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CRTC sticks with OMNI for multi-ethnic must-carry spot

| 05/23/2019 6:12 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.'s OMNI will continue to benefit from the sole licence to operate its multi-ethnic channel on basic TV packages as a result of a CRTC decision on Thursday.  Rogers beat out seven other applicants for the licence, including BCE Inc. and Ethnic...

Rogers focuses on past shortcomings for ethnic must-carry licence

Media | 11/26/2018 5:55 pm EST

GATINEAU, QUE. -- Rogers Communications Inc. is taking what it learned a year ago and is proposing to rectify what a previous CRTC panel said were shortcomings to run its national ethnic channel for a full five-year term. When the CRTC in 2017 granted Rogers the sole licence to operate its OMNI Regional as a mandatory channel broadcasters had to air on their slate of basic service television programs, it handed the licence on a shorter-than-requested three-year basis. It did so because...

As CRTC rejects FairPlay, proposal could move to legislative reviews

Media | 10/02/2018 11:20 am EDT

The CRTC has no jurisdiction to implement a system to block websites...

CRTC asks for public input on Canada’s next multi-ethnic channel licensee

Media | 04/17/2018 4:43 pm EDT

The CRTC wants Canadians to weigh in as it considers the candidates competing for a licence for a multi-ethnic channel with mandatory carriage on basic TV packages. It said in a press release...

Channels from India, Michigan approved for distribution

Media | 03/10/2017 4:56 pm EST

A pair of channels originating from India and the United States have been approved for distribution in Canada, the CRTC said Friday. NDTV 24 X 7, described by the CRTC as a “24-hour niche...

Rogers’ OMNI proposal needs more scrutiny: ethnic broadcasters

telecom | 07/18/2016 8:16 pm EDT

A group of ethnic programming services is asking the CRTC to consider a proposal by Rogers Communications Inc. for a national OMNI channel separately from its licence renewal hearing. In a...

ATN to launch new OTT service

Media | 04/19/2016 11:18 pm EDT

Tata Communications Ltd. announced Tuesday it has partnered with Asian Television Network International Ltd. to launch a new over-the-top (OTT) service. ATN will use Tata’s cloud-based platform to deliver a mix of South Asian news, sports and entertainment content “in an intuitive app format,” Tata said in a press release. The release said the content will be available on platforms such as Apple Inc.’s iOS and Apple TV, Google Inc.’s Android, Roku Inc.’s Roku TV, Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Fire TV, and smart TVs. It added “this will complement ATN’s current national distribution of more than 50 linear services.” Pramod Israni, vice-president of marketing at ATN, said in an email that the service will be available across Canada and...

Ethnic broadcasters urge CRTC to maintain buy-through requirement

Media | 09/18/2014 8:45 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Asian Television Network International Ltd. was one of a number of ethnic broadcasters with Category A third-language channels who on Thursday urged the CRTC, as part...

CRTC dismisses complaints against Hindi women’s channels

Media | 05/08/2014 6:27 pm EDT

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...

ATN reports higher Q3 profit

Media | 11/11/2013 8:03 pm EST

Asian Television Network International Ltd. reported higher earnings and revenue for the three-month period ended Sept. 30 in comparison to a year earlier. The Markham, Ont.-based broadcaster, with more than 40 specialty TV...

ATN profits fall on weaker advertising, costs

Media | 05/29/2013 9:41 pm EDT

Asian Television Network International Ltd.’s(ATN) first-quarter profits fell by 30 per cent from a year earlier despite an increase in revenues. In first-quarter financial results released Tuesday, ATN reported $6.8 million in revenues for the three-month period that ended March 31, a seven per cent rise from the same period a year earlier. ATN...

ATN going HD in March

Media | 01/25/2013 5:27 am EST

The Asian Television Network International Ltd. (ATN) will offer its ATN channel in high definition beginning March 1, ATN said Wednesday. In a release, ATN said it is currently working to deploy its flagship channel in high definition after bringing its new broadcasting station in Markham, Ont. into full operation. ATN said it was implementing other programming changes, and would not renew Hindi programming service ZEE...