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Decision CRTC 2000-645
Ottawa, 14 December 2000
Television Network international Limited
Across Canada – 200009458
14 August 2000 Public Hearing
National Capital Region
Caribbean & African Network
On 24 November 2000, the Commission approved a new ethnic Category 2 pay television service to be known as Caribbean & African Network. The terms and conditions generally applicable to Category 2 services are set out in the public notice accompanying this and other decisions released today.
Conditions of licence
The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007 and will be subject to the following conditions as well as to those set out in both Public Notice CRTC 2000-171 andin the licence to be issued.
Nature of service
a) The licensee shall provide a national ethnic Category 2 pay television service targeting Caribbean and African communities.
b) The programming must be drawn exclusively from the following categories, as set out in Schedule I to the Pay Television Regulations, 1990:
1, 2a, 2b, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f, 7g, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
c) No less than 90% of the programming broadcast during the broadcast week shall be in English.
Exhibition of Canadian programs
In each broadcast year or portion thereof, the licensee shall devote to the distribution of Canadian programs, 18.4% of the broadcast day and 20% of the evening broadcast period (6 p.m. to 11 p.m.).
Expenditures on Canadian programs
In accordance with the Commission's position on Canadian programming expenditures as set out in Public Notices CRTC 1992-28, 1993-93 and 1993-174, except as amended below:
(a) In each broadcast year following the first year of operation, the licensee shall expend on Canadian programs not less than 30% of the previous broadcast year's subscription revenues.
(b) In each broadcast year following the first year of operation, excluding the final year, the licensee may expend an amount on Canadian programs that is up to ten percent (10%) less than the minimum required expenditure for that year set out in or calculated in accordance with this condition; in such case, the licensee shall expend in the next year of the licence term, in addition to the minimum required expenditure for that year, the full amount of the previous year's underexpenditure.
(c) In each broadcast year following the first year of operation, where the licensee expends an amount on Canadian programs that is greater than the minimum required expenditure for that year set out in or calculated in accordance with this condition, the licensee may deduct:
(i) from the minimum required expenditure for the next year of the licence term, an amount not exceeding the amount of the previous year's overexpenditure; and
(ii) from the minimum required expenditure for any subsequent year of the licence term, an amount not exceeding the difference between the overexpenditure and any amount deducted under paragraph (i) above.
(d) Notwithstanding paragraphs (b) and (c) above, during the licence term, the licensee shall expend on Canadian programs, at a minimum, the total of the minimum required expenditures set out in or calculated in accordance with the licensee's condition of licence.
Broadcast day refers to the 24-hour period beginning 6 a.m. each day.
This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site: www.crtc.gc.ca
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