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Ottawa, 13 May 2013

Mr. Ken Regan
Chief Executive Officer
CKUA Radio Foundation
9804 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 0C5

By email:

Re: Application number 2013-0377-6 – CKUA-FM Edmonton – request to delete a rebroadcasting transmitter

Dear Mr. Regan,

This is further to your application to amend the broadcasting licence of CKUA-FM Edmonton in order to delete the AM rebroadcasting transmitter CKUA Edmonton, which currently operates at 580 KHz.

Commission staff notes that you have indicated in your application that CKUA-FM’s AM rebroadcasting transmitter CKUA has become a significant financial liability, and in the supplementary brief that accompanied your application, you indicated that you have already begun communicating to CKUA’s audience that it is your intention to cease its operation. Additionally, in the supplementary brief, it was indicated that CKUA Radio Foundation has an agreement to sell CKUA’s broadcasting facilities to South Fraser Broadcasting, as part of their application for a broadcasting licence to operate a new AM station in Edmonton.

Further, Commission staff notes that Industry Canada has required CKUA to make upgrades to the physical infrastructure related to the AM signal by the end of the 2014 broadcast year, and that you do not have the financial resources to undertake these upgrades.

However, in the application, you indicated that you wish to delete CKUA from the list of CKUA-FM’s authorized rebroadcasting transmitters “within 60-days of the Commission’s decision regarding a new radio station in Edmonton utilizing the 580 AM frequency”.

Commission staff notes that all applications received by the Commission are treated separately and on their own merits. Hence, any future application for a broadcasting licence to operate an AM radio station on frequency 580 KHz in Edmonton will be treated separately from the current application. Note also that the Commission could issue its decision on your application before 1 September 2014. Further, the Commission cannot consider an application for a broadcasting licence to operate on a frequency that is not vacant.

Consequently, with the understanding that CKUA will no longer be on the air as of 1 September 2014, please comment on the fact that the Commission could approve the deletion of the AM rebroadcasting transmitter CKUA from CKUA-FM’s list of authorized rebroadcasting transmitters immediately, which would make the 580 KHz frequency available at the same time. Note that the Commission could issue a call for applications for the use of the frequency 580 KHz in Edmonton or its surrounding areas.

You are required to provide your comments on the information noted above on the public record by 21 May 2013.

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

Notice Number/
Part 1
Subject Posted Date Deadlines
Part 1 CKUA Radio Foundation
Deletion of a transmitter
Edmonton, Alberta

4 March 2013 3 April 2013
(original deadline)

4 June 2013
(New deadline)

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

You are reminded that applicants are required to file their applications, related documents and related correspondence electronically using My CRTC.

Should you need further information concerning your application, please do not hesitate to contact Angie Rusland by telephone at (819) 997-4716 or by fax at 819-994-0218.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Annie Laflamme
Radio Policy and Applications

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