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Decision CRTC 2001-574

Ottawa, 12 September 2001

1333598 Ontario Limited
Pigeon River Border Crossing, Ontario

19 June 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

New low-power tourist information service


The Commission approves the application for a new low-power English-language FM radio station at Pigeon River Border Crossing. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The applicant proposes a tourist information service that will provide general information relating to tourist sites and events in Thunder Bay. Programming will consist of one hour of recorded announcements repeated continually over a 24-hour period. The service will operate on a year-round basis.


In its licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting undertakings, the Commission indicated that the licences for these undertakings would be subject to conditions that would define programming so as to ensure that licensees do not begin to offer the same service as a conventional licensee, without prior Commission approval (Public Notice CRTC 1993-95). These conditions are set out in the appendix to this decision.

Related CRTC document

. Public Notice 1993-95 - A licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site:

Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-574


Terms of licence for the low-power FM radio programming undertaking at Pigeon River Border Crossing


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


· 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, has determined that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicated that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).


The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2008.


As proposed, the station will operate on the frequency 97.3 MHz, channel 247LP, with an effective radiated power of 1.5 watts.


The technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service. The applicant would have to select another frequency for the operation of the service if required to do so to permit the best use of the frequency band.


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified below and to any other condition specified in the licence to be issued.


1. The licensee must use the station solely for the purpose of broadcasting tourist/traveller information consisting of the many attractions and outdoor events, camping facilities, shopping and accommodations in Thunder Bay, as well as historical information.


2. The licensee must not broadcast more than six minutes per clock hour of commercial messages.


3. The licensee must not broadcast any musical selections, except as incidental background music.

Date Modified: 2001-09-12

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