CHHU-FM, Multicultural – Radio Middle East, Halifax
On September 15, the CRTC approved an application by Antoine Karam, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, to operate a commercial specialty ethnic FM radio station in Halifax. The station would operate at 99.1 MHz (channel 256A) with an average effective radiated power of 300 watts (maximum ERP of 355 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 224 metres). The proposed station would broadcast 126 hours of programming each broadcast week, of which 102 hours would be local programming, including music and spoken word content. The remaining 24 hours of programming would be network programming produced by the applicant’s commercial specialty ethnic AM radio station CHOU Montréal. All of the programming to be broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic and third-language programming, with almost 13 hours devoted to news. The applicant indicated that it would accept a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to at least 21 distinct cultural groups in at least ten languages each broadcast week. The licence would expire August 31, 2022.
CHHU began testing on February 26. The station planned to launch in early April.
In January, CHHU rebranded as Radio Middle East.
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