ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Mr. Dean Shaikh (Shaw Communications Inc.)

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Ottawa, 11 February 2016

By email

Our file number: 2016-0080-0

Mr. Dean Shaikh
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Shaw Communications Inc.

Re:  Application by Star Choice Television Network Incorporated – request for additional information with regard to the Part 1 process

Dear Sir,

This is regarding a request by Star Choice Television Network Incorporated (Shaw Direct), for a condition of licence to grant it an exception to section 45.1 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations (the Regulations).

In order to continue processing this application in a timely fashion, please submit the following:

    1. We note that the basic services you proposed for Ontario and Quebec contain a greater number of stations than the other provinces.

      Therefore, please comment on the possibility that the Commission could modify your requested condition of licence to require Shaw Direct to offer two separate basic services in each of these provinces. In addition, please provide details on how these  basic services could be established (e.g., one basic service for Northern Ontario and another for Southern Ontario; one basic service for Eastern Quebec and another for Western Quebec).

      Also, please indicate which over-the-air stations would be included as part of each of the four basic services that would be offered under this approach.

    2. In Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-438, the Commission stated that it would impose the Wholesale Code on licensed distribution undertakings by means of a condition of licence. The Commission also indicated that in assessing applications for other licence amendments that it may take into consideration whether the licensee has this condition of licence or had applied for this condition of licence. Therefore, please comment on the possibility of the Commission imposing, as part of this application, the following condition of licence:

      The licensee shall adhere to the Wholesale Code, set out in the appendix to The Wholesale Code, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-438, 24 September 2015, in its dealings with any licensed or exempt broadcasting undertaking.

    A copy of this letter and your answers to the questions above will be added to the record of this proceeding and made available for public examination.

    The information requested herein should be received at the Commission by no later than 17 February 2016.

    We also ask that you repeat each question in your reply.

    The Commission requires that your response and/or other documents be submitted electronically by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey) and filling in the “Broadcasting Cover page” or the “Broadcasting Online Form and Cover Page” located on this web page. Also on this web page you will find information on the submission of applications to the Commission “Submitting applications and other documents to the CRTC using My CRTC Account.” 

    Should you need further information concerning the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Yours truly,

    Original signed by

    Pierre-Louis Prégent
    Television Policy and Applications, Broadcasting
    (819) 639-8102

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