Intervention, observation ou réponse de l'intimé / Intervention, comment or answer by respondent

Date reçu / Date Arrived: 2012-06-06

Numéro de processus public / Public Process Number: 2012-311
Numéro d'intervention / Intervention Number: 4
Demande(s) / Application(s): 2011-0319-2
Cas / Case: 168939

Demande à comparaître à l'audience publique / Request to appear at the public hearing: Oui/Yes
Intimé / Respondent: Non/No

Commentaire / Comment
Please see attached documentation regarding complaint against Cre-Comm Inc.

The question is why Cre-Comm Inc. is hiding the current board membership from the public.

Raisons pour comparaitre / Reasons for appearance
Over the past year and a half I have submitted extensive documentation showing how Cre-Comm Inc. has not followed CRTC policy and even their own bylaws.

Cre-Comm Inc. has a demonstrated history of being dishonest with both the public and the CRTC.

I am also extremely concerned regarding the transparency of these proceedings especially in light of Cre-Comm Inc.'s posting on their website regarding an "off the record" meeting with CRTC staff pertaining to licensing issues.

Cre-Comm Inc. claims that it was ignorant of a revised Campus Radio Policy that was nearly two years old.

As the initiator of Complaint 509879 in Feb 2011 I have been monitoring this situation for more than a year and a half. The CRTC needs to provide the point by point analysis of this complaint that I have repeatedly asked for.

In Cre-Comm Inc's reply to Complaint 509879 they admit to being in violation of the Campus Radio Policy.

I provided the CRTC with a rebuttal to Cre-Comm Inc's response detailing evidence to support the conflict of interest of the radio industry reps (so far that in Complaint 509879, Mr. David Wiebe - Chair of Cre-Comm Inc admits in an email that he is representing his employer Golden West Broadcasting on the Board yet is listed as a "community member". It is interesting to note, Mr. Wiebe does not reside in Winnipeg - the community the CKIC broadcasts to.)

During my initial contact with CRTC staff in December 2010, Ms. Cheryl Grossi told me that the CRTC did not involve itself in the day to day running of radio stations yet when I looked up the issues surrounding Harmony Communication in 2007 (Broadcasting decision 2007-037) I found this was not the case. Ms. Grossi was named as one of the attendees of the secret meeting between unnamed members of Cre-Comm Inc's board of directors and the CRTC.

Mr. Scott Hutton, Executive Director, Broadcasting also told me that the CRTC does not involve itself in the day to day operation of radio stations yet I read in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-056 - the decision that stripped CKLN of its broadcast license, the CRTC does involve itself in the day to day operation of stations.

In spite of all of this the CRTC extended Cre-Comm Inc's license to broadcast without censure.

Cre-Comm Inc's board of directors are made up mainly of commercial radio industry reps and those that train the broadcasters of tomorrow. They have no excuse for violating the CRTC's policies that have been put in place to protect the public.

I want to personally ensure that all complaints are investigated with point by point analyses, that all communication between the CRTC and Cre-Comm Inc is able to be scrutinized by the public in a public forum.

Given the CRTC's reluctance to investigate or act on complaints pertaining to Cre-Comm Inc I have grave concerns that previous complaints will be suppressed.

Past conduct and this latest game of playing hide and seek with the Board is just one more reason the CRTC needs to seriously consider this broadcast application.

Copie envoyée au demandeur et à tout autre intimé si applicable / Copy sent to applicant and to any respondent if applicable: Oui/Yes

Information du client / Client information

Nom / Name: John Hotchkiss
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Adresse postale / Address: Winnipeg, MB
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