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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-434

Ottawa, 11 December 2002

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Windsor, Ontario

Applications 2002-0346-4 and 2002-0345-6
Public Hearing at Toronto, Ontario
17 September 2002

Transitional digital radio undertakings in Windsor

In this decision, the Commission approves applications for transitional digital radio undertakings to serve Windsor, Ontario.

The applications


The Commission received applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for broadcasting licences to operate transitional digital radio undertakings (DRU) to serve Windsor, associated with its existing stations, CBE and CBE-FM Windsor.


CBC proposed to simulcast, on each transitional DRU, the programming of its respective associated station initially, and subsequently to provide as many as 14 hours of new non-simulcast programming in each broadcast week.


The CBC plans to co-site the transmitters and share the existing digital radio broadcasting facilities at the site of CHUM Limited's stations CIMX-FM, CIDR-FM, CKLW and CKWW Windsor. The transmitters for each proposed undertaking 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.


CBC proposed to operate each transmitter using DRU frequency 1484.208 MHz (channel 19) with an effective isotropic radiated power of 4,369 watts.



The Commission did not receive any intervention in connection with these applications.

The Commission's determination


The Commission finds that CBC's applications are 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 applications by CBC for broadcasting licences to operate transitional DRUs to serve Windsor.


As outlined in Public Notice 1995-184, the Commission expects the licensee to ensure that the main programming signal of each 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, each licence will be subject to the conditions of licence in effect under the current licence issued to its associated station. 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 licences


Each 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.


Each 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 each 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 11 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.

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to each licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site:

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-434


Transitional digital radio undertakings (DRU) in Windsor


Conditions of licence

  1. The licensee shall adhere to the conditions of licence in effect under the current licence issued to its associated station.

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 or AM undertaking shall be broadcast from a single primary digital radio transmitter that is located so as to ensure that the resulting digital radio coverage area does not exceed the lesser of:

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


(b) the digital service area allotted to the licensee under th 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: 2002-12-11

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