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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-362

  Ottawa, 20 August 2004
  Durham Radio Inc.
Oshawa, Ontario
  Application 2003-0964-2
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
7 June 2004
 

CKDO Oshawa - New transmitter in Oshawa

  The Commission approves in part the application by Durham Radio Inc. for authority to operate an FM transmitter of CKDO Oshawa in Oshawa. The licensee must submit for approval an application proposing the use of a suitable frequency other than 107.7 MHz (channel 299A1).
 

The application

1.

The Commission received an application by Durham Radio Inc. (Durham) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CKDO Oshawa in order to operate an FM transmitter in Oshawa. The proposed transmitter would operate at 107.7 MHz (channel 299A1) with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 250 watts.

2.

Durham stated that CKDO suffers from serious night-time signal deficiencies in its main market of Oshawa/Whitby, and that the proposed transmitter would fill in the coverage gaps in that area as well as in Ajax and other areas of the Durham Region.

3.

Durham's application is technically mutually exclusive with the application filed by Rock 95 Broadcasting (Barrie-Orillia) Ltd. (Rock 95), which was also considered at this public hearing, to amend the broadcasting licence for CKMB-FM Barrie in order to change the frequency of the transmitter from 107.5 MHz (channel 298C1) to 107.7 MHz (channel 299C1) and to change the authorized contours by relocating the transmitter.
 

Interventions

4.

The Commission received 22 interventions in connection with Durham's application: 20 in support, one in opposition and one comment.

5.

The opposing intervention was submitted by Rock 95, the licensee of CKMB-FM Barrie.
 

The applicant's response

6.

Durham filed correspondence with the Commission indicating that it would be prepared to operate the proposed FM transmitter at 107.5 MHz instead of at 107.7 MHz, in order to avoid technical conflict with Rock 95's proposal. Durham further stated that the proposed use of the alternative frequency has been discussed with and accepted by Corus Entertainment Inc., which operates CILQ-FM at 107.1 MHz in North York (Toronto).
 

The Commission's analysis and determination

7.

The Commission acknowledges all the interventions filed in support of the application and agrees that the FM transmitter proposed by Durham would achieve its desired objective of providing enhanced service of CKDO in the Durham Region.

8.

Based on its examination of the record, the Commission approves in part the application by Durham Radio Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CKDO Oshawa in order to operate an FM transmitter in Oshawa. Durham's proposed use of 107.7 MHz is denied.

9.

In making its determination, the Commission has noted the applicant's statement that it would be prepared to use an alternative frequency.
 

Issuance of the licence amendment

10.

The Commission will only issue the licence amendment, and it will only be effective at such time as:
 
  • The applicant submits, within three months of the date of this decision, an amendment to its application proposing the use of an FM frequency and technical parameters that are acceptable to both the Commission and the Department of Industry (the Department); and
 
  • Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
 

Related matter

11.

In CKMB-FM Barrie - Technical changes, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-363, also released today, the Commission has approved Rock 95's proposal to change CKMB-FM's frequency from 107.5 MHz (channel 298C1) to 107.7 MHz (channel 299C1) and to change the authorized contours by relocating the transmitter.
  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: 2004-08-20