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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 24 October 2011

Ottawa, 23 February 2012

GlassBOX Television Inc.
Across Canada

Application 2011-1383-6

AUX – Licence amendments

1.      The Commission approves the application by GlassBOX Television Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for AUX (formerly AUX TV), previously categorized as a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking, by replacing category 11 with categories 11(a) and 11(b).1 The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

2.      The licensee submitted that this amendment would provide it with additional programming flexibility.

3.      The Commission notes that the changes reflect the flexibility provided under Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100 and recent licensing decisions for specialty services. The Commission further notes that AUX has confirmed that it will abide by the standard terms and conditions of licence applicable to Category B services and is hereby designated as a Category B service. The conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.

Secretary General

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*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-113

Conditions of licence for the specialty Category B service AUX

1.      The licence will be subject to the conditions set out in Standard conditions of licence, expectations and encouragements for Category B pay and specialty services – Corrected Appendices 1 and 2, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-786-1, 18 July 2011.

2.      (a) The licensee shall provide a national, English-language specialty Category B service devoted to emerging music and its creation, including programming featuring emerging music and aimed at helping emerging musicians.  

(b) The programming must be drawn exclusively from the following program categories set out in Item 6 of Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990, as amended from time to time:

1   News
2   (a) Analysis and interpretation
     (b) Long-form documentary
3   Reporting and actualities
5   (a) Formal education and pre-school
     (b) Informal education/Recreation and leisure
7   (a) On-going dramatic series
     (c) Specials, mini-series or made-for-TV feature films
     (d) Theatrical feature films aired on TV
     (e) Animated television programs and films
     (f)  Programs of comedy sketches, improvisations, unscripted works, stand-up comedy
8   (a) Music and dance other than music video programs or clips
     (b) Music video clips
     (c) Music video programs
9   Variety
10 Game shows
11 (a) General entertainment and human interest
     (b) Reality television
12 Interstitials
13 Public service announcements
14 Infomercials, promotional and corporate videos

(c) The licensee shall devote no more than 15% of all programming broadcast in each broadcast month to programming drawn from each of categories 5(a), 7(a), 7(c), 7(d), 7(e), 7(f) and 10.

(d) The licensee shall devote no more than 35% of all programming broadcast in each broadcast month to programming drawn from category 8(b).

3.    The licensee may rebroadcast non-educational emerging music programming that ceases to be emerging music programming with the following limitations:

For the purposes of the conditions of this licence, including condition of licence 1, broadcast day means the period of up to 18 consecutive hours, beginning each day not earlier than six o’clock in the morning and ending not later than one o’clock in the morning of the following day, as selected by the licensee, or any other period approved by the Commission.

For the purposes of the conditions of this licence:

Educational emerging music programming means informal or formal educational programming aimed at assisting musicians or potential musicians in their careers or musicianship.

Non-educational emerging music programming means programming in which no performing artist who is the primary focus of that programming, except where that performing artist acts as a host, had any musical selection appear on any of the RPM 100 Singles, RPM Retail Singles, The Record Retail Singles, The Record Country, RPM 100 Country Tracks, Canadian Music Network National Airplay, Canadian Music Network Country Top 50 Audience, Billboard Hot 100 Singles, or Billboard Hot Country charts more than 12 months prior to the date on which the programming aired.


[1] In Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2011-401, the Commission formally announced that it had renamed program category 11 as category 11(a) and added category 11(b) Reality television.

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