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Route reference: 2010-766

Ottawa, 12 January 2011

Blackburn Radio Inc.
London, Ontario

Application 2010-1367-2, received 13 August 2010

CKLO-FM London – Technical change

1.      The Commission approves the application by Blackburn Radio Inc. (Blackburn) to change the authorized contours of the English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking CKLO-FM London by increasing the effective radiated power (ERP) from 4,000 to 12,600 watts (maximum ERP from 7,000 to 40,000 watts), by increasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 106.5 to 150 metres, and by changing the transmitter site. The implementation is subject to the notification by the Department of Industry (the Department) discussed in paragraph 4 below.

2.      Blackburn stated that these technical changes are required as the original transmitter site for this station, approved in Licensing of new radio stations to serve London, Ontario, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-39, 2 February 2009, has become crowded, and that the addition of CKLO-FM to that site would create interference.

3.      The Commission received a comment from Astral Media Radio G.P. (Astral) in regard to this application. In its comment, Astral stated that that the proposed power increase has the potential to cause interference with its radio programming undertaking CIQM-FM London, but noted Blackburn’s commitment to resolve interference issues. Further, Astral requested to be informed by Blackburn in advance of its on-air testing of CKLO-FM. In reply, Blackburn affirmed that it will coordinate with Astral to remedy any potential interference, and will inform Astral as soon as it is ready to begin the on-air testing phase of CKLO-FM. The intervention and the licensee’s reply are available on the Commission’s website at, under “Public Proceedings.”

4.      The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued. Therefore, in the absence of the notification by the Department, the applicant will not be able to implement the new technical parameters approved in this decision.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

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