CBAF-FM-15, Ici Radio-Canada Première , Charlottetown

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

CBAF-FMn/a99.194,000Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


CBAF-FM-29 signed on the air in Charlottetown as a rebroadcaster of CBAF Moncton. 


On September 1, CBAF 1300 Moncton was shut down as it had moved earlier to the FM band. The Charlottetown call sign was changed from CBAF-FM-29 to CBAF-FM-15. 


CBAF-FM-15 began to offer some separate programming from CBAF Moncton. When the CBAF licences were renewed on June 29, the CRTC noted that 12 hours per week of programming was produced exclusively for CBAF-FM-15 Charlottetown. Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1993-38, local programming was defined, in part, as including “programming that originates with the station or is produced separately and exclusively for the station”. Based on this definition, and in accordance with the Broadcasting Act, the Commission renewed, as a distinct separate licence, that issued to the CBC for CBAF-FM-15 Charlottetown. The licence would expire August 31, 2001. 


CBAF-FM-15 began producing its own morning show on September 1. All other programming originated with CBAF-FM-5 in Halifax. 


The Radio-Canada mono network was renamed “Première Chaîne” on September 1. 


On August 31, the licence of CBAF-FM-15 was renewed to August 31, 2007. The CRTC noted that the station broadcast approximately 15 hours of local programming each week from Charlottetown. 


On November 21, the CRTC approved the CBC’s application to amend the licence of CBAF-FM-15 Charlottetown in order to operate a transmitter at St. Edward to rebroadcast the programming of its national French-language network service La Première Chaîne. The new transmitter would operate at 97.5 MHz (channel 248B1)1 with an average effective radiated power of 1,880 watts. On the same date a new transmitter was also approved for Urbainville, operating on 106.9 MHz (channel 295A1) with an effective radiated power of 173 watts. 


On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBAF-FM-15 (and its transmitters) to August 31, 2011.


On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBAF-FM-15 and its transmitters to March 1, 2013. 


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBAF-FM-15 and its transmitters to August 31, 2013. 

For the record, CBAF-FM broadcasts on 88.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 33,500 watts (94,200 watts maximum – directional). 

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBAF-FM-15 Charlottetown and its transmitters CBAF-FM-19 Urbainville and CBAF-FM-20 St. Edward / St. Louis, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018.


In June, the CRTC approved a decrease in ERP for CBAF-FM-15 from 33,500 to 30,200 watts (94,200 to 88,000 watts Max.) and the lowering of antenna height.


In November, the CBC received approval from the CRTC to decrease CBAF-FM-15’s ERP from 33,500 to 30,300 watts (94,200 to 88,000 watts Max.).

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