Broadcasting - Commission Letter addressed to Laith Marouf (ICTV Montreal)

Ottawa, 1 August 2016


Laith Marouf,
ICTV Montreal

Dear Sir,

Re : Complaint filed by the Independent Community Television – Montreal relating to Videotron (2015-1264-0)

This letter is in reference to your complaint filed to the Commission as an application under Part 1 of the Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure. This application relates to apparent non-compliance on the part of MAtv, the community channel operated in various markets in Quebec by Videotron Ltd. and 9227-2590 Québec inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Videotron G.P.

In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-147Footnote 1 , the Commission detailed its approach regarding the Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings (BDU) licence renewals. According to this notice, licence renewal applications are to be filed with the Commission by no later than 31 August 2016. More specifically, in paragraph 7 of the Notice, the Commission indicated that it would consider any other substantive issues with respect to the renewal of the BDU licences (e.g. compliance issues) during the second phase on the process and that interested persons would have an opportunity to comment.

Further, in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-224Footnote 2, the Commission made adjustments to its approach regarding the examination of the compliance of community channels.

In light of the above, this application will be examined in Phase 2 of the BDU licence renewals as indicated in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-147. The interventions, replies, and other documents and materials already filed in the context of these applications will be placed on the record of the BDU licence renewal proceeding. Moreover, interested parties will have the opportunity to file intervention comments, or supplement materials already on file, in Phase 2 of the BDU renewal process.  

Yours truly,

Bernard Montigny for
Scott Hutton
Executive Director, Broadcasting

cc:  Peggy Tabet, Québecor:



Footnote 1

Call for licence renewal applications – Submission of renewal applications for broadcasting licences of terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings that will expire in 2016 and 2017; implementation of certain conditions of licence and review of practices in regard to the small basic service and flexible packaging requirements for all BDU licensees, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-147, 21 April 2016

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Footnote 2

Policy framework for local and community television, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-224, 15 June 2016.

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