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Discovery Channel granted approval to air game shows

Briefs | 03/20/2008 1:24 pm EDT

The CRTC yesterday approved the application from CTVglobemedia to add game shows to the list of programming categories from which The Discovery Channel can draw. "Given Discovery’s strong focus on science and technology and other educational-oriented programming, it is clear that a trivia-based show intended to enrich viewers’ base of knowledge, would be a natural fit for Discovery," wrote CTV in  its application. "Adding a limited amount of Category 10 programming [game shows] will make the service more attractive to its target audience while ensuring that it remains true to its nature of service."  In rendering its decision the commission noted that the addition of game shows would not fundamentally alter the nature of The Discovery Channel’s programming and accepted the applicant’s commitment to limit such programming to 15% of its schedule as insurance that it would not.

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