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Ottawa, 9 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-363
Canadian Satellite Communications Inc.
Across Canada- 952292100 - 952628600 - 952301000 - 952309300
Addition of signals
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-40 dated 20 March 1996, the Commission approves the applications by Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. (Cancom) to amend its broadcasting licence to carry on a multiple-channel television and radio broadcasting relay distribution undertaking, by adding the signal of CTEQ Télévision inc., CJNT-TV, and CFTU-TV (IND) Montréal, as well as the signal of Global Communications Limited, CIII-TV, and CFTO-TV (CTV) Toronto, to the list of signals that it is authorized to distribute.
The Commission notes that CFTO-TV, CIII-TV and CJNT-TV are added to the list of the Part III Eligible Canadian Satellite Services (Part III Canadian list) only, while CFTU-TV is added to both the list of Part II Eligible Satellite Services (Part II list) and the Part III Canadian list. The Commission denies Cancom's request to add CJNT-TV to the Part II list.
This denial is consistent with the Commission's approach to the distribution of distant Canadian signals, as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1993-74, whereby it is the Commission's normal practice not to add Canadian signals to the Part II list.
However, in the case of CFTU-TV, the Commission has determined that an exception to its distant Canadian signals policy is warranted in view of the specialized nature of CFTU-TV's programming, noting that provincial educational broadcasters and other services such as Television Northern Canada are currently on that list. The Commission has also taken into consideration the fact that CFTU-TV does not carry any advertising, and the licensee's formal agreement with Cancom authorizing the distribution of its service on any distribution undertaking in Canada.
The Commission reminds licensees holding a Class 1 licence or a Class 2 licence for an undertaking that has between 2,000 and 6,000 subscribers that, notwithstanding the denial of the request to include CJNT-TV on the Part II list, they may apply individually or collectively for the distribution of this service on their undertaking. This separate application process provides local broadcasters and other interested parties with an opportunity to intervene prior to the addition of new distant Canadian signals on cable distribution systems. Similarly, these licensees require prior Commission approval to add CIII-TV and CFTO-TV, which are added to the Part III list only.
Licensees holding a Part III licence or licensees holding a Class 2 licence for an undertaking that has fewer than 2,000 subscribers may, for their part, add the distribution of the aforementioned signals as part of the basic service or on a discretionary tier of their undertakings without prior Commission approval.
In Public Notice CRTC 1996-111 of today's date entitled "Revised Lists of Eligible Satellite Services", the Commission has amended the lists of the Part II and Part III Eligible Satellite Services accordingly.
The Commission acknowledges the interventions received in support of these applications.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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