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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-118

  Ottawa, 31 March 2005
  Christian Hit Radio Inc.
Ottawa and Pembroke, Ontario
  Application 2004-0544-0
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-81
3 November 2004
 

CHRI-FM Ottawa - New transmitter in Pembroke

  The Commission approves the application by Christian Hit Radio Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CHRI-FM Ottawa, in order to operate a low-power transmitter in Pembroke.
 

The application

1.

The Commission received an application by Christian Hit Radio Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence of the radio programming undertaking CHRI-FM Ottawa, in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Pembroke. The applicant indicated that the transmitter would operate at 100.7 MHz (channel 264LP) with an effective radiated power of 22 watts.
 

Interventions

2.

The Commission received numerous interventions concerning this application, of which the large majority expressed their support.

3.

In its intervention, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) indicated that, while it did not oppose the addition of an FM transmitter in Pembroke to broadcast the programming of CHRI-FM, the proposed frequency for this transmitter is in conflict with its Long Range Radio Plan (LRRP) to implement its Radio Two service on channel 264B in Pembroke. The CBC indicated that it wished to retain the current technical authority for its LRRP transmitter at Pembroke.
 

Applicant's reply

4.

The applicant submitted that 100.7 MHz (channel 264LP) would allow it to provide the coverage it seeks in the short term as a low-power service. The applicant further submitted that the CBC's request to retain technical authority for a transmitter that does not yet exist would represent a setback to the residents of Pembroke, who want CHRI-FM to serve their city as soon as possible.
 

Commission's analysis and determination

5.

The Commission notes that the frequency applied for in this decision is designated for future use by the CBC, in its LRRP, as a class B station in Pembroke. The Commission notes, however, that the applicant indicated that this frequency would provide the coverage it seeks in the short term as a low-power service.

6.

Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission reminds the applicant that it will have to select another frequency if the Department of Industry (the Department) so requires.

7.

Based on the foregoing, the Commission approves the application by Christian Hit Radio Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CHRI-FM Ottawa, in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Pembroke. The transmitter will operate at 100.7 MHz (channel 264LP) with an effective radiated power of 22 watts.
 

Issuance of the licence

8.

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.

10.

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 31 March 2007. 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 in PDF format or in HTML at the following Internet site: www.crtc.gc.ca 

Date Modified: 2005-03-31