Surrey Asian entrepreneurs have submitted six radio station applications currently before the CRTC.
They are competing for a new radio station proposed for the Vancouver/Surrey marketplace.
Surrey is presently well served with radio stations linked in programming to Asian ethnic content and owned primarily by Asian entrepreneurs who are economically and socially attached to the Surrey community.
It is not for me to suggest if the Surrey marketplace and community can support or should get another radio station. The criteria are well enunciated by the CRTC.
For many years, the Caribbean community, through my initiative, has pursued Asian radio stations in Surrey and Richmond for a nominal one-hour, five-day-per-week program with Caribbean content, reggae music, open line and news, without success.
I am suggesting the next Asian-owned radio station in Surrey make some provisions and offer program content to the Caribbean community.
The economic benefits in this marketplace for radio stations must be very lucrative, hence the reason for so many applications.
Orvis Noel, Surrey