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Reference: Part 1 application posted on 17 February 2015
Ottawa, 22 April 2015
Ethnic Channels Group Limited
Addition of Milenio Television to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add Milenio Television to the List of non-Canadian programming services 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 Ethnic Channels Group Limited (ECGL), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add Milenio Television to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
- ECGL described Milenio Television as a news service (100% Spanish-language), originating from Mexico, that provides news and information programming, targeting an audience of Spanish-speaking adults.
- In Broadcasting Public Notices 2004-96 and 2008-100, 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 Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100, the Commission stated that non-Canadian third-language services that provide narrowly targeted or “niche” programming would be subject to the same approach as non-Canadian general interest third-language services.
- Moreover, in regard to non-Canadian news services, 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.
- In the absence of opposing interventions and any evidence that the service would violate Canadian regulations, the Commission approves the application by Ethnic Channels Group Limited to add Milenio Television to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution 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,” 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
- 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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