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Commission calls for comments on international channels (no, not ESPN et al)

7/11/2003

OTTAWA-GATINEAU - The CRTC has issued a call asking the public what it thinks of adding Arab news channel Al-Jazeera and 14 other international channels to the eligible satellite list.

Call us crazy, but we think most folks are going to concentrate on the Al-Jazeera application, given the opposition to what some of those appearing on the channel have had to say about the Western world and Jews in particular.

The list of channels, a description, and their Canadian sponsors are:

1. Al Jazeera: A privately owned programming service in Arabic produced in Qatar and broadcast to the world from Rome which specializes in news and discussion programs including newscasts, talk shows, documentaries, scientific, sports and educational programs. It has correspondents in major Arab and world capitals.
Canadian Cable Television Association

2. Art Movies: A privately owned programming service that is part of the Arab Radio and Television Network, with its headquarters in Saudi Arabia and production facilities spanning the entire Middle East. Art Movies offers Arabic-language programming from Egypt, Lebanon and different regions of the Middle East. It specializes in broadcasting movies, but also presents live events concerning the making of cinema, and celebrity interview shows focussing on Middle Eastern film stars.
CCTA
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3. Azteca 13 Internacional: A privately owned channel originating in Mexico, with general interest programming in Spanish featuring sports, entertainment, children's' programming, music, documentaries and soap operas.
Vidéotron ltée

4. Canal SUR: A privately owned channel whose Spanish-language programming originates directly from independent broadcasters from a variety of Latin American countries. Programming consists of news, sports reports, talk shows, variety shows, children's programming and live coverage of events in Latin America such as elections and major news events.
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5. Cine Latino: A Spanish channel offering commercial free programming consisting of Spanish or Latin American films from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Columbia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru.
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6. Eurochannel: A privately owned service originating from France showing mainly films primarily from Spain, France, the U.K. and Italy, as well as those films that have participated in major European film festivals. The programming is shown in the language of its origination and subtitled in either Spanish or Portuguese. Other programming on this channel includes programs on fashion, travelogues, European design shows, and music programs from Europe.
Vidéotron ltée

7. German TV: A channel jointly formed by the two major German public network broadcasters (ARD and EBU) and Germany's only international public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle. German TV provides general interest programming in German, including news and information programming, documentaries, sports, dramas, films, entertainment, variety, and children's programming.
CCTA

8. Gol TV: A privately owned channel that broadcasts mostly soccer-related programming, including live broadcasts or rebroadcasts of over 800 games per year, as well as soccer-themed original programming consisting of talk shows, soccer news and interviews. The programming originates from Mexico, Spain, the United States and other countries where major league soccer games are played. The service offers 60% of its programming in Spanish and English, with Spanish on the primary audio track and English on the secondary audio track.
Vidéotron ltée

9. Grandes documentales de TVE: A channel from Spain's public broadcaster offering Spanish-language original programming from Spain consisting of documentaries relating to nature, history, literature, travel, technology and science, biography, arts, and society.
Vidéotron ltée

10. LBC America: A Lebanon-based channel featuring Arabic-language general interest programming such as movies, sports, mini-series, talk shows and news.
CCTA
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11. RAI International: A channel from Italy's public broadcaster offering general interest programming in Italian, including dramas, films, music, variety, sports, news, dance and religious programming.
Rogers Cable Inc.

12. Romanian Television International (RTVI): From Romania's public broadcaster, this channel offers general interest programming, including films, miniseries, news, documentaries, and public affairs programming. The majority of programming is in the Romanian language, with about 3% of it subtitled in English, as well as some French-language films and documentaries.
CCTA

13. TV Chile: A Chilean channel consisting of general interest programming in Spanish, including family-oriented programming, news, dramas, sports and documentaries.
Vidéotron ltée

14. TVE Internacional: A channel from Spain's public broadcaster providing general interest programming in Spanish. Programming includes films, dramas, news, documentaries, sports, music and children's programming.
Vidéotron ltée

15. Utilisima: From Argentina, this channel features programming in Spanish targeted primarily to women. The service includes programming on such topics as fashion, cooking, decorating, beauty and health.
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