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CRTC Approves Shaw's Application for Sports Channel

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2011-08-10

The CRTC today announced approval for Shaw Television's application for a broadcasting licence to operate Shaw Media Sports a new Category 2 specialty service.

Shaw Television G.P. Inc. and 7509014 Canada Inc. carrying on business as Shaw Television Limited Partnership  filed an application for a broadcasting licence to operate Shaw Media Sports, a national, English-language specialty Category 2 service.

In Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-562, the Commission stated that, until the regulatory revisions required to fully implement the policies set out in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100 come into effect, new entrants to the competitive mainstream sports services genre would be licensed as Category 2 services. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2010-931, the Commission proposed regulatory revisions whereby competitive Canadian mainstream sports and national news specialty services would be designated as Category C services. Accordingly, after the regulatory changes needed to implement Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100 come into effect on 1 September 2011, such services will operate as Category C services.

The applicant stated that the application is in accordance with the Commission's regulatory framework for competitive mainstream sports services set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policies 2009-562 and 2009-562-1, and that it would accept the standard conditions of licence for Category C services set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-562-1.

The Commission received interventions from individuals in opposition to this application, to which the applicant did not reply. After examination of the interventions, the Commission considers that these interventions do not raise any substantive issues in regard to the application. The public record for this proceeding can be found on the Commission's website at www.crtc.gc.ca under "Public Proceedings."

The Commission is satisfied that the application is in accordance with the Commission's regulatory framework for competitive mainstream sports services set out in Broadcasting Policies 2009-562 and 2009-562-1. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Shaw Television G.P. Inc. (the general partner) and 7509014 Canada Inc. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Shaw Television Limited Partnership, for a broadcasting licence to operate the national, English-language Category C service, Shaw Media Sports. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.

As noted above, Shaw is owned by Shaw Communications Inc. To coincide with the renewal of the broadcasting licences of other services that share common ownership and that were recently renewed in Broadcasting Decision 2011-445, the Commission has set the licence term for this service at five years, to expire on 31 August 2016.

The Commission reminds the applicant that the distribution of this service is subject to the requirements set out in the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations.


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