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  Route reference: 2009-632
  Ottawa, 2 March 2010
  Paul Blackmore
Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia
  Application 2009-1044-9, received 20 July 2009
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
14 December 2009

English-language FM radio station in Middle Musquodoboit

1. The Commission approves the application by Paul Blackmore for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, low-power FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. The new station will offer a music format consisting of a mix of rock, classic rock, oldies and country music. The local programming will include news and sports. At least 50% of news will be local news from areas surrounding Middle Musquodoboit as well as from the rest of Nova Scotia.
3. The station will operate in a single-station market as defined in Public Notice 1993-121.

Canadian content development

4. The Commission reminds the applicant that it must adhere to the requirements relating to contributions to Canadian content development (CCD) set out in section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, as amended from time to time. Any development initiatives that have not been allocated to specific parties by condition of licence must 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 Broadcasting Public Notice 2006-158.
  Secretary General
  Related documents
  • Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006
  • Local programming policy for FM Radio – Definition of a single-station market, Public Notice CRTC 1993-121, 17 August 1993
  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:

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-125


Terms, condition of licences and encouragement



  Issuance of the broadcasting licence to operate an English-language low-power, commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia
  The licence will expire 31 August 2016.
  The station will operate at 107.3 MHz (channel 297LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.
  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.
  Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the applicant that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.
  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 2 March 2012. 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.

Conditions of licence


1. The licensee will be subject to the conditions set out in Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-62, 11 February 2009.



  Employment equity
  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.
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