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Decision CRTC 2001-657


Ottawa, 16 October 2001


Radio CHVD inc.
Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec 2001-0631-1


10 September Public Hearing
National Capital Region


Conversion of AM radio station CHVD to FM


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


The proposed service


The new station will offer programming similar to that currently offered on CHVD, namely the coverage of local and national news and a "pop and oldies" music format. The licensee currently broadcasts 60% of local programming, the remainder originating from the Radiomédia network.


The Commission stated in Public Notice CRTC 1993-121 that to be considered a single-station market, the 3mV/m contour of an FM station should not encompass a significant part of a second community that another AM or FM commercial radio station has been licensed to serve. The Commission notes that CHVD's market is already served by other stations but that those stations are owned by Groupe Radio Antenne « 6 » inc. (the Groupe), the owner of CHVD. Given that the conversion of CHVD from AM to FM does not affect its service to the community or any other services in the area, and that all the stations in the region are owned by the Groupe, the Commission approves the applicant's request that the new FM station's market be considered a single-station market. Consequently, the licensee is exempted from the requirement that, in order to solicit or accept local advertising, one-third of its programming must be local.


The licensee stated that converting CHVD to the FM band would allow it to replace old equipment and to give its listeners access to a higher quality of service.


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 657


Terms and conditions of licence for the FM French-language radio programming undertaking at Dolbeau-Mistassini




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 Department of Industry has advised that the undertaking will have an effective radiated power of 21,400 watts rather than 49,000 watts, as indicated in Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2001-7-2 dated 3 August 2001.The station will therefore broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 100.3 MHz, channel 262C1, with an effective radiated power of 21,400 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 of licence specified in the appendix to Public Notice CRTC 1999-137 with the exception of the condition set out in paragraph 9 of that appendix. The licence will also be subject to the following condition:


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

Date Modified: 2001-10-16

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