CBBX-FM, ICI Musique , Sudbury

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On October 22, the CRTC approved the CBC’s application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM radio station at Sudbury on the frequency 90.9 MHz, channel 215B, with an effective radiated power of 48,000 watts to rebroadcast the programs of the CBC French-language FM Radio Network service, received from CBF-FM Montreal. The licence would expire September 30, 1987. Because of antenna height restrictions, at the request of the Department of Communications the CBC was requested to reduce the effective radiated power originally proposed from 49,200 watts to 48,000 watts. No reduction in coverage was expected as a result of this decrease in power.


Due to financial constraints the CBC had to surrender the licences for non-operating transmitters. The proposed CBC FM transmitter at Sudbury was among these. 


On June 9, the CRTC approved the CBC’s application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM radio programming undertaking at Sudbury. As proposed, the new FM station would operate on the frequency 90.9 MHz, channel 215B, with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts. The licensee would provide Sudbury residents with the programming of CBFX-FM (la Chaîne culturelle) and would broadcast a minimum of 20 minutes per week of local programming, consisting mostly of calendars of cultural events. The licence would expire August 31, 2006. 


CBBX-FM began broadcasting in the spring. 


On June 29, the CRTC approved the application by the CBC to amend the licence for the CBBX-FM Sudbury, in order to operate an FM transmitter at Timmins to rebroadcast the programming of the CBC’s national, French-language network service Espace musique. The new transmitter would operate at 105.7 MHz (channel 289B) with an effective radiated power of 37,800 watts. 


On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBBX-FM to August 31, 2011.


On February 22, the licence of CBBX-FM was administratively renewed to August 31, 2013. 

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBBX-FM Sudbury 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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