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Letter to the Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein regarding CBC licence renewals

Jun 20, 2011

Mr. Konrad von Finckenstein
Chairman
CRTC
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N2

Dear Mr. von Finckenstein:

I am writing to urge your Commission to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.

As you know, PN CRTC 2011-379 is the first opportunity this century for Canadians to comment on the CBC’s performance under its Broadcasting Act mandate. The Corporation’s statutory independence from political interference means that the Commission is uniquely placed to ensure accountability to the public on the part of the CBC’s senior leadership.

Offering CBC’s shareholders thirty-one days notice of such a rare and important opportunity, most of which overlaps their customary holiday season, is not sufficient lead time.

We therefore respectfully recommend that you and your colleagues extend this deadline to August 2nd, 2011.

Yours sincerely,

Spokesperson

cc: Hubert Lacroix, President, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation