ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Laith Marouf (TVCI Montréal)

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Ottawa, 26 October 2016


Laith Marouf
TVCI Montréal

Dear Mr. Marouf,

Re: Procedural request filed by Independent Community Television - Montreal (application 2015-1264-0)

The Commission received a letter from Independent Community Television - Montreal (ICTV) dated 29 August 2016, requesting that the Commission reconsider a staff response to its letter sent on 1 August 2016, regarding the inclusion of a complaint filed by ICTV on the record of the second phase of the BDU licence renewals. The complaint alleges potential non-compliances by community television channel MAtv with respect to its programming (application 2015-1264-0).

In its letter, ICTV requests that the Commission not delay consideration of the complaint and address it immediately.

The Commission is in charge of its own procedures and of processing applications received under the Broadcasting Act.Footnote 1 The fact that the Commission published ICTV’s application and collected comments on the subject does not create any obligations with respect to the process for addressing it. The Commission remains of the opinion expressed in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-32 and Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-147: that the licence renewal proceeding announced remains the best time to address possible cases of non-compliance.

Accordingly, the Commission denies TVCI’s request and will address TVCI’s complaint as part of the second phase of the BDU licence renewal process. The complaint, Vidéotron’s response, logs and all other information collected will be added to the public record of the licensee Vidéotron.

Yours sincerely,

Danielle May-Cuconato
Secretary General



Footnote 1

Section 21 of the Broadcasting Act states the following: “The Commission may make rules (a) respecting the procedure for making applications for licences, or for the amendment, renewal, suspension or revocation thereof, and for making representations and complaints to the Commission; and (b) respecting the conduct of hearings and generally respecting the conduct of the business of the Commission in relation to those hearings.Furthermore, section 7 of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure states: “If the Commission is of the opinion that considerations of public interest or fairness permit, it may dispense with or vary these Rules.”

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