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Route references: 2010-860

Additional references: 2010-41 and 2010-860-1

Ottawa, 4 November 2011

Commission’s findings following its call for applications for licences to operate a French-language general interest pay television service

1.      In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2010-860, the Commission issued a preliminary view that a second French-language general interest pay television service could be viable, provided that the service was complementary to rather than directly competitive with Super Écran.

2.      The Commission subsequently amended this notice in Notice of Consultation 2010-860-1, indicating that if its preliminary view could not be sustained, it was prepared to entertain applications for a second French-language general-interest pay television service that would be directly competitive with Super Écran.

3.      Having received no applications for a broadcasting licence in this proceeding, whether it be to operate a service that it is complementary to or directly competitive with Super Écran, the Commission maintains its determination, as set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-861, not to open up the French-language general interest pay television service genre to competition. The Commission closes its consideration of this file.

Secretary General

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