Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-229
Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 21 December 2012
Ottawa, 8 May 2013
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Thunder Bay and Armstrong, Ontario
CBQT-FM Thunder Bay – New transmitter in Armstrong
1. The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio programming undertaking CBQT-FM Thunder Bay, Ontario in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Armstrong to replace the existing AM transmitter CBOL Armstrong. The CBC also requested authorization to simulcast the programming of CBQT-FM on CBOL for a period of three months to ensure proper coverage during the transition. The licensee submitted that this change will result in a better quality signal for listeners to the station. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. The new transmitter will operate at 91.3 MHz (channel 217LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 59.8 metres).
3. The CBC is authorized, by condition of licence, to continue operating the AM transmitter for a period of three months following the commencement of operation of the new FM transmitter. The licensee must cease operating its AM transmitter CBOL after this period.
4. The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry (the Department) notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
5. Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM undertaking, the Commission also reminds the licensee that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.
6. 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 8 May 2015. 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 that date.
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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