed the licence for CKUN to August 31, 2018. The short licence term renewal would allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with the regulatory requirements. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2015-153, the Commission stated that the licensee was in apparent non-compliance with section 9(2) and 9(4)(b) of the Regulations relating to the filing of annual returns and financial statements and to the requirement to respond to Commission requests.
In November, CKUN received a short-term licence renewal from the CRTC, to August 31, 2021. Ongoing issues of non-compliance led to this decision.
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