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BCE Astral Cabinet Review Backgrounder (en Final)

BCE Astral Cabinet Review Backgrounder (en Final)

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 BackgrounderCRTC Denial of BCE/Astral Deal Raises Need for Policy Direction from Cabinet
 
1
When considering broadcasting acquisition applications, share of all televisionviewing is the relevant
factor to consider under the CRTC’s own Policy
 
The
CRTC’s 2008 Diversity of 
Voices (DoV) Policy
establishes “share of alltelevision viewing”, as the
criterion for assessing theownership impacts of aproposed broadcastingacquisition
“The Commission considers, therefore, that an analysis of the
share of all viewing to television 
- including viewing to both OTA and discretionary services - will provide a useful and accurate measure of ownership diversity in television. In the Commission's view, such an approach is more revealing than examining the ownership of individual broadcasting und 
ertakings.” (DoV Policy, par. 79)
 
 
BCE/
Astral’s
combinedEnglish televisionaudience share is 33.5%and combined Frenchtelevision share is 24.4%
 
Shaw/Corus has anaudience share of 30% ofviewing in Englishtelevision
 –
about thesame as BCE/Astral
 
Quebecor has anaudience share of 30% inFrench television
 –
 significantly higher thanBCE/Astral
Source: Bureau of Broadcast Media 
 
Bell/Astral33%Shaw/Corus30%Others37%
English
Bell/Astral24%Others46%
French
Quebecor30%
 
 BackgrounderCRTC Denial of BCE/Astral Deal Raises Need for Policy Direction from Cabinet
 
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The CRTC incorrectly ignored Non-Canadian viewing
The CRTC’s
DoV policyconsiders ALL viewingwhen estimatingaudience share
“…an analysis of the share of 
all 
viewing to television - including viewing to both OTA and discretionary services - will provide a useful 
and accurate measure of ownership diversity in television.” 
 
DoV Policy, par. 79
“Diversity of progr 
amming can mean several things, such as the expression of Canadian voices 
amidst foreign ones 
…” 
 
DoV Policy, par. 18
“ 
barring other policy concerns, the Commission will process expeditiously transactions that would result in the control by one person of less than 35% of the 
total television audience share 
including audiences to both discretionary and OTA services.
” 
 
DoV Policy, Appendix
13.2% of viewing is toforeign services
 
5.3%
 
Other
 
1.8% 1.6% 1.0% 0.8% 0.5% 2.2%
The number of non-Canadian programmingservices (i.e., authorizedby the CRTC to bedistributed in Canada)has increased by 135%in the last 10 years
Source: based on CRTC data 
 
A sampling of the non-Canadian servicesavailable in Canada
 
ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS
 –
various affiliates
Al Jazeera
American Movie Classics
The Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E)
BBC World
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Bloomberg Television
Cable News Network (CNN)
97148228
2002 2006 2012
Number of Eligible Satellite Services
 
 BackgrounderCRTC Denial of BCE/Astral Deal Raises Need for Policy Direction from Cabinet
 
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The CRTC incorrectly ignored Non-Canadian viewing
A sampling of the non-Canadian servicesavailable in Canada
Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-Span)
CBS Sports Network
CineLatino
CNN Headline News (CNN-2)
CNN International
Comedy Central
CNBC
Court TV
EuroNews
Fox Business Network
Fox News
France 24 (English)
France 24 (French)
Game Show Network
GEO TV
The Golf Channel
Headlines Today Channel
TLC (The Learning Channel)
Lifetime Television
Military Channel
MSNBC
NFL Network
Planète
RAINews
Speed Channel
Spike TV
Star Chinese Channel
Star India News Channel
Supercanal Caribe
TV Japan
Turner Classic Movies
 
The Weather Channel (TWC)
 

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