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Route reference: 2010-69

Additional reference: 2010-375

Ottawa, 13 August 2010

Canwest Television GP Inc. (the general partner) and Canwest Media Inc. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Canwest Television Limited Partnership
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Application 2010-0845-9, received 17 May 2010

CKND-TV Winnipeg – Licence amendment

1.      The Commission approves the application by Canwest Television GP Inc. (the general partner) and Canwest Media Inc. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Canwest Television Limited Partnership (Canwest), to amend the broadcasting licence for the television programming undertaking CKND-TV Winnipeg to add a digital transmitter (CKND-DT) in order to serve the population of Winnipeg. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

2.      CKND-DT will operate on channel 40 with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 14,900 watts (maximum ERP of 25,100 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 131.2 metres). The Commission notes that this transmitter will operate on a channel that is different than the one allotted in the Department of Industry’s (the Department) DTV Allotment Plan.

3.      The licensee stated that the associated transmitter CKND-TV currently transmits from a leased tower site that is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The CBC tower is loaded to capacity, prohibiting the addition of another antenna. Accordingly, the licensee will operate the antenna for CKND-DT from its own tower, located at Canwest Place.

4.      Despite CKND-DT operating at its maximum allowable power, the Commission notes that there will be a reduction in coverage as compared to CKND-TV.

5.      In Revised licensing framework for over-the-air digital television services, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-69, 10 February 2010, the Commission stated that it would not issue separate licences for digital television transmitters. Instead it would authorize the operation of digital transmitters by way of an amendment to the existing licence that would allow the simulcast of the associated service’s programming on a digital transmitter. In light of the Commission’s determinations set out in that policy, the Commission has considered this application as an amendment to the existing licence.

6.      The Commission reminds the licensee that pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the licence amendment will not be in effect until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate has been issued.

7.      The transmitter must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 31 August 2011, unless otherwise authorized by the Commission.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.