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Route reference: 2011-427
Additional reference: 2011-427-1
Ottawa, 8 December 2011
Bell Media Inc.
Application 2011-0874-6, received 16 May 2011
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
19 September 2011
Confession TV – Specialty Category B service
The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a new specialty Category B service.
1. Bell Media Inc. (Bell Media) filed an application for a broadcasting licence to operate Confession TV, a national, English-language specialty Category B service offering programming devoted to people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society. The service would also offer entertainment programming on the police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, as well as disaster and relief operations. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. Bell Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of BCE Inc.
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(c), 7(d), 7(g), 11,12, 13 and 14.
4. To ensure that the proposed service would not be directly competitive with existing Category A services, the applicant indicated that it would accept the following condition of licence:
No more than 15% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast week shall be drawn from program category 7.
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 Policies 2010-786 and 2010 -786-1. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Bell Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate the national English-language specialty Category B service Confession TV. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
6. The Commission reminds the applicant that distribution of this service is subject to the requirements set out in the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations.
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
Standard conditions of licence, expectations and encouragements for Category B pay and specialty services, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-786, 25 October 2010
Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
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 2011-758
Terms and conditions of licence for the specialty Category B service Confession TV
A licence will be issued once the applicant has satisfied the Commission with supporting documentation that the following requirements have been met:
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 people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society. The service will also offer entertainment programming on the police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, as well as disaster and relief operations.
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
(c) Specials, mini-series or made-for-TV feature films
(d) Theatrical feature films aired on TV
(g) Other drama
11 (a) General entertainment and human interest
(b) Reality television
13 Public service announcements
14 Infomercials, promotional and corporate videos
4. No more than 15% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast week shall be drawn from program categories 7(a), 7(c), 7(d) and 7(g), combined.
5. The service approved hereby is designated as a Category B service.
For the purposes of the conditions of this licence, including condition of licence 1, “broadcast day” means the period of up to 18 consecutive hours, beginning each day not earlier than six o’clock in the morning and ending no later than one o’clock in the morning of the following day, as selected by the licensee, or any other period approved by the Commission.
 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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