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Decision CRTC 2001-577

Ottawa, 12 September 2001

Central Island Broadcasting Ltd.
Parksville, British Columbia 2001-0437-3

24 July 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

Conversion of AM radio station CKCI to FM


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

The proposed service


The new station will serve Parksville and Qualicum Beach and the surrounding communities. It will offer an "adult and oldies" music format and target adults, 25 to 54 years of age.


The station will continue CKCI's coverage of local news and events, and airing of local programming.


CKCI is currently the only local radio service serving the Parksville-Qualicum market. The applicant stated that converting CKCI to FM would give its listeners access to a higher technical quality of sound. It would also help CKCI to establish financial stability by giving it the ability to compete technically with the majority of out-of-market stations currently received in the market.


The new FM station will operate in a single station market. As such, it is exempt from the requirement that, in order to solicit or accept local advertising, one-third of its programming must be local (Public Notice CRTC 1993-121).


The applicant has requested authority to broadcast simultaneously on the AM and FM bands for a period of three months. A condition of licence to this effect 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 revocation by the Commission.


The Commission acknowledges the interventions received in support of the application.

Related CRTC documents

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

. Public Notice 1998-41 - Commercial Radio Policy 1998

Public Notice 1993-121 - Local programming policy for FM radio - definition of a single-station market.

. Public Notice 1992-59 - Implementation of an employment equity policy

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 2001-577


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


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.


The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 88.5 MHz, channel 203A, with an effective radiated power of 960 watts.


The Commission notes that this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act 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 licence will also be subject to the following condition:


1. The licensee is authorized to simulcast the programming of CKCI on the new FM station for a transition period of three months following implementation.

Date Modified: 2001-09-12

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