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Ottawa, 11 August 2016


Ms. Susan Wheeler
Vice-President, Regulatory, Media
Rogers Media Inc.

Mr. Kevin Goldstein
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, Content and Distribution
Bell Media Inc.

Ms. Peggy Tabet
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Broadcasting
Quebecor Media Inc.

Re: Disclosure of information designated as confidential concerning Category C mainstream sports services (applications 2016-0020-6, 2016-0017-2, 2016-0012-2, and 2016-0009-9 related to BCN 2016-225)

Dear Madam, Sir:

This letter is in reference to the Commission’s letter dated 13 July 2016, requiring the disclosure of certain information designated as confidential so that this information can be placed on the public record of the proceeding announced in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2016-225 (BNC 2016-225).

In its letter, the Commission requested the licensees to make public historical data as well as financial projections related to discretionary services that are part of their designated groups. This information was to be provided on an individual basis (per service), including the Category C mainstream sports services.

Pursuant to Section 33(4) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules), the licensees, when they receive a Commission request for disclosure, may file a reply with the Commission to justify why the confidentiality designation should be maintained. The Rules provide that the Commission can decide not to require disclosure of the requested information if it is satisfied with the rationale provided.

Bell Media, Rogers Media, and Quebecor Media (respectively the licensees of Sportsnet, TSN and TVA Sports services, referred to hereafter as: the licensees) have each filed a response with the Commission as of 25 July to justify maintaining the confidentiality designation for their Category C mainstream sports services. These responses were added to the public record of the proceeding related to BCN 2016-225. Having examined the rationales provided by the licensees, the Commission considers them to be valid. Accordingly, the Commission will not require disclosure of this information.

Yours sincerely,

Danielle May-Cuconato
Secretary General


Appendix A

All applicants:

Requests related to English-language services





Requests related to French-language services



Quebecor (Groupe TVA)

Group V

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