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Ottawa, 28 May 2015

By E-mail:

Bev Kirshenblatt
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada
181 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1K9

Procedural Letter: Part 1 application 2014-1105-8 – Technical amendment – Rebroadcasting transmitter in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Dear Ms. Kirshenblatt,

This is in reference to your application to modify the licence of CBI Sydney, by adding an FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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. In order to proceed with your application, please address the following:

  1. Please provide documentation in support of the signal deficiencies encountered with CBI’s signal in downtown Sydney, NS.
  2. How would CBI’s signal deficiencies compare to those of another AM signal in Sydney?
  3. Although the CBC stated that CBI would continue to operate on the AM band, does the CBC have a plan to eventually phase out CBI’s AM transmitter? In the affirmative, within what time frame?
  4. Commission staff notes that CBI’s proposed FM transmitter would serve a greater population within its primary contour than CBI’s existing primary contour (72,442 versus 58,284). In light of this fact, please elaborate on the potential impact of CBC’s proposal on CBI’s listenership
  5. The CBC stated in its application that it wishes to improve the quality of the signal in downtown Sydney, as the CBC delivers its mandated national public radio service to residents of Sydney and surrounding areas. Please elaborate on how the proposed technical amendment would help achieve CBC’s mandate.

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

Part 1
Subject Posted Date Deadlines
Part 1 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 

Addition of an FM transmitter 

Sydney, Nova Scotia

N / A


Open application for applicant contact information.

30 October 2014 1 December 2014

New deadline
20 June 2015

Deadline for response

The information requested herein should be received at the Commission no later than 5 June 2015, failing which, your application may be returned to be completed and resubmitted with the Commission should you wish to pursue this proposal.

A copy of this letter and your reply will be added to your application to be made available for public examination.

We also ask that you repeat the contents of this letter in your reply.

The Commission requires that your response and/or other documents be submitted electronically by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey) and filling the “Broadcasting and Telecom Cover page” or the “Broadcasting Online Form and Cover Page” located on this web page. Also on this web page you will find information on the submission of applications to the Commission “Submitting applications and other documents to the CRTC using My CRTC Account.”

Should you need further information concerning your application, please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone at 819-953-5130 or by fax at 819-994-0218.

Yours truly,

Sherwin Pagtakhan
Analyst, Radio Policy & Applications

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