The CRTC on Tuesday approved specialty channel licences for two proposed “personal development” services and rejected a Rogers Communications Inc. application for a new entertainment news channel. In two decisions, the commission said it approved applications by MOTV Media Inc. to operate English- and French-language specialty channels “that would be devoted to personal development in the sense of leadership, motivation and self-transcendence.” The Category B specialty services would air content from a wide variety of CRTC-defined genres, the commission said. Both licences expire Aug. 31, 2019. In a separate decision, the CRTC rejected a Rogers application for a licence to run an entertainment news channel called The Entertainment Desk because the proposed Category B service would be “directly competitive” with an existing BCE Inc.-owned entertainment news channel, E!. Under commission rules, Category B specialty channels cannot compete directly with protected, Category A channels, like E!, which are considered “must offer” channels for broadcast distributors. E! had 6,460,210 subscribers as of Aug. 31, 2011 and reported $4,118,394 in pre-tax profits during the 2011 broadcast year, the last year for which records are available.