The CRTC has received an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a new commercial radio station to serve Georgina, Ontario. The Commission is seeking comments on market capacity and the appropriateness of issuing a call for radio applications to serve Georgina. The Commission encourages interested persons, as well as the applicant, to submit additional information, which it will take into consideration before making a final determination on whether it should proceed with a call for applications.
The deadline for filing interventions is 10 August 2023. Only parties that file interventions may file a reply to matters raised during the intervention phase. The deadline to file replies is 22 August 2023.
The Commission expects persons interested in serving the Georgina radio market to express their interest during the intervention period. If little or no interest to serve that radio market is expressed, the Commission may publish the application for consideration during the non-appearing phase of a public hearing rather than issue a call for applications.
The Commission set out its procedure for issuing calls for applications for broadcasting licences to operate radio stations. According to that procedure, applications for new radio stations in markets of all sizes will generally result in a call for applications with the following exceptions:
- proposals with very little or no commercial potential or impact, including some low-power applications;
- proposals to provide the first commercial service in a market;
- proposals by the sole commercial operator in a market to improve service to the market, either through an AM to FM conversion or a new station;
- proposals to provide the first commercial service in the other official language in a market or to convert the only station in the other official language from AM to FM; and
- proposals to convert stations from AM to FM in markets with two or fewer commercial operators.
- The Commission will also take into account the availability or scarcity of spectrum when considering applications that propose to use one of the last known frequencies in a market. Such applications will not be eligible to be considered under one of the exceptions to the issuance of a call.\
- Upon receipt of an application that does not fall within one of the exceptions to the issuance of a call, the Commission will publish a notice of consultation to seek comments on market capacity and the appropriateness of issuing a call. The Commission will also publish the following information in the notice of consultation: the applicant’s name, the type of service proposed (commercial mainstream or specialty, community, campus, etc.), the technical parameters proposed (frequency, band, broadcast power) and a sampling of the main communities included in the primary contour of the proposed station’s coverage.
- The Commission announces that it has received the following application for a broadcasting licence to operate a new commercial radio station to serve Georgina, Ontario:
||Type of service
||Main communities included in the primary contour
|My Broadcasting Corporation
||Commercial radio station
||93.7 MHz FM with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 1,607 watts (maximum ERP of 3,000 watts)
Given the scarcity of spectrum available to serve Georgina, this application was not considered under the exceptions to the issuance of a call for applications.
In light of the above, the Commission calls for comments on the capacity of Georgina to support a new station and on whether it should issue a call for applications for new radio stations to serve this community. The Commission encourages interested persons, as well as the applicant, to submit additional information that it will take into consideration before making a final determination on whether to proceed with a call for applications
Following receipt of comments, the Commission will conduct an assessment of the capacity of Georgina to support a new station, taking into account economic and financial data as well as the comments received in the public consultation.
As indicated in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2014-554, the Commission will weigh factors such as market capacity, spectrum availability or scarcity and interest by other parties in serving the market when deciding whether to:
- publish the application for consideration during the non-appearing phase of a public hearing;
- issue a call for applications; or
- make a determination that the market cannot sustain additional stations, return the application and issue a decision setting out this determination.