This isn’t news — the CBC has been covering the story — but it’s interesting nonetheless to read the details of CHTN’s license renewal.
CHTN is owned by Newfoundland Capital Corporation, a Nova Scotia-based company that holds more than 60 radio station licenses across the country. CHTN, it says on the company’s website, was the company’s first station, purchased in 1986.
Because it’s a public company, you can read their public documents filed with SEDAR.
Something I’ve not seen reported elsewhere is (from the company’s annual report): “In November 2004, the Company filed an application to convert CHTN-AM in Charlottetown, PEI to an FM signal.”
As part of its hiving off from a local management agreement with Maritime Broadcasting, CHTN is moving to the Atlantic Technology Centre. Apparently when the province says about the Technology Centre that it is “designed to help stimulate growth in the province’s emerging IT industry” our definition of “IT” includes anything that uses complicated machines with lights and dials. Look for a John Deere dealer to be the next tenant.
In other Charlottetown broadcasting news, the CRTC will hold public hearings on October 3, 2005 in Charlottetown to consider [v]arious broadcasting applications further to call for applications for licence to carry on radio programming undertakings to serve Charlottetown. The CRTC has released the list of applications received.