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Decision CRTC 2001-317


Ottawa, 5 June 2001


Rogers Broadcasting Limited, on behalf of Rogers Radio (British Columbia) Ltd.
Abbotsford, British Columbia


20 November 2000 Public Hearing
in Burnaby


Conversion of AM radio station CFSR to FM


The Commission approves the application for a new English-language FM radio station at Abbotsford to replace AM station CFSR. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The proposed service

1. 9;

CFSR currently operates in an "Oldies" format, while the new FM station will offer a somewhat similar format described as "gold-based adult contemporary". The applicant has stated that the proposed new FM station "will remain a radio programming service oriented towards its licensed local market."

2. 9;

The applicant has requested authority to broadcast simultaneously on the AM and FM bands for a period of three months. A condition of licence authorizing the applicant to do so is set out in the appendix to this decision. At the end of this period, the Commission expects the licensee to surrender the AM licence for cancellation.

3. 9;

The Commission notes, and considers as significant, the applicant's commitment, depending upon receipt of approval for this application, to make CFSR's current AM transmitting facilities, now operating on the frequency of 850 kHz, available for use by another party without charge for a period of seven years.

4. 9;

The Commission has taken note of the interventions filed in support of this application.


Related CRTC documents


. Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations


. Public Notice 1998-41 - Commercial Radio Policy 1998


Secretary General


This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-317


Terms of the licence for the English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Abbotsford


The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as the following requirements are met:


· the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period.


· the Department of Industry, having advised that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, determines that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicates that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).


The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007.


The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 107.1 MHz, channel 296A, with an effective radiated power of 215 watts.


The Commission notes that this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act that came into effect on 24 October 1996 and therefore files reports concerning employment equity with Human Resources Development Canada.


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued, as also set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137.


The licensee, by further condition of licence, is authorized to simulcast the programming of CFSR on the new FM station for a transition period of three months following implementation.

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