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Following a Public Hearing in Quebec City on 30 November 1987, the Commission approves the application for a licence for a French-language FM radio broadcasting transmitting undertaking at La Malbaie on the frequency 105.9 MHz, channel 290, with an effective radiated power of 100 watts to rebroadcast the programs of CIHO-FM Saint-Hilarion, Quebec.
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 30 September 1989, subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued. This term will enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence at the same time as that of CIHO-FM, the originating station.
The Commission notes that the applicant had originally applied to use the frequency 99.3 MHz, a frequency already being utilized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for CBV-6-FM. Following an intervention by the CBC in this regard and in response to directives from the federal Department of Communications (DOC), Radio MF Charlevoix Inc. changed its proposal and has received DOC certification for its revised technical brief.
The Commission acknowledges that approval of this application is inconsistent with its long-standing policy which precludes the use of two frequencies to serve a single market. However, the Commission is satisfied that a departure is justified in the present circumstance because of the poor technical quality of the signal receivable in La Malbaie which originates from the main transmitter located at Mont-des-Éboulements. This assessment of the signal quality was initially made through signal measurements conducted by the licensee's engineering consultant and confirmed by a computer-aided analysis performed by the DOC.
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.