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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-48

  Ottawa, 1 February 2007
  3937844 Canada Inc.
Edson, Alberta
  Application 2006-0915-9
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
14 November 2006
 

CFXE Edson - Conversion to FM band

1. The Commission approves the application by 3937844 Canada Inc. (3937844 Canada) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Edson to replace its AM station CFXE.
2. 3937844 Canada is a subsidiary of Newcap Inc. It is owned 76.34% by Newcap Inc. and 23.66% by Standard Radio Inc.
3. 3937844 Canada stated that the proposed station will offer a Classic Hits music format. The applicant stated that the news staff will be representative of the Edson mosaic and will focus their stories to reflect the reality of Canada's cultural, ethnic, racial and aboriginal diversity. The reported news will be sensitive to the cultural nuances of the local population and reflect the interests of all residents.
4. The station will operate at 94.3 MHz (channel 232B) with an average effective radiated power of 11,000 watts. It will operate in a single-station market as defined in Local programming policy for FM radio - Definition of a single-station market, Public Notice CRTC 1993-121, 17 August 1993.
5. With respect to Canadian talent development, 3937844 Canada indicated that it will devote $5,000 a year to the Edson School Board for scholarships and to purchase instruments for the most deserving and talented music students.

6.

The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

7.

In Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006 (Public Notice 2006-158), the Commission set out a new approach to the development and promotion of Canadian artists that is expected to be implemented on 1 September 2007. In order to reflect a new emphasis on development initiatives that lead to the creation of audio content for broadcast using Canadian resources, the Commission will replace the expression "Canadian talent development" (CTD) with "Canadian content development" (CCD). Each radio station holding a commercial radio licence will be required to make a basic annual CCD contribution based on its revenues in the previous broadcast year.

8.

The Commission notes that this applicant has made commitments for CTD that will be imposed as conditions of licence. Amounts required under these conditions of licence may be deducted from the amounts that will be required under the new basic CCD contribution.

9.

The Commission reminds the applicant that any development initiatives that have not been allocated to specific parties by condition of licence should be allocated to the support, promotion, training and development of Canadian musical and spoken word talent, including journalists. Parties and initiatives eligible for CCD funding are identified in paragraph 108 of Public Notice 2006-158.
10. The licence will expire 31 August 2013. It will be subject to the conditions set outin New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999, with the exception of condition of licence no. 9 relating to the solicitation of local advertising, which does not apply to stations operating in a single-station market, and of condition of licence no. 5. The licence will also be subject to the following condition:
 

The licensee shall make direct expenditures of at least $5,000 in each broadcast year on the development of Canadian talent to the Edson School Board for scholarships and to purchase instruments for the most deserving and talented music students.

11. The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CFXE for a transition period of six months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. The licensee must surrender the AM licence for revocation by the Commission at the end of this period.
 

Issuance of the licence

12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking 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 February 2009. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.
 

Employment equity

15. In accordance with Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992, the Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
  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: http://www.crtc.gc.ca 

Date Modified: 2007-02-01