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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-617

  Ottawa, 19 December 2003
  3937844 Canada Inc.
Grand Centre (Cold Lake), Alberta
  Application 2003-0536-9
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
20 October 2003
 

CJCM Grand Centre (Cold Lake) - Conversion to FM band

  The Commission approves a new FM station at Grand Centre (Cold Lake) following the conversion of CJCM from the AM band.

1.

The Commission received an application by 3937844 Canada Inc. (a subsidiary of Newcap Inc.) for a broadcasting licence to carry on a new English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Grand Centre (Cold Lake) following the conversion of the applicant's existing station CJCM Grand Centre (Cold Lake) from the AM to the FM band. The applicant proposed to operate at 95.3 MHz (channel 237C1) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts. It indicated that the proposed FM transmitter would provide a stronger, more reliable signal to the community.

2.

The new FM station would remain within the same Adult Contemporary music format as that currently offered by CJCM. All of the programming would continue to be locally produced, including a daily entertainment guide focused on local performers.

3.

The applicant confirmed that it would participate in the plan developed by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) for contributions by radio licensees to Canadian talent development. Under this plan, a radio licensee serving a community the size of Grand Centre (Cold Lake) would normally be expected to contribute a minimum of $400 in each broadcast year to eligible third parties for the development of Canadian musical and other artistic talent. The applicant made a commitment to allocate a total of $5,400 in each broadcast year to the direct funding of Canadian talent development. Of that amount, the applicant proposed to devote $2,500 annually to the Aboriginal Voices Radio Network (AVRN). The applicant proposed that the remaining $2,900 per year would be contributed to eligible third parties, including a minimum annual contribution of $2,500 to FACTOR. The applicant also indicated that the working relationship Newcap Inc. has developed with AVRN through its broadcasting operations across Canada would provide the new FM station with access to many new Aboriginal artists.

4.

The Commission received no intervention in connection with this application.
  The Commission's analysis and determination

5.

The Commission has assessed the applicant's proposal to devote $2,500 annually to the development of AVRN. Consistent with its past treatment of similar proposals, the Commission has not accepted this initiative as being one that would contribute directly to the development of Canadian talent. Nonetheless, the Commission considers that this initiative, dedicated to the support of the AVRN radio network, would contribute to the fulfilment of paragraph 3(1)(o) of the Broadcasting Act and, as such, would be beneficial to the broadcasting system as a whole.

6.

The Commission is also satisfied that the conversion of the Grand Centre (Cold Lake) radio station from the AM to the FM band would improve the quality of service to listeners in this community and, accordingly, approves the application.

7.

The Commission notes that the applicant acquired CJCM from Standard Radio Inc. as part of a much larger transaction approved in 3937844 Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Newcap Inc., acquires the assets of radio stations in Alberta, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-93, 19 April 2002. The Commission reminds the applicant of its ongoing responsibility for fulfilling all of the commitments set out in that decision as the benefits of that transaction.
  Issuance of the licence

8.

The Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2010. The licence will be subject to the conditions set outin New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999, as well as to those set out below.

9.

Consistent with its commitment, the licensee shall, by condition of licence, contribute a minimum of $2,900 per year to eligible third parties for the development of Canadian musical and other artistic talent, including a minimum annual contribution of $2,500 per year to FACTOR.

10.

Consistent with its further commitment, the licensee shall, by condition of licence, contribute a minimum of $2,500 in each broadcast year to the development of the Aboriginal Voices Radio Network.

11.

The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on the AM station CJCM for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. At the end of this period, the licensee must surrender the AM licence for cancellation by the Commission.

12.

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.

13.

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.

14.

The licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant 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 19 December 2005.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.
  Employment equity

15.

Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with Human Resources Development Canada, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
  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: 2003-12-19