Thursday, July 16, 2009

Yukon AM station maybe *not* dead?

A few weeks ago, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced the CBC's CFWH-570 Whitehorse had applied to move to FM. The Yukon government did not plan to renew the CBC's lease on the land housing the CFWH transmitter.

The CBC said moving the AM transmitter to a new site would cost $700,000 -- it would be far less expensive to put a new FM transmitter at the existing site on Grey Mountain. (a FM transmitter for CBC Radio Two already exists at this site, as do English- and French-language CBC TV transmitters)

However, listeners in outlying areas objected, fearing loss of CBC Radio service due to the potential reduced coverage of the FM transmitter.

Now, in a last-minute deal, the Yukon government has agreed to extend the CBC's lease for three years. MLA Brad Cathers told Whitehorse Mayor Bev Buckway the transmitter would not interfere with planned development in the area.

All that said, the CBC isn't so sure they want to take the government up on their offer. Regional Director John Agnew wants to know what happens in three years -- will they have to go through the whole procedure again? There is still a fair chance the CBC will go ahead with the FM move here.

Two articles on the on-again, (maybe) off-again move of CFWH-570 to FM.

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