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Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-40

  Ottawa, 12 April 2007

Call for comments on the proposed addition of Star India News Channel to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis


The Commission received a request dated 30 January 2007 from Asian Television Network International Limited (ATN) for the addition of Star India News Channel, a non-Canadian third-language service, to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis (the digital lists). ATN described the service as follows:

Star India News Channel is a unique and innovative niche programming service, delivering 24-hour year-round television programming consisting of news in the Hindi language. The service reports news related to events in South Asia and throughout the world.


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. The Commission also specified the information that Canadian sponsors must file in support of their requests.


In Public Notice 2004-96, the Commission stated that, going forward, requests to add non-Canadian, third-language general interest services to the digital lists would generally be approved, subject, as appropriate, to new distribution and linkage requirements.1 In the case of non-Canadian third-language services that provide narrowly targeted or "niche" programming, the Commission stated that it would continue to apply a case-by-case assessment to determine whether the service is partially or totally competitive with Canadian pay or specialty services.


The Commission will rely primarily on the comments filed to identify the Canadian pay and specialty services with which Star India News Channel 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 Star India News Channel would be competitive should therefore name the specific Canadian pay or specialty service with which they consider the service 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.


Further, consistent with Public Notice 2004-96, in applying the competitiveness test, the Commission will not take into consideration any unlaunched ethnic Category 2 service, unless the prospective operator of such a service presents compelling evidence that the launch of its service is imminent. Such evidence could include distribution agreements or ongoing negotiations, programming contracts or negotiations with non-Canadian program suppliers, and licence fees paid to Canadian content suppliers.


Finally, the Commission notes its statement in Public Notice 2004-96 that, in assessing niche services, there may be cases where, rather than denying authorization, it might be prepared to consider adopting distribution requirements similar to those adopted for third-language general interest services.

Call for comments


The Commission calls for comments on ATN's request for the addition of Star India News Channel to the digital lists. Parties submitting comments on the request should also submit a true copy of their comments to the Canadian sponsor, ATN, at the following address:

Asian Television Network International Limited
130 Pony Drive
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 7B6
Fax: 905-853-5212


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


Comments on ATN's request must be received by the Commission no later than 14 May 2007. A copy of the comments must be received by ATN no later than the deadline for receipt of comments by the Commission.


ATN 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 28 May 2007.


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

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  • by usingthe
    Broadcasting Intervention/Comments Form


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[1] The current requirements are set out in Distribution and linkage requirements for Class 1 and Class 2 licensees, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-135, 20 October 2006, and Linkage requirements for direct-to-home (DTH) satellite distribution undertakings, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-134, 20 October 2006.

Date Modified: 2007-04-12

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