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CRTC to consider 4 more digital services

Gatineau, - The CRTC will consider another four category two digital specialty service applications in the summer.

CHUM Television-controlled Learning and Skills Television of Alberta Ltd. - under which operates existing specialties Canadian Learning Television, Court TV Canada and Book Television - has applied for licenses for channels called The Crime Channel and Zoomer.

The Crime Channel "would be dedicated to programming related to crime and criminals, the roots of crime, the pursuit and punishment of criminals, criminal justice and society's attempts to control crime," says the Commission's notice released yesterday. Zoomer's focus, says the notice, would be on "lifestyle, entertainment, educational and special interest programming for mature adults, those in pre- and early-retirement, who want to stay physically, mentally and socially active and engaged," basically, Baby Boomers.

As well, one of the owners of short film channel Movieola, Cal Millar, has applied for an additional license called Silver Screen Classics. "The applicant proposes to offer programming devoted to Golden Oldies feature films that are 40 years and older as well as 'B Movies' spanning all genres that are 30 years and older," says the notice.

Sources say that all three channels could launch this year, as long as the license-granting process doesn't take too long.

The final application which will be considered in the July 14th hearing is for FW TV, a proposed service that would focus on "providing 'how to' programming to help educate young urban Canadians (aged 18-34) as they make the transition from school to work," says the notice.

The proposed channel will follow the editorial style and mandate of independent consumer title FW Magazine (which can be seen on line at

"The applicant proposes programming that will fall into three primary categories. FW TV's 'how to' programming will focus on providing viewers with a guide to a healthy, exciting and productive life. These programs will offer career advice, lifestyle tips, fitness tips, and financial planning as well as health and beauty information. The second category will feature profiles of those who have become unusually successful at a young age, including entrepreneurs and celebrities. The final category will build on FW's annual events (including FW's Photography Festival, Cross-Country tour and Film Festival which features young Canadian film makers), and will focus on short films as well as the occasional theatrical feature film."

For the full notice, go to

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