The CRTC dismissed one challenge and overruled another on Thursday against Ethnic Channels Group Ltd., the operator of a channel aimed at Hindi-speaking women, allowing them to add a second channel of the same type to their offerings. Asian Television Network International Ltd. (ATN) had complained to the CRTC that the Zee TV Canada channel, Ethnic Channels Group’s first channel for Hindi-speaking women, was operating as a general-interest service rather than a niche third-language channel as required by its licence. ATN, which operates the ethnic general-interest South Asian Television Network channel, had also filed an intervention against Ethnic Channels Group’s application to add a second channel, Hindi Women’s TV 2. In both cases, ATN argued that the mandate for women’s programming was too broad, allowing Zee TV Canada to air general-interest programming that does not specifically target women. The CRTC dismissed both concerns, saying that Zee TV Canada was operating much like W Network, another women’s channel, in broadcasting reality shows about women, shows that have storylines that focus on female and family issues, as well as fulfilling its niche mandate by broadcasting “programs on themes relating to the empowerment of women in Indian society as well as on traditional versus progressive cultural norms and roles of women, in Indian or other societies.” In approving Hindi Women’s TV 2, the regulator said the justification for the channel was similar to others already approved for broadcast, including Zee TV Canada, and that Ethnic Channels Group had demonstrated that the channel would remain a niche service that would not compete with ATN’s offerings. Last month, Ethnic Channels Group filed an intervention with the CRTC arguing that Internet-protocol TV provider VMedia Inc. is distributing foreign channels for which it does not own the rights.