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RFI says it has right to launch in Canada, despite ongoing CRTC process

News | 06/21/2002 4:00 am EDT

Radio France Internationale (RFI) launched this week on digital cable in the Quebec market despite the fact the CRTC announced last year that it was deferring authorizing foreign audio programming services for distribution in Canada. The commission said it would first finalize a licensing framework for Canadian specialty audio services before looking at foreign radio offerings. That process is still ongoing, leading to some confusion about whether RFI is breaching CRTC rules.

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