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Ottawa, 24 May 1984
Decision CRTC 84-446
World View Television Limited (World View) - 832477400
Wah Shing Television Ltd. and partners (Wah Shing) - 832429500 MTV Broadcasting System Inc. (MTV) - 832437800
The Commission denies the three applications noted above for licences to carry on networks to distribute multilingual specialty programming services.
In Decisions CRTC 84-444 and CRTC 84-445 released today, the Commission approved the application by Chinavision Canada Corporation (Chinavision) for a licence to carry on a network to distribute predominantly Chinese-language specialty programs, and by Emilio Mascia and Jack Price, representing a company to be incorporated, for a licence to carry out a network to distribute predominantly Italian and Spanish-language specialty programs.
The Commission acknowledges the quality of all of the applications received, particularly the programming proposals contained in the application submitted by Wah Shing for a predominantly Chinese-language specialty network service. The Commission has concluded, however, based on the size of the potential Canadian market, that only one Chinese-language specialty network service should be licensed at this time and that Chinavision is the best applicant.
With regard to World View and MTV, both applicants proposed networks offering multilingual programming aimed at serving a variety of other language groups. Given the limited amounts of programming that would thus be of interest to any one group, the Commission is not persuaded that the proposed services would be attractive to a sufficient number of subscribers at the rates proposed and, therefore, is not satisfied that these services would be viable.
Fernand Bélisle Secretary General

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