ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-557
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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 7 February 2013
Ottawa, 18 October 2013
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Thunder Bay and Fort Frances, Ontario
CBQT-FM Thunder Bay and its transmitter CBQQ-FM Fort Frances – Technical change
1. The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to change the technical parameters of CBQQ-FM Fort Frances, a rebroadcasting transmitter for the English-language FM radio programming undertaking CBQT-FM Thunder Bay, which is affiliated to the national Radio One network.
2. The CBC proposed to change the antenna’s radiation pattern from non-directional to directional, to decrease the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 50,000 to 11,400 watts (maximum ERP from 50,000 to 25,000 watts) and to decrease the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 142 to 141.1 meters. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
3. The licensee stated that the change was necessary to reduce the station’s installation and operating costs.
4. The Commission notes that while there will be a reduction in CBQQ-FM’s coverage in the Fort Frances area, it will mainly occur over U.S. territory. The Commission notes that the power reduction will not affect the quality of the programming provided to the Fort Frances community, which will continue to originate from the main station in Thunder Bay. The Commission considers that the proposed change will allow the CBC to generate cost savings, while having a minimal impact on CBQQ-FM’s audience.
5. The Commission reminds the applicant that pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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