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Ottawa, 6 April 1989
Decision CRTC 89-111
Moffat Communications Limited
Brandon, McCreary and Dauphin, Manitoba - 880968300 - 880969100 - 880971700 - 880970900 - 880972500
Following a Public Hearing in Winnipeg on 12 October 1988, the Commission approves the applications for authority to acquire the assets of CKYB-TV Brandon, CKYB-TV-1 McCreary and CKYD-TV Dauphin from Relay Communications Ltd. (Relay), and for broadcasting licences to continue the operation of these undertakings.
The Commission will issue licences to Moffat Communications Limited (Moffat), expiring 31 August 1993, upon surrender of the current licences issued to Relay. The licences will be subject to the conditions specified therein, as well as to those specified in the appendix to Decision CRTC 89-112 issued today which renews the broadcasting licences held by Moffat for CKY-TV Winnipeg and its rebroadcasters.
The Commission notes that Relay is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Moffat, and that the transfer of assets approved herein does not alter or affect ultimate control of the undertakings concerned.
CKYB-TV Brandon and CKYD-TV Dauphin are authorized to receive programs part-time from studios at Winnipeg and part-time from studios at Brandon and Dauphin, respectively. The McCreary undertaking is a rebroadcaster of CKYB-TV. Moffat requested that its CTV-affiliated station at Winnipeg, CKY-TV, be identified as the sole program source for the three undertakings and that the references to studios at Brandon and Dauphin, contained in the existing licences, be deleted. The licensee's request is approved.
The references to part-time studios at Brandon and Dauphin in the original licences were intended to accommodate the insertion of local news programming on CKYB-TV and CKYD-TV separate from that broadcast by CKY-TV. These local inserts were to have been produced by Western Manitoba Broadcasters Limited (Western). Brandon residents, however, receive news and other local programming from Western's CBC-affiliated station CKX-TV Brandon. Western also produces approximately 31/2 hours per week of local Dauphin news, weather and sports programming which, by special arrangement with the CBC, is inserted into the CBWST Dauphin program schedule.
In this respect, the changes in program source for CKYB-TV and CKYD-TV herein approved simply reflect the longstanding situation whereby the Brandon and Dauphin undertakings have operated as full-time rebroadcasters of CKY-TV Winnipeg.
The current applications were the subject of an opposing intervention submitted by Western. Western expressed concern that "transfer of the present licences to Moffat [would] terminate the present Relay agreement" whereby Western is permitted to delete Winnipeg commercials from the CKY-TV signal rebroadcast on CKYB-TV, CKYB-TV-1 and CKYD-TV and insert local Brandon and Dauphin commercials. The intervener also sought assurances that it continue to be permitted by Moffat, on special occasions, to insert programs of local interest and importance for broadcast on the Brandon, McCreary and Dauphin undertakings from Western's Brandon and Dauphin studios.
At the hearing, however, Western withdrew its opposition to the Relay transaction, stating that it was satisfied with Moffat's response that it had "no objection to the continuation of the present arrangement" with Western during the new licence term. The Commission notes that arrangements were also agreed upon by the parties in respect of any programs that might be produced by Western for broadcast on the Brandon, Dauphin and Mccreary undertakings.
The Commission reminds Moffat that it will be held responsible for all program material broadcast on the Brandon, McCreary and Dauphin transmitters.
The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters expressing support for the transfer of assets approved herein.
The Commission notes that, as a consequence of this decision, no further action is required with respect to the applications by Relay (881056600 and 881058200) for the licence renewal of the Brandon, McCreary and Dauphin undertakings. These applications were on the agenda as non-appearing items at the 12 October 1988 Winnipeg Public Hearing.
Fernand Bélisle
Secretary General

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