ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-414

This page has been archived on the Web

Information identified as archived on the Web is for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. Archived Decisions, Notices and Orders (DNOs) remain in effect except to the extent they are amended or reversed by the Commission, a court, or the government. The text of archived information has not been altered or updated after the date of archiving. Changes to DNOs are published as “dashes” to the original DNO number. Web pages that are archived on the Web are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats by contacting us.


Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-414

  Ottawa, 22 August 2003
  912038 Alberta Ltd.
Lloydminster and Bonnyville, Alberta
  Application 2002-0919-9
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-16
4 April 2003

CKLM-FM Lloydminster - New transmitter in Bonnyville


The application


The Commission received an application by 912038 Alberta Ltd. to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CKLM-FM Lloydminster in order to operate a transmitter in Bonnyville at 99.7 MHz (channel 259B) with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts.

The interventions


The Commission received interventions opposing this application from Newcap Inc. (Newcap) and Sask-Alta Broadcasters Limited, doing business under the name of Midwest Broadcasting (Sask-Alta).


Newcap controls 3937844 Canada Inc., which is the licensee of radio stations CHLW St. Paul, Alberta and CJCM Cold Lake, Alberta. The intervener noted that both St. Paul and Cold Lake are located close to Bonnyville and alleged that the proposed rebroadcasting transmitter would have a significant negative financial impact on the operations of CHLW and CJCM.


Sask-Alta is the licensee of radio station CKSA-FM Lloydminster. In CKSA Lloydminster - Conversion to FM band, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-461, 18 December 2002, the Commission approved the conversion of CKSA to the FM band and the addition of a transmitter in Bonnyville to offer the programming of the new FM station. The intervener stated that it has not yet completed construction of its transmitter in Bonnyville and argued that the introduction of another service in that community before it had even implemented its transmitter would have a serious negative financial impact on its operations.


In response, the applicant stated that St. Paul, Cold Lake and Bonnyville are all part of its authorized service area. The applicant submitted that its pop/rock music format would appeal to a different audience than the country music format broadcast by CHLW and CKSA-FM and the mixed music format broadcast by CJCM. The applicant, therefore, maintained that the economic impact of its proposed transmitter on the interveners' operations would be minimal.

The Commission's analysis and determination


Based on the evidence available to it, the Commission considers that the addition of the proposed rebroadcasting transmitter of CKLM-FM Lloydminster in Bonnyville will provide improved service to listeners in this underserved area of Alberta and that the new transmitter will not have a substantial negative impact on either of the interveners. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by 912038 Alberta Ltd. to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CKLM-FM Lloydminster in order to operate a transmitter in Bonnyville.


The new transmitter will operate at 99.7 MHz (channel 259B) with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts.

Issuance of the licence


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 22 August 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
  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:

Date Modified: 2003-08-22

Date modified: