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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-59

Ottawa, 20 February 2003

Utilities Consumers' Group Society
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Application 2002-0088-2
Public Hearing at St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
10 December 2002

Developmental community radio station in Whitehorse


The Commission approvesthe application by Utilities Consumers' Group Society for a licence to operate an English-language developmental community FM radio station in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.


The applicant proposes to broadcast local programming that reflects the needs and interests of the community. The programming will include community recreational events, news and commentary as well as live coverage of local music events, conferences and conventions. The station will promote outdoor living and the tourism industry and will broadcast emergency messages such as those concerning forest fires. The new station will also broadcast 10 hours of programming each week featuring local talent highlighting Yukon culture.


The station will provide opportunities for students enrolled at the Polaris Media Centre and other members of the local community to develop broadcasting skills.


The station will operate at 92.5 MHz (channel 223VLP) with an effective radiated power of 5 watts.


The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.


The licence will expire 20 February 2007. If the licensee wishes to continue the operation of the station beyond this period, it must, nine months before the expiry of its licence, file an application with the Commission for a regular community radio licence, or cease operations when its licence has expired.


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in New licence form for community radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-157, 16 November 2000.


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, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a very low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the licensee that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.


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 20 February 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.

Secretary General

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