Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2022-310

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Reference: Part 1 application posted on 6 September 2022

Ottawa, 8 November 2022

Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Public record: 2022-0787-8

CJNU-FM Winnipeg – Technical changes

  1. The Commission has the authority, pursuant to subsection 9(1) of the Broadcasting Act (the Act), to issue licenses 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. Pursuant to this authority, the Commission approves the application by Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative Inc. to relocate the transmitter and change the authorized contours of the English-language radio programming undertaking CJNU-FM Winnipeg, Manitoba, by increasing the effective radiated power (ERP) from 460 watts to 2,000 watts (non-directional antenna), increasing the effective height of the antenna above average terrain (EHAAT) from 111.5 to 112.7 metres and amending the existing coordinates of the transmitter site.
  3. The Commission received an intervention in support of this application.
  4. When requesting technical changes, licensees are generally required to demonstrate a technical or economic need. In regard to this application, the licensee received a number of complaints from listeners within CJNU-FM’s existing primary service contour; the licensee therefore stated that the proposed technical changes are necessary in order to ensure that its FM signal can be adequately and reliably received in its serving area.
  5. The Commission notes that there is a potential interference within the station’s primary contour with CJEL-FM Winkler, Manitoba, and CHNW-FM Winnipeg, Manitoba. The licensee has provided letters from both of these stations stating that they have no issues with this potential interference, provided that immediate action be taken to rectify any interference that may be detected in the future.
  6. The Commission is satisfied that the licensee has demonstrated a technical need for the requested technical changes.
  7. 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.
  8. The licensee must implement the technical changes by no later than 8 November 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.
  9. 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 CJNU-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 this radio station, 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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