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Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region on 7 June 1988, the Commission approves the application for a licence for an FM radio broadcasting transmitting undertaking at Shelburne on the frequency 100.3 MHz, channel 262A, with an effective radiated power of 1,250 watts to rebroadcast the programs of the CBC English-language AM radio network originating from CBH Halifax.
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 30 September 1989 which is the expiry date of the licence for CBH, and will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued.
The Commission notes that the use of this new FM frequency conforms with the guidelines set out in Public Notice CRTC 1985-142 dated 9 July 1985.
The Commission further notes that CBAP Shelburne, CBHD Lockeport and CBAV Sable River currently rebroadcast the CBC English-language AM radio network service to the communities of Shelburne, Lockeport and Sable River, respectively. The CBC has indicated that it intends to shut down CBAP, no later than six months after the date on which the new FM transmitter becomes operational. It has also indicated that CBHD and CBAV will be closed down, after it has determined that these regions are being adequately served by the new transmitter at Shelburne.
Accordingly, the Commission expects the CBC to cease operation of CBAP Shelburne within six months of the date on which the new FM transmitter becomes operational. With respect to CBHD Lockeport and CBAV Sable River, the Commission requires the licensee to report, within six months of the date on which the new FM transmitter at Shelburne becomes operational, on the technical adequacy of the service in the communities in Lockeport and Sable River, and to outline its plans for the stations.
The Commission acknowledges the intervention received from Ms. Loda Leenhouts of Shelburne who contended that the AM network service is already well received in the area and requested that the CBC build an FM stereo transmitter in the area to rebroadcast the programming of its FM radio network. In response, the CBC stated that the proposed FM transmitter would provide an interference-free signal within a 20 km coverage area around the town of Shelburne and that it was unable to commence its FM stereo stereo coverage extension to that region due to budget constraints.