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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-17

Ottawa, 21 January 2003
Radio Station CKPG Limited
Prince George, British Columbia
Application 2002-0425-6
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
18 November 2002

CKPG Prince George - Conversion to FM band


The Commission approves the application by Radio Station CKPG Limited (CKPG Limited) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Prince George to replace its station CKPG.


CKPG Limited is ultimately controlled by James Pattison and is also the licensee of CKKN-FM Prince George. Prince George has two other commercial radio stations.


The new station will offer full news, weather, sports and community programming similar to that of the existing AM format, including play-by-play sports coverage.


In addition to participating in the Canadian Talent Development (CTD) Plan created by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the licensee proposed to contribute an additional $4,000 annually to support local and regional Canadian talent in Prince George. The licensee proposed to allocate the additional contribution as follows:
  • an annual grant of $1,500 to support the Prince George and District Music Festival to assist with direct expenses associated with the presentation of this event;
  • an annual grant of $1,500 to the Prince George Exhibition for the development of a Canadian talent stage to feature local performers and increase their local exposure. Funds will be directed to expenses associated with this project such as equipment leasing, administration, and compensation to artists; and
  • an annual grant of $1,000 to the Prince George Theatre Workshop for the development of youth acting workshops. Funds will be used to assist in administration and compensation to instructors of these workshops.


The station will operate at 99.3 MHz (channel 257B) with an effective radiated power of 9,300 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 out in New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999, and those set out in this decision.


The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKPG 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.


In light of the licensee's commitments with respect to CTD, the Commission requires the licensee, by condition of licence to devote an additional amount of $4,000 in direct annual contributions to the development of Canadian talent.


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.


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 21 January 2005. 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
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:

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