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Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2004-6-4


See also:  2004-6, 2004-6-1, 2004-6-2 , 2004-6-3, 2004-6-5 , 2004-6-6 , 2004-6-7

Ottawa, 28 September 2004

  The Commission will hold a public hearing commencing on 1 November 2004 at 9:30 a.m., at  the Conference Centre, Portage IV, 140 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec, to consider the following applications. The interventions/comments deadline is 14 October 2004.
39. Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario
Application Nos. 2004-0974-9 and 2004-1031-6
  Applications by TVA Group Inc. (TVA) and Sun Media Corporation (Sun Media), on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated (Newco), seeking authority to transfer the effective control of Newco. Newco is the proposed licensee of the television programming undertaking CKXT-TV Toronto, its transmitter CKXT-TV-1 Hamilton and its associated transitional digital television service at Toronto, CKXT-DT (collectively, Toronto 1).
  The transaction would be effected through the transfer of all of the shares to be issued of Newco to TVA (75%) and Sun Media (25%).
  TVA and Sun Media also request authority to amend the licence of Toronto 1 to add a condition of licence relating to editorial independence. The proposed condition would follow a similar model as the one imposed on the conventional television stations of CTV Television Inc. and Global Communications Limited (Decisions CRTC 2001-457 and 2001-458 respectively).
  The Commission notes that the proposed transaction follows two pending applications that have been considered at the 7 September 2004 public hearing (Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2004-5):
  Application 2004-0546-6, filed by Craig Media Inc. (Craig) for authority to transfer the assets of Toronto 1 to Newco; and,
  Application 2004-0514-3, filed by CHUM Limited (CHUM), on behalf of Craig for authority to transfer the effective control of Craig to CHUM.
  Both TVA and Sun Media are controlled by Quebecor Media Inc. (QMI), a corporation ultimately controlled by Les Placements Péladeau inc.
  TVA is the largest private broadcaster in the French-language conventional television market in Canada. In addition to its conventional television stations, TVA owns a certain number of specialty services. Furthermore, TVA is involved in production and distribution of audiovisual products, and in magazine publishing.
  Sun Media is the second largest newspaper publishing company in Canada, publishing a number of daily newspapers across Canada. Sun Media also publishes an important number of weekly newspapers and shopping guides in addition to specialty publications.
  TVA and Sun Media propose a tangible benefits package of $4.6 million (10% of the value of the transaction). The benefits are described as follows:
  New Voices Fund ($1 million);
Priority Program Fund ($3 million);
Quebecor Fund ($500,000);
Market Studies ($100,000).
  The Commission hereby seeks public comments on the merit of the applications and on the appropriateness of the benefits package proposed by the applicants.
  The Commission invites the public to regularly examine the public examination file of the above-noted applications in order to become aware of any additional information that could be filed no later than 4 October 2004, in response to clarification questions from the Commission.
  Applicant's address:

300, Viger Avenue East
Montréal, Quebec
J3Y 4G2
Fax: (514) 380-4664
  Examination of applications:

25 Ontario Street
Toronto, Ontario
  CHUM Television
299 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
  Hamilton City Hall
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
  Hamilton Public Library
55 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
  Quebecor Media Inc.
300, Viger Avenue East
Montréal, Quebec
  TVA Group Inc.
1600, de Maisonneuve blvd. East
Montréal, Quebec

[Interventions/comments form]


Public Participation


Deadline for interventions/comments
14 October 2004

  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.
  The intervention must include one of the following statements in either the first or the last paragraph:
  1 - I want to appear at the public hearing.
2 - I do not want to appear at the public hearing.
3 - I will appear at the public hearing if requested by the Commission.
  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:


by using the link to the
interventions/Comments form located below the description of each application within this notice of public hearing




by electronic mail to




by mail at
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2




by fax to the
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.
  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.
  Persons requiring communications support such as assistance listening devices and sign language interpretation are requested to inform the commission at least twenty (20) days before the commencement of the public hearing so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

All information submitted, including your email address, name and any other personal information as provided, will be posted on the Commission's web site. Documents received in electronic format will be posted on the Commission's web site exactly as you send them, and in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in .pdf format.
  Examination of documents
  An electronic version of applications is available from the Commission's web site by selecting the application number within this notice.
  A list of all interventions/comments will also be available on the Commission's web site. An electronic version of all interventions/comments submitted will be accessible from this list. To access the list, select "Lists of interventions/comments" under "Public Proceedings" from the Commission's web site.
  Documents are also available during normal office hours 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 2 working days, at any other CRTC offices and documentation centres.
  Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0N2
Tel: (819) 997-2429 - TDD: 994-0423
FAX: (819) 994-0218



Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Suite 1410
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3A 4S5
Tel: (902) 426-7997 - TDD: 426-6997
FAX: (902) 426-2721
  405 de Maisonneuve Boulevard East
2nd Floor, Suite B2300
Montréal, Quebec H2L 4J5
Tel: (514) 283-6607
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
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