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Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-136

  Ottawa, 7 December 2007

Call for comments on the proposed addition of France 24 (English) and France 24 (French) to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis


The Commission received a request dated 22 October 2007 from Videotron Ltd. (Videotron) for the addition of France 24 (English), a non-Canadian, English-language satellite service, and France 24 (French), a non-Canadian, French-language satellite service, to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis (the digital lists).


Videotron described the services as news channels that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that report on international news with a specifically French perspective. Both services offer identical programming schedules, and make use of the same news, images, subjects and reports. According to France 24, the services' programming schedules, which are dedicated exclusively to world news, focus primarily on current affairs, economy, culture, sports and weather, and broadcast news bulletins, news programs, current affairs reports and talk shows.


The Commission's approach to requests for the addition of non-Canadian English- and French-language services to the digital lists is set out in Call for proposals to amend the lists of eligible satellite services through the inclusion of additional non-Canadian services eligible for distribution on a digital basis only, Public Notice CRTC 2000-173, 14 December 2000. In that public notice, the Commission indicated that it would assess such requests in the context of its general policy, which, among other things, precludes the addition of a non-Canadian satellite service that can be considered either totally or partially competitive with Canadian specialty or pay television services. The Commission stated that, in applying this policy, it would take into account all specialty and pay television programming services whose licence applications had been approved by the Commission, including launched and unlaunched Category 1 and Category 2 specialty and pay television services.


The Commission will rely primarily on the comments filed to identify the Canadian pay and specialty services with which France 24 (English) and France 24 (French) might be totally or partially competitive and which therefore should be included in the assessment of the competitiveness of the service. Parties wishing to argue that France 24 (English) or France 24 (French) would be competitive should therefore name the specific Canadian pay or specialty services with which they consider the services would compete, and provide details to support their views, such as comparisons as to nature and genre of service, programming schedules, programming sources and supply, and target audience.

Call for comments


The Commission calls for comments on Videotron's request for the addition of France 24 (English) and France 24 (French) to the digital lists. Parties submitting comments on the request should also submit a true copy of their comments to the Canadian sponsor, Videotron, at the following address:

Quebecor Media Inc.
Regulatory Affairs
465 McGill Street, 5th floor
Montréal, Quebec
H2Y 4A6

Fax: 514-380-4664


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


Comments on Videotron's request must be received by the Commission no later than 22 January 2008. A copy of the comments must be received by Videotron no later than the deadline for receipt of comments by the Commission.


Videotron may file a written reply to any comments received concerning its request. This reply should be filed with the Commission, and a copy sent to the person who submitted the comments, by no later than 5 February 2008.


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

10. 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


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.

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