CKLN

CKLN broadcasting licence revoked by the CRTC

CKLN is going off the air. The longtime campus radio station which operates out of Ryerson University had its broadcasting licence revoked by the CRTC according to an announcement late Friday morning.

The volunteer run radio station was found by the federal regulator to have breached several broadcasting regulations and deemed no longer capable of broadcasting in a "compliant manner."

At issue, were violations related to CKLN's governance and day-to-day operations as well as accounting and fundraising issues. The radio station is scheduled to go off the air on February 12th.

When reached by phone former show host Vijay Sarma was surprised to know the station was going under. He feels the station's ills were caused by previous management - specifically board chair Josie Milner, station manager Mike Phillips and programming director Tony Barnes - who were taking the station in a more commercial direction opposed by the vast majority of the community.

In March 2009, those same managers locked out the station's staff made up of community volunteers for seven months, Sarma said.

But with the removal of the old management team, however, Sarma, the station's morning news host since 2006, said there had been no other tensions that he was aware of.

"It seems unfair," Sarma said Friday morning. "The people responsible for the vast majority of the transgressions are no longer with the station."

Sarma said the station had recently successfully raised over $50,000 in donations.

Despite the announcement, CKLN still has a job posting for a station manager listed on its website.

Writing by Rahul Gupta. Photo by Colin Medley on Flickr


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