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Public Notice CRTC 2000-94

Ottawa, 6 July 2000
Implementation of TV policy – New conditions of licence
As part of the process initiated to give effect to its new TV policy, the Commission, in Public Notice CRTC 1999-206, called for comments on conditions of licence that would replace current Canadian programming requirements for television stations controlled by the largest multi-station ownership groups. Today’s notice summarizes and completes this process. The Commission is issuing decisions adding new conditions to the licences of individual stations. The decisions are attached to this public notice.


In Public Notice CRTC 1999-206, the Commission set out the process required to implement, by 1 September 2000, certain changes flowing from the new TV policy (Building on success – A policy framework for Canadian television, Public Notice CRTC 1999-97). It was proposed that the changes would affect only those stations that were part of Canada’s largest multi-station ownership groups: CTV Network Ltd. (CTV), Global Communications Limited (Global), WIC Western International Communications Ltd. (WIC) and TVA Group Inc. (TVA).


In a three-stage process, the Commission invited interested parties to comment on the effectiveness of the wording proposed to implement the new requirement that the television stations owned by the largest multi-station groups broadcast, at a minimum, an average of 8 hours per week of programs from the priority categories during the peak viewing period of 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Commission included wording for the new dramatic programming credit for the stations in these groups that was introduced in the new TV policy. It set out proposed conditions of licence and identified the television stations whose licences would be amended as part of the process. The Commission also noted that, in accordance with section 9(1)(c) of the Broadcasting Act it may amend conditions of licence upon application by a licensee or, when five years have expired since the issuance or renewal of a licence, on its own motion. It invited licensees to submit applications to amend those licences that the Commission could not amend on its own motion.


In stage one, Global, TVA, and CTV submitted interventions. They suggested no change to the wording proposed for the new conditions of licence.


CTV, Global and TVA all identified the individual licences for which they sought amendments and those that the Commission could amend on its own motion.


CTV applied to amend most of its individual station licences. It identified CFTO-TV Toronto and all of its Northern Ontario stations for amendment on the Commission’s own motion.


TVA applied to amend all of its individual station licences as well as its network licence. Global requested amendments to all of its individual station licences.


In stage two, the Commission received interventions from the Canadian Film and Television Production Association, the BC Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture, British Columbia Film, and Concerned Children’s Advertisers. None of these interveners suggested changes to the wording of the proposed conditions of licence.


In stage three, CTV submitted a letter dated 2 May 2000, describing a new affiliation agreement with the licensee of CHAN-TV Vancouver and CHEK-TV Victoria. Under the new agreement, to be in effect until 1 September 2001, CHAN-TV and CHEK-TV would receive from CTV an average of 4 hours per week of priority television programming.


In its letter, CTV requested that the condition of licence setting out the exhibition requirement for its station CIVT-TV Vancouver be amended to require four hours per week of Canadian priority programs for a one-year period, rather than the eight hours that would be required under the new TV policy. CTV argued that, because it will be supplying four hours of priority programming to CHAN-TV and CHEK-TV (under the terms of the agreement outlined above), it will in effect be delivering to the Vancouver market a total of eight hours of Canadian priority programming per week, including the 4 hours broadcast by CIVT-TV. As for CHAN-TV and CHEK-TV, the remaining four hours would be provided by the stations’ licensee, resulting in a total of eight hours per week of priority programming for these stations.


CTV also requested that conditions of licence 1 to 8 inclusive of its network licence setting out the expenditure requirements for Canadian programming, childrens’programming and Canadian specials be deleted, effective 1 September 2000. CTV noted that it will be fulfilling its obligations for the exhibition of priority programming through the requirements imposed on its individual stations by the new conditions of licence.


The Commission considers that CTV’s requests are consistent with the new TV policy. Decisions deleting the CTV network conditions of licence and imposing a four-hour exhibition requirement on CIVT-TV for a one-year period are included in the decisions appended to this public notice.


WIC did not file comments in response to PN 1999-206. However, in Decision CRTC 2000-221 released today the Commission has approved applications whereby control of the WIC television stations passes to Global. These stations are CHAN-TV Vancouver, CHEK-TV Victoria, CICT-TV Calgary, CITV-TV Edmonton, CISA-TV Lethbrige, CKRD-TV Red Deer, CHKM-TV Kamloops, CHKL-TV and CHBC-TV Kelowna and CHCH-TV Hamilton. Decisions amending the licences for these stations are included in the decisions issued with to this public notice (Decisions CRTC 2000-223 to 2000-228).


Issued with this public notice are decisions setting out new conditions of licence for each television station controlled by the largest multi-station ownership groups (Decisions CRTC 2000-229 to 2000-250).
Secretary General
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