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Canadian Station Fights for Its License; Protest Planned

Canadian Station Fights for Its License; Protest Planned
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A protest is planned in the Canadian capital Tuesday (Aug. 10) to spare the license of CHOI(FM). The station also says it has 154,000 signatures on a petition in support.
The station license expires at the end of August and the Canadian broadcast regulatory body has decided not to renew it, citing libel and character defamation content problems. The Globe and Mail newspaper reported on its Web site that station officials are seeking a compromise solution with regulators.
"The people of Quebec City want the CRTC to know that the sentence it imposed is much too severe," it quoted Alexandre Caron, a vice-president of Genex Communications Inc. He said the station had "made mistakes."
"We're not seeking total absolution, but you can find solutions without imposing the death penalty."
Meanwhile, the Canadian premier rejected a proposal to recall the National Assembly to debate a law giving the province of Quebec control over its broadcast industry.

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