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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-459

Ottawa, 18 December 2002

Central Broadcasting Company Limited
Prince Albert and Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan

Application 2002-0388-6
Public Hearing at Kitchener, Ontario
28 October 2002

CHQX-FM Prince Albert - New transmitter in Waskesiu Lake

The Commission approves the application by Central Broadcasting Company Limited to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio station CHQX-FM Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in order to operate a transmitter in Waskesiu Lake.

The application


The Commission received an application by Central Broadcasting Company Limited (Central Broadcasting) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CHQX-FM Prince Albert, in order to operate a transmitter in Waskesiu Lake.


The applicant proposed to operate the new transmitter at 90.5 MHz (channel 213A) with an effective radiated power of 2,500 watts.



The Commission received one opposing intervention to this application.


Radio CJVR Ltd. (CJVR), licensee of CJVR-FM in Melford, Saskatchewan opposed the proposed addition of a transmitter at Waskesiu Lake, which is located in the Prince Albert National Park. The intervener stated that a transmitter at Waskesiu Lake is not required since the signal of CHQX-FM, the originating station, can already be received in the Prince Albert National Park and surrounding areas.


In addition, CJVR claimed that the Central Broadcasting stations, CKBI and a rebroadcaster of its FM station, CFMM-FM-1, already provide service to Waskesiu Lake. It is CJVR's opinion that Central Broadcasting should not be given the opportunity to provide a third service to the area.

The applicant's reply


In response, Central Broadcasting stated that with the improved repeater signal, a clear stereo signal of CHQX-FM would be provided throughout Prince Albert National Park, even in areas not currently covered by the originating station. Central Broadcasting added that in the event of an emergency, everyone in the park could be reached. In addition, the applicant stated that CHQX-FM has a distinct music format not currently available to all areas of the Prince Albert National Park and Waskesiu Lake.

The Commission's analysis and determination


The Commission is satisfied with the applicant's response to the intervention and considers that the addition of a transmitter in Waskesiu Lake is a natural extension of CHQX-FM's service. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Central Broadcasting to amend the broadcasting licence for CHQX-FM, in order to operate a transmitter in Waskesiu Lake.


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, this authority will only be effective when the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


The transmitter 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 18 December 2004. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 60 days before this date.

Secretary General

his 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: 2002-12-18

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