ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Procedural Letter addressed to Sylvie Courtemanche (Corus Entertainment Inc.), Jay Thompson (CMPA) and Marie Collin (AQPM)

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Ottawa, 9 June 2015

By E-mail

Dear:  Mme. Collin
Ms. Courtemanche
Mr. Thomson

Re: 2015-0336-8  Application to amend the conditions of licence of Corus Entertainment Inc.’s television programming undertaking Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) pursuant to policy changes announced in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-86 (BRP 2015-86) “Let’s Talk TV (LTTV)”

On 13 April 2015 Corus Entertainment Inc. (Corus), the licensee of OWN Inc (OWN) filed an  application to amend certain conditions of its licence following changes to the genre exclusivity policy as set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2015-86 (BRP 2015-86). Corus also included as part of this application, a request to amend its condition of licence regarding the necessity to have a terms of trade agreement with the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA).

The CMPA sought leave to appeal, to the Federal Court of Appeal, the portion of BRP 2015-86 in which the Commission decided that the adherence to a Terms of Trade Agreement is no longer required as a condition of a broadcasters’ licence.

On 27 April 2015 the CMPA submitted a procedural request asking that the CRTC decline to consider Corus’s application to amend condition 14 of OWN’s licence or to defer consideration of this aspect of the Application until final disposition of the CMPA’s appeal.

On 29 May 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal issued an order denying the CMPA’s application for leave to appeal the Commission’s decision. In light of the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling, the CMPA withdrew its 27 April 2015 request that the Commission stay or defer consideration of the Corus application to amend OWN’s terms of trade condition of licence.

On 3 June 2015, the CMPA submitted a second procedural request, asking that the Commission re-open its process to consider the present application and to set a deadline for the reception of additional comments from the CMPA.

On 4 June 2015, l’Association québecoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) submitted a similar request that the Commission re-open its process in order to permit the AQPM to respond to Corus’ reply to interventions dated 2 June 2015.

In order to complete the public file with respect to the requests by AQPM and the CMPA request, Corus may serve upon the AQPM and the CMPA and file with the Commission, by no later than 15 June 2015 a reply to the  procedural letters.  The AQPM and the CMPA may serve upon Corus and file with the Commission their reply comments, if applicable, by no later than 17 June 2015.

The Commission will consider the entirety of the record, including the application as it is presently filed, in due course.

Should you need further information concerning this procedural letter, please do not hesitate to contact Tracy Speigel at 819-997-5984 or


Original signed by Michael Craig for
Sheehan Carter
Senior Manager
English and third-language television

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