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Public Notice CRTC 2001-35

  Ottawa, 7 March 2001
  The Commission has received the following application:


Across Canada
Application No. 2000-2089-2
  Application by STAR CHOICE TELEVISION NETWORK INCORPORATED (STAR CHOICE) to amend the condition of licence no. 9 of Star Choice's Direct-to-Home ("DTH") satellite distribution undertaking licence.
  Presently, Star Choice's condition of licence no. 9 reads as follows:

"The licensee shall, in each year (i.e. the period from 1 September to the following 31 August), contribute to an existing, independently-administered Canadian program production fund an amount equal to or greater than 5% of the annual gross revenues earned by its broadcasting activities.".

  In particular, Star Choice requests that it be permitted to allocate up to 20% of these funds to certain elements of the Canadian broadcasting system, including the Aboriginal People Television Network ("APTN"), other native broadcasters, francophone broadcasters and distance learning enterprises that require external support.
  In its application, Star Choice states that this licence amendment is required to meet the funding requirements of these groups, which can no longer be satisfied by Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. ("Cancom"), given the limited growth opportunities of Cancom's satellite relay distribution undertaking ("SRDU") operations.
  At the current time, Star Choice contributes 80% of its required contributions to production funds to the Canadian Television Fund. The balance of its required contributions are directed to the Shaw Children's Production Initiative, the Harold Greenberg Fund, and the Canadian Independent Film & Video Production Fund.
  In its application, Star Choice states that the current recipients of contribution from its DTH operations would not be prejudiced in any way by this amendment. Further, Star Choice has committed to continue to allocate 80% of its contributions to Canadian programming to the Canadian Television Fund and will continue to make contributions to the other three production funds that it currently supports. Star Choice is confident that its future contributions to the three funds will remain at their current levels and, in all likelihood, will increase as Star Choice's DTH revenues grow.
  Licensee's address:
  Canadian Satellite Communications Inc.
50 Burnhamthorpe Road West
10th Floor
Mississauga, Ontario
L5B 3C2
Fax: (905) 272-3399
  Examination of application:
  At the licensee's address




11 April 2001

  The intervention must be received by the CRTC and by the applicant ON OR BEFORE the above-mentioned date. The Commission cannot be held responsible for postal delays.
  Your intervention will be considered by the Commission, and will form part of the public record of the proceeding without further notification to you, provided the procedure set out below has been followed. You will be contacted only if your submission raises procedural questions.
  Submit your written intervention to the Secretary General of the Commission in ONLY ONE of the following formats:

CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2


Secretary General - (819) 994-0218



  A true copy MUST be sent to the applicant and proof that this has been done must accompany the intervention sent to the Commission.
  Where the intervention is filed by electronic means, the line ***End of document*** should be entered following the last paragraph of the document, as an indication that the document has not been damaged during electronic transmission.
  Please note, that only the documents (applications and interventions) electronically filed will be available on the Commission's web site. You will be able to access these documents by indicating the public notice or the notice of public hearing number.
  Each paragraph of the document should be numbered.
  Your intervention should clearly identify the application and indicate whether you support or oppose the application, or if you propose changes to it, include the facts and grounds for your proposal.
  In the event that the application is brought to the oral phase of the hearing, and if you wish to appear, you must provide reasons why your written comments are not sufficient and why an appearance is necessary.
  In exceptional circumstances, the Commission may allow an intervenor to present its intervention by teleconference. At the time of filing its intervention, the intervenor must clearly indicate why the Commission should grant such a request.
  Documents are available at the local address provided in this notice and at the Commission offices and documentation centres directly involved with these applications or, upon request, within 48 hours, at any other CRTC offices and documentation centres.
  Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room G-5
Hull, Quebec K1A 0N2
Tel: (819) 997-2429 - TDD: 994-0423
FAX: (819) 994-0218
  Bank of Commerce Building
1809 Barrington Street, Suite 1007
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3K8
Tel: (902) 426-7997 - TDD: 426-6997
FAX: (902) 426-2721
  405 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East
2nd Floor, Suite B2300
Montréal, Quebec H2L 4J5
Tel: (514) 283-6607 - TDD: 283-8316
FAX: (514) 283-3689
  55 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1M2
Tel: (416) 952-9096
FAX: (416) 954-6343
  Kensington Building
275 Portage Avenue, Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B3
Tel: (204) 983-6306 - TDD: 983-8274
FAX: (204) 983-6317
  Cornwall Professional Building
2125 - 11th Avenue, Room 103
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X3
Tel: (306) 780-3422
FAX: (306) 780-3319
  10405 Jasper Avenue, Suite 520
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3N4
Tel: (780) 495-3224
FAX: (780) 495-3214
  530-580 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3B6
Tel: (604) 666-2111 - TDD: 666-0778
FAX: (604) 666-8322
  This document is available in alternative format upon request and may also be examined at the following Internet site:
  Secretary General

Date Modified: 2001-03-07

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