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Decision

Ottawa, 11 March 1999
Decision CRTC 99-50
Westman Media Co-operative Ltd.
Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 1998-125
dated 24 November 1998
Distribution of PBS network duplicate signal
1. The Commission approves in part the application by Westman Media Co-operative Ltd. (Westman) for authority to distribute KGFE (PBS) Grand Forks, a second PBS network signal. The applicant proposed to distribute this signal as part of the basic service at the same time as the existing PBS signal WTVS Detroit.
2. In Public Notice CRTC 1993-74 dated 3 June 1993 entitled Structural Public Hearing, the Commission stated that, with respect to the distribution of U.S. border television stations, it would generally be prepared to authorize the duplicate carriage of PBS network signals received over the air at the local head end, on a discretionary basis only, in provinces served by a provincial educational broadcaster.
3. In accordance with that Public Notice, a second PBS signal may be distributed on a discretionary tier of the undertaking, but both signals may not be distributed as part of the basic service, as was proposed in the application.
4. The Commission notes that Westman carried KGFE on its basic service in Brandon for many years, and substituted WTVS for KGFE only following the cessation of the terrestrial link by which KGFE had been received. In view of this fact, the Commission is prepared to allow Westman to choose which of the two PBS signals it prefers to place on the basic service, and which on the discretionary tier. The Commission expects Westman to inform it of its choice within 30 days of this decision.
Secretary General
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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