The CRTC approved a joint application Friday from Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd. Partnership and Vancouver Co-operative Radio to swap the broadcasting frequencies of Vancouver radio stations CKPK-FM and CFRO-FM. As part of the deal, the stations will also revise their authorized radiated power. The decision will allow listener-supported co-operative station CFRO-FM to change antenna sites in light of failing broadcast equipment and an expected rent increase next year. The developments threatened the station’s immediate financial viability, the commission said. According to the agreement, Pattison will provide the community station with services and funds totalling approximately $1.4 million over the next five years. Costs include installation and maintenance payments for the new transmitter and the transmitter site. The Pattison-owned CKPK-FM will swap its 100.5 frequency for CFRO-FM’s 102.7, which has a greater maximum broadcast capacity. Pattison will also be permitted to make changes to CKPK-FM’s authorized broadcasting contours, allowing the company to extend the station’s average effective radiated power from 2,800 to 51,000. The commission noted in its decision that, under the arrangement, CFRO-FM can continue serving Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community while allowing for a more efficient use of the 102.7 frequency.