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Ottawa, 5 November 2013

By e-mail: DM5 #2001826

Ms. Du-Yi Leu
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Bell Media Inc.
299 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2Z5

Re: Application 2013-1397-3 – Request by Bell Media Inc. for deferral to submit its report on CTV-CHUM tangible benefits for broadcast year 2012-2013 until 28 February 2014

Dear Ms. Leu:

The Commission denies the request by Bell Media Inc. to defer the submission of its report on CTV-CHUM tangible benefits for broadcast year 2012-2013 until 28 February 2014. The Commission notes that the licensee did not provide any material justification for its request for deferral other than indicating that deferral would allow the Commission to make its determination related to its request to be relieved of the audit requirement for the CTV-CHUM tangible benefits. This latter request was published separately on the Commission’s website as a Part I application (application 2013-1357-7) on 18 October 2013 and the deadline to submit comments is 18 November 2013.

With respect to the request for deferral, the Commission also notes that the licensee submitted its requests on 10 October 2013, knowing that it is required to submit its tangible benefits report by 30 November of each year. In the present case, the Commission is of the view that allowing an extension until 28 February 2014 to submit its report for broadcast year 2012-2013 would be inequitable to those other licensees that are required to submit their annual reports by 30 November 2013.

In light of the above, the Commission reminds the licensee of its requirement to submit its report on CTV-CHUM tangible benefits for broadcast year 2012-2013 by 30 November 2013.

The Commission notes that the determination set out in this letter was considered on an administrative basis in order to provide a decision in an expedited manner. The licensee’s request for relief from the requirement to submit an audited report with CTV-CHUM tangible benefits will be examined on its own merit and will constitute a separate determination to be issued at a later date.


Original signed by

John Traversy
Secretary General

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