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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-330

  Ottawa, 2 August 2006
  Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
High River/Okotoks, Alberta
  Application 2004-1586-1
Public Hearing at Calgary, Alberta
21 February 2006

English-language FM radio station in High River/Okotoks

  The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, commercial FM radio station in High River/Okotoks, Alberta.
  The application


The Commission received an application by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. (Golden West) for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, commercial FM radio programming undertaking in High River/Okotoks, Alberta. The proposed station would operate at 99.7 MHz (channel 259B) with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 18,000 watts.1


Golden West is currently the licensee of CHRB High River and CFXL-FM High River/Okotoks.


Golden West stated that all of the programming broadcast on the proposed radio station would be local and that it would operate in a Contemporary Rock music format targeting listeners under the age of 35. The applicant noted that this music format is currently available in the High River/Okotoks market only from Calgary radio stations.


With respect to Canadian content levels, Golden West made a commitment that 40% of all musical selections drawn from category 2 (Popular music) broadcast during each broadcast week, and 40% of all category 2 musical selections broadcast between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, would be devoted to Canadian selections. The proposed levels of Canadian content exceed the minimum levels of 35% required by the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations).


Golden West confirmed that it would participate in the plan developed by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) for contributions by radio licensees to Canadian talent development (CTD). Under this plan, a radio licensee serving a market the size of High River/Okotoks is required to contribute a minimum of $400 in each broadcast year to eligible third parties for the development of Canadian musical and other talent. Golden West made a further commitment to contribute $1,000 in each broadcast year to local groups for the production of CDs. Accordingly, Golden West's overall commitment to CTD is $1,400 in each broadcast year.



The Commission received an intervention by the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) offering general comments on various issues as well as interventions by Tiessen Media Inc. (Tiessen) and Mr. Eric Cartman in opposition to this application.


CIRPA did not raise any specific concerns about this application. It stated that it supports "more Canadian content rather than less" and noted that Golden West proposed to offer Canadian content beyond the regulatory minimum. CIRPA also indicated that it supports diversity in ownership and musical formats. However, CIRPA expressed general concern with the lack of CTD funding proposed to be directed to FACTOR. In CIRPA's opinion, the best use of CTD contributions is to "direct the funds to FACTOR and utilize the expertise and knowledge available to FACTOR to maximize benefits from these monies."


Tiessen submitted that, given that High River/Okotoks is located close to Calgary, Golden West should have been required to appear at the Calgary public hearing to make its case before the Commission. In Tiessen's view, allowing one party to own and operate three radio stations in a small community, such as High River/Okotoks, would not contribute to diversity. Tiessen further claimed that Golden West did not provide clear evidence that there is a need for an additional FM service in the High River/Okotoks market.


Mr. Cartman contended that, given Calgary's recent growth, 99.7 MHz, which is now allocated to High River, should be reallocated to the Calgary market.

Applicant's reply


In response to Tiessen, Golden West submitted that "without this second FM service, the majority of FM listeners in the area will still have to listen to Calgary based stations." Golden West maintained that the proposed second FM radio station is needed to repatriate listeners from the Calgary market.


Golden West did not reply to the interventions by CIRPA and Mr. Cartman.

Commission's analysis and determination


The Commission determined that Golden West did not need to appear at the Calgary public hearing because the Commission considers that the licensing of the proposed radio station would have little or no impact on the Calgary market.


Golden West's application for a second FM station to serve High River/Okotoks falls within the ownership guidelines set out in Commercial Radio Policy 1998, Public Notice CRTC 1998-41, 30 April 1998, which provide that, in markets the size of High River/Okotoks, a licensee may own or control as many as three radio stations in a given language, with a maximum of two radio stations in any one frequency band.


The Commission notes Golden West's commitment to provide a music format directed to a younger age group than is currently served by the other radio stations in the market and is satisfied that approval of the application would provide greater programming diversity to High River/Okotoks. The Commission further notes that Golden West made a commitment to broadcast Canadian content levels that exceed the minimum requirements set out in the Regulations. Its proposed radio station would therefore provide enhanced exposure for Canadian music. Golden West proposed CTD contributions that exceed the minimum requirements for the High River/Okotoks market established under the CAB's CTD plan. Conditions of licence requiring the applicant to adhere to its commitments are contained in the appendix to this decision.


In light of the above, the Commission approves the application by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, commercial FM radio programming undertaking in High River/Okotoks at 99.7 MHz (channel 259B) with an ERP of 18,000 watts.


The licence will expire 31 August 2012 and will be subject to the conditions set outin New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999, as well as to the conditions set out in the appendix to this decision.

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 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.


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 2 August 2008. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before that date.

Employment equity


Because this applicant is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
  Secretary General
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Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-330


Conditions of licence


1. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999 (Public Notice 1999-137).


2. The licensee shall, as an exception to the percentage of Canadian musical selections set out in sections 2.2(8) and 2.2(9) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, in any broadcast week:


(a) devote, in that broadcast week, a minimum of 40% of its musical selections from content category 2 to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety; and


(b) devote, between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., in the period from Monday to Friday of the same broadcast week, a minimum of 40% of its musical selections from content category 2 to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.


For the purposes of this condition, the terms "broadcast week," "Canadian selection," "content category," and "musical selection" shall have the same meaning as that set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986.


3. In addition to the amounts required under condition of licence number 5 set out in Public Notice 1999-137, the licensee shall, upon commencement of operation, make direct expenditures of at least $1,000 in each broadcast year on the development of Canadian talent. Such contributions shall go to local musical groups for the production of CDs.


The Commission reminds the licensee that all Canadian talent development (CTD) expenditures must be made in accordance with the Commission's policy on qualifying contributions to CTD, as set out in Appendix 1 to An FM policy for the nineties, Public Notice CRTC 1990-111, 17 December 1990.


[1] The applicant proposed to operate with an effective radiated power of 18,000 watts, not 7,400 watts, as had been indicated in Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2005-11, 20 December 2005.

Date Modified: 2006-08-02

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