The CRTC will hold a November renewal hearing to consider licence amendments that would allow CBC/Radio-Canada to air national advertising on its Radio 2 and Espace Music services, the commission announced on Friday. In a May 18 letter to Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of the public broadcaster, the CRTC said it would “thoroughly explore the performance plans of CBC radio in relation to its mandate” during the licence renewal hearing. The CBC announced in April that it would move to introduce advertising on its two national music radio networks in response to cuts in its annual parliamentary appropriations that were announced in the federal budget. Those cuts total $27.8 million in 2012-2013, $69.6 million the next year and reach $115 million by 2014-2015. Kirstine Stewart, CBC executive vice-president of English services, said at a conference on April 4, that advertising on CBC Radio 2 was part of the broadcaster’s plans to cope with reduced federal funding. Several private sector broadcasters have since opposed the plan on the grounds that the Crown corporation should not be allowed to draw funds from both federal coffers and commercial advertising agreements. In February, the CRTC agreed to a CBC request to postpone a scheduled June licence renewal hearing until after the federal budget. “The postponement allowed the CBC to establish its future operating budget following the tabling of the federal budget in March,” the commission’s letter to Lacroix said. The hearing is now scheduled to begin on Nov. 19, the commission said Friday.