In a notice issued yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said the short-term “administrative renewal” will give the Commission more time to consider the Parrsboro Radio Society’s application for a seven-year renewal of its broadcasting licence.
An official at the CRTC’s regional office in Dartmouth says the CRTC routinely issues four-month extensions when it is unable to deal with renewal applications before licences expire. CICR’s licence was due to expire on August 31.
Rough road to renewal
As I reported previously, CICR’s licence renewal process has not been going smoothly. On May 15, the CRTC issued a public notice pointing out that the Parrsboro Radio Society had failed to file proper financial information, program logs and tapes. It also expressed dissatisfaction with the answers it had received from PRS.
“The Commission is gravely concerned by the inadequacy of the responses provided by the licensee to its requests for information,” the notice warned. “These answers are an important indicator of whether the licensee has the required ability and knowledge to comply with the regulatory obligations in the future.”
The CRTC official in Dartmouth could not say when the Commission might issue its next decision on the fate of Parrsboro’s station.
CFTA, Cumberland County’s other community station, recently had its licence renewed for a full seven years. Its licence was also due to expire on August 31.