Rogers Communications Inc. has received approval to amalgamate 43 licences for broadcast distribution operations in New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador into seven, the CRTC said Thursday. A notice posted in the commission’s website said Rogers sought a merger that would align its licences to areas designated for community channels, arguing it would be more efficient administratively and operationally. Rogers was also given more flexibility in terms of changing the signals of U.S. network affiliates it carries in its East Coast operations, and which high-definition versions of U.S. networks it offers customers. The CRTC denied Rogers a request to redirect an additional two per cent of revenues to operate new French-language community channels in the New Brunswick cities of Fredericton and Saint John. The commission questioned whether the percentage of French-speaking populations in these areas warrant separate English and French community channels, like it does in Ottawa and Moncton, N.B. It also noted that Rogers’ proposal would redirect an average of $570,000 a year away from the Canadian Media Fund and other pools intended to fund production projects.