Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2022-111

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Reference: Part 1 application posted on 17 February 2022

Ottawa, 26 April 2022

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sydney and Northeast Margaree, Nova Scotia

Public record: 2022-0065-8

CBI Sydney and its transmitter CBHF-FM Northeast Margaree – Technical changes

  1. The Commission has the authority, pursuant to subsection 9(1) of the Broadcasting Act (the Act), to issue licences for such terms not exceeding seven years and subject to such conditions related to the circumstances of the licensee as the Commission deems appropriate for the implementation of the broadcasting policy set out in subsection 3(1) of the Act, as well as to amend those conditions on application of the licensee.
  2. Consistent with this authority, the Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to change the authorized contours of CBHF-FM Northeast Margaree, Nova Scotia, a rebroadcasting transmitter of the English-language radio programming undertaking CBI Sydney, Nova Scotia (Radio One). Specifically, the licensee proposed to increase the effective radiated power from 50 to 110 watts, thus changing the class from low power to A1, and decrease the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from -10.7 to -120.9 metres. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged.
  3. The Commission did not receive any interventions in regard to this application.
  4. When requesting technical changes, licensees are generally required to demonstrate a technical or economic need. The licensee stated that the requested changes are necessary pursuant to the relocation of the antenna for CBAF-FM-12 Margaree, a transmitter for the French-language radio programming undertaking CBAF-FM-5 Halifax, as approved in CBAF-FM-5 Halifax and its transmitter CBAF-FM-12 Margaree – Technical changes, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2022-12, 25 January 2022. The proposed changes would also allow the licensee to increase CBHF-FM’s coverage and better serve the population of Northeast Margaree and surroundings. The Commission is satisfied that the licensee has demonstrated a technical need for the requested technical changes.
  5. Pursuant to subsection 22(1) of the Act, this authority will be effective only when the Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
  6. The licensee must implement the technical changes by no later than 26 April 2024. To request an extension, the licensee must submit a written request to the Commission at least 60 days before that date, using the form available on the Commission’s website.
  7. As set out in section 16 of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations), licensees have obligations relating to the broadcast of emergency alert messages received from the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System. In regard to the changes to CBHF-FM’s authorized contours resulting from the implementation of the technical changes approved in this decision, the Commission reminds the licensee that continued compliance with section 16 of the Regulations may require that any alert broadcast decoders (e.g., ENDEC) used for the purposes of broadcasting emergency alert messages on CBI, or on any rebroadcasting transmitters that may appear on the broadcasting licence for that station, be reprogrammed to properly account for the new authorized contours.

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to the licence.

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