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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-84

Ottawa, 3 March 2003

Tri-Tel Communications Inc.
Cochrane, Ontario

Application 2002-0406-6
Public Hearing at St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
10 December 2002

Low-power English-language FM radio station in Cochrane


The Commission approves the application by Tri-Tel Communications Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power English-language FM radio programming undertaking in Cochrane, Ontario.


The station will offer contemporary hits music targeting all age groups. It will also broadcast local news, weather reports, public service announcements and will provide listener interaction.


The applicant will not participate in the Canadian talent development (CTD) plan established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Instead, it proposed to contribute toward the development of Canadian talent, $2,000 annually in eligible direct expenditures involving professional studio costs. This will entail sponsoring an annual talent contest and providing the winner with the opportunity to record a CD. A condition of licence to this effect is set out in this decision.


The station will operate at 98.1 MHz (channel 251LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. It will operate in a single-station market as defined in Local programming policy for FM radio - Definition of a single-station market, Public Notice CRTC 1993-121, 17 August 1993.


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 conditionsset outin New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999, with the exception of condition of licence no. 9, relating to the solicitation of local advertising. That condition does not apply to stations operating in a single-station market.


The licence will also be subject to the following condition of licence:

The licensee shall contribute a minimum of $2,000 in each broadcast year in eligible direct cost expenditures toward the development of Canadian talent. This will entail sponsoring an annual talent contest and providing the winner with the opportunity to record a CD.


The Commission reminds the licensee that all of these contributions must qualify as eligible direct cost expenditures pursuant to the Commission's criteria for generally accepted direct expenditures on Canadian talent development, as set out in Appendix I to An FM Policy for the Nineties, Public Notice CRTC 1990-111, 17 December 1990.


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 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 3 March 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.


In accordance with Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992, the Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.

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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