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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-97

  Ottawa, 2 May 2008
  Yves Sauvé (OBCI)
Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  Application 2007-1870-3, received 14 December 2007
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-13
12 February 2008
 

Use of frequency 100.1 MHz by the new FM radio station in Vaudreuil-Dorion

  The Commission approves the application by Yves Sauvé, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, to operate the new FM radio station in Vaudreuil-Dorion at 100.1 MHz (channel 261A), with an average effective radiated power of 550 watts.
 

The application

1. The Commission received an application by Yves Sauvé, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, to operate the new French-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, at 100.1 MHz (channel 261A), with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 550 watts.
2. The applicant filed the current application in response to the Commission's instructions in Broadcasting Decision 2007-217. The applicant had initially proposed to operate the new station on frequency 106.3 MHz (channel 292A). In the same decision, the Commission stated that it would not issue a licence for the station unless the applicant filed, within three months of the date of the decision in question, an amendment to its application proposing new technical parameters acceptable to both the Commission and the Department of Industry (the Department). In Broadcasting Public Notice 2007-135, the Commission granted an extension to 6 April 2008 of the time limit to submit an application for new technical parameters.
 

Commission's analysis and determination

3. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (the CBC), licensee of CBFX-FM Montréal, filed an intervention opposing the use of frequency 100.1 MHz because of potential interference problems with the CBFX-FM signal. Frequency 100.1 MHz is third adjacent to 100.7 MHz, the frequency used by CBFX-FM. The CBC was concerned that the station could interfere with the CBFX-FM signal in areas near the transmission site and on Highway 40, which crosses the applicant's service area.
4. The CBC stated that the Department is currently revising the Application Procedures and Rules for FM Broadcasting Undertakings (BPR-3) and intends to amend the regulations governing the operation of third adjacent channels in order to remedy interference problems caused by that practice. Consequently, the CBC requested that the Commission require the applicant to review its application.
5. In its reply to the intervention, the applicant stated that under the Department's current regulations, its application to operate on frequency 100.1 MHz is considered technically acceptable. The applicant doubted that its station, which would transmit at 550 watts, could interfere with the CBFX-FM signal, which transmits at 100,000 watts. The applicant stated that CBFX-FM occupies a small part of the French-language market in Montréal and Vaudreuil-Dorion, and that the possible interference with the CBFX-FM signal would inconvenience only a very small number of listeners. Nevertheless, the applicant acknowledged that under the Department regulations it must resolve any interference complaints considered reasonable by the Department within the 100 dBµ contour.
6. The applicant reminded the Commission that no other interventions opposing the application had been filed, and that to deny the application would delay a local service in Vaudreuil-Dorion that had received the support of the Commission and the entire community.
7. After considering the arguments of the CBC opposing the application and those of the applicant in reply to the intervention, the Commission notes that it is the responsibility of the parties involved and the Department to solve the possible interference problems and they must negotiate this between themselves.
8. The parameters selected by the applicant meet the Department's BPR-3 and have been deemed technically acceptable.
 

Conclusion

9. Consequently, the Commission approves the application by Yves Sauvé, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, to operate the new French-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, at 100.1 MHz (channel 261A), with an average ERP of 550 watts.
10. 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.
11. The Commission reminds the licensee 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.
  Secretary General
 

Related documents

 
  • Applications processed pursuant to the streamlined procedure, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-135, 4 December 2007
 
  • Licensing of new radio stations in Montréal and Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-217, 6 July 2007
  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: 2008-05-02