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Decision CRTC 99-509

  Ottawa, 25 November 1999
  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Toronto, Ontario – 199907458 – 199907466
  Applications processed by Public Notice CRTC 1999-157 dated 20 September 1999
  New SCMO services in Spanish and Portuguese
  1. The Commission approves the applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the licences for CBLA-FM and CBL-FM Toronto, by adding a condition of licence allowing the licensee to use a Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operations (SCMO) channel for the purpose of broadcasting a Spanish-language service and a Portuguese-language service, respectively.
  2. The Commission notes that these two services will be provided by Heart Communications Inc., owned by CIRC Radio Inc., licensee of CIRV-FM Toronto. 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 numerous interventions submitted in support of these applications.
  Secretary General
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