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Decision CRTC 2000-21
Ottawa, 19 January 2000
Rogers Broadcasting Limited
Lethbridge, Alberta – 199907086
16 November 1999 Public Hearing  in Saskatoon
Conversion of AM station CJOC to FM


The Commission approves the application to replace AM station CJOC Lethbridge with a new English-language FM station.


Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2003 (CJOC’s current expiry date). This licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.


Rogers Broadcasting Limited (Rogers) stated that converting to FM will allow it to respond more effectively to the dramatic reduction in its share of listening in Lethbridge and to the increased competition in the market.


CJOC currently offers a Country music format. Rogers, noting that Country music is currently being broadcast by CHLB-FM Lethbridge, plans to change to a gold-based Adult Contemporary format, to provide more choice and diversity for local listeners.


Rogers stated that it will provide a higher level of news and information programming than is the norm for a music-based FM radio station, and that CJOC-FM’s spoken word programs will emphasize agriculture and agri-business news.


The Commission authorizes the licensee, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of CJOC on the new FM station for a transition period of three months following implementation. At the end of this period, the Commission expects the licensee to surrender CJOC’s licence for cancellation by the Commission.


It is also a condition of licence that the licensee broadcast, in any broadcast week, less than 49% hit material as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1997-42 dated 23 April 1997, as amended from time to time.


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.


As proposed, the new FM station will operate on the frequency 106.7 MHz, channel 294C, with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts.


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.


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.


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 1999-137New licence form for commercial radio stations


Secretary General

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