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Ottawa, 17 November 2010

Notice of applications received

Various locations
Deadline for submission of interventions/comments: 22 December 2010

The Commission has received the following applications:

Submit an intervention/comment or view related documents

Applicant and Locality

1.      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Across Canada
Application 2010-1493-5

2.      Rogers Broadcasting Limited
Toronto, Woodstock and Ottawa, Ontario; Calgary, Lethbridge, Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta; Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vancouver and Courtenay, British Columbia
Application 2010-1079-3

1.     Across Canada
Application 2010-1493-5

Application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the Category 1 specialty service known as bold.

In bold – Licence amendment, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-214, 14 April 2010 (Broadcasting Decision 2010-214), the Commission directed the CBC to submit an alternate programming proposal for bold that would ensure that the majority of the programming is reflective of the living realities of rural Canadians, that the nature of service is sufficiently specific and representative of the programming strategy, and that the service is non-competitive with any existing specialty services.

In response, the licensee proposes to replace the condition of licence relating to its nature of service, which reads as follows:

The licensee shall provide a national English-language Category 1 specialty television service for rural Canadian families, with a focus on adults 25-54. The service will provide information, interaction and entertainment from a rural perspective.

For the purposes of this condition, “rural Canadians” shall be defined as individuals who live outside of the large urban centres, in small communities, and who predominantly make their living from the land and sea and/or through businesses that are directly associated with those that do.

with the following condition of licence:

The licensee shall provide a national English-language Category A specialty television service with a focus on adults 25-54. The service will provide information, interaction and entertainment programming dedicated to reflecting Canada’s various regions, including Canada’s rural and non-urban regions, to national and regional audiences. The mandate of the service will be to reflect in its programming the unique tapestry of Canada’s regions, including programming that reflects the living realities of rural Canadians.

For the purpose of this condition, “rural Canadians” shall mean individuals from the three distinct segments of the rural populations as defined by Statistics Canada, namely, individuals from rural non-metro adjacent areas, rural metro adjacent areas and rural northern areas.

The licensee is of the view that its proposal addresses the issues raised by the Commission in Broadcasting Decision 2010-214, in particular:

In addition, the licensee notes that its programming proposal would allow it to enhance its capacity to address part of its mandate under the Broadcasting Act, which is to “reflect Canada and its regions to national and regional audiences, while serving the special needs of those regions.”

The licensee also notes that under the current nature of service definition, the only way to address the Commission’s concerns set out in Broadcasting Decision 2010-214 is to produce approximately 250 hours per year of new low-cost in-house and independent productions which would render the service financially unviable.

Licensee’s address:

Head Office
P.O. Box 3220, Station C
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Y 1E4
Fax: 613-288-6257

Examination of application:

181 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario

2.     Toronto, Woodstock and Ottawa, Ontario; Calgary, Lethbridge, Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta; Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vancouver and Courtenay, British Columbia
Application 2010-1079-3

Application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited (RBL) for the authority to redirect one of the remaining tangible benefits resulting from CHUM Television’s acquisition of Craig Media Inc., for which RBL became responsible as a result of the transfer of effective control of 1708487 Ontario Inc., 1738700 Ontario Inc. and CHUM Television Vancouver Inc. to Rogers Media Inc., approved by the Commission in Transfer of effective control of 1708487 Ontario Inc., 1738700 Ontario Inc. and CHUM Television Vancouver Inc. to Rogers Media Inc., Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-360, 28 September 2007. This transaction involved CITY-TV’s group of television stations comprised of the following:

The licensee proposes that the remaining tangible benefits originally allocated to the establishment of news bureaus in Lethbridge and Red Deer be redirected to new local programs incremental to the current local programming broadcast on the stations in Calgary and Edmonton. RBL indicated that the remaining benefits could be used to produce, or licence, programs that could feature local events or concerts, local histories, or local community leaders.

The licensee also indicated that none of the tangible benefits monies would be used to cover administration costs and that it is prepared to file annual reports with the Commission detailing its expenditures.

Licensee’s address:

333 Bloor Street East
6th floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1G9
Fax: 416-935-8203

Examination of application:

At the licensee’s address

Public participation

Deadline for interventions

22 December 2010

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 that, before initiating service through electronic mode, they will be able to satisfy the Commission, upon request, that service of the notification was completed.

Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary.

Each paragraph of the submission should be numbered. In addition, 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.

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

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.

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 the Commission’s website with the help of either its 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.

The Commission encourages interested parties to monitor the public examination file and the Commission’s website for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their interventions.

Examination of documents

An electronic version of the applications is available from the Commission’s website by selecting the application number within this notice.

A list of all interventions will also be available on the Commission’s website. An electronic version of all interventions 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 two (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

Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Central Building
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B1
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
Fax: 204-983-6317

2220 – 12th Avenue
Suite 620
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 0M8
Tel.: 306-780-3422

10405 Jasper Avenue
Suite 520
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3N4
Tel.: 780-495-3224

858 Beatty Street
Suite 290
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 1C1
Tel.: 604-666-2111
Fax: 604-666-8322

Secretary General

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