The CRTC approved on Wednesday Shaw Communications Inc.’s application for a new sports service called Shaw Media Sports. The new channel will be a national, English-language Category C service, fitting the regulatory framework for a competitive mainstream sports service. The commission received interventions opposing the application but said the comments did not “raise substantive issues.” Shaw Media Sports’ licence is good for five years, until Aug. 31, 2011, in keeping with the commission's group-based licensing policy. The commission also approved on Wednesday Astral Media Inc.’s licence for Investigation, a national, French-language, standard Category B service devoted to forensic science, legal and police investigations, trials and espionage. Quebecor Media Inc. and V Interactions Inc. opposed the application, arguing that Investigation would compete with Addik, a French-language Category A service formerly known as Mystère. To prevent the new service from directly competing with Addik—which is devoted to mystery, fantasy, suspense and horror—Investigation will focus on criminality, meaning the techniques for police research and investigation, the CRTC said. Also on Wednesday, the commission approved Ethnic Channels Group Ltd.’s licence for South Asian News and Information TV. The national, English-language, ethnic specialty Category 2 service will be devoted to news and public affairs “reflecting views from the Asian continent,” the CRTC said. The commission denied a request to exempt the service from closed captioning policy.