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CRTC slows down Category 2 applications by requiring commitment of carriage

News | 10/10/2002 4:00 am EDT

Anyone now applying for a Category 2 digital specialty television licence must "prove clear evidence of a reasonable likelihood" of carriage before the CRTC will proceed with processing the application. The move is meant to use commission staff resources more efficiently, but it is leaving some newcomers to the field in a Catch 22 situation because distributors aren’t willing to provide them with letters indicating that they will be carried until they actually have a broadcast licence.

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