Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-308
Reference: Part 1 application posted on 22 April 2016
Ottawa, 4 August 2016
TerraTerra Communications Inc.
Addition of Medi 1 TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application by TerraTerra Communications Inc. (TerraTerra), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add Medi 1 TV, a non-Canadian third-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application. The revised list can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca and may be obtained in hard copy on request.
TerraTerra described Medi 1 TV as a niche service (100% Arabic-language) that offers programming dedicated to news, news magazines and entertainment from Morocco targeting the Arabic-speaking population.
As set out in Broadcasting Public Notices 2004-96 and 2008-100, requests to add non-Canadian general interest third-language services to the list are generally approved, subject to any requirements the Commission deems appropriate. Non-Canadian third-language services that provide narrowly targeted or “niche” programming are subject to the same approach as non-Canadian general interest third-language services.
Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services - Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
- 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
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