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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-555

  Ottawa, 21 December 2004
  Burnt Islands Economic Development Board Inc.
Burnt Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador
  Application 2004-0135-7
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
4 October 2004

Community radio station in Burnt Islands


The Commission approves the application by Burnt Islands Economic Development Board Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM Type B community radio programming undertaking in Burnt Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador. The station will operate at 95.7 MHz (channel 239LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.


The station will broadcast 105 hours of programming in each broadcast week. All of the programming will be locally-produced. The music format will primarily consist of folk and folk-oriented, and country and country-oriented music selections. The station will broadcast a live program that showcases local musicians as well as interviews to promote local and other Canadian musical artists.


The applicant stated that the station's spoken word programming will reflect the needs and interests of the local community and include reports on local and regional news, sports, weather, current events and agriculture as well as related surveillance and emergency broadcast services.


The applicant stated that it will provide ongoing training and supervision of volunteers from the community who wish to participate in the station.


The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
6. In accordance with Community Radio Policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-13, 28 January 2000, the licence for this community radio station will be held by a not-for-profit organization without share capital, whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The board of directors is ultimately responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station's conditions of licence.
7. The licence will expire 31 August 2011, and will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for community radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-157, 16 November 2000.

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


Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant 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 21 December 2006. 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.

Employment equity


The Commission considers that community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the applicant to consider these 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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