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Decision CRTC 2001-687

Ottawa, 9 November 2001

Paolo Canciani (on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated)
Across Canada 2001-0572-7

10 September 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

Inner Peace Television Network


The Commission approves a Category 2 specialty television service to be known as Inner Peace Television Network (IPTN). IPTN will be owned (100%) by CANBO Broadcasting Inc.


The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as:

· it receives documentation establishing that an eligible Canadian corporation has been incorporated in accordance with the application in all material respects and that this corporation may be issued a licence;
· the Commission receives documentation confirming that the licensee has entered into a distribution agreement with at least one licensed distributor; and
· the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place no later than 9 November 2004. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing before that date.



Three interventions were submitted with respect to this application: one in support and two in opposition.


One intervention expressed the concern that a service offering a single-faith point of view such as IPTN proposes will not provide balanced programming, as defined in the Commission's religious broadcasting policy.


The Commission notes that, while the service will not provide balance in its programming, the terms of carriage accepted by the applicant are consistent with those applicable to a single point-of-view religious service, as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1993-78.


Telelatino Network Inc. expressed the view that IPTN would compete directly with its specialty service Telelatino, for Italian- and Spanish-speaking audiences and for advertising revenues from clients seeking to reach third-language audiences.


In its response to the interventions, IPTN stated that it proposes a primarily religious network from a single faith point of view, in seven different languages, reaching a much smaller audience than does Telelatino. It is of the opinion that its service will have limited appeal to advertisers from the communities it proposes to serve.


The Commission is satisfied that religious programming by its nature is niche programming, and that the vast majority of the type of programming to be offered by IPTN will not duplicate that offered by Telelatino.

Conditions of licence

The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2008, and will be subject to the following conditions as well as to the terms and conditions set out in Public Notice CRTC 2000-171-1.

Nature of service

a) The licensee shall provide a national ethnic Category 2 specialty television service devoted to providing religious programming from the single point-of-view of the Roman Catholic faith. The service will target Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Filipino, English and French-speaking audiences. In addition to religious programming, the service will offer a limited amount of programming dealing with social and humanitarian issues.
b) The programming must be drawn exclusively from the following categories, as set out in Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990: 2(a), 2(b), 4, 5(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 7(e), 7(g), 8(a), 8(b), 11, 12, 13 and 14.
c) Not less than 80% of all programming broadcast during each broadcast week shall be religious programming.
d) Not more than 15% of the programming broadcast during each broadcast week shall be from category 7(d).
e) The licensee is authorized for distribution only at the specific request of the subscriber. Distributors are not permitted to package Inner Peace Television Network in such a way that subscribers are obligated to purchase it in order to purchase any other programming service. As set out in Public Notice 2001-90, IPTN may be offered on a "stand-alone" digital discretionary basis. It may also be offered in a package with other Canadian single or limited point of view religious services or with non-Canadian religious satellite services. Distributors are not permitted to offer services such as IPTN in packages with any other type of Canadian or non-Canadian programming service.


With respect to the condition of licence relating to advertising, as set out in Public Notice 2000-171-1, the Commission approves the following:

Condition 4d) with respect to national paid advertising will not apply; and
condition 4a) will be replaced by:

4a) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraphs b), and c), the licensee shall not distribute more than 12 minutes of advertising material during each clock hour, no more than 6 minutes of which may consist of local or regional advertising.

In addition to the conditions set out above, the Commission expects that, during each broadcast week, no less than 80% of all programming broadcast shall be ethnic programming, and that no more than 20% shall be in English and/or French.


Broadcast day refers to the 24-hour period beginning at 6:00 a.m. each day.

Related CRTC documents

. Public Notice 2000-171-1 - Introductory statement - Licensing of new digital pay and specialty services - Corrected Appendix 2
. Public Notice 2001-90 - Distribution and linkage requirement for Class 1 and Class 2 licensees.
. Public Notice 2001-98 - Ownership and launch requirements for Category 1 and Category 2 specialty services
. Public Notice 2000-6 - Licensing framework policy for new digital pay and specialty services
. Public Notice 1993-78 - Religious Broadcasting Policy

Secretary General

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:

Date Modified: 2001-11-09

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