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TAGGED AS LE GROUPE 50 LTéE

CRTC denies French channel targeting viewers 50-plus

Media | 08/26/2014 5:12 pm EDT

The CRTC on Tuesday said it has denied an application for a French-language TV channel that would target viewers aged 50 and older. The applicant was Le Groupe 50+ ltée, which was proposing a specialty Category B service called Canal 50+. The commission said in its decision, posted online, that the applicant did not propose a specific-enough format to ensure it did not compete with existing channels, including Canal Argent and TV5/UNIS. The CRTC noted that Quebecor Inc. intervened against the proposal and said that targeting an age group was too broad a category in proposing a new...