CKLN could lose licence

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By Michael Duncan

After years of conflict, Ryerson’s radio station, CKLN, must fight to stay on the air on May 12. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will make the troubled broadcaster prove it is capable of complying with regulations for operating a radio station at a hearing this spring. In particular, the CRTC’s website states the station may not be adhering to rules about transferring ownership, filing annual returns, providing clear broadcast logs when asked and responding to the Commission’s inquiries. “We heard about it a couple weeks ago but it was kind of inevitable as a result of the problems in 2008 and 2009, it is kind of a delayed response,” said Andrew Lehrer, the secretary on the CKLN governing board, in reference to the hearing. CKLN’s troubling past includes money problems, weeks spent off-air and infighting among members of the board of directors, resulting in the formation of multiple boards, all claiming to be the legitimate governing body of the station. CKLN now operates under a new governing board and will also have to prove to the CRTC that the station management issues have been resolved.

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