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Decision CRTC 2000-601


Ottawa, 14 December 2000


Jim Gregory (OBCI)

Across Canada — 200007410


14 August 2000 Public Hearing
National Capital Region


The Hockey Channel


On 24 November 2000, the Commission approved a new Category 2 specialty television service to be known as The Hockey Channel. 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 English-language Category 2 specialty television dedicated exclusively to all aspects of the game of hockey including: hockey news, coverage of professional and amateur games, analysis and interpretation of hockey news and events (talk shows and open-line programming), hockey-related documentaries and replaying of classic games, interviews, magazine shows and training/instructional programming.


b) The programming must be drawn exclusively from the following categories, as set out in Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990:
1, 2a, 2b, 3, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f, 7g, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.


c) No more than 5% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast year shall be dedicated to coverage of live NHL hockey games.


d) No more than 15% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast week shall be drawn from category 7.


e) The licensee may distribute separate regional programming in place of its national service to affiliated distribution undertakings, provided that the hours dedicated to such regional programming do not exceed 10% of its overall programming.




Broadcast day refers to the 24-hour period beginning 6 a.m. each day.



Secretary General



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