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Decision CRTC 2000-13


Ottawa, 18 January 2000


CHWO Radio Ltd.
Toronto, Ontario -– 199915112


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


Licence amendment for CHWO – Addition of digital radio broadcasting transmitter



The Commission approves the application to amend the licence for the radio programming undertaking CHWO Oakville, by authorizing CHWO Radio Ltd. (CHWO) to add a digital radio broadcasting (DRB) transmitting service at Toronto.



CHWO will join other broadcasters to establish DRB facilities at the CN Tower, using the EUREKA-147 DAB system in the frequency band 1452 MHz – 1492 MHz (L-Band). The applicant proposes to simulcast its current programming service in full.



The transmitter will operate on a frequency of 1,466.768 MHz with an effective isotropic radiated power of 5,084 watts.



In A policy to govern the introduction of digital radio (the policy) (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).



In accordance with this policy, CHWO filed an application for a licence to carry on a TDRU at Toronto. Since this TDRU application will be considered at a public hearing scheduled for 31 January 2000 in Toronto, CHWO also filed this licence amendment application. Pending completion of this process, the licensee is committed to simulcast, in its entirety, the programming of CHWO.



In light of the foregoing, the Commission is satisfied that a departure from its policy is in the public interest. Should, however, the Commission approve the TDRU licence application at the conclusion of the process required to consider this application, the authority granted herein will become null and void. Otherwise, it shall remain valid until 31 August 2006, the expiry date of the current licence.



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


Secretary General



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