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Decision CRTC 99-547

Ottawa, 20 December 1999

CHUM Limited
Windsor, Ontario – 199915162 – 199915188 – 199915196 – 199915204

Applications processed by Public Notice CRTC 1999-191 dated 25 November 1999

Licence amendment for CKWW, CIMX-FM, CKLW and CIDR-FM – Addition of a digital radio broadcasting transmitter

1. The Commission approves the applications to amend the licences for the radio programming undertakings noted below, by authorizing CHUM Limited (CHUM) to add a Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) transmitter to be located at Windsor. The Commission notes that the single transmitter is capable of accomodating five programming services.

2. CHUM will establish the proposed DRB facilities at the existing CIMX-FM/CIDR-FM site in Windsor, using the EUREKA-147 DAB system in the frequency band 1452 MHz–1492 MHz (L-Band). The applicant proposes to simulcast in full the current programming services.

Proposed DRB/
Channel 4

Effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP)

Call sign




1484.208 MHz



1484.208 MHz



1484.208 MHz



1484.208 MHz


3. In A Policy to Govern the Introduction of Digital Radio (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, CHUM filed applications for licences to carry on TDRUs at Windsor. The licensee indicated that it wished to launch digital broadcasting during the Windsor Autorama, scheduled for 6 January 2000, as it considers that this event will provide an ideal opportunity to showcase Canadian technology. Since the process for consideration of these TDRU applications will require a public hearing and cannot be completed in time, CHUM also filed these licence amendment applications. Pending completion of this process, the licensee committed to simulcast, in its entirety, the programming of each of CKWW, CIMX-FM, CKLW and CIDR-FM.

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 applications at the conclusion of the process required to consider these applications, the authorities granted herein will become null and void. Otherwise, they shall remain valid until 31 August 2003, the expiry date of the current licences.

6. In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the above-mentioned amendments will only be valid when the Department of Industry certifies to the Commission that broadcasting certificates have been or will be issued.

Secretary General

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