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Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing 2008-14
  Ottawa, 21 April 2009
  Newcap Inc.
High Prairie, Alberta
  Application 2008-1075-6, received 11 August 2008
Public Hearing in Orillia, Ontario
26 January 2009

CKVH High Prairie – Conversion to FM band


The Commission approves the application by Newcap Inc.1 (Newcap) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in High Prairie, Alberta, to replace its AM station CKVH High Prairie. The Commission received interventions in support of this application. The terms and conditions of licence for the new station are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The station will operate at 93.5 MHz (channel 228B1) with an effective radiated power of 25,000 watts.


The station will maintain CKVH's Classic Hits music format targeting adults between the ages of 25 and 54. A minimum of six hours and 48 minutes of the broadcast week will be devoted to spoken word programming, including three hours of pure news content as well as information on community events and charities, weather and surveillance material.


The station will operate in a single-station market as defined in Public Notice 1993-121. Accordingly, the station is not subject to the requirement that, in order to solicit or accept local advertising, one-third of its programming must be local. The Commission notes, however, that the applicant committed to offer 126 hours of local programming in each broadcast week.

Canadian content development


The Commission reminds Newcap that it must adhere to the requirements relating to contributions to Canadian content development (CCD) set out in section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, as amended from time to time. The Commission notes that Newcap indicated that, in addition to the required basic annual contributions, it would, by condition of licence, contribute a total of $35,000 to CCD over seven broadcast years, upon commencement of operations. Of this amount, 20% would be devoted to FACTOR, with the remainder to be directed to the High Prairie School Division for the purchase of musical instruments and music curriculum materials.


The Commission reminds the applicant that any development initiatives that have not been allocated to specific parties by condition of licence must be allocated to the support, promotion, training and development of Canadian musical and spoken word talent, including journalists. Parties and initiatives eligible for CCD funding are identified in paragraph 108 of Broadcasting Public Notice 2006-158.

Simulcast period and revocation of AM licence


As set out in the appendix to this decision, Newcap is authorized to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKVH for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. Pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(1) of the Broadcasting Act, and consistent with the licensee's request, the Commission revokes the licence for CKVH effective at the end of the simulcast period.

Employment Equity


Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with the department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
  Secretary General

Related documents

  • Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006
  • Local programming policy for FM radio – Definition of a single-station market, Public Notice CRTC 1993-121, 17 August 1993
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Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-205


Terms and conditions of licence




Issuance of the broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in High Prairie, Alberta

  The licence will expire 31 August 2015.
  The station will operate at 93.5 MHz (channel 228B1) with an effective radiated power of 25,000 watts.
  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.
  Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will only 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 April 2011. 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.

Conditions of licence


1. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Conditions of licence for commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC  2009-62, 11 February 2009, with the exception of condition of licence number 8.


2. The licensee is authorized to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKVH High Prairie for a transition period of three months following commencement of operations of the FM station.


3. In addition to the required basic annual contribution to Canadian content development (CCD) set out in section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, as amended from time to time, the licensee shall, upon commencement of operations, make an annual contribution of $5,000 ($35,000 over seven consecutive broadcast years) to the promotion and development of Canadian content.

Of this amount, the licensee shall allocate no less than 20% per broadcast year to FACTOR. The remaining amounts of this additional CCD contribution shall be allocated to parties and initiatives fulfilling the definition of eligible initiatives set out in paragraph 108 of Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006.


1 The application was initially filed by 3937844 Canada Inc. On 29 December 2008, Newcap Inc., Atlantic Stereo Limited, Newcap Radio Manitoba Inc., 3937844 Canada Inc., 4323041 Canada Inc. and two other Newcap subsidiaries amalgamated to continue as Newcap Inc.

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