OTTAWA and GATINEAU, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today approved the transfer of
effective control of CHUM Ltd. (CHUM) to CTVglobemedia Inc. (CTVgm). The CRTC
did not approve the transfer of five Citytv stations in Toronto, Winnipeg,
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver to CTVgm, given that such transfer would be
inconsistent with the Commission's common ownership policy. That policy
stipulates that a licensee may not operate more than one conventional
television station in one language in a given market.
"The purpose of this policy is to maintain diversity of voices within the
Canadian broadcasting system," said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of
the CRTC. "Some exceptions to the policy were granted in the past for failing
stations in secondary markets. CTVgm asked for the exception using arguments
based upon competitive equality and the impact of new media. However, the
Commission was not convinced by CTVgm's arguments."
Approval of this transaction is conditional on the trustee responsible
for the Citytv stations submitting to the Commission, within 30 days, an
acceptable plan for the sale of the Citytv stations.
The Commission found, however, that the A-Channel group of television
stations did fall into the established exception to the common ownership
policy and approved their acquisition by CTVgm. As a consequence of this
decision, CTVgm will be able to acquire seven television stations, 34 radio
stations and, in whole or in part, 20 specialty television services.
Today's decision follows a public process that included a public hearing
held by the Commission, which began on April 30th.
The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165
Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-3
Backgrounder on the CTVglobemedia Inc./CHUM Limited transaction
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