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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 23 November 2011

Ottawa, 7 March 2012

Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Application 2011-1499-1

CHON-FM Whitehorse – New transmitter at Johnson’s Crossing

1.      The Commission approves the application by Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language Type B Native radio programming undertaking CHON-FM Whitehorse in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter at Johnson’s Crossing, Yukon Territory, to expand its existing network. The Commission received an intervention in support of this application. The implementation is subject to the notification by the Department of Industry (the Department) set out in paragraph 3.

2.      The new transmitter will operate at 90.5 MHz (channel 213LP) with an average effective radiated power of 45.44 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 3 metres).

3.      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 licensee will not be able to implement the transmitter approved in this decision.

4.      The transmitter 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 7 March 2014. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 60 days before that date.

5.      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.

Filing of annual returns

6.      The Commission requires licensees to file annual returns, accompanied by financial statements, by no later than 30 November for the broadcast year ending the previous 31 August. In this regard, the licensee may have failed to file its annual returns by the 30 November deadline for the 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 broadcast years. The Commission reminds the licensee of its obligation to file annual returns and notes that it will address this issue, as well as any other outstanding issues, as part of the next licence renewal for the station. The Commission further notes that interested persons will have an opportunity to comment at the appropriate time.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

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