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Ottawa, 9 April 2015

By email:

RE: Interrogatories relating to local and community programming.


In its three year plan, the Commission indicated its intention to assess the ongoing effectiveness of the community television policy in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Further to the ‘’Let’s Talk TV’’ process, the Commission also published Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-24 in which it stated its intention to expand its examination of the community television policy to include the overall state and funding of locally relevant and locally reflective television programming offered in the broadcasting system.

As part of this examination, the Commission is seeking input from a variety of industry players including commercial television stations, community television undertakings as well as broadcasting distribution undertakings offering community programming.

Accordingly, for each broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) that you operate which offers a community channel, please provide the following information.

For the purpose of the following inquiries:

Access programming is defined as “programming produced by an individual, group or community television corporation residing within the licensed area of a cable distribution undertaking.”
Access producer will be defined as “a producer (individual or group) that participated (in an on-camera role; and/or as a creative member of the production crew) in the creation of access programming.  The access producer originates from the community or communities served by the community station or channel in question and is in no way a television professional and is in no way affiliated with the BDU offering the community channel, any of its affiliated programming services and has not been associated with these undertakings in the past”.

Please note that aggregate data may be placed on the public record of a future proceeding.

For the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 broadcast years and for September to February of the 2014-2015 broadcast year:

  1. Provide a list of criteria used to assess applications submitted by community members to produce access programming for broadcast purposes.
  2. Certain community stations may provide facilities to be used by access such as audio or video recording devices, editing facilities, studios, equipment or other resources.


2012-2013 Broadcast Year

2013-2014  Broadcast Year

September to February of the 2014-2015 Broadcast Year

List of facilities made available to access producers




Estimated number of hours these facilities were used by access producers




Number of distinct access producers that used these facilities




  1. With respect to access programming produced in your facilities, please provide the following:


2012-2013 Broadcast Year

2013-2014 Broadcast Year

September to February of the 2014-2015 Broadcast Year

Number of hours of programming broadcast






  1. With respect to other programming produced (i.e., excluding access programming), provide the following:


2012-2013 Broadcast Year

Broadcast Year

September to February of the 2014-2015 Broadcast Year

Number of hours devoted to broadcast of original programming




Number of hours devoted to broadcast of repeat programming





The following interrogatories apply to licensed BDUs only.

  1. For the 2013-2014 broadcast year, with respect to your linear community channel,  provide tuning (AMA) using data collected from your set-top boxes:


Access programs

Non-access programs

Broadcast day



Evening broadcast period (6pm to midnight)




  1. For the 2013-2014 broadcast year, with respect to your community VOD platform, provide the following information using data collected from your set-top boxes:


Number of views to access programs

Number of views to community programs other than access






































Please provide your response no later than 4 May 2015 by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey). Please provide responses using Excel spreadsheets not PDF. We also ask that you repeat each question in your reply.

Should you need further information concerning this request for information, please do not hesitate to contact Carl Pineau, Policy Analyst, by e-mail at  or by telephone at 819-997-9401.
Best regards,
[Original signed by]
Donna Gill
Senior Manager
Distribution policy and application

List of BDU recipients and respondents to the letter

Through the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) :

The Broadcasting Distribution Regulations (the Regulations)

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