On Wednesday the CRTC approved a move by Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron to drop the analog broadcast of TV channel ICI, an ethnic station from Montreal. The channel had originally signed a contract with Videotron for digital-only service, yet when the channel was launched it asked to be broadcast in the Montreal region by analog as well and Videotron was compelled to comply by the conditions of its broadcast licence. Now, the CRTC has amended that licence to exempt Videotron from being compelled to broadcast ICI in analog. Videotron filed an application in January for the exemption, arguing that its analog programming was already at maximum capacity and that it was moving away from analog service in general. In its response, the company that owns the station, 4517466 Canada Inc., said losing its analog audience could put it at a competitive disadvantage. The CRTC did not find the financial argument credible, noting that the station already receives tangible benefits from the sale of another station to Rogers Communications Inc. and broadcasts programming from OMNI without charge.