Toronto's CKLN-FM Allowed to Stay On-Air -- for Now

Toronto's CKLN-FM Allowed to Stay On-Air -- for Now
Last month, Toronto, ON broadcaster CKLN 88.1 FM was shut down by the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission (CRTC), who cited the station's ineffective management and poor programming as reasons for the decision. Now, it looks as if the station will be allowed to stay on the air -- at least temporarily.

On Friday (February 11), CKLN announced that Federal Judge Carolyn Layden-Stevenson had granted the station a stay on the CRTC's decision to shut it down. This will allow the broadcaster, which is located on the Ryerson University campus, to remain on-air until "the Federal Court of Appeal considers CKLN's request for leave to appeal from the CRTC's decision, under Canada's Broadcasting Act, s.31 (2)," according to the press release.

The CRTC's decision to revoke CKLN's licence to broadcast has already proved controversial, as CRTC commissioner Louise Poirier called her organization's ruling "premature, disproportionate and inequitable."

CKLN has had a rocky run in recent years. At one point, the building manager at Ryerson campus locked out staff and management from the station for seven months. During that time, programming was looped intermittently.

The station is now attempting to turn itself around. On February 28, CKLN will hire a new station manager. Hopefully, the new boss will be allowed to keep broadcasting.