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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-438

Ottawa, 12 December 2002

Standard Radio Inc.
Kitimat, British Columbia

Application 2002-0201-0
Public Hearing at Toronto, Ontario
17 September 2002

CKTK Kitimat - Conversion to FM band


The Commission approves the application by Standard Radio Inc. (Standard) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Kitimat to replace its AM station CKTK.


Standard is the licensee of radio stations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec as well as radio networks and two television stations. It recently acquired CKTK from Telemedia Radio (West) Inc. in Standard acquires the assets of radio stations, radio networks and television stations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-91, 19 April 2002.


The new station will offer an adult contemporary music format. The local programming will include news, as well as extensive coverage of community events and activities. The station will also play a role in the community in contributing staff time and on-air resources to support local charitable events.


The station will operate at 97.7 MHz (channel 249A1) with an effective radiated power of 170 watts. It will operate in a single-station market as defined in Local programming policy for FM radio - definition of a single-station market, Public Notice CRTC 1993-121, 17 August 1993.


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


The licence will expire 31 August 2009. It will be subject to the conditions set outin New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999, with the exception of condition of licence no. 9, relating to the solicitation of local advertising. That condition does not apply to stations operating in a single-station market.


The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKTK for a transition period of six 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 12 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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