The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) last week revoked the licence of CKLN-FM, Ryerson University's community-based campus radio station which broadcasts at 88.1 FM.

The federal regular says the radio station was in breach of numerous regulations and conditions of licence and was unable to convince the Commission that it could operate the station in a compliant manner going forward.

Like all campus-situated radio stations in Canada, CKLN is not owned by the University rather it is an independent non-profit organization whose funding is provided primarily by the school's students.

The Commission says it began investigating CKLN-FM in July 2009 after receiving numerous complaints about the station’s governance structure, day-to-day management and operations, programming and ability to remain on air. The regulators investigated and found the station was experiencing significant infighting and the volunteers, staff and management were locked out of the studio premises by the building manager. During the seven-month lockout, CKLN-FM broadcast an intermittent loop of programming without any ongoing community involvement or oversight by the licensee.

Read the complete CRTC decision regarding CKLN-FM.
Once it resumed normal operations, CKLN Radio Inc. lacked any significant quality-control mechanism for its programming and there was little involvement from the Ryerson University student body despite its status as a campus radio station. It was also unable to meet some of the basic requirements of all licence holders, which include the submission of audible on-air tapes, program log and other records, and complete annual returns.

“CKLN Radio was given several warnings and opportunities to come into compliance. Each time, it demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to address our concerns. Taking away its licence is the only appropriate course of action in this case.” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC.

The station is to cease broadcasting by February 12, 2011.

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