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Additional reference: 2010-322

Ottawa, 2 August 2010

Cogeco Diffusion inc.
Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, Quebec

Applications 2009-0175-3 and 2009-0176-1, received 15 January 2009

Licence renewals - Correction

1.      In Broadcasting Decision 2010-322, the Commission renewed the broadcasting licences for, among others, the commercial radio programming undertakings CFGE-FM Sherbrooke and its transmitter CFGE-FM-1 Magog, and CJEB-FM Trois-Rivières. In that decision, the Commission noted that these licences would be subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 7 of that decision, which included a condition of licence relating to the diversity of editorial voices.

2.      At the time of the original licensing decisions for CFGE-FM and CJEB-FM in 2003,[1] the licensee, Cogeco Diffusion inc.[2] (Cogeco), indicated that these stations would use the same newsrooms as would its television stations in Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières. The Commission therefore set out a condition of licence for each station to ensure that the news broadcast on them would be distinct from that broadcast on its television stations, in terms of content and journalistic independence.

3.      In Broadcasting Decision 2008-129,  the Commission approved an application by TQS inc. [3] (TQS) to change the effective control of TQS through the transfer of all the issued and outstanding shares of 3947424 Canada Inc., the parent corporation of TQS, held by Cogeco Radio-Television inc. (60%) and CTV Television Inc. (40%), to Remstar Diffusion inc., a corporation owned and controlled by Julien and Maxime Rémillard. As a result of that decision, Cogeco’s interests in the Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières television stations became null. Consequently, the conditions of licence relating to the diversity of editorial voices for Cogeco’s Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières radio stations are no longer applicable.

4.      Accordingly, the Commission hereby deletes condition of licence number 3 set out in Appendix 7 to Broadcasting Decision 2010-322.

Secretary General

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*This decision is to be appended to each licence.


[1] See Broadcasting Decisions 2003-197 and 2003-201.

[2] As set out in Broadcasting Decision 2004-568, Cogeco Diffusion inc. acquired the assets of CFGE-FM and its transmitter CFGE-FM-1, and of CJEB-FM, from Cogeco Radio-Télévision inc. as part of a corporate restructuring in 2004.

[3] TQS inc. changed its name to V Interactions inc. on 24 August 2009.

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