The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The CRTC’s decision to greenlight 19 foreign television services for carriage in Canada and reject 10 others is perplexing.  Under existing CRTC policy, foreign programming services are ineligible for carriage here if they are partially or directly competitive with established or licensed services. The Commission said it would stick to that policy when it called for proposals to add new foreign services to a digital list of eligible services. But did it? Not making the cut were such channels as Ovation – The Arts Network, a competitor of Chum’s Bravo!, and the Sundance Channel, which is competitive with the newly licensed must-carry Independent Film Channel. But clearly there was disagreement within the commission on their exclusion. They were left off the list by majority vote, which means there were dissenters who wanted to open the doors even wider. Nonetheless, some of the channels given the go-ahead clearly appear to overlap with Canadian channels. Consider, for example, the similarities between U.S. channel TV Land, which was okayed, and Global’s Prime TV or Category 2 services licensed in the "classic TV" genre. The French-language documentary channel Planète, which has already indicated that it intends to launch in Canada, airs much of the same programming as Astral’s Historia. As well, the CRTC has greenlighted Global’s overseas TV stations, which air predominantly U.S. programming already available in this country. The regulator also agreed to add to the eligible list some channels, such as Euronews, that it has rejected in the past. How have these services suddenly ceased to be competitive? One explanation might be that the CRTC wants a greater choice of channels available to help drive digital. Or perhaps it is a further sign that the CRTC is moving toward a more competitive broadcasting environment. That was the regulator’s rationale, according to acting chair David Colville, in licensing so many Category 2 services and in recently deregulating Class 3 cablecos. If that is the case, the CRTC should clearly articulate its reasons in its decisions so industry players aren’t left scratching their heads.