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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-273

Ottawa, 5 September 2002

Robert G. Hopkins
Tagish, Yukon Territory

Application 2002-0089-0
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
3 June 2002

New low-power FM station in Tagish

1.

The Commission approves the application by Robert G. Hopkins for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power English-language FM radio programming undertaking in Tagish, Yukon Territory.

2.

Mr. Robert G. Hopkins will be the sole owner and operator of the station.

3.

The new station will operate 24 hours a day. It will broadcast, in each broadcast week, 44 hours of local programming including local news and weather, public service announcements and programs featuring the First Nations peoples and the history of the area. The licensee will also provide opportunities for listeners to respond through interactive programs and open-microphone sessions on location. The remainder of the programming offered by the station will be received from CFMI-FM Vancouver, via satellite.

4.

The station will operate at 106.7 MHz (channel 294LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. It will operate in a single-station market as defined in Local programming policy for FM radio - definition of a single-station market, Public Notice CRTC 1993-121, 17 August 1993.

5.

The licence will expire 31 August 2009. It will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999, with the exception of condition of licence no. 9 relating to the solicitation of local advertising. That condition does not apply to stations operating in a single-station market.

6.

Thirteen interventions were filed in support of this application. The interveners considered that Mr. Hopkins would provide a valuable local radio service to the community.

7.

The Department of Industry (the Department) has advised the Commission that, while this application is conditionally technically acceptable, it will only issue a broadcasting certificate when it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.

8.

The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.

9.

Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the licensee that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.

10.

Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the licensee has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 5 September 2004. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.

11.

In accordance with Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992, 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.

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

Date Modified: 2002-09-05