Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Limited

Ottawa, 2 August 2019

Our reference: 2019-0545-7

BY EMAIL

Mr. Ron Sparkes
COO and CFO
Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Limited
446 Logy Bay Road
P.O. Box 2020
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
A1C 5S2
rsparkes@ntv.ca

Subject: Part I Application 2019-0545-7 – Application for amendment to CJON-DT’s condition of licence that requires prime time programming to be broadcast with described video

Dear Mr. Sparkes:

This is in reference to the above-noted application by Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Limited, licensee of CJON-DT, filed 10 July 10 2019, for an amendment to its condition of licence, which stipulates that:

The licensee shall, by 1 September 2019, provide described video for all English- and French-language programming that is broadcast during prime time (i.e., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and that is drawn from program categories 2(b) Long-form documentary, 7 Drama and comedy, 9 Variety, 11(a) General entertainment and human interest and 11(b) Reality television, and/or is programming targeting preschool children (0-5 years of age) and children (6-12 years of age).

Commission staff note that the request to amend this condition of licence is directly related to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2019-67 Call for comments on an amendment proposed by Bell Media Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc. and Rogers Media Inc. to their condition of licence that requires prime time programming to be broadcast with described video, which is currently being considered by the Commission and in which Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Limited intervened.

The outcome of this proceeding will have a direct impact on Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Limited’s application, notably because the licensee receives the majority of its prime time programming from Corus through a programming supply agreement. In light of this, Commission staff advises the Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Limited that Part I application 2019-0545-7 is temporarily suspended until further notice.

The Commission will provide further procedural direction and new deadlines once the Commission has made a decision with respect to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2019-67.

Should you have any questions, please contact Natalie Riendeau, Senior Analyst, Social and Consumer Policy, at natalie.riendeau@crtc.gc.ca.

Yours sincerely,

(Original signed by)

Nanao Kachi
Director, Social and Consumer Policy
Consumer, Research and Communications

cc: Distribution List

natalie.riendeau@crtc.gc.ca
and interveners

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