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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 of the regulator’s two-week hearing on the future of television, to maintain its buy-through requirement for those channels. The CRTC said in a discussion document issued in August that it is considering eliminating the current rule, under which consumers must subscribe to "Fairchild TV,...

Two third-language TV channels approved

Media | 04/14/2014 5:54 pm EDT

The CRTC on Monday said it has approved two third-language television stations, and both were granted permission to use local advertising for six of the 12 permitted hourly minutes of advertising. One station approved will be called Italian TV, which is owned by Ethnic Channels Group Ltd., controlled by Slava Levin, the CRTC said in an online post. The other will be called Spanish Sports & Entertainment 1, owned by Telelatino Network Inc., which is majority owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., the CRTC said. These decisions follow one last week in which the commission approved a...