- Star Ray TV
call_letters = Star Ray TV
station_branding = Star Ray TV
analog = 15 (
affiliations = Independent
former_callsigns = VX9AMK (experimental; late-1990s)
owner = Jan Pachul
class = pirate station| homepage = [http://www.srtv.on.ca/ Star Ray TV]
Star Ray TV is a
community televisionstation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station, which broadcasts on channel 15 in Toronto's Beaches neighbourhood, was launched in 1997 when Jan Pachul, an amateur radiooperator, applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commissionfor licence to serve the community. When it was licensed as an experimental low-power station, it had the callsign VX9AMK.
August 21, 2000, after five interventions from established broadcasters, the CRTC turned down Pachul's application, on the grounds that it did not meet with the CRTC's LPTV policy. It was soon revealed, however, that the CRTC didn't even "have" an LPTV policy, and Pachul alleged that the CRTC was simply protecting established corporate broadcasters who had already failed in their responsibility to provide programming of community interest. On September 9, the station began broadcasting illegally as a pirate station.
Pachul appeared before the CRTC on
September 19, 2001, and was ordered to shut the station down by November 15of that year. In December, the CRTC finally published a policy permitting the development of community stations on LPTV.
In recent years, the station has broadcast over the Internet. Pachul applied for another broadcasting licence on
June 3, 2004, but as of 2006 the CRTC has not published a decision either approving or denying the 2004 licence application.
* [http://www.srtv.on.ca/ Star Ray TV]
* [http://www.friends.ca/News/Friends_News/archives/articles08060101.asp Friends of Canadian Broadcasting responds to Star Ray]
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