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Following a Public Hearing in Vancouver on 2 December 1985, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for an English-language FM radio station Hay River on the frequency 100.1 MHz, channel 261, with an effective radiated power off 300 watts to rebroadcast the programs of CJCD Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 30 September 1990, subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The Hay River Broadcasting Society, licensee of community station CKHR-FM Hay River, strongly opposed the establishment of a new FM operation on the grounds that Hay River is now adequately served by CKHR-FM and the CBC Northern Service and that the proposed station would duplicate programming, fragment the local audience and drain advertising revenues from Hay River to Yellowknife. In response, the applicant indicated that the new station would complement the radio services currently available and contribute to the local economy through the creation of a new full-time job and provide another outlet for local advertisers. In this regard, the Commission acknowledges the receipt of seven interventions from Hay River business interests in support of the application.
The Commission is satisfied that the applicant has responded adequately to the points raised by the opposing intervener. Based on the evidence before the Commission, it is of the view that the addition of another radio signal in Hay River should not have a negative impact on existing services but should contribute to the diversity of service in the community.
It is a condition of licence that construction of the station be completed and that it be in operation within twelve months of the date of this decision 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.