OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved a
new multilingual television station to be called International
Channel/Canal International (ICI). The CRTC also approved an
application by Rogers to acquire CJNT, an ethnic television station,
and authorized it to convert the station to an English-language
"These two television services will increase the diversity of voices in
the Montreal region," said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC.
"The English-language community as well as over 18 ethnic communities
will benefit from these two new services."
ICI will provide programming in at least 15 different languages,
including Romanian, Mandarin, Creole, Persian and Portuguese. It will
devote 14 hours per week to local ethnic programs.
CJNT will increase the number of Citytv stations, which will enable
Rogers to broaden its national coverage. The station will broadcast
15.5 hours of local programming per week, which is 1.5 hours more than
what is generally required by the Commission. It will also broadcast a
morning program directed at the Montreal community that will include
Today's decisions are a follow-up to a proceeding that included a public
hearing on November 7 and 8, 2012 in Gatineau.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-696 (ICI)
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-697 (CJNT)
The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-475
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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