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Ottawa, 15 October 2015


Mrs. Bev Kirschenblatt
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
181 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 1K9

Subject: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-318
Review of the regulatory framework for French-language vocal music (FVM) applicable to the French-language commercial radio sector

The Commission asks you to appear at the Hearing concerning the Notice of Consultation mentioned above which will be held at theHôtel PUR, 395 de la Couronne Street, Québec, Quebec G1K 7X4. The Hearing commences on 16 November 2015 at 9:30 AM and is expected to last one week.

Objectives of the proceeding

The objective of this public proceeding is to revise the current regulatory framework and to put in place necessary measures to ensure that the French-language commercial radio sector can effectively support French-language Canadian artists to, in turn, enrich the broadcasting system

In the context of its review of the contribution of commercial radio stations to French-language vocal music, the Commission must take into account the larger contribution of elements in the Canadian broadcasting system to French-language Canadian creators and artists. To do so, we consider that your presence would bring a unique contribution to the hearing and would be a valuable asset to promote the exchange of ideas.

As the national public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) must be a Pan-Canadian service which reflects and meets the needs of all Canadians in both official languages, regardless of their place of residence. It must contribute to Canada’s cultural heritage in a notable manner by ensuring the promotion and creation of a variety of programs, which reflect and celebrate Canada and Canadians.

The CBC’s radio networks have an important role in sharing a national identity and conscience. As much in form as in content, its programming represents an alternative to that of commercial radio stations. In this regard, these networks broaden radio programming diversity available to Canadian audiences.

The Commission wishes to discuss issues such as the reach and contribution of the aggregate of CBC’s services (radio, online and television) to the promotion and discovery of French-language vocal music.

Please note that Phase I of the Hearing will be held from 16 to 18 November. The Commission has scheduled you to appear on 18 November 2015. Please confirm your presence by email to  by no later than Tuesday, 20 October 2015. You will find information regarding your presentation as well as the details relating to your appearance in annex to this letter.

For any additional information relating to the hearing, please contact Lynda Roy, Hearing Secretary, at 819-953-4009.

The Secretary General,

John Traversy

Annex 1 – Additional information relating to the hearing

  1. Information regarding your presentation

A maximum of ten (10) minutes is granted for your presentation; questions from panel members may follow.

We must be advised in advance of any audio-visual presentation (the duration of which must be included in your allocated presentation time) as you will be required to make arrangements to rent technical equipment if necessary. To facilitate the interpretation of these audio-visual presentations, the Commission requests that you provide a transcript (2 copies) for the interpreters at the hearing. Please note that this transcript will not be added to the public record, it is solely for the use of the interpreters.

At the Hearing, we ask that you provide forty (40) copies of:

The Commission would appreciate if you could bring an electronic version of your presentation to be given to the Hearing secretary, the examination room or the Court Reporter prior to your presentation.

  1. Order and Estimated Date of Appearance

The order of appearance of the participants at the Hearing are will be available on the Commission’s website at the following address by no later than 23 October 2015: will be updated, if necessary, prior to the Hearing.

Participants are responsible for monitoring the progress of the Hearing so that they will be aware of any Commission directives and ready to make their presentation on the day scheduled or, if necessary, the day before or after their scheduled date of appearance depending on the progress of the Hearing. Please note that an audio link will be available throughout the Hearing on the Commission's website at

  1. Notification of attendance and related information

Once you have received this letter, we ask that you provide the following information by email to by no later than 4PM on 27 October:

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