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 (25 in total), using data contained in reports filed with the CRTC. The 2015 research study is almost 100 pages long.


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 2015 research study is the fifth report in this annual series.


Some highlights from the 2015 report (based on data for the year ended Aug. 31, 2014) include the following:


  1. The combined value of the 25 television benefits packages tracked in the report totals $995.7 million, of which $575 million had been spent by August 31, 2014. That leaves about $420.7 million to be spent by August 31, 2021;

  2. Of the $420.7 million in benefits funds that remains to be spent, $263.8 million will go to English-language initiatives, $129.9 million will go to French-language initiatives, and $27 million will go to initiatives in which the language is undefined at this time;

  3. In total, 82% of benefits funds detailed in the report (excluding benefits packages that did not kick in until the 2014-2015 broadcast year) 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;

  4. 59% of benefits funds detailed in the report (excluding benefits packages that did not kick in until the 2014-2015 broadcast year) 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

  5. 71% of on-screen and/or programming-related benefits funds detailed in the report (excluding benefits packages that did not kick in until the 2014-2015 broadcast year) 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 25 benefits packages examined in the report.


Table of Contents, 2015 Report


Overview of All Television Benefits Detailed in this Report

Groupe V Média – MusiquePlus and MusiMax Transaction

Movieola Change of Control Transaction

DHX Media – Family Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD Transaction

BCE – Astral Transaction

Corus Entertainment – Teletoon/Télétoon, Teletoon Retro/Télétoon Rétro, and Cartoon Network Transaction

Corus Entertainment – Historia and Séries+ 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

Fight Network Change of Control 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

Appendix: List of Specific Development/Production/Programming Projects that Received Benefits Funding in 2013-2014 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