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Ottawa, 16 June 2003

Serge Bellerose
Director General
Specialty Services and National Network
Groupe TVA inc.
1600 boulevard de Maisonneuve East
Montreal, QC H2L 4P2

Telecopier (514) 598-6075

Dear Mr. Bellerose:

This is further to your letter of 29 November 2002 regarding the requirement to file annual reports on tangible benefits pursuant to Decision CRTC 2001-384 dated 5 July 2001, which approved the transfer of effective control of TVA to Quebecor Media inc.

The Commission has reviewed your report and the request for confidentiality for information on the licensing costs of Groupe TVA priority programs.

The Commission noted that a report by the auditors of the firm KPMG confirms that Groupe TVA complied with the reporting criteria required in the aforementioned decision.

Your request for confidentiality has been accepted and the public version of your report will be placed on the Groupe TVA public record.

The Commission notes that the portion of the 2001-2002 expenditures related to tangible benefits represents a small percentage, not proportional to what could be a certain annual balance of on-screen benefits forecast over seven years. The Commission notes the indications in your letter to the effect that this balance should be restored in the second year, and it expects that the annual allocations will be more balanced in proportion to the remaining portion of the benefits to come.

Note that the Commission will examine in detail all reports on tangible benefits when it examines the Groupe TVA application to renew its licence, which expires on 31 August 2008.

Diane Rhéaume
Acting Secretary General

Date Modified: 2003-06-16

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