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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 7 June 2013
Ottawa, 2 October 2013
TV5 Québec Canada
Addition of Berbère Télévision to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add Berbère Télévision to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list) and amends the list accordingly. The revised list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector.”
1. The Commission received an application from TV5 Québec Canada to add Berbère Télévision, a non-Canadian French- and Berber-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission received several interventions in support of this application.
2. The applicant described Berbère Télévision as a 24-hour French- (23%) and Berber-language (77%) general interest service that broadcasts a wide variety of information and entertainment programming aimed at the entire family. The service’s target audience would consist of Berber-speaking Canadians originating from countries of Berber culture, such as, primarily, Morocco (70% of the population), Algeria (40% of the population) and Tunisia (30% of the population), as well as, to a lesser extent, Lybia, Egypt, Mali, Niger and Mauritania. Its programming would be sourced from France.
3. The Commission’s general approach to the addition of non-Canadian English- and French-language services to the list 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. Under this approach, the Commission assesses such requests in the context of its general policy, which among other things, precludes the addition of a non-Canadian service that can be considered either totally or partially competitive with Canadian pay or specialty television services.
Commission’s analysis and decision
4. In assessing the competitiveness of a service, the Commission relies primarily on the interventions filed to identify the Canadian pay and specialty services with which a proposed non-Canadian service might be totally or partially competitive.
5. In the absence of opposing interventions, the Commission approves the application by TV5 Québec Canada to add Berbère Télévision to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution and amends the list accordingly. The list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector” and may be obtained in hard copy on request.
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