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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-24

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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 3 October 2012

Ottawa, 25 January 2013

Newcap Inc.
Corner Brook and Port au Choix, Newfoundland and Labrador

Application 2012-1224-0

CFCB Corner Brook – New transmitter at Port au Choix

1. The Commission approves the application by Newcap Inc. (Newcap) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CFCB Corner Brook in order to operate an FM transmitter at Port au Choix to replace its current AM transmitter CFNW. The Commission did not receive any interventions concerning this application.

2. The new transmitter will operate at 96.7 MHz (channel 244A) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 1,900 watts (maximum ERP of 4,300 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 43.1 metres).

3. The licensee stated that the antennas of its AM transmitters were brought down by wind and ice last year and that it had since been operating a temporary, much lower power AM antenna. The licensee also noted that it was informed by Parks Canada that the construction required to replace its AM transmitters on their existing site could irreparably damage a sensitive resource area in a National Historic Site. Newcap therefore submitted that building an FM transmitter was the least disruptive option and would significantly improve the quality of service and reliability of CFNW.

4. The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of CFCB Corner Brook on the AM transmitter CFNW for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operation of the new FM transmitter. The licensee must then cease operation of its AM transmitter CFNW Port au Choix.

Condition prior to the implementation of the transmitter

5. 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 notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued. Therefore, in the absence of the notification by the Department, the applicant will not be able to implement the transmitter approved in this decision.

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 25 January 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.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.