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Route reference: 2011-694
Ottawa, 20 April 2012
Application 2011-1275-5, received 14 September 2011
Public hearing in Calgary, Alberta
6 February 2012
iLaugh TV – Specialty Category B service
The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a specialty Category B service.
1. iLaugh Inc. (iLaugh) filed an application for a broadcasting licence to operate iLaugh TV, a national, English-language specialty Category B service that would be devoted primarily to animation and animation-related programming, as well as some comedic and other entertainment programming, all of which would target an adult audience aged 18 years and older. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. iLaugh is controlled by Mr. Daniel J. Hawes through his control of March Entertainment 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: 2(b), 5(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 7(e), 7(f), 7(g), 8(c), 11(a), 11(b), 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 adhere to a condition of licence whereby no more than 15% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast week would be comprised of non-animation-related programming drawn from program categories 2(b), 5(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 7(f), 7(g), 8(c), 11(a) and 11(b).
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 iLaugh Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate the national, English-language specialty Category B service iLaugh 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
- 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 2012-230
Terms and conditions of licence for the specialty Category B service iLaugh 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 licensee shall adhere to the conditions of licence set out in Appendix 1 to 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, as amended from time to time.
2. (a) The licensee shall provide a national, English-language specialty Category B service devoted primarily to animation and animation-related programming, as well as some comedic and other entertainment programming, all of which would target an adult audience aged 18 years and older.
(b) 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 (b) Long-form documentary
5 (b) Informal education/Recreation and leisure
7 Drama and comedy
(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
(f) Programs of comedy sketches, improvisation, unscripted works, stand-up comedy
(g) Other drama
8 (c) Music video programs
11 (a) General entertainment and human interest
(b) Reality television
13 Public service announcements
14 Infomercials, promotional and corporate videos
(c) No more than 15% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast week shall be comprised of non-animation-related programming drawn from categories 2(b), 5(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 7(f), 7(g), 8(c), 11(a) and 11(b).
For the purposes of this condition of licence, a program will be considered animation-related if it:
- is inspired by animation or illustrated characters or concepts;
- contains animation and non-animation formats within a single program; or
- is about animation or animators/illustrators.
3. 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” refers to the 24-hour period beginning each day at 6 a.m. or any other period approved by the Commission.
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