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Addition references: 2011-788, 2011-788-1 and 2011-788-3

Ottawa, 13 April 2012

Notice of hearing

16 April 2012
Gatineau, Quebec

Review of the Local Programming Improvement Fund

Additional information added to the public file

1.      In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-788, the Commission set out the scope of its review of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF) and encouraged parties and interested persons to monitor the record of the proceeding for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their submissions.

2.      In the interest of full disclosure and transparency, the Commission is today adding additional information to the public file[1] concerning the average weekly amount of local news programming, local non-news programming and total local programming for LPIF recipient stations, by ownership group, before and after the implementation of the LPIF. These figures are based on television program log data filed with the Commission as part of stations’ regulatory reporting requirements and include both original and repeat programming.

3.      The Commission took this information from a representative sample of television program logs submitted by television stations in receipt of LPIF monies. Appendix 1, Weeks used in the calculation of weekly local programming averages, provides further information regarding this representative sample. On the basis of this sample, average weekly programming levels were calculated on a consistent basis for the two-year period prior to and the two-year period following the implementation of the LPIF.

4.      The Commission notes that these figures are intended for information purposes and any compliance matters fall outside the scope of this proceeding. The Commission intends to consider these figures in the larger context of the Fund review and of how LPIF-recipient stations have used the Fund.

5.      The Commission is also updating paragraph 23 of Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-788 by releasing data for 2010-2011[2] profit before interest and taxes, in dollars and as a percentage of total revenues, for non-metropolitan and metropolitan markets.

6.      Parties may use this information in preparing for the upcoming public hearing. Parties are also advised that this information could form the subject matter of questions at the public hearing.

Secretary General

Appendix 1 to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-788-2

Weeks used in the calculation of weekly local programming averages

2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11
September 23 29 21 27 20 26 12 18
October 14 20 12 18 18 24 17 23
November 18 24 9 15 8 14 21 27
December 9 15 14 20 6 12 26 1
January 20 26 18 24 24 30 23 29
February 3 9 1 7 31 6 20 26
March 2 8 8 14 7 13 20 26
April 13 19 12 18 11 17 17 23
May 11 17 17 23 16 22 15 21
June 22 28 21 27 20 26 12 18
July 6 12 12 18 4 10 10 16
August 10 16 16 22 8 14 7 13


[1] The weekly local programming averages can be examined by accessing the public file then selecting “Weekly Local Programming Averages” in the right-hand column.

[2] The information referred to is under the heading “Additional information.”

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