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Ottawa, 21 June 2019

Our reference: 1011-NOC2019-0091

To: Distribution List

Subject: Responses to the request for information issued as part of Call for comments on the Commission’s policy on Canadian programming expenditures (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-91)


On 28 March 2019, the Commission published a Call for comments on the Commission’s policy on Canadian programming expenditures, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-91, and issued a request for information to Canadian broadcasters that operate both traditional and digital media broadcasting undertakings. The Commission requested that these broadcasters submit data on the revenues and expenditures associated with their digital media broadcasting activities, including the online windows associated with licensed services and any other digital media undertakings. Further, the Commission indicated that it expected to publish some of the collected data on an aggregated basis.

The twenty broadcasters in receipt of the request for information have submitted data on revenues and expenditures associated with the following types of services: advertising video on-demand, subscription video on-demand, mobile applications, live streaming, and the online windows associated with licensed services.

Today, the Commission is publishing aggregate data setting out as much of the information as possible, while maintaining the confidentiality of individual broadcasters. Data from hybrid video on-demand services, for which broadcasters already report to the Commission via the annual returns, have also been included to provide more fulsome reporting on digital media activities within Canada.

Data provided by the CBC/Radio-Canada are not included in this analysis. Given that CBC/Radio-Canada is subject to a unique regulatory framework and operates under a different business model to that of private commercial broadcasters, the inclusion of CBC/Radio-Canada’s data would have inaccurately portrayed the state of investment in Canadian programming in the digital environment in Canada.

The table below reflects information provided by the nineteen private commercial broadcasters in receipt of the request for information.

Digital Media Broadcasting Revenues and Expenses for Reporting Private Commercial Broadcasters

2016 2017 2018
Reporting Broadcasters 19 19 19
Total Revenues ($) 235,198,537 330,042,389 412,104,153
Total Content-related Expenses ($) 128,762,560 192,627,893 233,555,869
Total Canadian Content-related Expenses ($) 39,956,355 45,807,659 44,484,958

The digital media revenues of these private commercial broadcasters had year-to-year growth of 40% in 2017, and 25% in 2018. Additionally, they have made investments in programming totaling $555 million, which includes $130 million in Canadian programming expenditures over the last three years.

Thank you for your participation and responses to the request for information.

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

Yours sincerely,

Noah Moser
Financial and Multiplatform Technology Analysis

Distribution List
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Incorporated
Accessible Media Inc.
Allarco (Super Channel)
BCE Inc.
Blue Ant Media Inc.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Channel Zero
Corus Entertainment Inc.
Crossroads Television System
DHX Media Ltd.
Fairchild Property Group Ltd.
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd.
Les Placements Péladeau inc.
Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Ltd.
Remstar Diffusion inc. (V Média)
RNC Média inc.
Rogers Communications Inc.
TV5 Québec Canada

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