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Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region on 22 November 1988, the Commission approves the application for a licence for an FM radio broadcasting transmitting undertaking at Thunder Bay on the frequency 88.3 MHz, channel 202B, with an effective radiated power of 23,700 watts to rebroadcast the programs of the CBC English-language AM radio network and some programming originating from studios in Thunder Bay.
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 1992, subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued.
The Commission notes that the use of this frequency conforms with the guidelines set out in Public Notice CRTC 1983-22 dated 7 February 1983. The CBC has indicated that it intends to shut down CBQ Thunder Bay, which currently broadcasts the programs of the CBC English-language AM radio network service, within six months of the date on which the new transmitter becomes operational.
An intervention was received from Mr. Iain Angus, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay and Atikokan, opposing the CBC's application. While Mr. Angus supports the CBC's contention that its transmitting capabilities in Thunder Bay must be improved, he expressed the view that the CBC has a responsibility to retain the signal of CBQ on the AM band. Mr. Angus requested that the Commission require the Corporation to inform listeners of the changes and give adequate time for them to make the transition. In response, the CBC confirmed that it had examined a number of solutions to the coverage deficiencies on the AM band before proposing to change to the FM band and that none of the AM alternatives would have resulted in significant coverage improvements.
The Commission further notes that the CBC's proposed time-frame is in line with the Commission's view that simulcasting periods should be as short as possible, in order to ensure maximum utilization of the broadcasting spectrum and also that the CBC proposes to carry out a comprehensive public information campaign to inform both current and potential listeners of the changes.
Accordingly, the Commission expects the CBC to cease the operation of CBQ within six months of the date on which the new FM transmitter becomes operational and to inform listeners of the changes herein approved.