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Ottawa, 24 December 2012


Jay Thomson, LL.B. LL.M
Vice President
Broadcasting Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)
601 Bank Street, 2nd floor,
Ottawa, Ontario KIS 3T4

Dear Mr. Thomson,

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-379 (“BNC 2011-379”) Licence renewals for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s French- and English-language services - Procedural Complaint re CBC’s Final Submission

This is in response to the procedural request dated 20 December 2012, regarding the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) final reply dated 18 December 2012. The Commission also received a letter from the CBC dated 21 December 2012 in relation to the CMPA’s procedural request.

The CMPA states that the CBC, by including in its final reply a legal opinion from Professor Pierre Trudel on the subject of the Commission’s jurisdiction over terms of trade agreements (the legal opinion), acted outside and contrary to the process established for this proceeding and prejudiced interested parties. The CMPA demands as a result to either declare the legal opinion as out of process, or to give interested parties the opportunity to comment.

The Panel for the licence renewals of the CBC’s French- and English-language services approves in part the procedural request requesting the opportunity for the CMPA to comment on the legal opinion. CMPA must file its observations on the legal opinion exclusively at the latest on 11 January 2013. The CBC may thereafter reply to the observations at the latest on 18 January 2013.

(original signed by)
John Traversy,
Secretary General

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