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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-436

  Ottawa, 30 September 2004
  9022-6242 Québec inc.
Baie-Comeau and Forestville, Quebec
  Application 2003-0967-6
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-4
22 January 2004
  CHLC-FM Baie-Comeau - Conversion of transmitter CFRP Forestville from AM to FM band
  The Commission approves the application by 9022-6242 Québec inc. to convert CFRP Forestville, a transmitter of CHLC-FM Baie-Comeau, from the AM to the FM band.
 

The application

1.

The Commission received an application by 9022-6242 Québec inc. (9022-6242) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CHLC-FM Baie-Comeau, in order to operate an FM transmitter in Forestville to replace its AM rebroadcasting station CFRP. The new transmitter would operate at 100.5 MHz (channel 263A) with an average effective radiated power of 3,374  watts.

2.

9022-6242 also requested authority to simulcast the programming of CHLC-FM on the new FM transmitter as well as on CFRP for a period of three months from the date of implementation.
 

The interventions

3.

The Commission received two interventions opposing 9022-6242's proposal. One intervention was submitted by Radio Essipit Haute Côte-Nord (Radio Essipit), licensee of CHME-FM Les Escoumins. The second intervention was filed by the Essipit Innu First Nation Council, in its capacity as the founder and owner of Radio Essipit. Radio Essipit has filed an application with the Commission requesting an amendment of the broadcasting licence for CHME-FM in order to operate a transmitter in Forestville. That application is the subject of CHME-FM Les Escoumins - New transmitter in Forestville, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-437, also published today.

4.

The interventions in opposition expressed the view that CHME-FM would be negatively affected, mainly by a potential loss in advertising revenues, if a new station was to be approved in Forestville. The interveners also stated that CFRP had been abandoned for many years.
 

The applicant's reply

5.

In reply, the applicant submitted that no negative impact on existing broadcasters would result from its proposal, since the application seeks only to improve the signal quality of CHLC-FM in the Forestville area, and no additional audience is expected to result. The applicant also indicated, contrary to the interveners' statements, that CHLC-FM's rebroadcasting station CFRP Forestville had never been closed.
 

The Commission's analysis and determination

6.

The Commission has considered the views of the applicant and the interveners, and concludes that 9022-6242's proposal to convert CFRP Forestville, a transmitter of CHLC-FM Baie-Comeau, from the AM to the FM band will not have any undue negative impact on existing broadcasters, because the main revenue of CHLC-FM will not be dependent on the rebroadcasting of its signal in the Forestville region. The Commission is satisfied that, as a result of the proposed change, the population of Forestville will receive additional choice in radio signals and improved signal quality.

7.

Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by 9022-6242 Québec inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CHLC-FM Baie-Comeau, in order to operate an FM transmitter in Forestville to replace its AM rebroadcasting station CFRP. The new transmitter will operate at 100.5 MHz (channel 263A) with an average effective radiated power of 3,374 watts.

8.

The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of CHLC-FM on CFRP for a period of three months following the installation of the new FM transmitter. The licensee will then cease operation of its AM transmitter CFRP Forestville.

9.

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.

10.

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.

11.

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 30 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 that 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: 2004-09-30