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Ottawa, 9 February 1996
Decision CRTC 96-46
Global Communications Limited
Paris, Toronto, Ottawa, Stevenson, Oil Springs, Midland, Owen Sound, Bancroft, Peterborough, North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Fort Erie, Ontario - 951971100
 Licence amendment for CIII-TV
Following Public Notice CRTC 1995-177 dated 17 October 1995, the Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence for the television programming undertaking CIII-TV and its associated transmitters, by amending condition of licence number 6 to extend the broadcast period for the scheduling of Canadian drama programming from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. instead of from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
 The Commission notes that other television networks have already been granted the same flexibility and encourages Global Communications Limited (Global) to promote and showcase high quality Canadian drama productions for family audiences during this extended broadcast period.
 The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted by Insight Production Company Ltd. in support of this application. In addition, an intervention was submitted by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) which expressed its support for any initiative aimed at ensuring that quality Canadian programming is appropriately scheduled for its intended audience.

 However, CFTPA expressed its concerns regarding the scheduling of Canadian programming in the underrepresented categories during the early prime time period. In response, Global stated that "It would not serve Global's desire to get the highest possible viewers by scheduling a program destined for adult viewers during early prime ... We want to expand the hours available to telecast dramatic programs as part of our conditions of licence such that programs destined for youth, children or families can attract the widest possible audience."
 This decision is to be appended to the licence.

 Allan J. Darling
 Secretary General

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