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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-257

Ottawa, 30 August 2002

Radio CFXU Club (formerly Saint Francis Xavier University Students' Union, on behalf of a not-for-profit organization to be incorporated)
Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Application 2002-0196-3
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
15 July 2002

Developmental campus radio station in Antigonish

In this decision, the Commission approves an application to operate a new developmental campus FM radio station.

The application


The Commission received an application bySaint Francis Xavier University Students' Union, on behalf of a not-for-profit organization to be incorporated, now incorporated as Radio CFXU Club, for a broadcasting licence to operate a developmental English-language FM campus radio station in Antigonish.


The Commission confirms that the application was for a developmental campus radio station, not a developmental community radio station as had been announced in Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2002-6, 10 May 2002.


The applicant indicated that the new station would broadcast an average of 130 hours of programming during each broadcast week, including 6 hours 30 minutes of programming in languages other than English. The station would offer alternative programming not broadcast by the radio stations currently operating in Antigonish, and its musical focus would be on local, independent artists.


The applicant stated that it would provide opportunities for students and other members of the local community to develop on-air broadcasting skills.


The applicant confirmed that the licence would be held by a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The board of directors would be ultimately responsible for ensuring that the licensee adheres to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station's conditions of licence.



The Commission did not receive any intervention in connection with this application.

The Commission's decision


In Campus radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-12, 28 January 2000 (Public Notice 2000-12), the Commission stated, among other things, that a campus radio station's role is to provide access to the airwaves and to offer alternative programming that reflects the diverse elements of the communities it is licensed to serve. Developmental stations operate primarily for training purposes and have a certain measure of programming flexibility.


Based on its examination of this application, the Commission is satisfied that it is in conformity with all the applicable terms and conditions for developmental campus radio stations announced in Public Notice 2000-12. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Saint Francis Xavier University Students' Union, now incorporated as Radio CFXU Club, for a broadcasting licence to operate a developmental English-language campus FM radio station in Antigonish.


The station will operate at 92.5 MHz (channel 223LP) with an effective radiated power of 5 watts.

Issuance of the licence


The licence will expire 30 August 2006. If the licensee wishes to continue the operation of the station beyond this period, it must, nine months before the expiry of its licence, file an application with the Commission for a regular campus radio licence, or cease operations when its licence has expired.


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in New licence form for campus stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-156, 16 November 2000.


The Department of Industry (the Department) has advised the Commission that, while this application is conditionally technically acceptable, it will only issue a broadcasting certificate 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, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the licensee that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.


Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the licensee has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 30 August 2004. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.

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:

Date Modified: 2002-08-30

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