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Ottawa, 2 September 1986
Decision CRTC 86-812
First Choice Canadian Communications Corporation
Toronto, Ontario - 851280800
Following a Public Hearing in Hull, Quebec on 10 June 1986, the Commission approves in part the application by First Choice Canadian Communications Corporation (First Choice) to amend the conditions of its general interest national pay television network licence pertaining to exhibition levels and expenditure requirements for Canadian programming.
The existing conditions of licence pertaining to these matters are amended, ffective 1 September 1986, to read as follows:
Exhibition Levels for Canadian Programming:
l. The licensee shall, in each semester (herein defined as 1 September to the last day of February and 1 March to 31 August) devote not less than
(a) 30% of the total time during prime viewing hours [from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern time] and
(b) 20% of the remainder of the time during which programming is distributed by its undertaking to the distribution of Canadian programming.
2. Not less than 50% of the time required by condition of licence for the distribution of Canadian programs shall be devoted to the distribution of dramatic programming including, but not limited to, dramatic feature films.
3. In the calculation of time devoted to the exhibition of Canadian programming, a 150% time credit shall be awarded for a new Canadian production distributed by the licensee which
(a) is scheduled to commence in prime viewing hours, as defined above, or
(b) in the case of a new Canadian production intended for children, is scheduled to commence at an appropriate childrens' viewing time.
The licensee will receive a new Canadian production programming credit for each showing of such a production within a two-year period from the date of first showing by that licensee.
For the purposes of this credit "new Canadian production" means:
a first-run dramatic or childrens' production which exceeds 75 minutes in duration and in relation to which all financial expenditures made by the licensee were made prior to the commencement of principal photography or taping and in which principal photography or taping was completed after l January 1985, or which exceeds 25 minutes in duration and in relation to which all financial expenditures by the licensee are made prior to the completion of principal photography or taping,
and which qualifies as Canadian content in accordance with the criteria for Canadian program recognition set out in the appendix to Public Notice CRTC 1984-94 dated 15 April 1984.
Expenditure Requirements for Canadian programming:
4. The licensee shall, in each year ending 31 August during the remainder of the term of this licence, expend not less than 20% of the annual gross revenues derived from its operations under this licence on investment in and/or acquisition of Canadian programming.
5. Not less than 50% of the monies required by condition of licence to be expended by the licensee on the investment in and/or acquisition of Canadian programming shall be expended on dramatic programming.
All other conditions of licence remain unaffected.
Fernand Bélisle
Secretary General

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