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Ottawa, 8 May 2014

Bev Kirshenblatt
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
P.O. Box 3220, Station C
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 1E4

Re: Part 1 application 2014-0306-3, frequency change for CBD-FM-1 St. Stephen, NB

Dear Ms. Kirshenblatt,

On 9 April 2014, the CBC requested that the Commission consider its technical amendment application under an administrative approach pursuant to Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-960 (section 6). However, should the Commission be unable to proceed under an administrative approach, the CBC requested that the Commission shorten the timelines associated with the processing of its application as the proposed technical amendment will have no impact on the other existing technical parameters of CBD-FM-1 St. Stephen.

Commission staff notes that the CBC is requesting a change in its approved frequency from 88.1 MHz to 106.3 MHZ at the request of Industry Canada. Given that the technical amendment involves a change to its frequency, Commission staff is of the view that this type of request falls beyond the scope of an administrative route and that the public should be given an opportunity to file submissions as interveners[1] or respondents[2].

In light of the above, Commission staff denies the the applicant’s request that application 2014-0306-3 be treated under an administrative approach. However, given that the technical amendment proposed appears to be minor (no change in the existing technical parameters except for a change in the frequency), Commission staff approves CBC’s request for a shortened timeline associated with the processing of its application. As such, the timetable for the process has been revised as follows:

Notice Number Subject Posted Date Deadlines
Part 1 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Frequency change

St. Stephen, New Brunswick



Open application for applicant contact information.
23 April 2014 23 May 2014
(previous deadline)
14 May 2014
(New deadline)

Please note, interventions/comments/answers must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Vancouver time (8:00 p.m. Ottawa time) on the above noted deadline date.

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

Yours sincerely,

(original signed by)

Annie Laflamme
Director, Radio Policy and Applications

[1] Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-959, Guidelines on the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure, 23 December 2010, section 26.

[2] Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-959, Guidelines on the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure, 23 December 2010, section 25

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