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Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2005-20

  Ottawa, 4 March 2005

Call for comments on a proposal to add RAI International to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis


The request


The Commission received a request dated 26 January 2005 from Rogers Cable Communications Inc. (Rogers), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add RAI International, a non-Canadian satellite service, to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis (the digital lists). Rogers described the non-Canadian service as follows:

RAI International is a 24-hour seven-day per week Italian language general interest programming service that provides a broad range of programs including dramas, feature films, sports, news and news commentary, cooking, human interest programs, entertainment programs, Italian music and dance, as well as religious programs. RAI International is an international programming service that includes the best programs from Italy's public broadcaster, Radiotelevisione Italiana, as well as original programs made for Italians living abroad. The amount of time during which programming on RAI International will be accompanied by subtitled and/or secondary audio programming in English or French will vary, but the amount will remain below 10%.


In Improving the diversity of third-language television services -A revised approach to assessing requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-96, 16 December 2004 (Public Notice 2004-96), the Commission set out its revised approach to the assessment of requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the digital lists, and, as an appendix, set out specific information that must be filed by the Canadian sponsors. The Commission will assess Roger's request in light of the approach set out in Public Notice 2004-96.

Call for comments


The Commission invites interested parties to file comments on Rogers' request to add RAI International to the digital lists. Commenting parties should also submit a true copy of their comments to the Canadian sponsor of the service at the following address:

Rogers Cable Communications Inc.
333 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1G9
Fax (416) 935-4875


Proof that comments have been sent to the sponsor must accompany the original of the comments sent to the Commission.


Comments must be received by the CRTC and by Rogers on or before 4 April 2005.


Parties should indicate whether they support, oppose, or propose changes to the request, and should include the facts and grounds therefore.


Rogers may file a written reply to any comments received concerning their request. Any such reply should be filed with the Commission, and a copy sent to the person who submitted the comments, by no later than 19 April 2005.


The Commission will not formally acknowledge comments. It will, however, fully consider all comments and they will form part of the public record of the proceeding, provided that the procedures for filing set out below have been followed.

Procedures for filing comments


Interested parties can file their comments to the Secretary General of the Commission:
  • by usingthe
    Broadcasting Intervention/Comments Form


  • by mail to
    CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2


  • by fax at
    (819) 994-0218


Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary.


Please number each paragraph of your submission. In addition, please enter the line ***End of document*** following the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during transmission.


The Commission will make comments filed in electronic form available on its web site at but only in the official language and format in which they are submitted. Such comments may be accessed in the Public Proceedings section of the CRTC web site. Copies of all comments, whether filed on paper or in electronic form, will also be placed on the public examination file.


The Commission encourages interested parties to monitor the public examination file and the Commission's web site for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their comments.

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