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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-421

Ottawa, 10 December 2002

Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc.
Prince George, British Columbia

Application 2002-0212-7
Public Hearing at Kitchener, Ontario
28 October 2002

CJCI Prince George - Conversion to FM band


The Commission approves the application by Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc. (Cariboo) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Prince George to replace its AM station CJCI.


The licensee indicated that spoken word and local news, weather and sports will largely be produced by local staff and will continue to be a cornerstone of the programming.


Cariboo plans to cover special community events and, from spring to fall, present an hour-long talk show featuring a local gardening expert. In addition, the Monday to Friday morning show will provide an opportunity for community groups and individuals to discuss local issues and coming events.


The station will operate at 97.3 MHz (channel 247B) with an effective radiated power of 12,000 watts.


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


The licence will expire 31 August 2009 and will be subject to the conditions set outin New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999.


The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CJCI for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. The licensee must surrender the AM licence for revocation by the Commission at the end of this period.


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.


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 10 December 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.


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

Secretary General

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