Broadcasting notice of consultation 2015-412

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Reference: 2014-554

Ottawa, 1 September 2015

Call for comments on proposed amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986 to implement determinations relating to logs, records and the Station Self-assessment Report form

The Commission calls for comments on proposed amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations) regarding logs and records. Once finalized, these amendments will implement determinations set out in the Commission’s targeted policy review of the commercial radio sector. Specifically, the Commission stated that it would modernize wording, standardize retention requirements and add the Station Self-assessment Report form as an appendix to the Regulations.

The deadline for the submission of comments is 1 October 2015.

Introduction

  1. On 30 October 2013, the Commission launched a proceeding to review certain aspects of the commercial radio sector (see Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2013-572). This review covered, among other things, certain provisions in the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations) relating to the maintenance and submission of logs and records.
  2. The Commission set out its determinations resulting from the review of those provisions in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2014-554. Specifically, it stated that it would amend the Regulations to require the retention of program logs and audio recordings for four weeks following the date of broadcast, and to incorporate other changes relating to logs and records, and reporting requirements, as set out in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2013-572.
  3. In the present notice, the Commission proposes to amend the Regulations to implement those determinations. The amendments will:
    • replace the expression “machine readable record” with “record,” and the expression “tape recording” with “audio recording,” to modernize and clarify the wording of the Regulations;
    • synchronize the retention requirements for program logs or records, and audio recordings, to four weeks following the date of the broadcast; and
    • include the most recent Station Self-assessment Report form as an appendix to the Regulations to provide clarity, certainty, transparency and ease of reference.

Call for comments

  1. The proposed amendments to the Regulations are appended to this notice. The Commission invites comments on the wording of the proposed amendments. The Commission will accept interventions that it receives on or before 1 October 2015.

Procedure

  1. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules of Procedure) apply to the present proceeding. The Rules of Procedure set out, among other things, the rules for content, format, filing and service of interventions, replies, answers of respondents and requests for information; the procedure for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure; and the conduct of public hearings. Accordingly, the procedure set out below must be read in conjunction with the Rules of Procedure and its accompanying documents, which can be found on the Commission’s website under “Statutes and Regulations.” Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin 2010-959 provides information to help interested persons and parties understand the Rules of Procedure so that they can more effectively participate in Commission proceedings.
  2. The proposed amendments are appended to this notice. The Commission invites comments on the wording of the proposed amendments. The Commission will accept interventions that it receives on or before 1 October 2015.
  3. The Commission encourages interested persons and parties to monitor the record of the proceeding, available on the Commission’s website, for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their submissions.
  4. Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary. Each paragraph of all submissions should be numbered, and the line ***End of document*** should follow the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during electronic transmission.
  5. Pursuant to Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin 2015-242, the Commission expects incorporated entities and associations, and encourages all Canadians, to file submissions for Commission proceedings in accessible formats (for example, text-based file formats that allow text to be enlarged or modified, or read by screen readers). To provide assistance in this regard, the Commission has posted on its website guidelines for preparing documents in accessible formats.
  6. Submissions must be filed by sending them to the Secretary General of the Commission using only one of the following means:

by completing the
[Intervention/comment/answer form]

or

by mail to
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2

or

by fax at
819-994-0218

  1. Parties who send documents electronically must ensure that they will be able to prove, upon Commission request, that service/filing of a particular document was completed. Accordingly, parties must keep proof of the sending and receipt of each document for 180 days after the date on which the document is filed. The Commission advises parties who file and serve documents by electronic means to exercise caution when using email for the service of documents, as it may be difficult to establish that service has occurred.
  2. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure, a document must be received by the Commission and all relevant parties by 5 p.m. Vancouver time (8 p.m. Ottawa time) on the date it is due. Parties are responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of their submissions and will not be notified if their submissions are received after the deadline. Late submissions, including those due to postal delays, will not be considered by the Commission and will not be made part of the public record.
  3. The Commission will not formally acknowledge submissions. It will, however, fully consider all submissions, which will form part of the public record of the proceeding, provided that the procedure for filing set out above has been followed.

Important notice

  1. All information that parties provide as part of this public process, except information designated confidential, whether sent by postal mail, facsimile, email or through the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca, becomes part of a publicly accessible file and will be posted on the Commission’s website. This information includes personal information, such as full names, email addresses, postal/street addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers, etc.
  2. The personal information that parties provide will be used and may be disclosed for the purpose for which the information was obtained or compiled by the Commission, or for a use consistent with that purpose.
  3. Documents received electronically or otherwise will be put on the Commission’s website in their entirety exactly as received, including any personal information contained therein, in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in PDF format.
  4. The information that parties provide to the Commission as part of this public process is entered into an unsearchable database dedicated to this specific public process. This database is accessible only from the web page of this particular public process. As a result, a general search of the Commission’s website with the help of either its own search engine or a third-party search engine will not provide access to the information that was provided as part of this public process.

Availability of documents

  1. Electronic versions of the interventions and of other documents referred to in this notice, are available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by visiting the “Participate” section, selecting “Submit Ideas and Comments,” and then selecting “our open processes.” Documents can then be accessed by clicking on the links in the “Subject” and “Related Documents” columns associated with this particular notice.
  2. Documents are also available from Commission offices, upon request, during normal business hours.

Location of Commission offices

Toll-free telephone: 1-877-249-2782
Toll-free TDD: 1-877-909-2782

Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Central Building
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B1
Tel.: 819-997-2429
Fax: 819-994-0218

Regional offices

Nova Scotia

Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road
Suite 1410
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3A 4S5
Tel.: 902-426-7997
Fax: 902-426-2721

Quebec

505 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Suite 205
Montréal, Quebec
H3A 3C2
Tel.: 514-283-6607

Ontario

55 St. Clair Avenue East
Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1M2
Tel.: 416-952-9096

Manitoba

360 Main Street
Suite 970
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 3Z3
Tel.: 204-983-6306
Fax: 204-983-6317

Saskatchewan

403 – 1975 Scarth Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 2H1
Tel.: 306-780-3422
Fax: 306-780-3319

Alberta

200 – 4th Avenue South-East
Suite 574
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 4X3
Tel.: 403-292-6660
Fax: 403-292-6686

British Columbia

858 Beatty Street
Suite 290
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 1C1
Tel.: 604-666-2111
Fax: 604-666-8322

Secretary General

Related documents

  • Filing submissions for Commission proceedings in accessible formats, Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2015-242, 8 June 2015
  • A targeted policy review of the commercial radio sector, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-554, 28 October 2014
  • Call for comments on a targeted policy review for the commercial radio sector, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-572, 30 October 2013
  • Guidelines on the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure, Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-959, 23 December 2010

Appendix to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-412

Regulations Amending the Radio Regulations, 1986

AMENDMENTS

  • 1. (1) Paragraphs 8(1)(a) and (b) of the Radio Regulations, 1986are replaced by the following:
    • (a) keep, in a form acceptable to the Commission, a program log or a record of the matter broadcast by the licensee;
    • (b) retain the log or record for a period of four weeks after the date when the matter was broadcast; and
  • (2) Clauses 8(1)(c)(iv)(D) and (E) of the Regulations are replaced by the following:
    • (D) the code set out in Schedule 1 indicating the origin of the program and, if applicable, the language type or group, and
    • (E) if applicable, the code set out in Schedule 1 identifying non-Canadian programming, and
  • (3) Subsection 8(2) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:
    • (2) When a program falls into more than one content category, a licensee shall cause to be entered in its program log or record the numbers of the two principal content categories in descending order of their relative importance in terms of broadcast time.
  • (4) Subsection 8(4) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:
    • (4) A licensee shall furnish, to the Commission on request, its program log or record for any day, with a certificate signed by or on behalf of the licensee attesting to the accuracy of its content.
  • (5) The portion of subsection 8(5) of the Regulations before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:
    • (5) A licensee shall retain a clear and intelligible audio recording or other exact copy of all matter broadcast
  • (6) Subsection 8(6) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:
    • (6) When, before the expiry of the applicable period referred to in subsection (5), the Commission requests from the licensee a clear and intelligible audio recording or other exact copy of matter broadcast, the licensee shall furnish it to the Commission without delay.
  • 2. Paragraph 9(3)(a) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:
    1. (a) the information required by the Station Self-assessment Report set out in Schedule 2; and
  • 3. The schedule to the Regulations is numbered as Schedule 1.
  • 4. Schedule 1 to the Regulations is amended by replacing the section references after the heading “SCHEDULE 1” with the following:
    • (Clauses 8(1)(c)(iv)(D) and (E))
  • 5. The Regulations are amended by adding, after Schedule 1, the Schedule 2 set out in the schedule to these Regulations.
  • COMING INTO FORCE
  • 6. These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

SCHEDULE

(Section 5)

SCHEDULE 2

(Paragraph 9(3)(a))
STATION SELF-ASSESSMENT REPORT

STATION IDENTIFICATION: __________________________________________

NAME OF THE PERSON COMPLETING THE REPORT FOR THE LICENSEE:

_____________________________________________________

LOCATION OF THE STATION:

__________________________________________

TITLE OF THE PERSON: _____________________________________________________

WEEK OF: ________________________________

PHONE NO: _____________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: _____________________________________________________

Table 1
CANADIAN CONTENT BROADCAST BETWEEN 06:00 AND 24:00
Number of selections broadcast Number of Canadian musical selections Percentage of Canadian content
Category 2 Category 3 Category 2 Category 3 Category 2 Category 3
Sunday            
Monday            
Tuesday            
Wednesday            
Thursday            
Friday            
Saturday            
TOTAL            
Table 2
CANADIAN CONTENT BROADCAST BETWEEN 06:00 AND 18:00
Number of selections broadcast Number of Canadian musical selections Percentage of Canadian content
Category 2 Category 2 Category 2
Sunday      
Monday      
Tuesday      
Wednesday      
Thursday      
Friday      
Saturday      
TOTAL      
Table 3
FRENCH-LANGUAGE VOCAL MUSICAL SELECTIONS BROADCAST BETWEEN 06:00 AND 24:00
Number of vocal musical selections Language of vocal musical selections Percentage of French-language vocal musical selections
Category 2 Category 2 Category 2 Category 2 Category 2
Sunday          
Monday          
Tuesday          
Wednesday          
Thursday          
Friday          
Saturday          
TOTAL          
Table 4
CANADIAN CONTENT AND FRENCH-LANGUAGE VOCAL MUSICAL SELECTIONS BROADCAST BETWEEN 06:00 AND 18:00
Total selections broadcast Number of Canadian musical selections Number of vocal musical selections Number of French-language musical selections Percentage of Canadian content Percentage of French-language vocal musical selections
Category 2 Category 2 Category 2 Category 2 Category 2 Category 2
Sunday            
Monday            
Tuesday            
Wednesday            
Thursday            
Friday            
Saturday            
TOTAL            
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