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Decision CRTC 2001-193


Ottawa, 27 March 2001


Cathe Wagg
Whistler, British Columbia 2000-2074-3


26 February 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 Whistler. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.

1. 9;

The applicant proposes a tourist information service that will provide general information relating to tourist sites and events in Whistler.

2. 9;

Programming will consist of one hour of recorded messages repeated continually over a 24-hour period. The service will operate on a year-round basis.

3. 9;

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 (PN 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 2001-193


Terms of licence for the low-power FM radio programming undertaking at Whistler


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 Department of Industry has advised that the undertaking will operate on the frequency 88.7 MHz, channel 204LP, with an effective radiated power of 50 watts, rather than on the frequency 88.5 MHz, channel 203LP, as indicated in Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2001-1 dated 5 January 2001.


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 information consisting of welcome messages, paid advertising and general information relating to tourist sites and events in and around the area of the city of Whistler.


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.


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