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Following a Public Hearing in Quebec City beginning on 19 May 1992, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM radio programming undertaking at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on the frequency 104.1 MHz, channel 281A, with an effective radiated power of 570 watts, which will be operated in the Group I format (pop, rock and dance).
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 1998, upon surrender of the licence for CFZZ Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The authorization granted herein is subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The proposed FM station will replace the existing AM station, CFZZ Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The Commission is satisfied that the proposed FM transmitter will overcome various technical problems and will improve the quality of the signal at night.
The Commission reaffirms the particular importance it attaches to the development of Canadian talent and has noted the licensee's direct cost commitment for this purpose, including a yearly contribution of $500 to MusicAction, two annual scholarships of $500 to be awarded to a music student and a journalism student, and a $4,000 annual contribution to the Power Broadcasting Inc. initiative "Le Pouvoir de la chanson". The Commission also notes that the applicant proposes to produce a minimum of 116 hours 35 minutes of local programming per week. The applicant also proposes a minimum of 11 hours 53 minutes of news programming of which 3 hours 28 minutes will be local and regional news. National and international news will be provided by the NTR network.
The Department of Communications (DOC) has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will only be issued once it has been determined that the transmitter's proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
In accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the DOC that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
It is a condition of licence that construction of this undertaking be completed and that it be in operation within twelve months of the date of receipt of the DOC notification referred to in the preceding paragraph or, where the applicant applies to the Commission within this period and satisfies the Commission that it cannot complete implementation before the expiry of this period and that an extension is in the public interest, within such further period of time as is approved in writing by the Commission.