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Ottawa, 7 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-316
Vidéotron ltée
Pohénégamook, Quebec - 952170900
Licence renewal
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-13 dated 19 January 1996, the Commission renews the licence held by Vidéotron ltée, for the cable distribution undertaking serving Pohénégamook, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2003.
The operation of this undertaking is regulated pursuant to Parts I, III and IV of the Cable Television Regulations, 1986 (the regulations) and the licence will be subject to the conditions in effect under the current licence, as well as to those conditions specified in the licence to be issued.
In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled "Implementation of an Employment Equity Policy", the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. In this regard, the Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
The Commission acknowledges the interventions submitted by Télé Inter-Rives limitée, licensee of CIMT-TV (TVA) and CKRT-TV (CBC) Rivière-du-Loup, which requested that the licensee distribute priority services CIMT-TV and CKRT-TV as part of the basic service of the undertaking, rather than CFTM-TV (TVA) Montréal, CFCM-TV (TVA) Québec, CBFT (CBC) Montréal and CBVT (CBC) Québec, received via satellite. In its reply to the intervention, the licensee indicated that it does not distribute CFTM-TV. The licensee added that it has been distributing the signals of CBVT and CFCM-TV, received over the air, for over 20 years and that it distributes CBFT as the signal is available via satellite.
The Commission notes that the regulations provide for the distribution of distant Canadian signals received over the air by Part III undertakings such as the Pohénégamook undertaking. However, with respect to the distribution of CBFT received via satellite, the Commission notes that the licensee has not demonstrated that it has entered into the necessary contractual arrangements with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as required by the regulations. The Commission therefore requires that the licensee withdraw the signal from its distribution list and that it confirm, within three months of the date of this decision, that it has ceased distribution of this service.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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