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Ottawa, 30 September 1999
Decision CRTC 99-453
Newcap Inc.
Grand Falls and Robert's Arm, Newfoundland - 199811188
16 August 1999 Public Hearing
National Capital Region
Conversion of AM station CKXG to FM
1.  The Commission approves the application to replace AM station CKXG Grand Falls with a new English-language FM station. Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2005 (CKXG's current licence expiry date). The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
2.  Newcap Inc. stated that CKXG's AM equipment is nearing the end of its life-cycle so this is an opportune time to convert the station and its auxiliary transmitter at Robert's Arm to the FM band to take advantage of the trend to FM tuning.
3.  Consistent with the requirement currently imposed on CKXG which the licensee committed to maintain, the licensee is required, by condition of licence, to broadcast, at a minimum, 56 hours of locally-originated programming each week.
4.  The licence will only be issued and effective when the new station is ready to begin operation. When the licensee has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation, it must advise the Commission in writing. If the station is not constructed and ready to operate within 12 months of today's date, extensions to this time frame may be granted provided that the licensee applies in writing to the Commission before the 12-month period or any extension of that period expires.
5.  As proposed, the new FM station will operate on the frequency 102.3 MHz, channel 272B, with an effective radiated power of 20,000 watts. The transmitter at Robert's Arm will operate on frequency 92.7 MHz, channel 224A, with an effective radiated power of 4,500 watts.
6.  The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a Broadcasting Certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
7.  In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
8.  The Commission notes that this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act that came into effect on 24 October 1996 (1996 EEA), and therefore files reports concerning employment equity with Human Resources Development Canada. As a result of a consequential amendment to the Broadcasting Act, the Commission no longer has the authority to apply its employment equity policy to any undertaking that is subject to the 1996 EEA.
Related CRTC document
·  Public Notice CRTC 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
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