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Star Ray TV will pursue UHF/Internet strategy despite CRTC decision

News | 09/06/2000 4:00 am EDT

A maverick community broadcaster is turning to pirate television and the web after being denied a broadcast licence by Canada’s communications regulator. In a strongly worded release issued August 25 – the day after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) turned down his application to broadcast over-the-air in an upscale Toronto neighbourhood – Jan Pachul said he would use streaming technology to distribute his programming on the Internet. But in an interview with Canadian NEW MEDIA, the principal behind Star Ray TV said the announcement was intended to divert attention from his real plan to launch a pirate television station, in defiance of the CRTC decision. Pachul says he has already spent "a couple hundred thousand, at least" in setting up a functional TV studio.

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