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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 4 March 2014
Ottawa, 10 July 2014
3924181 Canada Inc.
ABC Spark – Licence amendment
- The Commission approves the application by Corus Entertainment Inc., on behalf of 3924181 Canada Inc., to amend the broadcasting licence for the national, English‑language specialty Category B service ABC Spark in order to allow the service to draw programming from the following program categories: 5(b) Informal education/Recreation and leisure; 7(e) Animated television programs and films; and 7(f) Programs of comedy sketches, improvisation, unscripted works, stand-up comedy. The Commission also approves the licensee’s proposal to limit the amount of programming that ABC Spark may draw from each of program categories 7(e) and 7(f) to 10% of the broadcast month. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
- The Commission notes that this application is consistent with its policy on programming flexibility set out in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100.
- Accordingly, the Commission replaces the current condition of licence 2(b), set out in Broadcasting Decision 2013-489, with the following condition of licence:
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 (a) Analysis and interpretation
(b) Long-form documentary
3 Reporting and actualities
5 (a) Formal education and pre-school
(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
10 Game shows
11 (a) General entertainment and human interest
(b) Reality television
13 Public service announcements
14 Infomercials, promotional and corporate videos
- Moreover, the Commission replaces the current condition of licence 2(d), also set out in Broadcasting Decision 2013-489, with the following condition of licence:
The licensee shall devote not more than 10% of all programming broadcast each broadcast month to programming drawn from each of program categories 5(a), 7(e), and 7(f).
- ABC Spark – Licence amendment, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-489, 17 September 2013
- Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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