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11/25/2011 06:08 EST | Updated 01/25/2012 05:12 EST

CBC 'Satisfied' With Federal Court Of Appeal Ruling

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The CBC has decided not to challenge the Federal Court of Appeal ruling issued this week, which ordered the public broadcaster to hand over documents to Canada's information commissioner.

The court ruled on Nov. 23 that the commissioner had the authority to see documents that CBC argued were excluded from federal access to information laws.

After reviewing the decision, the CBC is content with the decision, said president Hubert Lacroix.

"We're satisfied with the judgment, which clarifies the lower court's decision with regard to most of our concerns, especially the key issue of protecting journalistic sources," Lacroix said in a statement. "We feel we were justified in taking the matter to court, since it helped define the scope of the information commissioner's jurisdiction."

The court dispute was over whether the commissioner had the right to review records CBC wouldn't release.

The CBC argued the files are protected because they relate to journalistic, creative or programming activities, and aren't covered under the law. Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault said the documents are covered under the law and that she has the authority to review them.

The commissioner got 16 complaints from people who'd made requests and weren't satisfied with the CBC's response.

The requested documents range from focus group reports on CBC personalities to records about a CBC application to the CRTC to grant a licence for an all-sports channel.