Broadcasting Commission Letter addressed to Laith Marouf (CMAC)

Ottawa, 17 May 2019

Our reference: 1011-NOC2019-0091

BY E-MAIL: cmac@riseup.net

Mr. Laith Marouf
Policy Consultant
Community Media Advocacy Centre

Re: Procedural request by Community Media Advocacy Centre regarding Broadcasting Notice of    Consultation CRTC 2019-91

Dear Mr. Marouf,

This is in response to the Community Media Advocacy Group’s (CMAC) procedural request filed on 9 May 2019 regarding Call for comments on the Commission’s policy on Canadian programming expenditures, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-91. In its letter, CMAC requested that:

  1. The Commission publish the responses to the request for information issued as part of the Notice of Consultation and any aggregated data as soon as possible, and to delay the deadline for public comments to 10 days after the date of the publication of this information.
  2. The Commission order the broadcasters in receipt of the request for information to release any data that they may have on how contributions to Canadian programming expenditures (CPE) were spent to deliver employment and reflection for communities living with disabilities, ethnic and linguistic minorities, and Indigenous Nations.

With respect to the first procedural request, as detailed in Call for comments on the Commission’s policy on Canadian programming expenditures – Direction to comply with a request for information, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-91-1, the Commission has directed certain broadcasters to comply with the request for information and has set a new deadline of 8 July 2019 for receipt of interventions. The Commission has indicated that it expects to publish some of the data on an aggregated basis.

In regard to the second procedural request, staff is of the view that the request exceeds the scope of the present consultation. However, in accordance with therenewal of licences for the television services of large French- and English-language ownership groups (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-143 and Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-148), the Commission established new reporting requirements on Canadian productions for the groups. Specifically, the groups will be required to provide information on the use of Indigenous and official language minority community producers, including the total CPE devoted to those projects. In addition, as part of its proposal to introduce a new production report  (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-488), the Commission is exploring additional reporting requirements for the groups pertaining to the use of, among others, Indigenous and official language minority community creators in Canadian productions. That said, staff encourages CMAC to intervene in BNC 2019-91, providing comments on the scope of the Commission’s data gathering, as it deems appropriate.  

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

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Noah Moser
Director, Financial and Multiplatform Technology Analysis

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