Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to the Conseil provincial du secteur des communications (CPSC) / Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP)
Ottawa, 23 February 2018
Conseil provincial du secteur des communications (CPSC) /
Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP)
Subject: Clarification and publication of information concerning Call for comments on the Governor in Commission’s request for a report on future programming distribution models – Broadcasting Notices of consultation CRTC 2017-428 and CRTC 2017-429
This is in response to the procedural request filed on January 26, 2018, by the Conseil provincial du secteur des communications (CPSC) du syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP) in which the CPSC is seeking the publication of the following data in the public records of the following proceedings CRTC 2017-428 and CRTC 2017-429:
- the financial data for 2016–17 for all English-language and French-language ownership groups;
- the local reflective news and information sampling reports the Commission has received from conventional broadcasters since September 1, 2017, or if the Commission had not yet requested them, the CPSC requests sampling reports for the local reflective news and information for the weeks of December 11, 2017, and January 15, 2018.
The CPSC considers that the financial data would allow interveners to complete their analysis, and the sampling reports would enable the parties to assess the appropriateness of the conditions of licence that require the broadcasting of local reflective news and ensure that the groups fulfill their licence conditions of licence.
In terms of the first request by the CPSC, the Commission analyzes then publishes data concerning numerous types of services in its aggregated annual returns, including financial data on the English-language and French-language ownership groups. Given that the analysis of the data submitted last November 30 is not yet complete, this information will be available at a later date.
With regard to the second request by the CPSC, the Commission announced in decisions CRTC 2017-143Footnote1 and 2017-148Footnote2 that it would require, upon request, licensees to file local reflective news sampling reports. The Commission has not yet made any such reporting request since the new licences went into effect on September 1, 2017.
In light of the preceding, we do not consider that your requests were part of the questions raised in Notices of Consultation 2017-428 and 2017-429, and consequently, we will not proceed any further with your requests.
We would like to point out that the Commission will be publishing the next steps concerning Notices of Consultation 2017-428 and 2017-429 in the very near future.
Original signed by
Director General, Television Policy and Applications
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