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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-157

Ottawa, 15 May 2003
MediaNet Canada Ltd.
Across Canada
Applications 2002-0386-0 and 2002-0938-9
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
24 March 2003

Acquisition of assets


The Commission approves the applications by MediaNet Canada Ltd. (MediaNet), the parent company of Network Television International Inc., for authority to acquire the assets of the Category 2 pay television service to be known as ITBC Television Canada and the Category 2 specialty service to be known as ITBC Television Canada. MediaNet also requested broadcasting licences to continue the operation of the two undertakings.


The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with these applications.


The Commission will issue the licence for the Category 2 pay television service once Network Television International Inc. has surrendered the current licence to the Commission. The licence for the Category 2 specialty service will be issued once MediaNet has satisfied the Commission, with supporting documentation, that the following requirements have been met:
  • the licensee has entered into a distribution agreement with at least one licensed distributor; and
  • the licensee has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 36 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 5 December 2005. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.


The licence for the Category 2 pay television service will expire on 31 August 2007 and the licence for the Category 2 specialty service will expire on 31 August 2009, the current expiry dates. The licences will each be subject to the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the existing licences.
Secretary General
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Date Modified: 2003-05-15

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