The CRTC has ordered that Surrey, BC based Radio India cease broadcasting its programming on 1600 KVRI Blaine, WA by midnight tonight.
The cause of the violation is that Radio India’s programming originates from studios in Surrey and aired on an American license as Radio India owner Baljit Kaur Bains has brokered time on Multicultural Broadcasting’s KVRI since 2000. The CRTC considers the group to be partaking in a broadcasting undertaking in whole or in part in Canada without a license. As part of the order, Baljit Kaur Bains and station manager Maninder Singh Gill must show proof that it has terminated its arrangements with KVRI by 5:00pm on November 20 as well as not have an ownership interest or involvement of any nature in any element of a business connected with a radio station operating out of the United States that has a transmitter whose signal reaches into Canada.
Additionally, two other stations must also come into compliance by given deadlines. “Sher-E-Punjab” on 1550 KRPI Ferndale, WA has until December 1, 2014, and “Radio Punjab” on 1110 KRPA Oak Harbor, WA has until January 7, 2015. Both stations have the same requirements to fulfill as Radio India.