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Ottawa, 11 August 1999

Decision CRTC 99-204

Radio McGill

Montréal, Quebec - 199804977

Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 1999-32
>dated 1 March 1999

New SCMO service in Tamil, English and French

1.  The Commission approves the application by Radio McGill to amend the licence for CKUT-FM Montréal, by adding a condition of licence allowing the licensee to use a Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operations (SCMO) channel for the purpose of broadcasting a Tamil-, English- and French-language radio service.

2.  The programming will consist of 112 hours in the Tamil language, 7 hours in English and 7 hours in French. The programming will be supplied by Radio Asia Canada Inc. Programming broadcast using an SCMO channel is not accessible with standard radio equipment, and requires instead the use of a special receiver.

3.  The Commission's policy regarding services using the SCMO channel of FM stations is set out in Public Notice CRTC 1989-23 dated 23 March 1989 entitled Services Using the Vertical Blanking Interval (Television) or Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operation (FM). The licensee is expected to adhere to the guidelines set out in Appendix A to that Public Notice.

4.  As stated in the above-noted policy, the Commission would be concerned if such a service were to have a negative impact on existing local conventional ethnic broadcasters. No such broadcaster opposed this application. The Commission is satisfied that this approval will not cause undue negative impact on existing local conventional ethnic radio stations.

5.  The Commission acknowledges the interventions submitted with regard to this application.

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