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Ottawa, 5 April 2005

Bernard Guérin
Director General, Legal Affairs
TQS inc.
612 Saint-Jacques Street, Suite 100
Montreal, Quebec H3C 5R1

Dear Mr. Guérin,

Re: TQS 2003-2004 annual report on tangible benefits, as directed in Decision CRTC 2001-746

The Commission has received and accepts the second annual TQS inc. report filed 29 October 2004 as directed in Decision CRTC 2001-746 approving the transfer of TQS to Cogeco and Bell Globemedia. The purpose of the report is to permit the Commission to verify that the benefits expenditures totalling $7.39 million over six years are incremental expenditures.

The Commission notes that according to your auditor, TQS did not broadcast a minimum of five hours per week of priority programming over an eight-week period as required. However, the Commission also notes that TQS broadcasts, on an annual basis, 6.3 hours of priority programming each week.

We would like to remind you that the Decision specifies that TQS is required to broadcast five hours of priority programming during prime time (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.) per week, not a weekly average on an annual basis.

The Commission also notes that spending on priority programming and independent programming has significantly exceeded the annual amount of $4 million required as a condition of licence.

Please note that the Commission will make a detailed examination of all tangible benefits reports when analysing the application for renewal of the TQS licence, which expires 31 August 2008.


Original signed by

Diane Rhéaume
Secretary General

Date Modified: 2005-04-05

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