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Commission to examine FM ‘hits’ policy

Briefs | 01/07/2008 1:16 pm EST

The CRTC has issued a notice of consultation calling for comments regarding the broadcast of hits by Canada's FM radio stations. Currently, English-language commercial FM stations must ensure that less than 50% of all music aired during a broadcast week. That level drops to 10% for English-language campus stations. In the consultation the commission is seeking comment on the charts used to determine hits for both types of FM station; much has changed in the industry since the CRTC last reviewed the commercial radio station hits policy in 1997. For example, a number of new FM formats such as Bob, Jack and Dave FM use hits from a range of eras; satellite radio and other new technologies have provided alternative means to access music; and new music charts like the Canadian Hot 100 take into account downloaded tracks as well as radio airplay to determine hits.
Comments are due on or before March 4.  

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