Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-246
Reference: Part 1 application posted on 1 March 2017
Ottawa, 11 July 2017
Ethnic Channels Group Limited
Addition of Alaraby Television Network to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
- The Commission approves the application by Ethnic Channels Group Limited (ECGL), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add Alaraby Television Network, a non-Canadian third-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding 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.
- ECGL described Alaraby Television Network as a 24-hour general interest service (100% Arabic-language) offering news, public affairs, entertainment, dramas, talk shows and other engaging programming. Its target audience is Arabic-speaking viewers, including the younger Arabic demographic. The service originates from London, England.
- As set out in Broadcasting Public Notices 2004-96 and 2008-100, requests to add non-Canadian general interest third-language services to the list are generally approved, subject to any requirements the Commission deems appropriate.
- Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
- 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
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