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Decision

Ottawa, 4 August 1994
Decision CRTC 94-491
Buffalo Narrows Broadcasting Corporation
Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan - 940182900
New native radio station
Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region beginning on 20 June 1994, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a Native- and English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Buffalo Narrows on the frequency 89.3 MHz, channel 207LP, with an effective radiated power of 38 watts, upon surrender of the current licence issued for CIBN Buffalo Narrows.
Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1990-89 dated 20 September 1990 entitled "Native Broadcasting Policy", the Commission will issue a licence for a Type A FM native radio undertaking. This licence will expire on 31 August 1999, and will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
This term will enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence at the same time as that of other native radio stations across Canada.
Buffalo Narrows Broadcasting Corporation is currently the licensee of CIBN Buffalo Narrows. It will cease operation of this AM undertaking upon implementation of the proposed FM station, at which time the Commission requires the licensee to surrender the licence currently issued for CIBN.
The Commission notes that the proposed FM station will broadcast 42 hours per week of local programming and 126 hours per week of programming received from the Natotawin Broadcasting Inc. network. 10 hours of programming will be in the Cree and Dene languages and 158 hours will be in English.
In support of its request, the applicant stated that, in 1981 when CIBN was originally licensed, the AM band offered the best penetration to listeners because, at that time, low-cost FM receivers were not available, nor were cars widely equipped with FM radios. The applicant noted that the availability of FM receivers and radios has since increased. Moreover, the applicant claimed that, given FM radio's superior technical quality, converting CIBN from the AM band to the FM frequency would improve the station's audio quality as well as improve, and possibly extend, its night-time coverage.
The applicant is reminded of the requirements for Canadian musical selections set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986.
The Commission notes that this station will be owned and controlled by a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation, and programming primarily by members of the community at large.
The Department of Industry Science and Technology (DIST) has advised that the proposed station will have an effective radiated power of 38 watts rather than 20 watts, as had been indicated in CRTC Notice of Public Hearing 1994-7 dated 22 April 1994.
DIST has also 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 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 DIST that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
It is a condition of licence that the authority granted herein be implemented within twelve months of the date of receipt of the DIST 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 periods of time as are approved in writing by the Commission.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General