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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-202

  Ottawa, 2 July 2003
  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
  Application 2002-0161-6
Public Hearing at Montréal, Quebec
3 February 2003

CBF-FM-8 Trois-Rivières - Technical changes


The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CBF-FM-8 Trois-Rivères in order to change the frequency from 88.1 MHz (channel 201B) to 96.5 MHz (channel 243C1). CBF-FM-8 is affiliated with La Première Chaîne.


The Commission also approves an increase in the effective radiated power of the transmitter, from 4,326 watts to 66,700 watts, and a change in the authorized contours resulting from the relocation of the transmitter to a site 1.9 kilometres northeast of the existing site.


The CBC indicated that the proposed changes are intended to restore the station's permanent facilities following the Mont-Carmel tragedy and the subsequent demolition of the Westower in April 2001. The increase in power is aimed at correcting a deficiency in La Première Chaîne's coverage that has existed since CBF Montréal moved from the AM band to the FM band.


The Commission considered this application at a public hearing held in Montréal from 3 to 19 February 2003. At the hearing, the Commission heard four other applications in connection with the Trois-Rivières market, and today approves two of these proposals: the operation of a commercial French-language FM radio station (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-201) as well as the change of frequency and the change in the authorized contours of a CBC radio station associated with the Radio One network (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-203).


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 Commission received 85 interventions in support of this application.


The comments submitted by the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo 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.
  Secretary General
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