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Ottawa, 3 November 1998
Decision CRTC 98-492
STAR-FM Radio Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia- 199806171
Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 1998-98
dated 24 September 1998
Licence amendment for CKSR-FM - Addition of digital radio broadcasting transmitters
1. The Commission approves the application to amend the licence for the radio programming undertaking CKSR-FM Chilliwack by authorizing STAR-FM Radio Inc. (STAR) to add digital radio broadcasting transmitters at Mount Seymour and Burnaby.
2. The transmitters will operate on a frequency of 1,458.048 MHz (channel 4). The Mount Seymour transmitter will operate with an effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) of 5,046 watts, and the EIRP of the Burnaby transmitter will be 2,774 watts.
3. In A Policy to Govern the Introduction of Digital Radio (the Policy) (Public Notice CRTC 1995-184), the Commission stated that all current AM and FM radio licensees who wish to use digital radio facilities will be required to obtain a Transitional Digital Radio Undertaking licence (TDRU).
4. In accordance with this Policy, STAR filed an application for a licence to carry on a TDRU at Chilliwack. The licensee indicated that it wished to launch digital broadcasting at the convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), scheduled to begin on 1 November 1998 in Vancouver. Since the process for consideration of this TDRU application will require a public hearing and cannot be completed in time, STAR also filed this licence amendment application. Pending completion of this process, STAR committed to simulcast, in its entirety, the programming of CFSR-FM-1 Vancouver.
5. In light of the foregoing, and given the particular circumstances of this request, the Commission is satisfied that a departure from its policy is in the public interest. Should, however, the Commission approve the TDRU licence application at the conclusion of the process required to consider the application, the authority granted herein will become null and void. Otherwise, it shall remain valid until 31 August 1999, the current expiry date of CKSR-FM's licence.
6. Mr. Robert Riedlinger filed an intervention opposing this application on the grounds that the addition of radio transmitters would increase the radiofrequency electromagnetic field in the area and thus increase the health hazard. The Commission notes that the radiofrequency electromagnetic field standard is under the jurisdiction of Industry Canada. Industry Canada has certified that this application is in compliance with Health Canada's Safety Code 6, which limits the exposure to radiofrequency fields, and is technically acceptable.
Secretary General
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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