Consultation on license renewal for CKFG-FM scheduled for June 19

Fitzroy Gordon and former Prime Minister Harper

The  Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) held a hearing last Tuesday to consider the application  by Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc. (Intercity) to renew the broadcasting license for the Toronto radio station CKFG-FM (G98.7).

But the CRTC has not yet  handed down a decision.

The Caribbean Camera has learned that ” consultation with the  Commission” on this matter is scheduled for June  19, 2018.

And. according  to PatriciaValladao,  manager, media relations,  with the CRTC, there could be” a possible decision” by the end of July 2018.

In an e-mailed response to an inquiry about the renewal of the license, Valladao also noted  that

consultation with the Commission with respect to “ownership application”  is scheduled for April  24.

She said  that in this matter  ” we can expect a decision by the beginning of May 2018.”

The station’s license was “administratively renewed ” until August 31, 2018.
According to the  CRTC website, ” the Commission has concerns regarding the licensee’s ability and commitment to operate the. station in a compliant manner.

” In this regard, the Commission will consider further regulatory measures such as the imposition of mandatory orders requiring the licensee to comply with its regulatory obligations in addition to a short-term license renewal and conditions of license requiring additional CCD contributions that are over-and-above those required by the Regulations or by existing conditions of license.”

The license to operate G98.7 was granted to Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc., which had lobbied members of the Black and Caribbean community to support its application to the CRTC.

Gordon who hosted several programs on the station, was in hospital last year with “serious health  challenges.  Since then his voice has not been heard on the station.

He has been unavailable   for comment.