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Decision CRTC 2001-624

Ottawa, 3 October 2001

Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
Fernie and Sparwood, British Columbia 2001-0465-4

10 September 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

Conversion of AM radio station CFEK to FM


The Commission approves the application for a new English-language FM radio station at Fernie to replace AM station CFEK Fernie and its transmitter CJEK Sparwood. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.

The proposed service


The new station will operate in an adult contemporary/hits music format. It will serve Fernie, Sparwood and the surrounding area.


The applicant will produce a minimum of 22 hours 30 minutes of local programming each week. The local programming will be broadcast between 5 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Monday to Friday.


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.

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 2001-624


Terms and conditions of the licence for the FM English-language radio programming undertaking at Fernie




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 99.1 MHz, channel 256B, with an effective radiated power of 470 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 CFEK on the new FM station for a transition period of three months following implementation.

Date Modified: 2001-10-03

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