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Ottawa, 30 September 1999
Decision CRTC 99-449
Diffusion Métromédia CMR inc.
Longueuil, Quebec - 199907557
16 August 1999 Public Hearing
National Capital Region
Acquisition of the assets of CIEL-FM and its network
1.  The Commission approves the application for authority to acquire the assets of the radio programming undertaking CIEL-FM Longueuil as well as its radio network from Radio MF C.I.E.L. (1981) inc., and for broadcasting licences to continue the operation of these undertakings.
2.  The Commission will issue licences to Diffusion Métromédia CMR inc. (Métromédia), expiring 31 December 1999 in the case of CIEL-FM and 31 August 2006 in the case of the network, upon surrender of the current licences. The licences will be subject to the conditions specified in the licences to be issued.
3.  In approving this application, the Commission has taken into account the fact that Radio MF C.I.E.L. (1981) inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Métromédia. and that the transaction thus represents an intracorporate reorganization without any change occurring in the control, programming or management of the licensee.
4.  As part of a corporate reorganization, Métromédia will amalgamate with its subsidiary, Diffusion Laurentides inc., licensee of radio station CIME-FM Saint-Jérôme to continue the operation of this undertaking under the name of Diffusion Métromédia CMR inc.
5.  When it approved the transfer of control of Radio MF C.I.E.L. (1981) inc. to Métromédia (letter of Authority A99-0043 dated 3 May 1999), the licensee offered tangible benefits representing 6% of the value of the transaction in accordance with the benefits requirement outllined in Commercial Radio Policy 1998 (Public Notice 1998-41). The Commission expects Métromédia to fulfil this commitment.
6.  The benefits offered represent the required minimum direct financial contribution to Canadian talent development. The Commission expects this contribution of $237,000 to be allocated as follows:
·  3% to be allocated to a new Canadian music marketing and promotion fund;
·  2% to be allocated to FACTOR or MusicAction; and
·  1% to be allocated to either of the above initiatives, to other Canadian talent development initiatives, or to other eligible third parties directly involved in the development of Canadian musical and other artistic talent, in accordance with Public Notice CRTC 1995-196, as may be amended from time to time.
7.  The Commission notes that this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act that came into effect on 24 October 1996 (1996 EEA), and therefore files reports concerning employment equity with Human Resources Development Canada. As a result of a consequential amendment to the Broadcasting Act, the Commission no longer has the authority to apply its employment equity policy to any undertaking that is subject to the 1996 EEA.
8.  The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted by the Association du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ) with regard to this application and the licensee's reply thereto.
Related CRTC document
·  Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
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