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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-200

  Ottawa, 2 July 2003
  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sherbrooke and Magog, Quebec
  Application 2002-0160-9
Public Hearing at Montréal, Quebec
3 February 2003

CBF-FM-10 Sherbrooke - New transmitter in Magog


The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBF-FM-10 Sherbrooke in order to operate a transmitter in Magog. CBF-FM-10 is affiliated with La Première Chaîne.


The Commission considered the CBC's application at a public hearing held in Montréal from 3 to 19 February 2003. At the hearing, the Commission heard six other applications in connection with the region of Sherbrooke, and today approves three of these proposals: the operation of two commercial French-language FM radio stations (Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2003-197 and 2003-198) and of an English-language FM community radio station (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-199).


The criteria used by the Commission to evaluate the applications considered at the 3 February 2003 public hearing are set out in Introductory statement to Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2003-192 to 2003-203: Applications related to radio stations in the Province of Quebec, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-33, 2 July 2003 (the Introductory Statement). In the Introductory Statement, the Commission also addresses the various proposals that were technically mutually exclusive and the general interventions to most of the applications, and states its conclusions on the capacity of the markets in Montréal, in Sherbrooke, in Trois-Rivières and in Saguenay to support the addition of one or more new radio stations, taking into account the competitive state of each market.


The CBC's new transmitter will operate at 106.9 MHz (channel 295B1) with an effective radiated power of 1,010 watts. It will rebroadcast the national French-language network service La Première Chaîne and fill up a coverage deficiency of the service for several municipalities west of Mont Orford.


The 106.9 MHz frequency is presently used by CBVE-FM Québec. In CBVE-FM Québec and its transmitter CBMZ-FM Trois-Rivières - Technical changes, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-203, released today, the Commission approves the CBC's application to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBVE-FM Québec, in order to change the frequency from 106.9 MHz to 93.9 MHz.
6. The Commission received 26 interventions in support of the application to add a transmitter in Magog.


The Commission received comments submitted by the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo. These comments are discussed in the Introductory Statement.


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 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 2 July 2005. 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
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