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Rogers Files Application to Change Programming at The Score

Rogers Media has filed an application with the CRTC to change the conditions of licence for The Score specialty TV channel that it acquired last year.

Rogers wants The Score to be able to carry live sports programming without having to break in every fifteen minutes to provide other sports score and highlight packages. Rogers says the current conditions of licence are disruptive to program flows, and that highlights once an hour are more desirable.

Rogers bought Score Media Inc. last August for $167 million, but the deal needs approval by the CRTC. The channel has been under control of a trustee since the deal, and Rogers is also asking that the effective control now be transferred from the trustee, Peter Viner, to Rogers.

Rogers has offered up a benefits package representing 10 per cent of the value of the transaction, once it is approved.

The funds would be used for production and programming related activities, such as the Sportsnet Winter Games, digital media production scholarships and amateur sports production.