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Reference: Part 1 application posted on 16 February 2015
Ottawa, 26 June 2015
Ethnic Channels Group Limited
Addition of EbonyLife TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add EbonyLife TV 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 Ethnic Channels Group Limited (ECGL), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add EbonyLife TV, a non-Canadian English-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.
- ECGL described EbonyLife TV as a niche service (100% English-language) providing entertainment, information and news programming produced by Africans. Its target audience is a global black audience and people interested in entertainment, information and news programming from Africa. Its service originates from Nigeria.
- 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.
Commission’s analysis and decision
- In assessing the competitiveness of a service, the Commission relies primarily on the comments filed to identify the Canadian pay and specialty services with which a proposed non-Canadian service might be totally or partially competitive.
- In the absence of opposing interventions, the Commission approves the application by Ethnic Channels Group Limited to add EbonyLife TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations 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.
- However, although ECGL categorized EbonyLife TV as a niche service, the Commission considers it to be a general interest service given that it consists of programming from a number of categoriesFootnote 1 and that all of the programming is provided in the English language.
- 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
- Footnote 1
According to the description of the service provided in the application, the service airs, in each week, 63.5 hours of lifestyle/human interest/general entertainment/reality programming, 45 hours of drama programming, 53.5 hours of news/analysis/actualities, 2 hours of documentaries, 2 hours of music and variety programming, and 2 hours of religious programming.
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