CRTC increases the diversity of voices in the Montreal market

OTTAWA-GATINEAU — 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 station. “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 local news.
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
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-697
Reference document:
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-475
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