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Ottawa, 11 October 2013

By E-mail:

Mr. Jean LaRose
Chief Executive Officer
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Incorporated

Dear Mr. LaRose:

Subject: Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-383 – APTN Licence renewal

This is in response to your correspondence dated 19 September 2013 regarding Broadcasting Decision 2013-383, in which the Commission renewed APTN’s broadcasting licence. In your letter, you request that the Commission correct and clarify what appears to be an omission in the text of condition of licence 8 of that decision. This condition of licence currently reads as follows:

8. At least 80% of the programming broadcast on the service, other than news (program category 1), current affairs (program categories 2(a) and 3) and sports (program category 6) (see Item 6 of Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990), shall be produced by independent production companies not related to the licensee. An “independent production company” is defined as a Canadian company that is carrying on business in Canada with a Canadian business address, that is owned and controlled by Canadians, whose business is in the production of film, videotape or live programs for distribution, and in which the licensee and any company related to the licensee owns or controls, directly or indirectly in the aggregate, less than 30% of the equity.

First, as correctly indicated in your letter, the Commission`s intent in imposing the above condition of licence was to ensure that at least 80% of all Canadian programming broadcast by APTN is independently produced, it was not to require that 80% of all programming broadcast be produced by a Canadian independent production company. This requirement is also not intended to affect other conditions of licence, such as condition of licence 3, which obligates APTN to devote at least 75% of the broadcast year and evening broadcast period to Canadian programs. The Commission will assess compliance with condition of licence 8 in the manner set out in APTN’s letter and set out above.

Further, the Commission will measure the requirement set out in condition of licence 8 on an annual basis, based on the broadcast year.
Please note that a copy of this letter will be attached to the APTN licence and will be posted to the Commission’s website.


Original signed by

John Traversy


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