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Ottawa, 7 July 2016


Mrs. Monica L. Auer
Executive Director
Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC)

Dear Mrs. Auer,

Re: Request to extend intervention period – Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225

The Commission is in receipt of a letter from FRPC relating to the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups, as outlined in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225 (BNC 2016-225). For the reasons detailed in its letter, FRPC is requesting that the interested parties be given an additional 21 working days to file observations on the licence renewal applications open for comments in the BNC 2016-225.

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure set out that any interested person wishing to intervene in writing in a Commission’s proceeding should be given at least 30 days after the day on which the application is posted on the Commission’s website to do so. In the present case, the Commission has established a period of 45 days. This extended period was already meant to take into account the concurrent proceeding set out in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2016-195, as well as the response period that was granted to the groups to respond to the follow-up questions to the new Policy framework for local and community television (Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2016-224), and allow more time for the interveners to file their comments.

Please note that the Commission received a letter dated 20 June 2016, in which the applicants Bell Media inc, Corus Entertainment Inc, Québecor Média inc. and Groupe V Média inc. (hereafter: “the Applicants”) requested an extension to 8 July 2016 (eleven calendar days), to respond to the Commission’s follow-up questions with regard to the new Policy framework for local and community television.

In order to give the Applicants sufficient time to provide fulsome responses to the Commission’s questions and to permit interested parties to provide comments on the entirety of the record, the Commission has approved their request and has extended, by way of Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2016-225-1, the intervention period to 15 August 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Danielle May-Cuconato
Secretary General

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