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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-203

  Ottawa, 2 July 2003
  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Québec and Trois-Rivières, Quebec
  Application 2002-0162-4
Public Hearing at Montréal, Quebec
3 February 2003
  CBVE-FM Québec and its transmitter CBMZ-FM Trois-Rivières - Technical changes

1.

The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBVE-FM Québec, in order to change the frequency of its transmitter CBMZ-FM Trois-Rivières from 106.9 MHz (channel 295B) to 93.9 MHz (channel 230B).

2.

The Commission also approves the increase in the effective radiated power of the transmitter, from 4,386 watts to 9,300 watts, and the change in the authorized contours resulting from the relocation of the transmitter to a site 1.9 kilometres northeast of the existing site.

3.

The proposed change is intended to restore CBMZ-FM's permanent facilities in Trois-Rivières following the Mont-Carmel tragedy and the subsequent demolition of the Westower in April 2001.

4.

The Commission considered this application at a public hearing held in Montréal from 3 to 19 February 2003. At the hearing, the Commission heard four other applications in connection with the Trois-Rivières market, and today approves two of these proposals: the operation of a commercial French-language FM radio station (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-201) as well as the change of frequency and the change in the authorized contours of a CBC radio station associated with the network, La Première Chaîne (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-202).

5.

The criteria used by the Commission to evaluate the applications considered at the 3 February 2003 public hearing are set out in Introductory statement to Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2003-192 to 2003-203: Applications related to radio stations in the Province of Quebec, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-33, 2 July 2003 (the Introductory Statement). In the Introductory Statement, the Commission also addresses the various proposals that were technically mutually exclusive and the general interventions to most of the applications, and states its conclusions on the capacity of the markets in Montréal, in Sherbrooke, in Trois-Rivières and in Saguenay to support the addition of one or more new radio stations, taking into account the competitive state of each market.

6.

CBMZ-FM Trois-Rivières will use 93.9 MHz leaving 106.9 MHz available for the use of CBF-FM-10 Sherbrooke. In CBF-FM-10 Sherbrooke - New transmitter in Magog, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-200, released today, the Commission authorizes the CBC to use 106.9 MHz for CBF-FM-10 Sherbrooke.

7.

The comments submitted by the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo regarding the present application are discussed in the Introductory Statement.

8.

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.

9.

The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department notifies 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 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: 2003-07-02