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Decision CRTC 2001-67


Ottawa, 14 February 2001


Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport Authority Ottawa, Ontario 2000-1973-8


30 January 2001 Public Hearing National Capital Region


New low-power information service


The Commission approves the application for a new low-power English- and French-language AM radio station at Ottawa (MacDonald-Cartier International Airport). The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The applicant proposes a travel and traffic information service to inform motorists approaching the airport of airport facilities, access routes, parking availability, flight delays, safety tips and general information. In case of airport access road closure, the service will broadcast messages advising listeners to use alternate roads.


Programming will consist of pre-recorded messages repeated continuously over a 24-hour period. The service will operate on a year-round basis.


In its licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting undertakings, the Commission indicated that the licences for these undertakings would be subject to conditions that would define programming so as to ensure that licensees do not begin to offer the same service as a conventional licensee, without prior Commission approval (PN 1993-95). These conditions are set out in the appendix to this decision.


Related CRTC document

  • Public Notice 1993-95 - A licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting

Secretary General


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Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-67


Terms of licence for the low-power AM radio programming undertaking at Ottawa (MacDonald-Cartier International Airport)


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 licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007.


As proposed, the station will operate on the frequency 1630 kHz, with a transmitter power of 99 watts.


The technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected AM service. The applicant would have to select another frequency if required to do so to permit the best use of the frequency band.


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified below and to any other condition specified in the licence to be issued.


1. The licensee must use the station solely for the purpose of broadcasting recorded announcements concerning airport information for motorists approaching the Ottawa international airport.


2. The licensee must not broadcast any advertising material.


3. The licensee must not broadcast any musical selection, except as incidental background music.


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