CRTC approves Shaw's purchase of the Canwest Global television properties

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today approved Shaw Communications Inc.'s (Shaw's) acquisition of the conventional television stations and specialty channels controlled by Canwest Global Communications Corp. (Canwest Global).

"We are satisfied that this transaction will generate substantial benefits for the Canadian broadcasting system," said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. "Shaw will provide the television properties involved in the transaction with stable ownership as they emerge from a period of uncertainty. The broadcasting system also stands to gain from Shaw's commitment to support local and independent programming and the transition to digital television."

As part of any ownership transaction in the broadcasting sector, the buyer is expected to make specific commitments to fund initiatives that will improve the Canadian broadcasting system. In this case, the CRTC took into consideration the fact that the Global Television Network and certain specialty channels were operating under bankruptcy protection.

As a result, it has accepted Shaw's proposal to spend $180.1 million over the next seven years to:

  • support the transition to digital television by converting 67 analog transmitters in smaller markets to digital
  • provide and install a satellite receiver and dish, at no charge, to viewers who lose access to the over-the-air signals of their local or regional television stations as of August 31, 2011, as well as free satellite access to those signals
  • produce new two-hour morning newscasts in Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax
  • purchase more drama, documentary and comedy programs from independent producers, and
  • invest in new media content that will support news programming and programs of national interest.

During the proceeding, Shaw also promised to make the rights to its television programming available to its competitors for broadcast on mobile devices and over the Internet.

Today's decision follows a public proceeding that included a public hearing, which was held from September 21 to 23, 2010.

In addition, the CRTC today also launched a public proceeding to study the wider implications of the growing number of integrated media companies in the Canadian broadcasting system. The proceeding will include a public hearing starting on May 9, 2011, in Gatineau, Que.

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-782

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-783

The CRTC

The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Reference document:

News release, "CRTC provides update on the transition to digital television," July 16, 2010
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2010/r100716.htm


These documents are available in alternative format upon request.

Additional information on the Shaw/Canwest Global transaction

Key dates

October 6, 2009  Canwest Global files for creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act
November 2009  Canwest Global initiates a process to identify potential Canadian investors for its television properties
February 19, 2010  Canwest Global's board approves Shaw's offer to purchase a 20% equity and 80% voting interest
March 31, 2010  Shaw files an application with the CRTC, asking it to approve its purchase of the Canwest Global television properties
May 3, 2010  Shaw acquires 29.9% of the voting shares and 49.9% of the non-voting shares in Canwest Investments Co. from Goldman Sachs & Co.
May 4, 2010  Shaw files an amendment to its initial application with the CRTC
May 18, 2010  Canwest Global files an application with the CRTC to effect a corporate reorganization
July 28, 2010  The Ontario Superior Court of Justice approves Canwest's "Plan of Compromise, Arrangement and Reorganization"
September 21, 2010  The CRTC holds a three-day public hearing in Calgary, Alta., to review the transaction
October 22, 2010  The CRTC approves the transaction

Specialty television channels

Shaw Communications Inc. has acquired the following specialty channels:

Type of licence Specialty service
Analog Food Network Canada
HGTV Canada
Historia
History Television
Série+
Showcase
Slice
TVtropolis
Category 1 The Cave (minority interest)
Discovery Health Network
Independent Film Channel
Mystery
ONE: The Body, Mind and Spirit Channel (minority interest)
Category 2 BBC Canada
BBC Kids
DejaView
D.I.Y. Network
Dusk (minority interest)
Fine Living
Fox Sports World Canada
Movie Time
National Geographic Channel
Reality TV
Showcase Action
Showcase Diva

Conventional television stations

Shaw Communications Inc. has acquired the following conventional television stations:

Province Stations Transmitters
Alberta CICT-TV Calgary CICT-DT Calgary
(digital transmitter)
CICT-TV-1 Drumheller
CICT-TV-2 Banff
CITV-TV Edmonton CITV-DT Edmonton
(digital transmitter)
CITV-TV-1 Red Deer
CISA-TV Lethbridge CISA-DT Lethbridge
(digital transmitter)
CISA-TV-1 Burmis
CISA-TV-2 Brooks
CISA-TV-3 Coleman
CISA-TV-4 Waterton Park
CISA-TV-5 Pincher Creek
British Columbia CHKM-TV Kamloops CHKM-TV-1 Pritchard
CHBC-TV Kelowna CHBC-TV-1 Penticton
CHBC-TV-2 Vernon
CHBC-TV-3 Oliver
CHBC-TV-4 Salmon Arm
CHBC-TV-5 Enderby
CHBC-TV-6 Celista
CHBC-TV-7 Skaha Lake
CHBC-TV-8 Canoe
CHBC-TV-9 Apex Mountain
CHRP-TV-2 Revelstoke
CHKL-TV Kelowna CHKL-TV-1 Penticton
CHKL-TV-2 Vernon
CHKL-TV-3 Revelstoke
CKKM-TV Oliver/Osoyoos
CISR-TV Santa Rosa
CISR-TV-1 Grand Forks
CKTN-TV Trail
CKTN-TV-1 Castlegar
CKTN-TV-2 Taghum
CKTN-TV-3 Nelson
CKTN-TV-4 Creston
CIFG-TV Prince George  
CHAN-TV Vancouver CHAN-DT Vancouver
(digital transmitter)
CHAN-TV-1 Chilliwack
CHAN-TV-2 Bowen Island
CHAN-TV-3 Squamish
CHAN-TV-4 Courtenay
CHAN-TV-5 Brackendale
CHAN-TV-6 Wilson Creek
CHAN-TV-7 Whistler
CITM-TV 100 Mile House
CITM-TV-1 Williams Lake
CITM-TV-2 Quesnel
Manitoba CKND-TV Winnipeg CKND-DT Winnipeg
(digital transmitter)
CKND-TV-2 Minnedosa
New Brunswick CIHF-TV-2 Saint John CIHF-DT-2 Saint John
(digital transmitter)
CIHF-TV-1 Fredericton
CIHF-DT-1 Fredericton
(digital transmitter)
CIHF-TV-3 Moncton
CIHF-DT-3 Moncton
(digital transmitter)
CIHF-TV-11 Woodstock
CIHF-TV-12 St. Stephen
CIHF-TV-13 Miramichi
CIHF-TV-14 Charlottetown (P.E.I.)
CIHF-DT-14 Charlottetown (P.E.I.)
(digital transmitter)
Nova Scotia CIHF-TV Halifax CIHF-DT Halifax
(digital transmitter)
CIHF-TV-4 Truro
CIHF-TV-5 Wolfville
CIHF-TV-6 Bridgewater
CIHF-TV-7 Sydney
CIHF-TV-8 New Glasgow
CIHF-TV-9 Shelburne
CIHF-TV-10 Yarmouth
CIHF-TV-15 Antigonish
CIHF-TV-16 Mulgrave
Ontario CIII-TV-41 Toronto CIII-DT-41 Toronto
(digital transmitter)
CIII-TV Paris
CIII-DT Paris
(digital transmitter)
CIII-TV-2 Bancroft
CIII-TV-4 Owen Sound
CIII-TV-6 Ottawa
CIII-DT-6 Ottawa
(digital transmitter)
CIII-TV-7 Midland
CIII-TV-12 Sault Ste-Marie
CIII-TV-13 Timmins
CIII-TV-22 Stevenson
CIII-DT-22 Stevenson
(digital transmitter)
CIII-TV-27 Peterborough
CIII-TV-29 Oil Springs
CIII-TV-55 Fort Erie
CFGC-TV Sudbury
CFGC-TV-2 North Bay
Quebec CKMI-TV-1 Montreal CKMI-DT-1 Montreal
(digital transmitter)
CKMI-TV Quebec
CKMI-DT Quebec
(digital transmitter)
CKMI-TV-2 Sherbrooke
CKMI-DT-2 Sherbrooke
(digital transmitter)
Saskatchewan CFRE-TV Regina CFRE-DT Regina
(digital transmitter)
CFRE-TV-2 Fort Qu'Appelle
CFSK-TV Saskatoon  
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