Broadcasting Commission Letter addressed to Mr. George Burger (2251723 Ontario Inc. - o/a VMedia)
Ottawa, 8 April 2016
Mr. George Burger
2251723 Ontario Inc. (o/a VMedia)
1210 - 5255 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6P4
Subject: Shortfalls relating to Canadian programming contributions
Dear Mr. Burger:
As you are aware, the Commission recently conducted an audit of 2251723 Ontario Inc.’s (VMedia) annual returns for the broadcast years 2012-2013 to 2013-2014. During that audit, Commission staff identified an area of apparent non-compliance with the contribution requirements under section 34 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations (the Regulations) due to issues with the absence of payments made towards meeting the Canadian programming requirements. You were notified of this apparent non-compliance by letter dated 29 October 2015 and responded by letters dated 6 November 2015 and 23 November 2015.
This letter is to inform you that following a Commission determination, the Commission finds VMedia in non-compliance with the contribution requirements under section 34 of the Regulations.
The non-compliance stems from the fact that VMedia did not make the required payments towards meeting the Canadian programming requirements under the Regulationsfor the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 broadcast years. The related shortfall is $52,639 for Canadian programming.
The Commission directs VMedia to pay the shortfall as follows:
- The total Canadian programming shortfall ($52,639) must be paid within 90 days of the date of this letter to the Canada Media Fund (CMF).
Proof of payment must be filed with the Commission within 120 days of the date of this letter.
The Commission further reminds VMedia that it was required to make the necessary payments for the 2014-2015 broadcast year ended 31 August 2015, and include the necessary supporting documentation with the 2014-2015 annual return which was due to be filed 30 November 2015. This determination does not address VMedia’s compliance for the 2014-2015 broadcast year.
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