Canadian Television Benefits Monitor: Tracking Spending on Television Benefits Packages


The Canadian Television Benefits Monitor is an annual syndicated research study that tracks spending for all current television benefits packages (22 in total), using data contained in reports filed with the CRTC. The 2014 research study is more than 80 pages in length.


The CRTC generally requires broadcasters to pay 10% of the value of television assets being acquired as “tangible public benefits”, in lieu of a competitive process for the transfer of broadcasting licences.


The Canadian Television Benefits Monitor is for the benefit of Canadian television industry stakeholders so they can closely track benefits spending. The Appendix of the research study contains a detailed list of specific TV and new media programming projects funded through the various benefits packages (for the largest packages only). The 2014 research study is the fourth report in this annual series.


Excluded from the research study are transactions in which benefits were committed exclusively to CRTC-certified independent production funds or training/scholarships/awards (i.e., non-programming initiatives). Also, the research study does not track radio-related benefits spending.


Some highlights from the 2014 report (based on data for the year ended Aug. 31, 2013) include the following:


  1. The combined value of the 22 television benefits packages tracked in the report totals $755 million, of which $440.3 million had been spent by August 31, 2013. That leaves about $314.7 million to be spent by August 31, 2019 ($292.1 million on screen-based and/or programming-related benefits and $22.7 million on social and/or other benefits);

  2. In total, 82% of benefits funds detailed in the report (excluding benefits related to the BCE-CTV transaction in 2000, which are now fully paid) have been committed to go to on-screen and/or programming-related benefit initiatives, which is slightly below the CRTC’s standard practice of requiring approximately 85% of benefits funds go to such initiatives;

  3. 58% of benefits funds detailed in the report (excluding BCE-CTV, see above) have been committed to go to the development and production of incremental priority programming or new programs of national interest and related multi-platform content or related initiatives; and

  4. 71% of on-screen and/or programming-related benefits funds detailed in the report (excluding BCE-CTV, see above) have been committed to go to the development and production of incremental priority programming or programs of national interest and related multi-platform content or related initiatives.


Similar statistical data is provided for each of the 22 benefits packages examined in the report.


Table of Contents, 2014 Report


Overview of All Television Benefits Detailed in this Report

BCE – Astral Transaction

Rogers Media – The Score (now Sportsnet 360) Transaction

Blue Ant Media – bold (now Cottage Life) Transaction

BCE/Rogers – Leafs TV, GOLTV Canada, NBA TV Canada, Mainstream Sports, and Live Music         Channel Transaction

Blue Ant Media – High Fidelity HDTV Transaction

Rogers – Saskatchewan Communications Network (now City Saskatchewan) Transaction

Blue Ant Media – GlassBOX Television Transaction

BCE – CTVglobemedia Transaction (2010 Transaction)

GlassBOX Television (now Blue Ant Media) – travel + escape Transaction

Shaw (now Shaw Media) – Canwest Transaction*

ZoomerMedia – S-VOX / VisionTV Transaction

Corus Entertainment – SexTV (now W Movies) / Drive-In Classics (now Sundance) Transaction

Toronto Maple Leafs Network – GOLTV Canada Transaction

Corus Entertainment – Canadian Learning Television (now OWN) Transaction

Rogers – Outdoor Life Network Transaction

Canwest (now Shaw Media) – Alliance Atlantis Transaction

Astral – Standard Broadcasting Transaction

Rogers – Citytv Transaction

CTVglobemedia (now Bell Media) – CHUM Transaction

Rogers – Trinity Television (CHNU-TV Fraser Valley / CIIT-TV Winnipeg) (now Joy TV) Transaction

CHUM – Craig Media Transaction

BCE – CTV Transaction (2000 Transaction)

Appendix: List of Specific Development/Production/Programming Projects that Received Benefits Funding in 2012-2013 Under Major Benefits Packages


* Includes tangible benefits related to the Shaw Media-Mystery and Shaw Media-The Cave (now H2) transactions

 

Canadian Television Benefits Monitor