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Ottawa, 14 September 1994
Decision CRTC 94-744
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Barrie, Huntsville and Parry Sound, Ontario - 940062300 - 940064900 - 940063100
Applications to establish new rebroadcasting transmitters of CBLT Toronto at Barrie, Huntsville and Parry Sound - Approved
Following a Public Hearing commencing 20 June 1994 in the National Capital Region, the Commission approves the applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the broadcasting licence of the (television) programming undertaking CBLT Toronto, by adding the following transmitters:
Location/ Channel Effective radiated power/
Barrie 16 180,000 watts
Huntsville 8 43,000 watts
Parry Sound 18 50 watts
The application in respect of the Parry Sound transmitter was gazetted with proposed technical parameters that contemplated use of channel 31 with an effective radiated power of 170 watts. The Department of Industry, Science and Technology (DIST) has advised the Commission that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, and that Broadcasting Certificates will be issued, subject to acceptance by the CBC of the revised technical parameters noted in the above table.
The application for the Huntsville transmitter has also been found by the DIST to be conditionally technically acceptable, subject to agreements being reached by the CBC with certain other broadcasters on mechanisms to resolve varying degrees of technical interference that are projected to result from the CBC's use of the technical parameters noted above.
In accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence amendment, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the DIST that its technical requirements have been met, and that the Broadcasting Certificates mentioned above will be issued.
The proposed rebroadcasting transmitters will provide the full CBC English-language television network service to the Central Ontario region. This service will replace the CBC affiliate service currently provided by CHUM Limited (CHUM) through CKVR-TV Barrie and its associated transmitters at Huntsville and Parry Sound.
In Decision CRTC 94-745 issued today, the Commission has approved an application by CHUM to disaffiliate CKVR-TV from the CBC and to discontinue the operation of its Huntsville rebroadcasting transmitter (CKVR-TV-2). CHUM will continue to operate CKVR-TV Barrie and CKVR-TV-1 Parry Sound which will broadcast a new, local, independent television service in this area of Central Ontario.
The Commission acknowledges the intervention filed by Electrohome Limited, licensee of CKCO-TV Kitchener concerning the financial impact of the proposed CBC transmitters on the intervener's rebroadcasting operations at Wiarton and Huntsville, should the CBC be permitted to solicit or sell local or regional advertising in those communities. The Commission notes and accepts the CBC's reply that, although it will not solicit local advertising, it will solicit regional advertising on the grounds that it will be providing a regional service to the areas in question.
The Commission further notes the four interventions submitted in support of the CBC's applications.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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