OTTAWA – The northern Ontario cities of Timmins and North Bay could soon have new radio stations after the CRTC issued separate calls for comments on the market capacity and on the appropriateness of calling for radio applications in the two markets.
The Commission said Wednesday that it issued the calls after receiving applications from Vista Radio for new commercial radio stations in both areas. The notice for Timmins is available here, and click here for the notice for North Bay.
Interventions are due by October 29 and the deadline to file replies is November 8, 2018. Following receipt of comments, the CRTC said that it will conduct an assessment of both markets’ capacity to support additional stations, taking into account economic and financial data as well as the comments received in the public consultations.
All persons interested in serving either radio market should express their interest during the intervention period, continued the Commission. Should little or no interest be expressed, the CRTC said that it may publish the application for consideration during the non-appearing phase of a public hearing rather than issue a call for applications.