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Newfoundland Capital Corporation, Ltd
Industry Media
Founded 1986
Founder Harold R. Steele
Headquarters 8 Basinview Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Key people
Harold R. Steele (chairman)
Robert G. Steele (president and CEO)
Services Radio broadcasting, television broadcasting, hospitality
Owner Harold R. Steele (majority shareholder)
Number of employees

Newfoundland Capital Corporation, Ltd is a Canadian broadcasting company, majority-owned by Harold R. Steele. Newfoundland Capital is the parent company of Newcap Inc. (doing business as Newcap Radio and formerly known as Newcap Broadcasting). It is the number two private-sector radio broadcaster in Canada, just behind Bell Media Radio. It operates 95 stations across Canada. The group also owns two "Newcap Television" stations, both in Lloydminster on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border.

The group's Newfoundland and Labrador division, known as Steele Communications, includes all but two of the full-power commercial stations in that province.

On November 6, 2004, the company launched the Canadian Hit 30 Countdown, which, for about six years, was Canada's only nationally syndicated contemporary hit radio hit countdown. Newcap is also a corporate sponsor of Canada's Aboriginal Voices radio network.

In the past, Newfoundland Capital acted as a conglomerate with interests in diverse industries such as newspapers and freight transportation. The firm owns one asset unrelated to the broadcasting industry: a hotel in Corner Brook, the Glynmill Inn, which is operated as part of the Steele Hotels group which includes other properties held directly by the Steele family. The Steele family also has private holdings in other industries which are entirely outside of the Newcap corporate umbrella.

Recent transactions[edit]

In July 2008, Newcap announced a deal to trade CFDR in Halifax to Rogers Media in exchange for CIGM in Sudbury. Both stations were the sole remaining AM stations in their respective markets, and in both cases the current owner already had the maximum permitted number of FM stations in the applicable market, whereas the acquirer only had a single FM station. Both companies successfully applied to move the stations to FM as part of the trade. Newcap flipped CIGM Sudbury to FM on August 25, 2009, and Rogers flipped CFDR Halifax to FM on August 7, 2009.[1]

On July 28, 2008, Newcap Inc. announced that it had a tentative deal to acquire 12 stations in Ontario from Haliburton Broadcasting Group, subject to CRTC approval, for a price of $18.95 million.[2] The company's application to acquire the Haliburton stations was formally published by the CRTC on November 13, 2008,[3] but was subsequently withdrawn in January 2009.[4] Newcap Inc. CEO Rob Steele indicated that in light of the credit market crisis, the company did not feel that it was the right time to increase its debt load.[5]

In May 2011, Newcap announced that it was selling its two stations in Winnipeg, CKJS and CHNK-FM, to Evanov Communications;[6] the sale was approved on October 24, 2011.[7]

In January 2013, the company announced it was exploring a possible sale of its remaining broadcasting assets in western Canada, consisting of 32 radio stations and two television stations, and six rebroadcasters associated with those stations. These stations are predominantly in Alberta (including several stations in the Lloydminster region on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border), except for two stations in British Columbia. The company announced in May 2013 it was no longer planning to sell its assets in Western Canada.[8] If such a sale had occurred, Newcap suggested that the proceeds might be used to either fund acquisitions "closer to [Newcap's] base in Atlantic Canada", pay down debt, or return capital to shareholders.[9]

On August 26, 2013, Newcap Radio announced it would acquire five former Astral Media radio stations in Toronto and Vancouver, CHBM-FM, CFXJ-FM, CKZZ-FM, CHHR-FM and CISL for $112 million. The deal was made in the wake of Bell Media's attempt to acquire the company.[10] The deal was approved by the CRTC on March 19, 2014 and the sale closed on March 31, 2014.[11][12]


The following list is based on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's media ownership charts as of January 26, 2013.[13]



Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

On November 7, 2012, Newcap applied to operate a new FM radio station in Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. If approved the new station will operate on 97.1 MHz.[14]

Nova Scotia[edit]

Prince Edward Island[edit]

New Brunswick[edit]



British Columbia[edit]

3937844 Canada Inc.[edit]

The numbered company 3937844 Canada Inc., a partnership between Newcap and Standard Broadcasting, was the licensee for most of the Alberta stations listed above from 2002, when Standard acquired the stations from Telemedia, until 2007, when Newcap bought out Standard's share of the stations.


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