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Ottawa, 8 May 2013

By e-mail

Mr. Caron:

Re: Application 2013-0560-8 – Change in location of studio of CFNO-FM Marathon to Thunder Bay, Ontario

This is in response to your application to change the studio location of CFNO-FM Marathon to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Section 28(1)(a) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure provides that the Commission may request parties to file information, particulars or documents where needed.

Please provide the following information:

1- In response to question 3.1 e) on the application form, you stated that the proposed modification would not result in any changes to your programming. However, in the supplementary document attached to your application, you indicated that CFNO-FM would benefit from access to a variety of information from Thunder Bay, and that emergency services information would be directed toward Thunder Bay rather than Marathon. Accordingly:

  1. With regard to emergency services, please indicate whether CFNO-FM currently distributes emergency alerts from the Pelmorex NAAD system (National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System) to the public.
  2. Please confirm that the relocation of your studio from Marathon to Thunder Bay would not result in any changes to your programming throughout the broadcast week. If you are planning on any changes to your programming, please indicate the nature of these changes.
  3. Please describe the measures you will implement to ensure that CFNO-FM will continue to offer local programming relevant to Marathon, and meet the needs and interests of the community served, in accordance with the following definition set out in paragraph 183 of the Commercial Radio Policy 2006:

Local programming includes programming that originates with the station or is produced separately and exclusively for the station. It does not include programming received from another station and rebroadcast simultaneously or at a later time; nor does it include network or syndicated programming that is five minutes or longer unless it is produced either by the station or in the local community by arrangement with the station.
In their local programming, licensees must include spoken word material of direct and particular relevance to the community served, such as local news, weather and sports, and the promotion of local events and activities.

2- One of the reasons the licensee gives for the requested change is the need to comply with its conditions of licence (Canadian content). However, Staff notes that the licensee is currently in compliance with its conditions of licence. Accordingly, please provide further information on the reasons for the requested change. In your response, please include the impacts on CFNO-FM if the Commission were to deny the application.

3- Please confirm your understanding that rebroadcasting transmitters are intended exclusively to rebroadcast programming from the mother station.

Commission Staff also reminds you that, pursuant to sections 8 (1) (a) and (b) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, a licensee must keep, in a form acceptable to the Commission, a program log or a machine readable record of the matter broadcast by the licensee, and retain the log or record for a period of one year after the date when the matter was broadcast.

You are required to provide the information/document(s) noted above on the public record by 15 May 2013.

Considering the above request, the timetable for the proceeding is changed as follows:

Deadline for filing interventions: 21 May 2013

The Commission requires that you submit your documents electronically via the secure service “My CRTC Account (GCKey or Partner Log In)” using the “Broadcasting and Telecom Cover Page.” On this web page, you will also find a link to information on the submission of applications to the Commission “Submitting applications and other documents to the CRTC using My CRTC Account.”

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

Sincerely yours,

Catherine Arguin
Senior Radio Analyst
French-Language Radio Policy and Analysis


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