CRTC doesn’t receive City of Revelstoke CBC signal

Were you one of the many residents who wrote the mayor asking for the CBC Radio signal to be switched back to Kelowna? Here's an update.

A Revelstoke city council request to switch the CBC Radio feed back to the Kelowna bureau from the newly-created Kamloops bureau has been lost in the mail. Or misplaced. Or … well, nobody knows.

Following a citizen’s complaint to council requesting the switchback, dozens of residents wrote the mayor in support. Council agreed that Revelstoke should be getting the Kelowna feed because we’re just closer and more connected economically and politically to that community than Kamloops.

So, they wrote a letter to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), who originally allowed the switch. The city sent the letter off in November, said city CAO Tim Palmer.

So, what’s happened since then?

After over a month of back-and-forth with the CRTC, including many unanswered phone calls and emails, the Times Review finally got an answer. The CRTC can’t find the request, but they’ll keep looking for it, a CRTC spokesperson said.

CBC created the new Kamloops bureau early last fall. They say they switched Revelstoke over after not getting any feedback from city council. For their part, city council said they weren’t consulted.

Salmon Arm was slated to be switched to the Kamloops bureau, but a protest from city council there ensured they remained with Kelowna.