Surrey’s Punjabi radio stations facing CRTC ban
Published: September 19, 2014
The three Punjabi radio stations that will be the focus of the CRTC’s hearing in October. Facebook photo
SURREY — Two radio stations operating out of Surrey could be slapped with mandatory cease-and-desist orders come October.
According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Radio India and Radio Punjab have offices in the city, but do not hold licenses to operate in Canada. Signals have been transmitting from Washington state, but their frequencies can be heard across the Lower Mainland.
In a notice of hearing, the CRTC states Radio India has an agreement with the licensee of KVRI 1600 AM in Blaine, Wash. Meanwhile, Radio Punjab is linked to New Age Media Ltd., the licensee of KRPA 1110 AM in Oak Harbour, Wash. A third radio station, Sher-E-Punjab, has studios in Richmond, but has an arrangement with BBC Broadcasting Inc., the licensee of KRPI 1550 AM in Ferndale, Wash.
The CRTC argues the broadcasting companies are skirting format and content regulations under the Broadcasting Act.
The CRTC will host a hearing on Oct. 15 in Gatineau, Que., allowing the stations to show cause as to why the commission should not issue the ban.
“Once we receive whatever documents, we’ll analyze them and come up with a decision. I don’t know how long it will take,” said Patricia Valladao, manager of media relations for the CRTC. Continue reading