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Decision

Ottawa, 14 November 1986
Decision CRTC 86-1087
Global Communications Limited
Ottawa, Uxbridge, Midland, Peterorough and Owen Sound, Ontario - 860425800 - 860428200 - 860430800 - 860429000 - 860431600
Following a Public Hearing in Toronto on 23 September 1986, the Commission approves the applications by Global Communications Limited (Global) to amend the licence it holds for CIIITV Paris, CIII-TV-2 Bancroft, CIIITV-6 Ottawa, CIII-TV-22 Uxbridge, CIII-TV-29 Sarnia and CIII-TV-1 Windsor by changing the technical parameters of certain of its existing stations and by adding new television transmitters at Midland, Peterborough and Owen Sound.
These applications are consistent with Global's mandate to provide a regional television service to Southern Ontario and to deliver a signal of good quality to the rural and urban communities within that region.
In its applications to establish the three new broadcasting transmitters, the licensee has proposed to deliver its service to these transmitters via satellite. The Commission is concerned by the fact that such satellite distribution would potentially make Global's signal available well outside of the region of southern Ontario which it is licensed to serve.
Accordingly, approval of each of the three licence amendments granted herein regarding the establishment of new transmitters at Midland, Peterborough and Owen Sound is conditional upon the licensee making use of terrestrial technology, such as microwave links, for the delivery of its signal. This authority will lapse should the licensee fail to make use of terrestrial signal delivery technology for any of these transmitters. The Commission notes in this regard that Global currently employs an extensive microwave network to deliver its programming to its various stations.
Details with respect to each of the proposed amendments are set out below.
A. Ottawa
The Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence by changing the technical parameters of CIII-TV-6 Ottawa by increasing the effective radiated power from 2,800 watts to 14,700 watts and by changing the transmitter location from a site near Limbour, Quebec to a new site on the edge of the Gatineau Park.
The licensee has indicated that the changes to the technical parameters should enable its Grade A contour to cover all of the National Capital Region and to extend its Grade B contour to the west as far as Renfrew, south towards the U.S. border and east as far as Rockland.
In accordance with paragraph 22(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue this licence amendment, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the Department of Communications that it will issue an amendment to the Technical Construction and Operating Certificate.
An intervention has been received from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation suggesting that the continued use of channel 6 by Global restricts the use of four Class C1 FM channels assigned to the Ottawa/Hull area. The Commission has accepted Global's response that up to four high-powered FM stations on these channels would be able to co-exist with its channel 6 transmitter, and that it would allow future FM stations making use of these frequencies to co-site with its transmitter in order to minimize any interference. Global also indicated that it does not expect interference to be created with respect to its channel 6 signal by any new FM stations operating on these frequencies. In its application to the Department of Communications for technical certification, the licensee undertook to assume all responsibility for correcting any interference problems that might arise, provided the FM stations were operating properly. The Commission expects Global to honour its commitment in this regard.
B. Uxbridge
The Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence by changing the technical parameters of CIII-TV-22 Uxbridge, by decreasing the effective radiated power from 3,120,000 watts to 786,000 watts, changing the channel from 22 to 41, and relocating the transmitter from a site near Uxbridge to the CN Tower in Toronto.
The licensee has indicated that these changes to the technical parameters should improve service to the Toronto area as well as extend service to St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In accordance with paragraph 22(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue this licence amendment, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the Department of Communications that it will issue an amendment to the Technical Construction and Operating Certificate.
The Commission acknowledges the intervention from the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce expressing concern that the change of channel may result in a deterioration of the signal quality to the northern part of Victoria County. It has accepted Global's assurance that there "will be a dramatic improvement in service to Victoria County as a result of the present change in technical parameters".
C. Midland
The Commission approves Global's application to amend its broadcasting licence by adding a new television transmitter at Midland, on channel 7 with an effective radiated power of 171,000 watts.
In accordance with paragraph 22(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue this licence amendment, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the Department of
Communications that it will issue an amendment to the Technical Construction and Operating Certificate.
Approval of this licence amendment is conditional upon construction of the station being completed and its being in operation within twelve months of the date of receipt of written notification from the Department of Communications that it will issue a Technical Construction and Operating Certificate or such further period as the Commission may, upon receipt of a request for extension before the expiry of the said twelve months, deem appropriate under the circumstances. This authority will lapse should the licensee fail to complete construction of the station and to have it in operation within this period.
Interventions have been received from the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CHUM Limited, licensee of CKVR-TV Barrie, regarding this proposal. In its reply to the intervention from the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, Global stated that it has taken the necessary measures to comply with the requirement of the Department of Communications that it minimize any harmful interference which may occur. With respect to the CBC intervention, Global has agreed to satisfy the CBC request that precise frequency offset equipment be installed at Midland at Global's expense and that it refit the CBC transmitter at Sturgeon Falls (CBLFT-1), with a similar unit. In response to the concern of CHUM Limited, Global "has agreed to accept any interference that might be caused" to its Midland transmitter by CKVR-TV-2 Huntsville.
D. Peterborough
The Commission approves the application by Global to amend its broadcasting licence by adding a new television transmitter at Peterborough, on channel 27 with an effective radiated power of 1,284,000 watts.
In accordance with paragraph 22(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue this licence amendment, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the Department of Communications that it will issue an amendment to the Technical Construction and Operating Certificate.
Approval of this licence amendment is conditional upon construction of the station being completed and its being in operation within twelve months of the date of receipt of written notification from the Department of Communications that it will issue a Technical Construction and Operating Certificate or such further period as the Commission may, upon receipt of a request for extension before the expiry of the said twelve months, deem appropriate under the circumstances. This authority will lapse should the licensee fail to complete construction of the station and to have it in operation within this period.
With respect to the interventions from the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, Kawartha Broadcasting Company Limited, licensee of CHEX-TV Peterborough, and by Frontenac Broadcasting Co. Ltd., licensee of CKWS-TV Kingston, the Commission has noted Global's reply that this new transmitter will bring "a better quality of service to the area" and that "consistent with Global's mandate there will be no local Peterborough advertising carried".
E. Owen Sound
The Commission approves Global's application to amend its broadcasting licence by adding a new television transmitter at Owen Sound, on channel 4 with an effective radiated power of 18,400 watts.
In accordance with paragraph 22(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue this licence amendment, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the Department of Communications that it will issue an amendment to the Technical Construction and Operating Certificate.
Approval of this licence amendment is conditional upon construction of the station being completed and it being in operation within twelve months of the date of receipt of written notification from the Department of Communications that it will issue a Technical Construction and Operating Certificate or such further period as the Commission may, upon receipt of a request for extension before the expiry of the said twelve months, deem appropriate under the circumstances. This authority will lapse should the licensee fail to complete construction of the station and to have it in operation within this period.
The Commission acknowledges the interventions received from Bob Stevenson and Mrs. Sheila White concerning possible interference problems to adjacent channels 3 and 5. It notes Global's reply that due to a spectrum gap between channels 4 and 5, they are not actually adjacent channels. In addition, Global stated:
And as far as channel 3 is concerned, its signal should be sufficiently strong to avoid encountering any interference problem from channel 4.
The Commission also acknowledges the numerous interventions in support of these proposals as well as the intervention from the Ontario Closed Captioned Consumers regarding the broadcast of more closed captioned programs.
Fernand Bélisle
Secretary General