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Route reference: 2011-595
Ottawa, 16 February 2012
GlassBOX Television Inc.
Application 2011-1020-5, received 30 June 2011
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
21 November 2011
GlassBOX News – Specialty Category C service
The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a specialty Category C service.
1. The Commission received an application by GlassBOX Television Inc. (GlassBOX) for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language specialty Category C service to be known as GlassBOX News. The service would consist of mainstream national news and information programming, and the licensee would provide updated news reports every 120 minutes. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. GlassBOX is controlled by Michael MacMillan through his control of Blue Ant Media Inc., the majority shareholder in GlassBOX.
3. The licensee stated that the application is consistent with the regulatory framework for competitive national news services, as set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-562, and that it would accept the standard conditions of licence set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-562-1.
4. The Commission is satisfied that the application is consistent with the regulatory framework for competitive national news services set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-562 and 2009-562-1. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by GlassBOX Television Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate the national, English-langue specialty Category C service GlassBOX News. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
5. The Commission reminds the applicant that the distribution of this service is subject to the requirements set out in the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations.
AUX TV, BITE Television and travel + escape – Change of effective control, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-585, 14 September 2011
Conditions of licence for competitive Canadian specialty services operating in the genres of mainstream sports and national news – Implementation of the Accessibility Policy and other matters, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-562-1, 18 June 2010
Conditions of licence for competitive Canadian specialty services operating in the genres of mainstream sports and national news, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-562, 4 September 2009
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-104
Terms and conditions of licence for the specialty Category C service GlassBOX News
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 Conditions of licence for competitive Canadian specialty services operating in the genres of mainstream sports and national news – Implementation of the Accessibility Policy and other matters, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-562-1, 18 June 2010.
2. The licensee shall provide a national, English-language specialty Category C service that shall consist of mainstream national news and information programming. The licensee shall provide updated news reports every 120 minutes.
3. The broadcasting undertaking licensed hereby is designated as a Category C service.
4. In order to ensure that the licensee complies at all times with the Direction to the CRTC (Ineligibility of non-Canadians), the licensee shall file for the Commission’s review a copy of any programming supply agreement and/or licence or trademark agreement it has entered into with a non-Canadian party within 30 days of its execution. In addition, the Commission may request any additional document(s) that could affect control of the programming or management of the 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.
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