The CRTC said Thursday it has approved Rogers Communications Inc.’s purchase of the Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN). In January, Rogers said it had reached a deal to acquire the educational television service from Bluepoint Investments Inc. for $3 million. At a CRTC hearing on May 7, Rogers told commissioners the purchase of SCN would help increase national advertising value on its Citytv network. The CRTC said in a release Thursday that its policy on ownership transactions requires buyers to fund initiatives that benefit the Canadian broadcasting system, and that Rogers will be required to spend 23 per cent of its gross annual revenues to acquire Canadian and educational programming from independent producers in Saskatchewan. “Rogers will also support the creation of digital media by directing $300,000 to the Rogers Digital Development Fund,” the commission said. The CRTC said that, when Bluepoint acquired SCN from the Saskatchewan government about two years ago, it was allowed to broadcast commercial programming and advertising. The commission said Thursday that Rogers can also air this type of programming but that it is expected to invest an additional $1 million over the course of its licence term into independent production in Saskatchewan. The CRTC said it renewed Roger's SCN licence until August 31, 2018. Rogers said in a release Thursday that it plans to launch the channel as Citytv Saskatchewan on July 1.