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Following a Public Hearing in Montreal on 24 November 1986, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM radio station at Sorel on the frequency 101.7 MHz, channel 269, with an effective radiated power of 3,000 watts.
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.
Radio Richelieu (1979) Ltée already operates an AM radio station in Sorel (CJSO) and has submitted this application to operate an independent station. According to the applicant, the replacement of its AM station with an FM station will improve the reception quality of its local service and enable it to overcome the technical problems it has encountered for a number of years.
Consistent with the applicant's proposal, this approval is conditional upon the surrender of its licence to operate radio station CJSO Sorel.
The Commission notes that the station will be operated in the "Group I" music format, with a vocal-to-instrumental ratio of 80/20, and will broadcast at least 65% Frenchlanguage vocal music.
The applicant proposes to devote 12% of its weekly broadcast time to programs in the foreground format. The programs will be locally produced and will consist among other things of public affairs and music (Category 5 - Music - general).
The news broadcast will have a 30% local or regional content. The applicant will allocate two full-time journalists, one part-time journalist and two stringers to its news service.
An annual budget of $1,500 will be allocated for the live broadcast, three times per year, of the concerts of the Calixa Lavallée ensemble. Canadian talent will also be featured on the daily one-hour program "Arts et Spectacles". The applicant has also undertaken to allocate additional amounts to the development of Canadian talent, when sufficient financial resources are available.
The Commission acknowledges the intervention from Mr. Claude Savoie in support of this application.
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.