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CRTC approves plan to launch the Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund

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Ottawa-Gatineau, March 26, 2012 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved a proposal to establish the
Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund. This independent fund will help
public-interest and consumer groups offset the costs of participating in
the CRTC’s broadcasting proceedings.

“Each year, we hold dozens of public proceedings to gather views from the
communications industry and the public,” said Leonard Katz, the CRTC’s
Acting Chairman. “It is important that we receive a wide range of
submissions to help shape our broadcasting decisions and policies. This
new fund will help ensure that the voices of Canadians are heard through
the participation of groups that represent their interests.”

When BCE purchased CTVglobemedia in 2011, it committed $3 million to
create the Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund. The company
subsequently presented a proposal to the CRTC. Representatives from
different consumer groups were consulted and provided their comments
through an open consultation process.

The fund will also support groups in the research, analysis, and advocacy,
in English and French, of issues related to broadcasting proceedings. The
CRTC is requiring that the fund provide services and publish documents
(such as policies, funding criteria and annual reports) in both official
languages.

The CRTC is directing the fund to start providing cost support to public
interest groups and consumer groups within 60 days. The CRTC expects that
any cost incurred as of now could be included in a cost application.

A mechanism also exists to support the participation of individuals and
groups who represent consumer interests in the CRTC’s telecommunications
proceeding.

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-181 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-181.htm

Reference documents:
News release, “CRTC approves BCE’s purchase of CTVglobemedia,” March 7, 2011, http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2011/r110307.htm
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-163 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-163.htm

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