CRTC approves Rogers Media Inc. purchase of Citytv stations

    OTTAWA et GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today approved
Rogers Media Inc.'s (Rogers Media) acquisition of the Citytv stations in
Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
    In its decision, the Commission is requiring that Rogers Media sell,
within the next 12 months, its two religious stations, CHNU-TV Fraser Valley
and CIIT-TV Winnipeg, since maintaining these two stations would contravene
the CRTC's policy on common ownership.
    In addition, Rogers Media will fulfill by August 31, 2011, the benefits
payments left outstanding by the previous owners of the Citytv stations.
Regarding the benefits package associated with the current transaction, Rogers
Media will direct annual payments to programming and industry initiatives,
including the Allan Waters Canadian Content Initiative.
    Rogers Media also made a commitment to maintain independent news
departments and separate presentation structures for its Citytv and OMNI
    Today's decision (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-360) follows a public
process that included a public hearing, which began on August 29, 2007.

    The CRTC

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

    Reference document:

    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-9



      Backgrounder on the Rogers Media Inc. purchase of Citytv stations

    Rogers Media Inc. has acquired the following conventional television

                      Conventional television
    Location          stations                        Transmitters
    Alberta           CKAL-TV Calgary                 CKAL-TV-1 Lethbridge
                      CKEM-TV Edmonton                CKEM-TV-1 Red Deer
    British Columbia  CKVU-TV Vancouver               CKUV-TV-1 Courtenay Bay
    Manitoba          CHMI-TV Portage La Prairie /
    Ontario           CITY-TV Toronto                 CITY-TV-2 Woodstock
                                                      CITY-TV-3 Ottawa
                      CITY-DT Toronto
                     (Transitional digital

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