May 26, 2004   CRTC grants administrative licence renewals to Radio Nord and othersThe CRTC has granted short-term administrative renewals from Sept. 1, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2004 to several broadcasters including Radio-Nord Communications inc (Broadcasting Decision 2004-189). Various Canadian Broadcasting Corp. TV stations, stations belonging to Télé Inter-Rives ltée and Télévision MBS inc. as well as TVA Group’s CFCM TV station in Quebec City were renewed on May 25 for the same period. The applications for licence renewal were heard at a public hearing on Feb. 16, 2004, but the CRTC is unable to rule on them before the current licences expire.Alliance Atlantis secures sales for new series of CSI Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. announced May 21 that it has sold the third installment of its CSI franchise, CSI: New York, to Australia (Channel 9), France (TF1), Germany (VOX), Spain (Telecinco) and the United Kingdom (Five). Co-producer CBS handles U.S. sales. The show is inspired by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its spinoff, CSI: Miami.CanWest plans IPO for New Zealand TV and radio operationsCanWest Global Communications Corp. is planning an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in its New Zealand radio and TV operations, the company announced on May 18. The IPO puts on offer 68 million fully-paid shares of CanWest MediaWorks (NZ) Ltd., a newly incorporated New Zealand company. CanWest will use the proceeds from the IPO to reduce its debt, according to CanWest president and CEO Leonard Asper. It is expected that public investors will acquire about 30% of the company. The offering is expected to open on June 9 and close on or about June 29. The radio and TV assets of CanWest MediaWorks include The Edge, Channel Z, The Rock, More FM, Radio Pacific and Solid Gold, and 22 regional radio stations as well as the television network 3 and C4, a newly launched free-to-air music channel. CRTC releases guidelines on political advertising for broadcastersThe CRTC on May 26 released guidelines on partisan political advertising for Canadian broadcasters (Broadcasting Circular 2004-460). The guidelines are intended to advise broadcasters on the applicability of sections of the Broadcasting Act and other regulations in relation to the upcoming June 28 federal election. For example, the Canada Elections Act prohibits partisan political advertising on the day of the election and stipulates that political advertising must include a sponsor identification.Image Entertainment gets $100,000 grant in support of foreign distribution of TV projectsThe Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions is giving Image Entertainment a $100,000 repayable grant to help it commercialize internationally two TV projects and a feature film on environmental themes. Montreal-based Image Entertainment blends animation and reality, 3D technology and digital imaging to produce TV and film productions for children and the family. TSN’s final 2003-04 live hockey broadcast reaches 2.1 million viewersThe final live 2003-04 hockey playoff broadcast on CTV Inc.’s sports specialty channel TSN – Philadelphia’s 5-4 overtime victory against Tampa Bay – drew a record-breaking national average minute audience of 1.4 million viewers. Audience levels peaked during the final 20 minutes of overtime at 2.1 million viewers. The final game of the Philadelphia-Tampa Bay series was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., which has the rights to the Stanley Cup finals.Survivor: All-Stars finale generates audiences for GlobalThe two-hour finale of Survivor: All-Stars on Sunday, May 9 attracted 2.577 million viewers (A18-49) nationally, with a total 2+ audience of 3.972 million. In the Toronto market, the two-hour finale averaged a 16.3 rating for A18-49, according to BBM People Meter Data.CRTC approves SaskTel request on distant Canadian signalsThe CRTC has approved a request by Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) to distribute, as part of its basic TV service, the distant Canadian signal of CFRE-TV Regina in Weyburn SK, and of CFSK-TV Saskatoon in North Battleford SK (Broadcasting Decision 2004-181). SaskTel said the approval will allow it to provide the same signals as other distributors serving those two cities. CHUM’s Star! to get Scandinavian exposureCHUM Ltd., in a joint venture with NonStop Television, will introduce 24-hour entertainment channel Star! to the Scandinavian TV market, including Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. It also hopes to eventually bring Star! to Iceland, the Baltics and other territories in Europe. NonStop Television will have access to CHUM’s original TV programming, such as FashionTelevision, Star! Close-Up, Star! At the Movies, MediaTelevision and MT-MovieTelevision. Programming on Star! in Scandinavia will be customized for the market and have subtitles. The channel is to launch in Scandinavia on July 1.CTV Inc. launches mobile bureau to cover the federal electionCTV Inc. launched a new mobile bureau, the CTV Election Express, which will travel across Canada to provide up-to-date and comprehensive information on the federal election campaign, the company announced May 17. CTV Election Express is a traveling TV studio outfitted with the latest technology, including portable satellite links, video editing, Internet technology and Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.Global, CTV announce summer programming lineupsThe Global Television Network and CH announced this month their 2004 summer lineup, including the introduction of The Jury (June 7), North Shore (June 18), Good Girls Don’t (June 24) and Touching Evil (June 27). Shows returning this summer include Last Comic Standing, Who Wants to Marry My Dad? and Big Brother. CTV Inc. unveiled its summer TV lineup on May 13, announcing a total of 12 new and returning series. Canadian Idol returns on June 1, and is followed two weeks later by The Casino. CTV’s four new series are The Ultimate Love Test (June 2), Pimp My Ride (June 6), The Next Action Star (June 14), and The Casino (June 14).