Update: The CRTC is in a good mood today. According to The Record, CBC KW has a licence now. Still no word on when it will return to the air or if there will be any fines handed out over this debacle.
The Guelph Tribune has gotten an explanation from the CBC about how the Kitchener radio launch that never should have been came to be.
Asked why the new station was launched without a licence, he said CBC “got caught up in the momentum for the launch of the station . . . the date had been set.”
So that’s that then. One of the most embarrassing things I can remember in all my years of following the radio industry boils down to well ya see, we were all having so much fun that we forgot to send somebody out to check the mail.
Well done, CBC. Well done. At least aside from the part where depending on the mood of the CRTC, that final approval may never come and the region loses the local programming you promised us and all the money that went into it.