Notice of hearing
19 November 2010
Deadline for submission of interventions/comments: 1 October 2010
The Commission will hold a hearing commencing 19 November 2010 at 9 a.m. at the Conference Centre, Portage IV, 140 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec, to consider the following application:
Applicant and locality
1. TVA Group Inc., on behalf of a general partnership to be constituted or a corporation to be incorporated
1. Across Canada
Application by TVA Group Inc., on behalf of a general partnership to be constituted or a corporation to be incorporated,
for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language
Category 2 specialty television programming undertaking to be known as
Sun TV News.
The proposed licensee will be formed or owned by TVA
Group Inc. (51%) and Sun Media Corporation (49%), two subsidiaries of
Quebecor Media Inc.
The applicant stated that the application is in
accordance with the Commission’s framework for competitive national news
services, as set out in Conditions of licence for competitive Canadian specialty services operating in the genres of mainstream sports and national news, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-562, 4 September 2009, and that it would accept the standard conditions of licence set out in Conditions
of licence for competitive Canadian specialty services operating in the
genres of mainstream sports and national news – Implementation of the
Accessibility Policy and other matters, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-562-1, 18 June 2010.
However, the applicant is seeking an exception to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-562 by applying for mandatory access.
The applicant argued that Sun TV News requires short-term
and time-limited mandatory access by broadcasting distribution
undertakings for a maximum period of three years to effectively expose
and promote its programming to viewers across Canada.
The applicant stated that it was not seeking mandatory
basic distribution, but only to be made available on cable and satellite
distribution undertakings, allowing the public to have access to Sun TV
News without any obligation to choose it.
Additional information may be placed on the public
examination file as it becomes available. The Commission encourages
interested parties to monitor the public examination file and the
Commission’s website for additional information that they may find
useful when preparing their comments.