The federal Conservative cabinet rejected a request to order the CRTC to review a decision to let CBC/Radio-Canada air commercials on its Radio 2 and Espace Musique radio networks. “he Governor in Council, having considered the petition, is not satisfied that those decisions derogate from the attainment of the objectives of the broadcasting policy for Canada set out in subsection 3(1) of the Broadcasting Act,” cabinet said in an Aug. 26 order-in-council decision posted on the Privy Council Office website. “Therefore, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, pursuant to section 28 of the Broadcasting Act, declines to refer back to the Commission for reconsideration,” it said. The CRTC said in a May 28 licence renewal decision that it would allow the public broadcaster to air ads on the previously commercial-free radio networks as part of the Crown corporation’s efforts to boost revenues following cuts to its parliamentary appropriations. The commission said CBC can air up to four minutes of national ads on the stations during a three-year trial period, with ads limited to two blocks per hour “to minimize the impact on their listeners.” Watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting said in a July 11 application to cabinet that the commission’s decision “betrayed” CBC listeners and would “undermine” the public broadcaster’s “non-commercial character.” It asked that cabinet exercise its power to refer the decision back to the commission for reconsideration. Under the CRTC Act, companies and individuals have 45 days from the date of a CRTC licence renewal decision to ask the federal cabinet to review that decision. The cabinet has 90 days from the decision to either set it aside or to order the commission to reconsider it.