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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-250

Ottawa, 28 August 2002

9098-7280 Québec inc.
Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec

Application 2002-0008-0
Public Notice CRTC 2002-30
7 June 2002

Use of frequency 97.1 MHz by the new classical music FM station in Ottawa/Gatineau

1.

The Commission approves the application by 9098-7280 Québec inc. (a subsidiary of Radio Nord Communications inc.) for authorization to operate its new FM classical music station in Ottawa/Gatineau at 97.1 MHz (channel 246B1) with an effective radiated power of 12,600 watts.

2.

The applicant filed this application in response to the Commission's direction in New classical music FM station in Ottawa/Hull, Decision CRTC 2001-626, 4 October 2001 (Decision 2001-626). The applicant had originally proposed to operate its new station on frequency 97.9 MHz (channel 250B1). In Decision CRTC 2001-626, the Commission stated that it would only issue a licence to the applicant for this station provided that it submitted an application proposing the use of another FM frequency that would be acceptable to both the Commission and to the Department of Industry (the Department).

Intervention

3.

Radio Communautaire de la Haute-Gatineau inc., licensee of CHGA-FM Maniwaki, filed an intervention opposing the use of frequency 97.1 MHz because it might cause interference to the CHGA-FM signal in several locations in its service area. It also opposed the proposal contained in the Radio Nord Engineering Brief stating that CHGA-FM should be limited to its current parameters on frequency 97.3 MHz so as not to interfere with the new station. The intervener submitted that such a restriction would limit its possibilities for future development.

4.

In its reply to the intervention, the applicant noted that, following consultation with the Department, Radio Nord accepts the effect that an increase in the effective radiated power of CHGA-FM could have on the quality of the new station's signal and, consequently, has withdrawn its proposal that CHGA-FM should not be authorized to amend its current technical parameters. Moreover, Radio Nord submitted that CHGA-FM could use frequency 97.5 MHz to avoid any possibility of interference to its signal.

5.

In light of the above, the Department considers the complaint filed by Radio Communautaire de la Haute-Gatineau inc. has been resolved and has advised the Commission that, while the application by 9098-7280 Québec inc. is conditionally technically acceptable, it 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.

6.

The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the licence for this undertaking will only be issued once the Department has notified the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to Decision CRTC 2001-626. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site: www.crtc.gc.ca

Date Modified: 2002-08-28