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    Decision

    Ottawa, 29 July 1999

    Decision CRTC 99-191

    The Gulf Broadcasting Company Limited

    Summerside, Prince Edward Island - 199811518

    14 June 1999 Public Hearing
    National Capital Region

    Conversion of AM station CJRW to FM

    1.  The Commission approves the application to replace AM station CJRW Summerside with a new English-language FM station. Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2004, CJRW's current expiry date.

    2.  The applicant stated that it will increase the amount of local news broadcast on the Summerside station. It will also introduce new spoken word programs such as "Island Legends", "Sounds Like Prince County", "County Corner" and "Earth Patrol", all of which will focus on local artists or issues.

    Conditions of licence

    3.  The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued. As conditions of licence, the licensee must:

    ·  not operate this station within the Specialty format as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1995-60 or as amended from time to time by the Commission;

    ·  broadcast, in any broadcast week, less than 50% hit material as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1997-42, as amended from time to time;

    ·  make payments to third parties involved in Canadian talent development at the level identified for it in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Distribution Guidelines For Canadian Talent Development, as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1995-196 or as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission, and report the names of the third parties associated with Canadian talent development, together with the amounts paid to each, concurrently with its annual return. The payments required under this condition of licence are over and above any outstanding commitments to Canadian talent development offered as benefits in an application to acquire ownership or control of the undertaking;

    ·  adhere to the guidelines on gender portrayal set out in the CAB's Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission. The application of the foregoing condition of licence will be suspended as long as the licensee remains a member in good standing of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council;

    ·  adhere to the provisions of the CAB's Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

    Other matters

    4.  The licence will only be issued and effective when the new station is ready to begin operation. When the licensee has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation, it must advise the Commission in writing. If the station is not constructed and ready to operate within 12 months of today's date, extensions to this time frame may be granted provided that the licensee applies in writing to the Commission before the 12-month period or any extension of that period expires.

    5.  The new FM station will operate on the frequency 102.1 MHz, channel 271B, with an effective radiated power of 11,000 watts.

    6.  The Department of Industry has advised that the undertaking will have an effective radiated power of 11,000 watts rather than 50,000 watts, as indicated in Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 1999-4 dated 9 April 1999.

    7.  The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a Broadcasting Certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.

    8.  In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.

    9.  In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled Implementation of an Employment Equity Policy, the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. As part of its application, the licensee indicated that half of its employees are women and that it has an announcer who is hearing impaired. Further, the licensee stated that it works closely with the local high school and, in the past, made it possible for an individual who is blind to operate its technical board through braille and for an individual who uses a wheelchair to perform station tasks. The licensee plans to spend up to $500 each year to promote its employment equity policies outside the station. The Commission commends the licensee for its achievements in employment equity and encourages it to continue its efforts.

    This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be viewed at the following Internet site:
    www.crtc.gc.ca

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