CHRQ-FM, Aboriginal, Restigouche

Gespegewag Communications Society

CHRQ-FM1990106.931Gespegewag Communications Society


On April 5, the CRTC approved the application by Donna Isaac, on behalf of a company to be incorporated, for a licence to carry on an English- and Micmac-language FM community radio broadcasting transmitting undertaking in Restigouche on a frequency of 106.9 MHz (channel 295) with an effective radiated power of 31 watts. The licence would expire on August 31, 1992. This term will allow the Commission to consider the renewal of the licence following the review of native broadcasting, as announced in Public Notice CRTC 1990-12. The Commission noted that the applicant proposed to broadcast 4 hours 7 minutes of advertising over a 42-hour broadcast week. This exceeded the level authorized under the community radio policy for Type B stations. Consequently, it was a condition of licence that the applicant broadcast no more than an average of 4 minutes of advertising per hour per day, with a maximum of 6 minutes in any single hour. The Commission noted that the applicant’s Promise of Performance included a commitment to broadcast 14% foreground and 49% combined foreground-mosaic programming. Under Commission policy, Type B special FM community stations were required to exceed the established quotas of 15% foreground and 50% combined foreground-mosaic programming. The Commission expected the applicant to exceed these minimum levels.


CHRQ-FM sgined on the air.


On February 20, the CRTC renewed the licence of CHRQ-FM until August 31, 1999.


On March 18, the CRTC administratively renewed CHRQ’s licence until August 31, 2000.


On June 15, the CRTC renewed the licence issued to Gespegewag Communications Society for CHRQ-FM until August 31, 2008. Decision CRTC 92-109 indicated that CHRQ-FM broadcast 84 hours per week of local programming of which 25 hours was in the Micmac language and 59 hours in English. In Public Notice CRTC 2001-70, the Commission introduced changes to conditions of licence for some native radio undertakings. As indicated in the notice, the Commission no longer imposed limits on the advertising broadcast by native radio stations and networks. However, it required that they broadcast a Canadian content level of at least 35% in popular (category 2) music. Consequently, it was a condition of licence that the licensee devote a minimum of 35% of all Category 2 musical selections broadcast, during each broadcast week, to Canadian selections.


On August 29, the CRTC renewed the licence for CHRQ-FM until August 31, 2012.


On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CHRQ-FM to August 31, 2013.

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