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CRTC’s music categories for radio called ‘subjective’

Media | 09/03/2015 3:57 pm EDT

The CRTC’s recent decision to deny a licence amendment requested by Harvard Broadcasting Inc.’s CKEA-FM in Edmonton was based on a difference of opinion over what songs fall into what category, according to the company, while a radio expert says the same could be true of other cases. The regulator renewed the station’s licence last month but denied an amendment to eliminate the requirement that the station select 15 per cent of its music from the special interest music category and that 20 per cent of its blues and jazz selections be Canadian. In the decision, the CRTC said the station appeared to be in non-compliance with the requirement for special interest music during...