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Ottawa, 17 September 1996
Decision CRTC 96-633
Radio Bellechasse
Lac Etchemin and Armagh, Quebec - 952068500
Licence amendment for CFIN-FM
Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region beginning on 5 June 1996, the Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CFIN-FM Lac Etchemin (the originating station), by authorizing the licensee to add a transmitter at Armagh, operating on frequency 103.9 MHz (channel 280A), with an effective radiated power of 1,120 watts.
The Commission notes that this transmitter will rebroadcast the programs of CFIN-FM Lac Etchemin.
In an intervention to this application, Power Broadcasting Inc., licensee of CFEL-FM Montmagny, requested that the Commission impose a condition of licence to prohibit Radio Bellechasse from soliciting local advertising in the area served by CFEL-FM.
In reply, the licensee indicated that its application will not affect the area it is currently authorized to serve, and that the reason for adding a transmitter at Armagh was to solve an existing problem. The licensee added that, as the transmitter at Armagh is not a new adio station, the Commission's criteria for evaluating the ability of the Montmagny market to absorb the impact of a new entrant are not applicable and, as a result, the issues raised by Power Broadcasting Inc. in its intervention are essentially nullified.
The Commission is satisfied with the licensee's reply to the intervention, and has thus approved this application without imposing the condition of licence requested by the licensee of CFEL-FM.
This authority will only be effective and the licence will only be amended at such time as construction of the transmitter is completed and it is prepared to commence operation. If the construction is not completed within twelve months of the date of this decision or, where the applicant applies to the Commission within this period and satisfies the Commission that it cannot complete construction and commence operation before the expiry of this period, and that an extension of time is in the public interest, within such further periods of time as are approved in writing by the Commission, the licence will not be amended. The applicant is required to advise the Commission (before the expiry of the twelve-month period or any extension thereof) in writing, once it has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation.
The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will only be issued once it has been determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
In accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence amendment and the authority will only be granted at such time as written notification is received from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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