The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) said it supports the CRTC's decision to deny 13 applications for mandatory carriage under Section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act. The CRTC decision emphasized “making television services accessible and affordable for Canadians while encouraging competition and uniqueness of programming in the Canadian market,” PIAC said in a release Thursday. In a broadcast decision Thursday, the CRTC denied 13 of more than 20 new or renewal applications. The regulator granted just three new must carry licences, which were given to nonprofit channels. Almost all of the applicants had sought mandatory carriage on basic TV packages with guaranteed, per-subscriber wholesale fees to be paid by the broadcast distributors. Among the denials were two high-profile applications from the Sun News Network and for an all-Canadian film service called Starlight: The Canadian Movie Channel. “The CRTC’s decision today ensures that Canadians’ essential interests are well served by basic television services in Canada. The Commission has also heard the consumer interest in keeping rates low in approving these channels,” John Lawford, executive director of PIAC, said in a statement.