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Route reference: 2013-256

Ottawa, 23 September 2013

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Applications 2013-0642-3 and 2013-0643-1, received 26 April 2012
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
22 July 2013

English-language FM radio station in Saskatoon

1. The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM radio programming undertaking in Saskatoon. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.

2. The new station will replace CBK’s rebroadcasting transmitter CBK-1-FM Saskatoon and operate under the same technical parameters. The station will continue to broadcast programming received from the CBC’s national Radio One network, but will also broadcast at least 12 hours and 30 minutes of local programming to Saskatoon residents in each broadcast week. Local programming will consist of a mix of local, national and international news, up-to-date weather forecasts, road conditions, sports coverage, interviews and short documentaries.

3. The CBC must submit a licence amendment application if it wishes to harmonize the new station’s conditions of licence with those imposed on the CBC’s undertakings in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Licence renewals, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-263, 28 May 2013.

4. In light of the approval of the above application, the Commission also approves the application by the CBC to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language AM radio programming undertaking CBK by deleting its transmitter CBK-1-FM Saskatoon. The Commission notes that deletion will occur at the time that the new FM station approved in this decision is prepared to commence operations.

5. The Commission did not receive any interventions concerning these applications.

Employment equity

6. Because this licensee 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 assessed by the Commission.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-507

Terms and conditions of licence for the English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


The licence will expire 31 August 2020.

The station will operate at 94.1 MHz (channel 231A) with an effective radiated power of 4,100 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 68.2 metres).

Furthermore, a 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 23 September 2015. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days prior to that date.

Conditions of licence

1. The licensee shall not broadcast any commercial messages belonging to content category 5 (Advertising) except:

(a) during programs that are available to the licensee only on a sponsored basis; or

(b) as required to fulfill the requirements of the legislation of the Parliament of Canada pertaining to elections.

2. In each broadcast week, the licensee shall devote at least 50% of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) to Canadian musical selections scheduled in a reasonable manner throughout the broadcast day.

3. In each broadcast week, the licensee shall devote at least 20% of its musical selections from content category 3 (Special Interest Music) to Canadian musical selections.

4. The licensee shall adhere to its self-regulatory guidelines on sex-role portrayal, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission, and at a minimum to the Equitable Portrayal Code, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

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