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Additional reference: 2009-627-1
Route reference: 2009-412
|Ottawa, 7 October 2009|
Astral Broadcasting Group Inc.
|Application 2009-0870-0, received 4 June 2009|
Canal D – Licence amendments
|1.||The Commission approves the application by Astral Broadcasting Group Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the national, French-language Category 1 specialty programming undertaking known as Canal D by adding program categories 1, 3, 4, 5(a), 5(b), 6(a), 6(b), 8(b), 8(c) and 10, as set out in item 6 of Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990, as amended from time to time, to the list of categories from which it may draw programming. The Commission did not receive any interventions with respect to this application.|
|2.||The licensee stated that its application was made pursuant to Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008 (Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100), in which the Commission stated that it would authorize Category A services (presently known as Category 1 and analog pay and specialty services) to draw their programming from all program categories. The Commission is of the view that adding the program categories mentioned above is appropriate because this amendment complies with the objectives set out in that public notice.|
|3.||The licensee stated that it was prepared to accept a condition of licence stipulating that no more than 10% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast month shall be drawn from category 6(a), as well as from categories 8(b) and 8(c) combined.|
Accordingly, the Commission replaces the current condition of licence 1 with the following condition of licence:
(b) Long-form documentary
3 Reporting and actualities
(b) Informal education/Recreation and leisure
6 (a) Professional sports
(b) Amateur sports
7 Drama and comedy
(a) Ongoing dramatic series
8 (a) Music and dance other than music video programs or clips
(b) Music video clips
|5.||To ensure that this amendment does not result in shifts that could cause Canal D to compete with other Category A services, and consistent with the policy set out in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100, the Commission imposes the following conditions of licence:|
The licensee shall devote no more than 10% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast month to programming drawn from category 6(a).
The licensee shall devote no more than 10% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast month to programming drawn from categories 8(b) and 8(c) combined.
|6.||Further, as the licensee will now be authorized to broadcast programs drawn from category 4 Religion, the Commission imposes the following condition of licence:|
Where the licensee broadcasts religious programming as defined in Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, the licensee shall adhere to the guidelines set out in sections III.B.2.a) and IV of that public notice with respect to the provision of balance and ethics in religious programming, as amended from time to time.
|This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request and may also be examined in PDF format or in HTML at the following Internet site: http://www.crtc.gc.ca.|
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