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Group Based Licence Renewals Reconsideration

December 19, 2017

In May the CRTC issued a series of decisions on the licence renewals for the television services of large English- and French-language private ownership groups, including Bell, Corus, and Rogers. In its decisions the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing known as programs of national interest (PNI). The WGC, along with other industry groups, formally appealed to the Cabinet of Canada to have these decisions sent back to the CRTC, and the appeal was granted — something with little precedent. It was a significant “win” for the WGC and our members. Many of our members contributed to this victory by contacting their MPs to express concerns about the potential negative impact of the decisions, should they stand.
After Cabinet referred the decisions back to the CRTC the groups in question updated their licence renewal applications. (View Bell, Corus and Roger’s updated applications here.) The WGC is reviewing these documents carefully and will be responding in full. We’ll provide members with more details in the weeks to come. 


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