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News | 03/29/2005 5:00 am EST

CHUM selects UBS for radio transmission infrastructure
CHUM Ltd. announced March 22 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Unique Broadband Systems Inc. (UBS) to be the principal supplier of the broadcaster’s transmitter infrastructure required for its proposed subscription radio service. CHUM, in partnership with Astral Media Inc., has applied for a terrestrial-based subscription radio service called CHUM Subscription Radio (CSRC). The application is still under consideration by the CRTC. "UBS has proven itself as a leading-edge supplier of the type of ultra-wideband transmitter equipment required for a successful rollout of CSRC," said CHUM Ltd. executive VP of radio Paul Ski. "Together with our previously announced memorandum of understanding with RadioScape for receiver design and manufacturing, this places CHUM in a position to react quickly should our application receive a favourable CRTC decision." A decision from the CRTC is expected in the next few months. If licensed, CHUM anticipates a launch of CSRC in mid-2006.

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