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Ottawa, 19 October 1999
Decision CRTC 99-476
Monarch Broadcasting Ltd.
Taber, Alberta - 199809547
16 August 1999 Public Hearing
National Capital Region
Conversion of AM station CKTA to FM
1. The Commission approves the application to replace AM station CKTA Taber with a new English-language FM station. Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2003 (CKTA'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. CKTA currently offers an "oldies"music format. The licensee plans to maintain this format on the new FM station.
3. The Commission authorizes the licensee, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of CKTA on the new FM station for a transition period of four months following implementation. At the end of this period, the Commission expects the licensee to surrender CKTA's licence for cancellation by the Commission.
4. Consistent with the commitment set out in its application, the licensee is required, by condition of licence, to allocate $4,000 annually to Canadian talent development initiatives. The licensee indicated that it will contribute annually $500 to FACTOR, $500 to the Alberta Recording Industry Association and $3,000 to the Taber Music Project which is aimed at developing and promoting local talent.
5. 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.
6. As proposed, the new FM station will operate on the frequency 93.3 MHz, channel 227C1, with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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
This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be viewed at the following Internet
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