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Reference: Part 1 application posted on 18 December 2014
Ottawa, 12 June 2015
Kosiner Venture Capital Inc.
Addition of HuffPost Live to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add HuffPost Live to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution (the list) and amends the list accordingly. The revised list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca, by clicking on “TV & Radio” and selecting “Programming.”
- The Commission received an application from Kosiner Venture Capital Inc., acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add HuffPost Live, a non-Canadian English-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission received an intervention in support of this application.
- Kosiner Venture Capital Inc. described HuffPost Live as an English-language news service that uses the HuffPost universe—the stories, editors, reporters, bloggers, and community—as its real-time script. The programming covers everything from current events, entertainment, technology, comedy, parenting, style, food, fitness, health, good news to divorce. Its target audience is adults of all ages. The service originates from the United States.
- The Commission’s general approach to the addition of non-Canadian English- and French-language services to the list is set out in Public Notice 2000-173, and reiterated in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100. Under this approach, the Commission assesses such requests in the context of its general policy, which, among other things, precludes the addition of a non-Canadian service that can be considered either totally or partially competitive with Canadian specialty or pay television services.
- In regard to non-Canadian news services, however, the Commission considers a more open-entry approach to be consistent with the importance it places on a diversity of editorial points of view. Consequently, in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100, the Commission stated that absent clear evidence, as determined by the Commission, that a non-Canadian news service will violate Canadian regulations, such as those regarding abusive comment, the Commission will be predisposed to authorize non-Canadian news services for distribution in Canada.
Commission’s analysis and decision
- In the absence of opposing interventions and any evidence that the service would violate Canadian regulations, the Commission approves the application by Kosiner Venture Capital Inc. to add HuffPost Live to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution and amends the list accordingly. The revised listis available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca, by clicking on “TV & Radio” and selecting “Programming,” and may be obtained in hard copy on request.
- Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
- Call for proposals to amend the lists of eligible satellite services through the inclusion of additional non-Canadian services eligible for distribution on a digital basis only, Public Notice CRTC 2000-173, 14 December 2000
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