CBCX-FM, ICI Musique, Calgary
Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
On May 7, the CBC was authorized to open a new FM station at Calgary with a rebroadcast transmitter at Edmonton. The new station would broadcast programming originating from Radio-Canada’s La Chaîne culturelle as well as a minimum of 20 minutes of local programming per week. The Calgary transmitter would operate on a frequency of 89.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts. The transmitter at Edmonton would broadcast on 90.1 MHz with an ERP of 100,000 watts.
On December 12, the CBC was given approval to decrease power for the Calgary transmitter from 100,000 to 10,000 watts. The Department of Industry determined that the use 100,000 watts would create interference and was not acceptable to Nav Canada.
CBCX-FM Calgary began broadcasting on March 17.
On February 20, CBCX-FM-1 Edmonton was authorized to decrease its antenna height from 232.6 to 193 metres.
CBCX-FM-1 Edmonton signed on the air on May 5. Network programming for CBCX-FM and its transmitter is received via satellite.
La chaîne culturelle was renamed Espace musique in September.
On May 12 the CRTC renewed the licence for CBCX-FM. The renewal included rebroadcast transmitter CBCX-FM-1 in Edmonton.
On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBCX-FM (and its transmitter) to August 31, 2011.
On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBCX-FM and its transmitter to March 1, 2013.
On June 22, the CRTC approved the CBC’s request to modify the technical parameters of the transmitter CBCX-FM-1 Edmonton by moving that transmitter to the site currently occupied by CHFA-10-FM, by moving that transmitter’s frequency from 90.1 MHz (channel 211C1) to 101.1 MHz (channel 266A) and by decreasing that transmitter’s ERP from 100,000 to 3,931 watts (non-directional antenna with an EHAAT decreasing from 193 to 123.7 metres). The Commission also approved the CBC’s request to modify the technical parameters of the transmitter CHFA-10-FM Edmonton by moving that transmitter to the site currently occupied by CBCX-FM-1, by moving that transmitter’s frequency from 101.1 MHz (channel 266A) to 90.1 MHz (channel 211C1) and by increasing that transmitter’s ERP from 3,931 to 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an EHAAT increasing from 123.7 to 193 metres).
CBCX-1 moved from 90.1 MHz to 101.1 MHz. CHFA 680 took over the old 90.1 frequency. The 101.1 frequency had been used by CHFA-10, the former nested repeater for CHFA 680.
On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBCX-FM Calgary and its transmitter to August 31, 2013.
On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBCX-FM Calgary and its transmitter CBCX-FM-1 Edmonton, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018. The Commission considered that it was appropriate to impose conditions of licence on Espace Musique that: permit the broadcast of a maximum of four minutes of national paid advertising, as currently defined by the Commission, in any clock hour; and limit the number of times that programming can be interrupted for advertising to no more than twice per clock hour. The broadcast of advertising by Espace Musique was for a three-year trial period from September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2016.
On December 5, the CRTC gave approval to the CBC to introduce advertising on the Radio 2 and Espace Musique networks. Advertising would be limited to four minutes every hour. The CBC would need to seek permission to continue airing commercials on the two networks after three years.
On August 31, the CRTC denied the CBC’s application to continue commercial advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique beyond the initial three-year licence amendment. The CRTC found that CBC had failed to maintain satisfactory investment in radio and failed to meet ad revenue projections.
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