Published Apr 18, 2011Earlier this year, long-running Toronto radio station CKLN 88.1 FM was under scrutiny after a number of regulatory violations came down from the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission (CRTC), including issues with "significant infighting" in the station's management and a failure to complete basic required tasks like writing programming logs and submitting on-air tapes.
The station, which is broadcast from the Ryerson campus, was shut down by the CRTC in January, but temporarily allowed back on the air the following month after a federal judge granted a stay on the CRTC's decision. CKLN used this opportunity to hire a new station manager and attempt a major overhaul of their services.
Unfortunately, their efforts weren't enough, as a press release explains that the Federal Court of Appeal announced that it will not hear the appeal of CKLN. With that announcement, CKLN has officially lost their right to broadcast over the 88.1FM signal.
CKLN will still continue to broadcast locally on the Ryerson campus and surrounding community, as well as via the web. "We aren't even close to being out of the picture yet," says chair of board of directors Ron Nelson. "There are options. And when there's a will and community support, there's a way."
A petition to keep CKLN on FM radio is available here. The station is also seeking donations to help with legal costs.