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Additional reference: 2009-231-1

Ottawa, 27 April 2009

  Notice of applications received
  Across Canada
Deadline for submission of interventions/comments: 1 June 2009
  The Commission has received the following applications:

[Broadcasting interventions/comments form]

  Item Applicant and Locality


Star Choice Television Network Inc.
Across Canada
Application No. 2009-0242-0
1. Across Canada
Application No. 2009-0242-0
  Application by Star Choice Television Network Incorporated (Star Choice) to amend a condition of licence of its direct-to-home (DTH) satellite distribution undertaking.
  The licensee is requesting that its condition of licence 6 be amended to include the words in bold below:

Effective 1 September 2004, the licensee shall distribute a minimum of five (5) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) English-language conventional television stations, owned and operated by the CBC, including at least one from each time zone. Further, the licensee shall not, except as otherwise authorized by the Commission, at any time distribute a number of English-language conventional television stations owned and operated by the CBC that is less than the number of English-language conventional television stations owned or operated by any other individual broadcasting group, including the groups listed in Appendix B to the schedule attached to these conditions, that are distributed by the undertaking.

  The licensee is also seeking the following authorization:

Discontinuing the distribution of CBC Regina by the licensee does not require the licensee to stop distributing a CTV station owned and operated by CTVglobemedia, which would otherwise be required in order to fulfill the general requirement of condition of licence 6.

  This application follows on a complaint by the CBC against Star Choice, dated 12 May 2008, which resulted in the issuance of Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-330 , 27 November 2008. In the proceeding, the CBC had argued that Star Choice appeared to be in breach of its condition of licence 6 after Star Choice's removal of five conventional television stations, including CBC Regina.
  The following documents, some of which were filed in or subsequent to the proceeding leading to Broadcasting Decision 2008-330, will constitute part of the record for this proceeding:
  • Attachment to correspondence dated 12 May 2008
  • Complaints regarding Star Choice channel line-up changes
  • CBC's reply - Complaint against StarChoice filed 12 May 2008
  • CBC complaint against Star Choice dated 28 November 2008
  • Corrected CBC complaint dated 28 November 2008
  • CBC letter explaining corrections dated 9 December 2008
  • Star Choice letter dated 19 December 2008
  • CBC letter dated 5 January 2009
  • Star Choice letter dated 12 January 2009
  • E-mail correspondence between Star Choice and the Commission dated 13 March 2009 and 20 March 2009
  Licensee's address:

440 Laurier Ave W.
Suite 330
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7X6
Attention: Cynthia Rathwell
Fax: 613-234-2997

  Examination of application:

At the licensee's address


Public Participation


Deadline for Interventions/Comments


1 June 2009

  The intervention must be received by the Commission and by the applicant on or before the above-mentioned date. The Commission cannot be held responsible for postal delays and will not notify a party whose intervention is received after the deadline date. The intervention will not be considered by the Commission and will not be part of the public file.
  Interventions will be considered by the Commission and will form part of the public record of the proceeding without further notification to intervening parties, provided the procedure set out below has been followed. Parties will be contacted only if their submissions raise procedural questions.
  Written interventions should be submitted to the Secretary General of the Commission in only one of the following formats:

by using the
[Broadcasting interventions/comments form]




by mail to
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2




by fax at

  A true copy must be sent to the applicant, and proof that this has been done must accompany the intervention sent to the Commission.
  The Commission advises those who file and serve by electronic mode to exercise caution when using e-mail for service of documents or notification, as it may be difficult to establish that service has occurred.
  Parties must ensure, before initiating service through electronic mode, that they will be able to satisfy the Commission, upon request, that service of the notification was completed.
  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.
  Interventions should clearly identify the application referred to and indicate whether parties support or oppose the application, or, if they propose changes to it, include the facts and grounds for their proposal.
  Important notice
  Note that all information that parties provide as part of this public process, except information granted confidentiality, whether sent by postal mail, facsimile, e-mail or through the Commission's website at, becomes part of a publicly accessible file and will be posted on the Commission's website. This information includes personal information, such as full names, e-mail addresses, postal/street addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers, and any other personal information parties provide.
  The personal information that parties provide will be used and may be disclosed for the purpose for which the information was obtained or compiled by the Commission, or for a use consistent with that purpose.
  Documents received electronically or otherwise will be put on the Commission's website in their entirety exactly as received, including any personal information contained therein, in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in PDF format.
  Please note that the information that parties provide to the Commission as part of this public process is entered into an unsearchable database dedicated to this specific public process. This database is accessible only from the web page of this particular public process. As a result, a general search of our website with the help of either our own search engine or a third-party search engine will not provide access to the information that was provided as part of this public process.
  Examination of Documents
  An electronic version of applications is available from the Commission's website by selecting the application number within this notice.
  A list of all interventions/comments will also be available on the Commission's website. 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 website.
  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 Commission offices and documentation centres.
  Location of Commission offices
Toll-free Telephone: 1-877-249-2782
Toll-free TDD: 1-877-909-2782
Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0N2
Tel: 819-997-2429
Fax: 819-994-0218
  Regional offices
  Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road
Suite 1410
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3A 4S5
Tel: 902-426-7997
Fax: 902-426-2721
  205 Viger Avenue West
Suite 504
Montréal, Quebec
H2Z 1G2
Tel: 514-283-6607
  55 St. Clair Avenue East
Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1M2
Tel: 416-952-9096
  Kensington Building
275 Portage Avenue
Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 2B3
Tel: 204-983-6306
TDD: 204-983-8274
Fax: 204-983-6317
  Cornwall Professional Building
2220 – 12th Avenue, Room 260
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 0M8
Tel: 306-780-3422
  10405 Jasper Avenue
Suite 520
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3N4
Tel: 780-495-3224
  530-580 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 3B6
Tel: 604-666-2111
TDD: 604-666-0778
Fax: 604-666-8322
  Secretary General
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