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  Decision CRTC 2000-191

  Ottawa, 9 June 2000

  Yorkton Broadcasting Company Limited and Walsh Investments Inc., partners in a general partnership known as GX Radio Partnership
Yorkton, Saskatchewan – 199916699
  25 April 2000 Public Hearing
in Vancouver

  New FM radio programming undertaking


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence to carry on an English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Yorkton. As proposed, the new FM station will operate on the frequency 94.1 MHz, channel 231C1, with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts.


Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2006. This licence will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued.


The applicant is the only commercial radio operator in Yorkton. It is the licensee of CJGX Yorkton, which offers a talk/country format with an emphasis on farm news. The new FM station will offer a pop, rock and dance (category 2) music format.


The Commission notes that this application falls within the scope of the policy on the common ownership of radio stations established in Public Notice CRTC 1998-41 entitled Commercial Radio Policy, 1998. According to that policy, in markets with less than eight commercial radio stations operating in a given language, a single licensee
may be permitted to own or control as many as three stations operating in that language with a maximum of two stations in any one frequency band.


Most of the programming broadcast on the new station will be locally-produced, with the exception of satellite news feeds on weekends. The station will offer short news and sports segments (2 to 3 minutes in length) twice an hour during the breakfast and noon listening hours, and once an hour during the remainder of the day.


The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted in support of this application.

  Other matters


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. In this regard, the Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.


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.


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.


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 document

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

  Secretary General
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