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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 13 November 2013
Ottawa, 31 January 2014
Soundview Entertainment Inc.
Addition of Star International to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to addStar Internationalto the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The revised list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector.”
1. The Commission received an application dated 1 November 2013 from Soundview Entertainment Inc. (Soundview) to add Star International to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any comments regarding this application.
2. Soundview described Star International as a 24-hour general interest Greek-language service providing news and entertainment, with a focus on lifestyle, showbiz, gossip, fashion and humour. Its target audience would be Greek-speaking Canadians, and its programming would be sourced from Greece.
3. In Improving the diversity of third-language television services – A revised approach to assessing requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-96, 16 December 2004, the Commission stated that requests to add non-Canadian general interest third-language services to the list would generally be approved, subject to any requirement it deemed appropriate. In the case of non-Canadian third-language services that provide narrowly targeted or “niche” programming, the Commission stated that it would continue to apply a case-by-case assessment to determine whether such services are partially or totally competitive with Canadian pay or specialty services.
Commission’s analysis and decision
4. In the absence of opposing interventions and in line with the Commission’s policy regarding the addition of third-language general interest services to the list, the Commission approves the application by Soundview Entertainment Inc. to add Star International to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution and amends the list accordingly. The list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector” and may be obtained in hard copy on request.
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