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Ottawa, 16 April 2015


Ms. Dany Meloul
Deputy Chief, Legal Department
Bell Média (Québec)
1717 Blv. René-Lévesque East
Montréal, Quebec H2L 4T9

Procedural Letter: Part I application 2015-0051-2 – Application by Bell Média (Québec) relating to a proposal to redirect tangible benefits associated with the television sector in the French-language market (Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2013-310 and 2014-62)

Dear Ms. Meloul,

This letter is in response to the above-referenced application by Bell Média (Québec) relating to a proposal for tangible benefits associated with the television sector in the French-language market pursuant to determinations made by the Commissions in Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2013-310 and 2014-62.

Commission staff notes that Bell Média (Québec) (Bell) proposed to redirect $2 million in tangible benefits that are currently allocated to a project called Théâtre Le Diamant associated with the television sector in the French-language market pursuant to Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2013-310 and 2014-62to six new recipients. The project Théâtre Le Diamant was approved as a social benefit for the television sector. Bell noted in its application, submitted on 16 January 2015, that the financial commitment made by the Government of Québec in 2013 might not be secured and as a result, Bell was compelled to request the Commission’s authorisation to redirect this funding to other social tangible benefits initiatives.

Commission staff notes that, on 11 April 2015, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec announced that it will allocate the $30 million in funding to the project Théâtre Le Diamant, which eliminates the uncertainty around the launch of this project. Given this announcement, please confirm Bell’s intention with respect to its application to reallocate the $2 million devoted to the project Théâtre Le Diamant.

Please provide your response by no later than 20 April 2015 by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey) and send me a copy of your response at the following e-mail:

Please note that the present letter and Bell’s response becomes part of this application’s public file and as a result will be made available for public examination.

Should you need further information concerning this procedural letter, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail at the address above, by telephone at 819-953-4405 or by fax at: 819-994-0218.

Best regards,

Original signed by

Caroline Poirier
Senior Analyst
English and Third-language Television

Cc Du-Yi Leu, Bell Media Inc.

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