Campus-community radio station CKLN will remain on the air for the time being, after a judge stayed a CRTC order that would have shut down the station this week.
The station, which is partly funded by Ryerson University student fees and leases space on the school's campus, had its broadcasting licence revoked by the federal regulator for a list of problems, including putting the wrong year-end dates on financial statements, poor-quality program logs and a lack of experienced people running day-to-day operations.
The judge, however, has ruled the station can continue broadcasting until a federal court can decide if CKLN will be allowed to appeal the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decision. The court is not expected to rule until April at the earliest, meaning one of the country's most prominent alternative media outlets will stay in business until at least that time.
Lauren Speers, who hosts a reggae music program on the station, said Friday the organization had fixed problems cited by regulators, replacing its logging equipment and hiring office staff. CKLN also expects to name an experienced station manager by the end of the month.
"Most of this stuff happened before the decision," Ms. Speers said.
The station had a series of financial and staffing issues that came to a head in 2008, when two different boards of directors battled for control. The student union pulled its funding and building management locked everyone out of the studios.
The situation was ultimately resolved with the election of a new board. In addition to fixing the station's internal problems and dealing with the CRTC hearings, CKLN is facing a lawsuit from an ex-board member, which has put a strain on its time and resources.
The station is best known for airing independent music and left-wing political shows.