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Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1992-46 dated 9 July 1992, the Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence for CJOJ-FM Belleville by increasing the effective radiated power from 30,000 watts to 50,000 watts, by changing the frequency from 102.3 MHz (channel 272B) to 95.5 MHz (channel 238C1), and by changing the transmitter site to co-locate the transmitting facilities with those of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, at a location 22 kilometres to the northeast of Belleville.
In a related decision released today (Decision CRTC 92-763), the Commission approved an application by the CBC to amend the broadcasting licence for CJBC Toronto, by decreasing the effective radiated power of its transmitter CJBC-1-FM Belleville from 25,000 watts to 18,200 watts, and by changing the frequency of CJBC-1-FM from 95.5 MHz to 94.3 MHz. Approval of that application was contingent upon approval of the Belleville Radio Limited (Belleville Radio) application noted herein, and the Commission notes that Belleville Radio has made a financial commitment to the CBC to pay the CBC's costs for changing the frequency of CJBC-1-FM.
An intervention opposing this application was submitted by G.S. Broadcast Technical Services Ltd., whose principals A. Sondermeyer, D. Kirk and A. Forsyth formed a group that was one of the applicants for the licence awarded to Belleville Radio in Decision CRTC 90-1101. Quinte Broadcasting Company Limited, licensee of CIGL-FM and CJBQ Belleville, CJTN Trenton and CJNH Bancroft, also intervened in opposition to the present application.
The Commission is satisfied with the licensee's response to the concerns raised by both interveners. Moreover, it considers that approval of this application will result in the best frequency use in the Belleville area, the resolution of an unimplemented CBC project, as well as the furtherance of the CBC Long Range Radio Plan at no expense to the Corporation.
It is a condition of licence that the changes approved herein be implemented within twelve months of the date of this decision. The Commission is, however, concerned with the delay in the provision of service to Belleville. Belleville Radio is therefore encouraged to implement its radio programming undertaking in Belleville as soon as possible.
The Department of Communications (DOC) has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable, and that an amendment to the 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 amendment, 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 an amendment to the Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.