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Decision CRTC 2000-131
Ottawa, 28 April 2000
5191991 B.C. Ltd.

Rimouski, Quebec – 199807609

4 October 1999 Public Hearing
National Capital Region
New FM radio programming undertaking

1.

The Commission approves the application by Power Broadcasting Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language FM radio programming undertaking at Rimouski, on the frequency 102.9 MHz (channel 275B), with an effective radiated power of 33,600 watts.

2.

The Commission notes that this FM radio station will replace AM station CFLP Rimouski. Since the original application was filed, the Commission approved, in Decision CRTC 2000-87 dated 24 March 2000, the acquisition of the assets of CFLP held by Power Broadcasting Inc., by 5191991 B.C. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Corus Entertainment Inc. Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence to 5191991 B.C. Ltd., expiring 31 August 2006.

3.

The new station will broadcast in an adult contemporary light rock format (for adults 25 to 54), that is not currently available in Rimouski. It will maintain CFLP’s local and regional orientation. With the exception of the summer period, the station will broadcast 7 hours per week of local news, including one daily public affairs program, Monday to Friday.

4.

Power Broadcasting Inc. had requested authority to simulcast the programming of CFLP on the new FM station for a period of six months, in order to ease the transition from AM to FM. The Commission is of the view that a simulcast period of three months would be appropriate in this case. A condition of licence approving a three-month simulcasting period is set out later in this decision. At the end of this period, the Commission expects CFLP’s licence to be surrendered for cancellation, so that a new licence may be issued.

5.

The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in this decision and in the licence to be issued. Further, as conditions of licence, the licensee:

? is authorized to simulcast the programming of CFLP on the new FM station for a period of three months from the date of implementation;

? must refrain from solliciting advertising in markets that fall outside its primary coverage area;

? must contribute $1,400 per year in direct costs to the development of Canadian talent, with $1,000 going to MusicAction. The Commission notes that the MusicAction contribution is in addition to the licensee’s annual $500 commitment for a student of Rimouski’s Conservatoire de musique.

6.

The Commission notes that this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act that came into effect on 24 October 1996 (1996 EEA), and therefore files reports concerning employment equity with Human Resources Development Canada.

7.

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.

8.

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.

9.

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.

Related CRTC documents

• Decision 2000-87 – Acquisition of various Power Broadcasting Inc. assets by wholly-owned subsidiaries of Corus Entertainment Inc.

• Public Notice 1999-137 – New licence form for commercial radio stations
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