OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it has approved the
application by Radio de la communauté francophone d'Ottawa (RCFO). The station
plans to offer 126 hours of programming each week, most of which will be
produced by Franco-Ontarian volunteers, including 94 hours of local
"The Commission is convinced that RCFO will meet the specific needs of
the Franco-Ontarian community by offering it a range of local programming,"
said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC.
RCFO will have to submit to the Commission an amendment to its
application for the use of a frequency other than the one it had initially
applied for, 101.7 MHz. At public hearings held earlier this year, the use of
another frequency, 94.5 MHz, was proposed by certain applicants and
intervenors. Testing proved that this frequency could indeed be used under
certain conditions. RCFO indicated an interest in using this frequency.
The CRTC also confirmed, with some changes, its approval of the
applications by Astral Media Radio Inc. (Astral) and Torres Media Ottawa Inc.
(Torres), to which are allocated the 99.7 MHz and 101.9 MHz frequencies,
respectively. On August 26, 2008, the Commission approved the applications
submitted by Astral and Torres because it believed that they best met the
needs of the Ottawa-Gatineau radio market. On November 20, 2008, the
governor-in-council referred this decision back to the Commission for
reconsideration and a new hearing.
Astral and Torres have agreed to help with the support and development of
RCFO, since the operating costs related to the use of the 94.5 MHz frequency
would be higher than these anticipated in its initial proposal.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-481
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-66,
Notice of Public Hearing 2007-13
Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-1
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-222
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-2
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