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Decision CRTC 2001-158


Ottawa, 2 March 2001


The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc.
Bancroft, Ontario 2000-1919-2


30 January 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region


New English-language FM radio station at Bancroft


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


The proposed service

1. 9;

The new station will retain the current CJNH programming format. It proposes to offer a better service to the local community of Bancroft and area, and be able to reach the areas of Minden and Haliburton, comunities that currently are without a local radio service. All station programming would originate from the Bancroft studios. The applicant intends to expand both local news and information coverage.

2. 9;

Haliburton acquired station CJNH from Quinte Broadcasting Company (Decision CRTC 2000-43). In acquiring the assets of CJNH, Haliburton made a commitment to increase the 20 hours of local programming broadcast on the station by 12 to 15 hours each week.

3. 9;

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 (PN 1993-121).


Canadian talent development

4. 9;

The applicant will not participate in the Canadian talent development plan established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Instead, the licensee will devote a minimum of $5,000 per year in direct expenditures to FACTOR. A condition of licence in this regard is set out in the appendix to this decision. This amount is over and above any outstanding commitments to Canadian talent development offered as benefits in the acquisition of the assets of CJNH (Decision CRTC 2000-43).

5. 9;

The applicant proposes to offer a one hour weekly musical showcase from the communities of Haliburton, Minden, and Bancroft highlighting local Canadian talent and offer one hour of air time per week to community access.

6. 9;

The Commission has examined the intervention 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


. 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 2001-158


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


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 2007.


The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 97.7 MHz, channel 249C1, with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts.


The Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources
(see PN 1992-59).


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 must devote a minimum of $5,000 per year to FACTOR. The payments required under this condition are over and above any outstanding commitments to Canadian talent development offered as benefits in the acquisition of the assets of CJNH (Decision CRTC 2000-43).

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