In Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-108 issued today, the CRTC has approved an application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to operate a transitional digital television station associated with CKVU-TV Vancouver.

In its application, Rogers has proposed to simulcast the programming aired on CKVU-TV on the new digital station. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

CKVU in Vancouver is part of the City-TV network which was purchased by Rogers, along with four other City-TV stations, from CTVglobemedia in 2007. The station has been struggling recently and last month laid off six employees and cancelled several loca productions including Lunch Television and The CityNews List.

The new transmitter will operate on channel 47 with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 4,300 watts (maximum ERP of 8,300 watts with an effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 670 metres). Through the Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP), digital television receivers will display CKVU-TV's virtual channel as 10.1.

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The following is the complete text of the CRTC decision.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-108

Route reference:  2009-632 Additional reference:  2009-632-2
Ottawa, 23 February 2010
Rogers Broadcasting Limited
Vancouver, British Columbia
Application 2009-1139-8, received 14 August 2009
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
14 December 2009
CKVU-TV Vancouver – Licence amendment
The Commission approves in part an application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited for a broadcasting licence to operate a transitional digital television programming undertaking associated with CKVU-TV Vancouver. Pursuant toRevised licensing framework for over-the-air digital television services, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC  2010-69 , 10 February 2010, the Commission amends the broadcasting licence for the television programming undertaking CKVU-TV in order to add a digital transmitter in Vancouver.
The application
1.The Commission received an application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited (Rogers) for a broadcasting licence to operate a transitional digital television (DTV) programming undertaking associated with CKVU-TV Vancouver. Rogers proposed to simulcast the programming aired on CKVU-TV on the new digital station. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
Commission’s analysis and determinations
2.In Revised licensing framework for over-the-air digital television services, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC  2010-69 , 10 February 2010 (Broadcasting Regulatory Policy  2010-69 ), the Commission announced that it would no longer issue separate broadcasting licences for DTV programming undertakings. Instead, the operation of DTV transmitters would be authorized by way of an amendment to the broadcasting licences of existing services, authorizing the simulcast, on a digital transmitter, of the programming broadcast by the associated station.
3.As Rogers intends to simulcast the service’s programming on the digital transmitter, the Commission is satisfied that this application is in conformity with all applicable terms and conditions set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-69 .
4.In light of the above, the Commission approves in part the application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited for a broadcasting licence to operate a transitional digital television programming undertaking. Pursuant to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy  2010-69 , the Commission amends the broadcasting licence for the television programming undertaking CKVU-TV Vancouver in order to add a digital transmitter in Vancouver.
5.The new transmitter will operate on channel 47 with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 4,300 watts (maximum ERP of 8,300 watts with an effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 670 metres).
6.The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of theBroadcasting Act, the licence amendment will not be in effect until the Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate has been issued.
7.The transmitter must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 31 August 2011, unless otherwise authorized by the Commission.
8.
Pursuant to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy  2010-69 , the Commission does not intend to renew authorizations for transitional DTV transmitters beyond 31 August 2011. In granting the authorization for Rogers’ new transitional DTV transmitter, the Commission encourages the licensee to file the appropriate application for its post-transition DTV transmitter as soon as possible.