HERE comes a piece of good news for those who suffer from the occasional ''astronaut'' blues across the Pacific. As of this week, the territory's latest pop chart busters, live music concerts, popular dramas and daily news will be jamming the airwaves of Vancouver, bringing thousands of Hong Kong migrants closer to home. Under a new contract signed last week, the Canadian Chinese Radio (Vancouver) now holds exclusive broadcasting rights for Commercial Radio programmes in Canada. Canadian Chinese Radio (CCR) is a subsidiary of Fairchild Holdings, a property and media giant which also owns two television stations in Vancouver. The new deal between the two broadcasting giants also means that popular shows include CR1's 18/F Block C, CR2's Madame Nancy Theatre, the Ultimate Song Chart and pop concerts are just a dial away. News reports will also be fed to CCR twice a day by fax and long distance calls. Important news events will be broadcast simultaneously both here and in Vancouver where 20 per cent of its population is ethnic Chinese. According to Fairchild Holdings president Thomas Fung, the CR programmes are expected to take up 10 to 15 per cent of CCR's total air-time which is from 10 pm to 6 pm around the clock. He says its target audience comprises mainly well-to-do new Hong Kong migrants as opposed to the indigenous Chinese population which its rival radio station, the Overseas Chinese Voice, serves. This latest move is, of course, also good news for CR whose ambition to expand its presence worldwide is no secret within the local media industry. Vancouver, it seems, is only its first step. The three-channel station already holds similar plans for Toronto, Sydney and London where there is a strong presence of Hong Kong migrants. However, Carl Chang, general manager of Commercial Radio, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, insists there is nothing commercial about its latest project. ''It's more a cultural than business exchange. Our financial commitment is fairly loose over this venture,'' he said. ''The most important thing for us is not to make massive profits, besides the Canadian market is still very small, but to pass on our programmes to those who have left Hong Kong and miss our productions.'' CR has already established its presence in the mainland where it is airing its lifestyle and entertainment programmes through the China National Radio. ''We broadcast all sorts of programmes there but we have to respect the Chinese view of broadcasting,'' Mr Chang said. Unlike the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), which beams its service through satellite ''one-way'', CR wants to provide a two-way communication link between the station and its global listeners. The new contract with Vancouver, Mr Chang said, would give the station and its overseas partner opportunities to discover and exchange new broadcasting and music talents. ''Next April, we will run a DJ competition. The winners will be given the chance to work here in the territory and in Vancouver,'' he said. ''Currently, we are running a joint competition for the best [pop] music composition, and we already have about 600 local entries and 40-odd coming from Canada.'' Mr Fung said his radio station has brought together a pool of broadcasting veterans who have previously worked for both CR and the RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong). But the demand for new blood is as great as ever. ''We'll offer the new and talented a chance to work abroad by introducing two new training and recruitment exchange programmes,'' Mr Fung said. ''Also, part of the purpose of our contract with Commercial Radio is to discover our own talents living in Canada and to introduce them to Hong Kong through this new mutual link.''