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Ottawa, 18 September 2015

By email:

RE: Interrogatories relating to the revenues and costs associated with local and community programming.


As a part of the Commission’s Let’s Talk TV process, (broadcaster) was asked to provide information on revenue and expenses related to local programming for certain broadcast years including the 2012-2013 broadcast year.  As a part of the current review of Local and Community programming, the Commission again asked for this data, this time for the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and partial 2014-2015 broadcast years.

 Our records show that (broadcaster) reported (significantly) different data for the 2012-2013 broadcast year for each process. As required, please resubmit the data for the 2012-2013 in the tables provided in Appendix A to this letter.

In light of your response above, please confirm the correct amounts per station and provide an explanation for the variations, as well as a detailed listing of all supporting assumptions and calculations.

Your response will be placed on the public record of Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-421. As such, please provide confidential and abridged versions as required for the purpose of publication on the Commission’s website as a part of the current Local review. Please note that aggregate data may also be placed on the public record of the above noted proceeding.

For the purpose of the appended inquiries, local programming is defined as programming produced by local stations with local personnel or programming produced by locally-based independent producers that reflects the particular needs and interests of the market’s residents.Footnote 1

Please provide your response no later than 2 Oct 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]
Sheehan Carter
Senior Manager
English and third-language television

Appendix A

For each of the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 broadcast years and for September to February of the 2014-2015 broadcast year, provide the costs and revenues associated with the production of local programming, broken down between “local news” and “other types of local programming”.

Table 1 - Financial data table: Revenues and expenses
Name of licensee :
Call sign and location of the undertaking:
Broadcast Year
Broadcast Year
September to February
of the 2014-2015
Broadcast Year
Local news Total revenues generated from local news programming
Advertising revenus
Other revenues
Total costs related to the production of local news (see table 2 below)
Total number of employees(average full time equivalents) allocated to the production of local news
Total salaries of employees (included in the total programming and production costs above)
Total number of hours of local news broadcast
Non-news local  programming Total revenues generated from non-news local programming broadcast
Total production costs (see table 2 below)
Total number of employees (average full time equivalents) allocated to the production of non-news local programming
Total salaries of employees
Total number of hours of non-news local programming broadcast in the broadcast year (or year-to-date as applicable)

Table 2 - List of expense items included in total production costs



Footnote 1

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-406

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