Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-489
Reference: Part 1 application posted on 17 November 2016
Ottawa, 20 December 2016
Addition of WBTS-LD Boston to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
- The Commission approves an application by Bell Canada, acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add WBTS-LD Boston, Massachusetts, a non-Canadian television station, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission received an intervention supporting this application. The revised list can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca and may be obtained in hard copy on request.
- Bell Canada described WBTS-LD as a 24-hour general interest station (100% English-language) serving the greater Boston area and providing programming from the NBC networkFootnote 1 as well as local programming specific to the Boston area.
- The Commission assesses applications for the addition of non-Canadian television stations on a case-by-case basis, and considers whether the addition would contribute to the achievement of the policy objectives set out in section 3(1) of the Broadcasting Act, namely, to serve the public interest of Canadians and contribute to the provision of programming drawn from local, regional, national and international sources.
- Footnote 1
On 1 January 2017, WBTS-LD will become the new NBC affiliate in Boston, Massachusetts.
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