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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Calgary and Banff, Alberta
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2005-27
31 March 2005
CBR Calgary - New transmitter in Banff
The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBR Calgary, in order to operate an FM transmitter in Banff to broadcast CBR's programming, and to delete the existing AM transmitter CBRB Banff.
The new FM transmitter will replace the existing CBRB Banff transmitter, which operates on the AM band. The new transmitter will operate at 96.3 MHz (channel 242A) with an average effective radiated power of 250 watts.
The CBC stated that the current AM transmitter CBRB is located on a site owned by Canadian Pacific, which has advised the CBC that it must vacate the current location. Consequently, the CBC decided to convert CBRB to the FM band, which will allow it to consolidate its television and radio transmitting facilities at the same site.
The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of CBR Calgary on the CBRB transmitter for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operation of the new FM transmitter. The licensee must then cease operation of its AM transmitter CBRB Banff.
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.
The Commission reminds the applicant 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.
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 1 June 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 this date.
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