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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-132

Ottawa, 7 May 2002

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Halifax, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Application 2001-1191-4
Public Hearing at Québec, Quebec
18 February 2002

New FM radio programming undertaking at Halifax with transmitters at Charlottetown and St. John's


The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for a broadcasting licence to carry on a French-language FM radio programming undertaking at Halifax with transmitters at Charlottetown and St. John's.


This approval is consistent with Licences for CBC French-language television and radio renewed for a seven-year term, Decision CRTC 2000-2, 6 January 2000 and with Achieving a better balance: Report on French-language broadcasting services in a minority environment, Public Notice CRTC 2001-25, 12 February 2001, in which the Commission stated that it expected the licensee to extend the service coverage of La Chaîne culturelle.


The new station will broadcast programming originating from the CBC's French radio network, La Chaîne culturelle as well as a minimum of 20 minutes of local programming per week.


The station and transmitters will operate in accordance with the following technical parameters:




Effective radiated power


91.5 MHz

218 C1

77,500 watts


88.9 Mhz

205 C

32,850 watts

St. John's

101.9 Mhz

270 C

90,200 watts



The Department of Industry (the Department), has advised the Commission that, while this application is conditionally technically acceptable, it will only issue broadcasting certificates when it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.


The Commission reminds the licensee, that pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the licence for this undertaking will only be issued once the Department has notified the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that broadcasting certificates will be issued.


The undertaking must be operational within 12 months of the date of this decision. The licensee's failure to meet this deadline will cause the authority to become null and void, unless a request for extension of time is approved by the Commission before 7 May 2003. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 30 days before this date.


The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in the licence to be issued as well as in the appendix to this decision. The licence will expire 31 August 2008.


The Commission acknowledges the numerous interventions filed in support of this application.

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 Broadcasting Decision CRTC-2002-132


Conditions of licence

  1. The licensee shall not broadcast any commercial message of Category 5 except

a) during programs that are available to the licensee only on a sponsored basis, or


b) as required to fulfil the requirements of the legislation of the Parliament of Canada pertaining to elections.

  2. The licensee must ensure that 50% or more of the category 2 music selections broadcast each broadcast month be Canadian.
  3. The licensee must ensure that 20% or more of the category 3 music selections broadcast each broadcast month be Canadian and that these selections be scheduled in a reasonable manner throughout the broadcast day.
  4. The licensee must adhere to its self-regulatory guidelines on sex-role portrayal, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission and, as a minimum, to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Sex Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

Date Modified: 2002-05-07

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