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Route reference: 2011-188
Ottawa, 16 September 2011
Bhupinder Bola, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
Application 2010-1804-4, received 13 December 2010
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
17 May 2011
The Work TV Channel – specialty Category B service
The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a new specialty Category B service.
1. Bhupinder Bola, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated (Bhupinder Bola [OBCI]) filed an application for a broadcasting licence to operate The Work TV Channel, a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking that would be devoted to the world of work, jobs, unions, news and career. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. Bhupinder Bola (OBCI) will be owned and controlled by its sole shareholder and sole director Mr. Bhupinder Bola.
3. The applicant proposed to draw programming from the following program categories set out in Item 6 of Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990, as amended from time to time: 1, 2(a), 2(b), 3, 5(a), 5(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 7(e), 7(g), 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
4. The applicant stated that it would broadcast 90% of its programming in English and 10% in French.
5. The Commission is satisfied that the application complies with all applicable policies, terms and conditions, including those set out in Public Notice 2000-6, Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100 and Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-786-1. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Bhupinder Bola, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated for a broadcasting licence to operate the national, English-language specialty Category B service, The Work TV Channel. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
6. The Commission notes that the proposed service is identical to a Category 2 service that the Commission had approved in Broadcasting Decision 2007-207. In that decision, the Commission imposed a 15% weekly limit on programs drawn from category 7(d). The Commission is of the view that the nature of service proposed in the present application is insufficiently defined to prevent the service from competing directly with certain Category A services and therefore, the restriction imposed in 2007 remains valid. Accordingly, a condition of licence to that effect is set out in the appendix to this decision.
7. The Commission reminds the applicant that distribution of this service is subject to the requirements set out in the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations.
Amendments to the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations and other Commission Regulations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-455, 29 July 2011
Standard conditions of licence, expectations and encouragements for Category B pay and specialty services – Corrected Appendices 1 and 2, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-786-1, 18 July 2011
Amendments to certain Regulations made under the Broadcasting Act to add a new program category “Reality television”, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-401, 30 June 2011
Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
The Work TV Channel (WTC) – Category 2 specialty service, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-207, 27 June 2007
The regulatory framework for the distribution of digital television signals, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-61, 11 November 2003
Licensing framework policy for new digital pay and specialty services, Public Notice CRTC 2000-6, 13 January 2000
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-588
Terms and conditions of licence for the specialty Category B service The Work TV Channel
A licence will be issued once the applicant has satisfied the Commission with supporting documentation that the following requirements have been met:
an eligible Canadian corporation has been incorporated in accordance with the application in all material respects;
the applicant has entered into a distribution agreement with at least one licensed distributor; and
the applicant has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations and has provided the Commission with a launch date for the service. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 48 months from the date of this decision.
The licence will expire 31 August 2018.
Conditions of licence
1. The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Standard conditions of licence, expectations and encouragements for Category B pay and specialty services – Corrected Appendices 1 and 2, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-786-1, 18 July 2011.
2. The licensee shall provide a national, English-language specialty Category B service devoted to the world of work, jobs, unions, news and career.
3. The programming shall be drawn exclusively from the following program categories set out in Item 6 of Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990, as amended from time to time:
2 (a) Analysis and interpretation
(b) Long-form documentary
3 Reporting and actualities
5 (a) Formal education and pre-school
(b) Informal education/Recreation and leisure
7 (a) Ongoing dramatic series
(b) Ongoing comedy series (sitcoms)
(c) Specials, mini-series or made-for-TV feature films
(d) Theatrical feature films aired on TV
(e) Animated television programs and films
(g) Other drama
10 Game shows
11 (a) General entertainment and human interest
(b) Reality television
13 Public service announcements
14 Infomercials, promotional and corporate videos
4. Not more than 15% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast week shall be drawn from category 7(d).
5. The broadcasting undertaking licensed hereby is designated as a Category B service.
For the purposes of the conditions of this licence, including condition of licence 1,
broadcast day refers to the 24-hour period beginning each day at 6 a.m. or any other period approved by the Commission, and
broadcast week shall have the same meaning as that set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986.
 In Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2011-401, the Commission formally announced that it had amended program category 11 to add a new category 11(b) Reality television. Consistent with this change, the Commission has added an authorization to broadcast programming from both 11(a) General entertainment and human interest and the new 11(b) program category.
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