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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-403

  Ottawa, 7 September 2004
  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Vancouver andChilliwack, British Columbia
  Application 2003-1106-9
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
7 June 2004
 

CBU-FM Vancouver - New transmitter in Chilliwack

  The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBU-FM Vancouver in order to operate a transmitter in Chilliwack.
 

The application

1.

The Commission received an application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBU-FM Vancouver in order to operate a transmitter in Chilliwack to broadcast the programming of the CBC's national English-language network service Radio Two. The proposed transmitter would operate at 99.9 MHz (channel 260A) with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 790 watts.
 

Interventions

2. . The Commission received one intervention in support of this application and one intervention in opposition from Mr. Eric Cartman. In Mr. Cartman's view, the CBC has too many frequencies in the Vancouver area. He questioned whether granting the CBC another frequency in the Fraser Valley would be in the best interest of the broadcast spectrum.
 

The licensee's response

3. In response, the CBC stated that its Long Range Radio Plan had identified the necessity of establishing a transmitter in Chilliwack. The CBC further noted that residents of the Chilliwack community have demonstrated a strong interest in receiving the Radio Two programming service. The CBC submitted that its proposal is consistent with its mandated obligations and that the proposed transmitter would make effective and efficient use of the available broadcast spectrum resources. With respect to the proposed frequency, the CBC stated that it had filed its request to use 99.9 MHz following a review of the proposed use of that frequency by the Department of Industry (the Department) and the Commission.
 

The Commission's analysis and determination

4. Based on its examination of the record, the Commission is satisfied that approval of the proposed transmitter is in the public interest. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the broadcasting licence for CBU-FM Vancouver in order to operate a transmitter in Chilliwack to broadcast the programming of the CBC's national English-language network service Radio Two at 99.9 MHz (channel 260A) with an ERP of 790 watts.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The transmitter 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 7 September 2006. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 60 days before this date.
  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: 2004-09-07