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Decision CRTC 2001-658

Ottawa, 17 October 2001

Acadia Broadcasting Company Limited
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia 2001-0467-0 

10 September 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

Conversion of AM radio station CKBW to FM


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


The new station will offer a Country music format. It will continue to respond to the needs and interests of the residents of the area that it serves.


The programming will be locally-produced by the station, with the exception of one hour of brokered programming on Sunday morning.



The applicant will introduce a series of special programming initiatives focusing on East Coast music and artists, development of South Shore musical talent and a local talent exchange with the New Brunswick Broadcasting Company's FM stations in Saint John and St. Stephen. A home improvement and gardening segment will form part of the weekly public affairs program South Shore Sunday Morning.


The applicant will establish "network community correspondents" who will regularly monitor and report on news, events and activities from their respective communities to inform the South Shore residents.


The applicant will not take part in the Canadian talent development plan established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Instead, it made a commitment to contribute $4,000 annually in direct contributions to the development of Canadian talent. A condition of licence in this regard is found in the appendix. The proposed initiatives will consist of:


a) two $500 bursaries to be awarded annually to South Shore area students pursuing a career in the arts, broadcasting, journalism, or some other field of communications, at an institution of their choice. One bursary will be for a first-year student and the other for a second-year student, with consideration given for academic achievement;

b) an annual grant of $500 towards participation in the East Coast Music Awards; and

c) a total of $2,500 per year to go towards a "grant program" which will benefit South Shore area performers and groups, community bands, school bands, festivals, community musical societies, theatre and dance.


The Commission reminds the applicant that all direct cost expenditures related to Canadian talent development must comply with the criteria set out in Public Notice CRTC 1990-111, which describes initiatives generally accepted by the Commission.



The applicant has requested authority to broadcast simultaneously on the AM and FM bands for a period of six 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 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 2001-658


Terms of the licence


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 98.1 MHz, channel 251B, with an effective radiated power of 32,000 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
(Public Notice CRTC 1992-59).


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and those set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137. The licence will also be subject to the following conditions:


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


2. The licensee shall contribute a minimum of $4,000 per year to Canadian talent development as described in this decision.

Date Modified: 2001-10-17

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