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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-362

Ottawa, 13 November 2002

Standard Radio Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario

Application 2001-1204-5
Public Hearing at Calgary, Alberta
10 April 2002

Transitional digital radio undertaking in Ottawa

In this decision, the Commission approves the application for a new transitional digital radio undertaking to serve Ottawa.

The application


The Commission received an application by Standard Radio Inc. (Standard) for a broadcasting licence to operate a transitional digital radio undertaking (DRU) to serve Ottawa, associated with its existing station, CKQB-FM Ottawa.


Standard proposed to simulcast the programming of CKQB-FM on the transitional DRU together with no more than 14 hours of other non-simulcast programming in each broadcast week.


Standard stated that the proposed undertaking would use three transmitters. One would be located at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) site at Camp Fortune, Quebec. The other two transmitters would be located in Ottawa, one at the CBC's building on Lanark Avenue and the other at the Time MCI Las Brisas building.


The applicant proposed to operate all three transmitters in a single frequency network, using 1487.696 MHz (DRB channel 21) with an effective isotropic radiated power of 5,928 watts, 2,850 watts and 2,965 watts, respectively.


Standard stated that the transmitters would employ the EUREKA-147 digital audio broadcasting system. This technology was first developed in Europe and has been confirmed by the Department of Industry as the standard for digital broadcasting in Canada.



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

The Commission's determination


The Commission finds that Standard's application is fully consistent with the guidelines for transitional DRUs set out in A policy to govern the introduction of digital radio, Public Notice CRTC 1995-184, 29 October 1995 (Public Notice 1995-184). In the circumstances, the Commission approves the application by Standard for a broadcasting licence to operate a transitional DRU to serve Ottawa.


As outlined in Public Notice 1995-184, the Commission expects the licensee to ensure that the main programming signal of its DRU is not noticeably degraded by the shifting of capacity from the DRU to ancillary services.


The Commission encourages the licensee to experiment, during the periods of separate programming, with new and innovative forms of programming that make use of the unique features of digital radio technology. The Commission considers that this type of exploration is an important element of the transitional stage in the introduction of digital radio and could provide valuable information to the radio industry.


At the same time, the Commission notes that, consistent with Public Notice 1995-184, the licence will be subject to the conditions of licence in effect under the current licence issued to its associated station, CKQB-FM. The Commission recognizes that these conditions of licence may restrict the licensee's ability to experiment during the periods of separate programming. The licensee may wish to file an application to amend its transitional DRU licence if it considers that additional flexibility is needed to make full use of the periods of separate programming for this purpose. The Commission would be prepared to deal with such an application expeditiously.

Issuance of the licence


The licence will expire 31 August 2005. This licence term should allow the Commission sufficient time to establish and implement a long-term policy and licensing regime for digital radio undertakings following completion of an appropriate public process. The Commission expects that, once its long-term policy is in place, the transition to full-term digital radio licences should generally involve a simple, streamlined process.


The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in the appendix to this decision and in the licence to be issued.


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 13 November 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.

Employment equity


Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports with Human Resources Development Canada, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.

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 2002-362


Transitional digital radio undertaking (DRU) in Ottawa


Conditions of licence

  1. The licensee shall adhere to the conditions of licence in effect under the current licence issued to its associated station, CKQB-FM Ottawa.
  2. The licensee shall adhere to Parts 1 and 1.1 of the Radio Regulations, 1986.
  3. The licensee is relieved of the requirement set out in section 10.1 of the Radio Regulations, 1986 to own and operate its transmitter.
  4. The licensee shall not use the ancillary capacity of the digital radio signal to provide services that constitute programming under the Broadcasting Act, unless otherwise authorized by the Commission.
  5. The licensee shall use no more than 20% of the digital capacity of the 1.5 MHz channel specified for use by the geographic grouping of broadcasters to which the undertaking belongs.
  6. The digital radio signal broadcast by the transitional DRU associated with the existing FM undertaking shall be broadcast from the proposed three transmitters operating in a single frequency network. The transmitters shall be located so as to ensure that the resulting digital radio coverage area does not exceed the lesser of:

a) the licensee's corresponding FM coverage areas; that is, the 0.5 millivolt per metre coverage area, or


b) the digital service area allotted to the licensee under the Department of Industry's spectrum allocation plan.

  7. The licensee shall have full control over the transmission of its programming, regardless of the ownership of the transmission facilities that it uses.

Date Modified: 2002-11-13

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