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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 23 April 2012

Ottawa, 4 July 2012

Shaw Television G.P. Inc. (the general partner) and Shaw Media Global Inc. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Shaw Television Limited Partnership
Ottawa, Ontario

Application 2012-0465-1

CIII-DT-41 Toronto and its transmitter CIII-DT-6 Ottawa – Technical change

1.      The Commission approves an application by Shaw Television G.P. Inc. (the general partner) and Shaw Media Global Inc. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Shaw Television Limited Partnership, to amend the broadcasting licence for the digital television programming undertaking CIII-DT-41 Toronto in order to change the channel of its transmitter CIII-DT-6 Ottawa from 6 to 14 and to change the technical parameters of that transmitter by increasing the average effective radiated power from 650 to 49,200 watts. The implementation is subject to the notification by the Department of Industry (the Department) discussed in paragraph 4 below. The Commission received interventions in support of the application, as well as a comment. The public record for this application is available on the Commission’s website at under “Public proceedings.”

2.      The licensee indicated that due to particular characteristics of channel 6 broadcast waves, it is often more difficult for viewers in Ottawa to receive the signal for CIII-DT-6. Consequently, the licensee identified channel 14 as the best available option since it would significantly improve signal reception for over-the-air viewers in the area.

3.      The Commission is of the view that approval of the present application is appropriate given that it aims to improve the signal coverage of CIII-DT-6 Ottawa.

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 licensee will not be able to implement the technical changes approved in this decision.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

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