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Application 2008-0330-6, received 29 February 2008
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
7 July 2008
ACCESS - The Education Station, BookTelevision and CourtTV Canada - Acquisition of assets (Corporate reorganization)
The Commission approves the application by CTV Limited (CTV) to acquire from its wholly-owned subsidiary Learning and Skills Television of Alberta Limited (Learning & Skills) the assets of the satellite-to-cable programming undertaking known as ACCESS - The Education Station (ACCESS), of the category 1 specialty programming undertaking known as BookTelevision (BookTV), and of the category 2 specialty programming undertaking known as CourtTV Canada (CourtTV) through a corporate reorganization involving the wind-up of Learning & Skills into CTV. CTV also requested new licences to continue the operation of the undertakings under the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licences.
Learning & Skills is the parent corporation of 1708484 Ontario Inc., licensee of the national English-language specialty television programming undertaking known as Canadian Learning Television (CLT). Following completion of the transaction, in addition to becoming the licensee of ACCESS, BookTV and CourtTV, CTV will directly hold all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of 1708484 Ontario Inc.
The Commission notes that the above transactions will not affect the effective control of ACCESS, BookTV, CourtTV and CLT, which will continue to be exercised by CTV.
The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
Upon surrender of the current licences issued to Learning & Skills, the Commission will issue new licences to CTV Limited. The licence for the satellite-to-cable undertaking known as ACCESS will expire 31 August 2010, the current licence expiry date, and will be subject to the terms and conditions in effect under the current licence. The licences for the category 1 and 2 specialty programming undertakings known as BookTV and CourtTV respectively will expire 31 August 2009, the expiry date of the current licences, and will be subject to the terms and conditions in effect under the current licences.
The Commission requests that the licensee file executed copies of the special resolution of the sole shareholder, of the resolution of the board of directors and of the Distribution and Wind-up Agreement within 60 days of the date of this decision.
Because this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
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