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Ottawa, 8 June 2005

SENT BY FAX: (416) 332-4580

Mr. Paul Sparkes
Senior Vice-President
Corporate and Public Affairs
Bell Globemedia
9 Channel Nine Court
Scarborough, Ontario
M1S 4B5

Re: Annual BCE-CTV Benefits Report Pursuant to Decision CRTC 2000-747 (Case Number 220693)

Dear Mr. Sparkes:

This is to advise that the Commission accepts CTV Inc.'s Year 4 BCE-CTV Benefits Report for the 2003/2004 Broadcast Year, filed 16 December 2004 pursuant to Transfer of effective control of CTV Inc. to BCE Inc., Decision CRTC 2000-747, 7 December 2000.

The Commission notes that a complaint has been filed by the Writers Guild of Canada that etalk Daily, as well as other entertainment magazine programs that are claimed as priority programming, do not conform to the Commission's definition of Canadian entertainment magazine programs. The Commission is currently investigating this complaint.

In addition, the Commission notes that an average of 75% of the funds allocated to the following three initiatives need to be expended over the next three years:

  • Heroes, Champions & Villains
  • Documentaries
  • Drama Development

The Commission, while recognizing the normal development cycle of certain television programs, expects to see higher levels of benefit spending for these three initiatives over the next three years in order for the tangible benefits to be expended by the end of the licence term.

The report will be placed on the Commission website and CTV's public examination file.


Diane Rhéaume
Secretary General

Date Modified: 2005-06-08

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