Star Ray TV
|This article is outdated. (November 2010)|
|City of license||Toronto, Ontario|
|Branding||Star Ray TV|
|Channels||Analog: 15 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||independent community channel|
|Website||Star Ray TV|
Star Ray TV is a community television station 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 radio operator, applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for a licence to serve the community. Star Ray TV has temporary authority from Industry Canada to transmit on UHF channel 15 in Toronto with call sign VX9AMK.
On 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, but 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 15 of that year. In December, the CRTC published a new policy permitting the development of community stations on LPTV.
At one point in 2002, Star Ray broadcast on UHF 15 as text-only, based on a loophole by which it claimed text did not constitute "programming" and was therefore not prohibited. More recently, Star Ray has faced allegations that its operations interfere with VHF channel 13.
In recent years, the station has broadcast over the Internet. Pachul applied for another broadcasting licence on June 3, 2004, but as of 2008 the CRTC has not published a decision either approving or denying the 2004 licence application.
Since its inception, Star Ray broadcast on UHF channel 15. However, since CHCH-DT, owned by Channel Zero, with its studios are located near the corner of Jackson and Caroline Streets in downtown Hamilton, moved its signal to UHF 15 on December 2, 2013, Pachul is now moving his signal to UHF channel 22 and will also go digital with a new ATSC transmitter.
- Star Ray TV muted by the CRTC: Broadcast regulator denies abrasive TV entrepreneur a license, Kara Aaserud, Scene and Heard
- Star Ray TV will pursue UHF/Internet strategy despite CRTC decision, September 6, 2000
- Star Ray TV abandons plans to stream pirate station over the Internet, CNM, September 2000
- Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations: Pirate TV Station in Toronto Challenges CRTC
- Rebel TV station to take on CRTC: Star Ray headed for hearing over its illegal airing of community programming, Keith Damsell, Globe & Mail, Aug 06, 2001
- CRTC 2001-109 Mandatory Order issued pursuant to subsection 12(2) of the Broadcasting Act concerning the operation of an unlicensed undertaking at Toronto, Ontario, Ottawa, 26 October 2001
- Proposed CRTC bill concerns community TV activists, Steve Marlow, 2001