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CHUM becomes third player applying to CRTC for subscription radio licence

News | 02/27/2004 5:00 am EST

CHUM Ltd. has quietly filed a surprise application with the CRTC to join two other parties seeking licences to provide subscription digital radio in Canada, as first reported by Canadian Communications Reports (CCR Update, Feb. 19/04). Only three applications had been received by the CRTC by the February 16 filing deadline. The two other applicants are a joint venture involving Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., Standard Radio Inc. and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., and a partnership between XM Satellite Radio and former NBA Toronto Raptors owner John Bitove. Both those proposed ventures have announced publicly that they have filed applications.

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