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    Ottawa, 5 August 1999

    Decision CRTC 99-194

    Regina Cablevision Co-operative

    Bredenbury; Canora; Churchbridge; Esterhazy; Kamsack; Melville; Norquay; Saltcoats; Springside; Theodore and Yorkton, Saskatchewan - 199812920 - 199812938 - 199812946 - 199812954 - 199812962 - 199812970 - 199812988 - 199812996 - 199813004 - 199813019 - 199813027

    14 June 1999 Public Hearing
    National Capital Region

    Acquisition of assets

    1.  The Commission approves the applications for authority to acquire the assets of the cable distribution undertakings serving the communities noted above from North Eastern Cablevision Ltd. and for broadcasting licences to continue the operation of these undertakings.

    2.  Upon surrender of the current licences, the Commission will issue licences to Regina Cablevision Co-operative, expiring on the current expiry dates: 31 August 2005 for the Norquay and Theodore undertakings and 31 August 2001 for the remaining undertakings.

    3.  The operation of the Class 2 undertaking serving Yorkton will be regulated pursuant to Parts 1 and 2 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations (the regulations). The operation of the Class 3 undertakings serving the remaining communities will be regulated pursuant to Parts 1 and 3 of the regulations.The licences will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision as well as to any other condition that may be specified in the licences to be issued.

    4.  The purchase price relating to this transaction is $13,775,000, subject to adjustments. Based on the evidence filed with the applications, the Commission has no concerns with respect to the availability or the adequacy of the required financing.

    5.  The applicant stated that the proposed transaction will allow it to consolidate and increase its subscriber base in Saskatchewan. It further indicated that the resulting economies of scale will enable it to complete system upgrades, improve customer service and roll out new services more quickly.

    6.  The Commission reminds the purchaser of its longstanding policy that subscribers should not be required to pay higher fees merely because the ownership or control of a cable television system has changed hands.

    7.  The licensee may receive any authorized signals over the air, or from any licensed or exempted Canadian broadcasting distribution undertaking authorized to provide signals to other broadcasting distribution undertakings.

    8.  It is a condition of each licence that, for community programming and any other programming of a service that it originates, the licensee adhere to the guidelines on the depiction of violence in television programming set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Voluntary Code Regarding Violence in Television Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.


    9.  In addition to the services required or authorized to be distributed pursuant to the applicable sections of the regulations, the licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to distribute, at its option, WDIV (NBC), WXYZ-TV (ABC) and WTVS (PBS) Detroit, Michigan, as well as WCCO-TV (CBS) Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the basic service. The Commission notes that the licensee will receive these signals via satellite.

    10.  The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, without advertising material the special programming services consisting of pay television promotional material and institutional films and programs from the University of Regina.

    Employment Equity

    11.  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.

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    Secretary General

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