ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Lenore Gibson (Bell Canada and Bell Express Vu)

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Ottawa, 31 August 2017


Lenore Gibson
Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs
Bell Canada and Bell ExpressVu

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-160 - Request for clarification

Dear Ms. Gibson,

This letter is in response to the request for clarification by Bell Canada and Bell ExpressVu, dated 15 August 2017, regarding the topics that the Panel may wish to discuss with the licensees at the oral phase of the public hearing commencing on 16 October 2017.

As set out in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2017-160 and referred to in the Commission’s correspondence dated 27 July 2017, the Commission indicated that, as part of the renewal process, it intends to examine, among other things:

Bell Canada and Bell ExpressVu’s licences are only expiring after 31 May 2018 and, as such, the Commission is not considering the renewal of their licences in the context of the current proceeding. The only information submitted by both licensees and added to the record is with respect to the progress of the set-top box industry working group and the development of a set-top box audience measurement system. Therefore, it can be expected that most questions directed at Bell will focus on these matters.

Notwithstanding this, we note that the Panel retains the discretion to discuss with the licensees appearing at the hearing any issues that are deemed relevant in the context of the proceeding.

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Peter Foster
Director General
Television Policy and Applications

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