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Decision CRTC 2001-48

  Ottawa, 9 February 2001
  The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc.
Timmins, Ontario 2000-1548-9
  20 November 2000 Public Hearing
in Burnaby
 

New English-language FM radio station at Timmins

  The Commission approves the application for a new English-language FM radio station at Timmins. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
  The proposed service
1. The new station will offer a CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) music format. The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. (Haliburton) stated that listeners interested in CHR music are currently being underserved because there are no Timmins radio stations currently specializing in this type of music. Haliburton indicated that with respect to local programming, the new station would use the same programming and business model as its other stations in Bracebridge, Sudbury, Kapuskasing and Bancroft.
2. Timmins is currently served by commercial undertakings CJQQ-FM and CKGB, owned by Telemedia Radio Inc. (Telemedia), and by CHIM-FM, a low-power FM Christian music service, property of 1158556 Ontario Ltd.
3. The Commission received an opposing intervention from Telemedia. Telemedia stated that the new station will not be economically viable, that it will put negative financial pressure on existing stations in the Timmins market and that it will not contribute to the diversity of programming and news.
4. Haliburton argued that the station will complement its existing Timmins French-language FM station CHYK-FM and help to ensure CHYK-FM's long-term viability in Timmins through shared resources and synergies. The applicant added that the station would contribute to the diversity of English-language news voices in the Timmins market. Local news coverage would be enhanced through new news staff. News coverage would also be enhanced through its ability to utilize news and information made available through its other stations throughout Ontario. The applicant pointed out that the economies realized through shared studio and technical facilities with CHYK-FM would also enhance its ability to better direct resources towards its news and local programming production.
5. The applicant expects that the new station revenues will come from newspaper and Internet advertising, and current Timmins non-radio users. It pointed out that the station format, as in Sudbury and Bracebridge, "will create new non-traditional radio users and will have almost no impact on the Timmins Telemedia stations".
 

Canadian talent development

6. The licensee will not participate in the Canadian talent development plan established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Instead, the licensee will devote, by condition of licence, a minimum of $5,000 per year in direct expenditures to the development of Canadian talent. The proposed initiative consists of a $5,000 cash award to be given to the winner of an annual Aboriginal music and poetry contest. In conjunction with the cash award, the licensee would produce a compilation CD of the contest's best performances. As well, over a twelve-week period, all contest submissions would be featured "on air" during a one-hour weekly show entitled "Best of Native Friends".
 

The Commission's decision

7. The Commission notes that the level of profitability achieved by Telemedia's two Timmins stations over the past few years on a combined basis, has exceeded the industry averages. In addition, granting a new station to Haliburton would improve the competitive balance in Timmins, whereby Haliburton would have an English-language FM and a French-language FM to compete against Telemedia's two stations. Accordingly, the Commission has decided to approve the application.
  Related CRTC documents
 

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

 

. Public Notice 1998-41 - Commercial Radio Policy 1998

 

. Public Notice 1992-59 - Implementation of an employment equity policy

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

Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-48

  Terms of the licence for the FM English-language radio programming undertaking at Timmins
  The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as:
 

· the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period.

 

· the Department of Industry, having advised that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, has determined that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicated that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).

  The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007.
  The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 93.1 MHz, channel 226A, with an effective radiated power of 3,600 watts.
  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 (see PN 1992-59).
 

Conditions of licence

  The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued, as also set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137. The licence will also be subject to the following condition:
 

1. The licensee must devote a minimum of $5,000 per year in direct expenditures to the development of Canadian talent.