The Federal Court of Appeal today announced it will not hear the appeal of CKLN Radio 88.1FM.
The campus-based community radio station had filed a leave to appeal a CRTC decision revoking its broadcast license. While the station will lose its broadcasting privileges on the 88.1FM signal, station management plans to continue as broadcasters for the Ryerson campus and the surrounding community.
CKLN Radio 88.1FM is currently weighing options and will release another public statement Monday. It is not in contravention of the Broadcasting Act to the internet.
You can support the station by signing our petition, donating for legal costs at www.ckln.fm or writing your mp.
“It would be a terrible loss to the people of Toronto not to have a not-for-profit volunteer and student run radio operating on 88.1FM, “said Noorez "Nunu" Rhemtulla board member and third year Ryerson University (Radio and Television Arts) student.
The court has given CKLN Radio 88.1FM no time to bid farewell on-air, we must cease broadcasting. The stay of the original revocation decision had allowed CKLN to continue to broadcast until the Federal Court of Appeal denied CKLN’s appeal.
And CKLN Listeners and supporters deserve the biggest thanks of all for standing by us. A community radio license is a precious, precious thing - it is the only means that Canadians have to access the airwaves that they-the public- own..” There may will be a commercial station at on the 88.1 frequency shortly.
This decision to revoke CKLN’s broadcast license sees Toronto’s oldest campus-based community radio silenced from its 28-year old the furthest left end of the FM frequency. It a heart-breaking step in the station's hard-fought rejuvenation efforts, but the station and its constitutents can see reasosn to be optimistic going forward.
“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.”