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Decision

Ottawa, 12 September 1988
Decision CRTC 88-590
The Student Radio Society of the University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia -880103700
The University of Victoria Student Radio Society Victoria, British Columbia -873239800
Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1988-109 dated 6 July 1988, the Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence issued to The Student Radio Society of the University of British Columbia for CITR-FM Vancouver by increasing the station's effective radiated power from 19 to 390 watts.
The Commission also approves the application by The University of Victoria Student Radio Society to amend the licence it holds for CFUV-FM Victoria by increasing the effective radiated power from 49.4 to 883 watts and by changing the frequency from 105.1 MHz (channel 286LP) to 101.9 MHz (channel 270A).
The Commission notes that, although the frequency 101.9 MHz is allotted to Victoria as a Class B frequency in the Canadian FM Broadcasting Allotment Plan, the frequency has been used by CITR-FM Vancouver, on an unprotected basis, since 1981. With the approvals herein granted, the frequency will now be used by both CITR-FM Vancouver and CFUV-FM Victoria, on a protected basis, under technical parameters mutually agreed upon by the two student radio societies and designed to avoid any technical interference between the stations.
Island Broadcasting Co., a division of Selkirk Broadcasting Ltd., licensee of CJVI Victoria, filed an intervention opposing the application by the University of Victoria Student Radio Society (the Society). The intervener argued that because of the scarcity of commercial FM channels at Victoria, CFUV-FM should be using a non-commercial frequency of which seven are available from Saturna Island. It stated that approval of the application before the Commission would result in poor spectrum utilization.
In response, the Society stated that while approval of these applications would utilize one of the remaining commercial channels in Victoria, it "would provide for two higher power licensees (CFUV-FM Victoria and CITR-FM Vancouver) on a single frequency" and that this service complements those offered by Victoria's existing commercial broadcasters. The Society also indicated that non-commercial channels on Saturna Island have been tested and found to be unsatisfactory due to substantial multipath interference and that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had concluded that it is "technically impossible to broadcast in stereo from the Saturna site".
In view of the improved and extended coverage of two distinctive programming services that will result from these technical amendments and having considered all of the available evidence, the Commission is satisfied that the proposals represent effective use of the 101.9 MHz frequency and that approval of the applications is in the public interest.
The Commission acknowledges the more than one hundred interventions filed in support of these applications.
Fernand Bélisle
Secretary General