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Route reference: 2011-427

Ottawa, 15 November 2011

Maritime Broadcasting System Limited
Digby, Nova Scotia

Application 2011-0826-7, received 10 May 2011
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
19 September 2011

English-language AM radio station in Digby

1.      The Commission approves the application by Maritime Broadcasting System Limited (MBS) for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking in Digby. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

2.      MBS is a corporation controlled by Mr. Robert L. Pace.

3.      MBS currently operates a radiocommunication distribution undertaking (RDU) in Digby, with a retransmitter in Weymouth. MBS proposed to convert its Digby RDU to a radio programming undertaking to provide local service to Digby. MBS will continue to use the existing transmitter facilities of its Digby RDU, as approved by the Department of Industry (the Department). The current broadcasting certificate is valid until 31 August 2018.

4.      The station’s transmitter will continue to operate at 1,420 kHz (class C) with a transmitter power of 1,000 watts, daytime and night time. Additionally, MBS will continue to operate its Weymouth rebroadcasting transmitter at 103.3 MHz (channel 277A) to rebroadcast the signal of the new station, using the existing technical parameters as approved by the Department.

5.      The station will offer 116.5 hours of local programming each broadcast week. Local programming comprised of spoken word will include news, sports, weather, public service announcements, local lifestyle information and fundraising initiatives. With respect to the music format, the station will offer music largely from subcategory 22 (Country and country oriented), but will also offer a variety of popular music drawn from subcategory 21 (Pop, rock and dance) and subcategory 24 (Easy listening).

Canadian content development

6.      The Commission reminds the applicant that it must adhere to the requirements relating to contributions to Canadian content development set out in section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, as amended from time to time.  

Revocation of the radiocommunication distribution undertaking licence

7.      In light of this decision, the Commission revokes the licence of the radiocommunication distribution undertaking serving Digby and Weymouth, Nova Scotia, upon issuance of the licence for the radio station approved in this decision.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-708

Terms, condition of licence and encouragement

Issuance of the broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking in Digby, Nova Scotia

Terms

The licence will expire 31 August 2018.

The station will operate at 1,420 kHz (class C) with a transmitter power of 1,000 watts, daytime and night time. The Weymouth rebroadcasting transmitter will continue to operate at 103.3 MHz (channel 277A) using the existing technical parameters, as currently approved by the Department of Industry.

Condition of licence

The licence shall 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.

Encouragement

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.