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Decision CRTC 99-520

Ottawa, 3 December 1999
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and Premier Choix Networks Inc. (Canal Histoire), on behalf of a company to be incorporated
Across Canada – 199908365
Application processed by Public Notice CRTC 1999-170 dated 21 October 1999
Amendment to definition of "first-run" programs for Canal Histoire
1. In Public Notice CRTC 1999-97 dated 11 June 1999, entitled Building on success – A policy framework for Canadian television, the Commission indicated that in order to encourage cooperation among specialty and pay licensees in the production and acquisition of Canadian programs, it was prepared to consider, for any pay or specialty service, amending the definition of "first run" programs acquired in the pre-production stage.
2. The Commission approves the above-noted application by the licensee of Canal Histoire to amend condition of licence No. 4 for that French-language specialty service.
3. In the amended condition of licence set out below, the portion being added is set out in italics:

The licensee shall devote at least 75% of its expenditures to acquire Canadian programs to first run original Canadian programs. For purpose of defining first run original programs, the following programs will be accepted:

· those programs acquired jointly, from the initial production funding stage, by Canal Histoire and History Television, regardless of which of the two services broadcasts them first, provided that the licensee adheres to its commitments for expenditures on Canadian programs as set out above;

· a program that has previously been exhibited by a Canadian discretionary service (pay or pay-per-view); and

· a program that has been exhibited for the first time on a Canadian pay or specialty service in a language other than the language in which it was initially exhibited by another broadcaster.

Related CRTC document

• Decision CRTC 99-111: Licensing of "Canal Histoire".

Secretary General
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