CRTC to Implement Community Radio Policy, Releases Study on Turn Tablism and Audio Art

Posted on August 15, 2011

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The CRTC plans to implement a revised Campus and Community Radio Policy during the week of August 15 to 19.

The revised policy establishes the operating requirements of campus and community radio station on everything from funding to format.

The revised policy emerged from a public consultation process that occurred in January of 2010. It establishes a single framework for the two sectors – campus and community stations.

Prior to the consultation, the Commission made several study documents available. One is a May 2009 study on Turntablism and Audio Art.

The report defines turntablism:

“The term ‘turntablism’ was first coined in 1995 by DJ Babu (Christo Macias) of the Beat Junkies to describe a form of advanced turntable music stemming from hip-hop and DJ-ing. In 1996, Macias offered the following definition of the form:

…A turntablist is a person who uses the turntables not to play music, but to manipulate sound and create music”

And Audio Art:

“Audio art is a diverse artistic practice that considers the notions of sound as its predominant focus. Like many genres of contemporary art, audio art is interdisciplinary in nature and may take on hybrid forms. It often encompases acoustics, psychoacoustics, electronics, noise music, audio media and technology, found and environmental sound, explorations of the human body, and more.”

The Commission took written submissions after the public consultation. One of the more interesting revisions in the policy is an increase in license length.

“The Commission will issue licences for developmental campus or community radio stations for a five-year term rather than the current three years,” the policy states.

The Commission also considered licensing for micro radio broadcasting:

“The Commission noted that a number of communities in the country could benefit from an alternate approach to radio broadcasting and could be served by micro radio stations. Such stations would operate at very low power in remote areas, have limited production facilities and be linked via the Internet, with programming shared on a central server.”

However the Commission recieved very few comments on the topic and concluded the following:

“The Commission will not establish a formal framework for licensing micro radio stations at this time.”

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