CRTC Broadcasting Licences September 2011On September 16, 2011 the CRTC heard from 37 applicants vying for broadcasting licences in Canada.  An application was submitted by  Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Fort Saskatchewan. The new station would operate on frequency 107.9 MHz (channel 300B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 11,000 watts. The applicant proposes a mixed Classic Hits/Classic Rock music format.

Other applicants included an application by Bell Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Confession TV.

The applicant proposes a service devoted to people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society. The service would also offer entertainment programming on the police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, as well as disaster and relief operations.

Application by Peter Clarke, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as The Philanthropy Channel.

The service would be devoted to programming that informs, entertains and inspires audiences about Canadian and international philanthropy, philanthropic causes and the philanthropists whose private work helps to bring about public benefits.

Application by Gordon Culley, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language, niche, Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as NewNext Channel.

The applicant states that the proposed programming would showcase movie trailers from Canada and all over the world, along with interviews, and analysis and interpretation of upcoming movies, primarily theatrical film movie trailers.

Application by FDR Media Group Inc., on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Dalal Street.

The applicant states that the programming would showcase business news and business current affairs programming from the context of North American importance. The majority of the business news and business current affairs would be focused on India and India’s business news. It indicated that currently there is no other channel in the English language that focuses on this genre, geographic focus or demographic. It submitted that the channel would be an important platform to promote business between Canada and India.

Application by 7215088 Canada Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Academy Television.

The applicant proposes to offer a unique television service with a wide range of dynamic, accessible learning opportunities, particularly for pre-high school and high school age students, but also for learners of all ages. The educational programming would include a full range of pre-high school and high school related material for students, to support, promote and enhance after hours at home study, as well as informal lifelong learning opportunities for adults.

Application by Education Through Media for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Dolobox Television.

The applicant states that the service would be dedicated to the broadcast of user-generated content ranging in length from 30 to 60 minutes. It adds that not less than 80% of the content on the service would be user-generated content created by participants in The Dolobox Television Initiative, a youth engagement program developed by Education Through Media. Programming would cover a wide range of topics and subject matter, and would provide a place for young adults to get connected and stay current. The service would also provide content directed to young adults and will address a wide range of national and global issues, including technology, fashion, music, environment, politics, sports and finance.

Application by Andtell Studios Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Fitness Lifestyle TV.

The applicant proposes a service that would be dedicated predominantly to healthy fit lifestyles. The programming would include instructional workouts, health and fitness news, sports competitions (i.e., weightlifting, running, cycling), documentaries and interviews.

Application by Canyon.TV, Incorporated based in Calgary for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, terrestrial pay-per-view programming undertaking to be known as Canyon TV.

The applicant proposes to deliver a vast range of programming, from news and documentaries to film and music programming.

Application by Bell Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Bella.

The applicant proposes a service devoted to programming that relates to relationships, lifestyle, beauty, trends and style, and that includes features, coverage of live events and commentary on politics and modern culture, from the female perspective. The service would focus on the interests and needs of young professional women, young mothers, and women between the ages of 18 and 34 years.

Application by Bell Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Confession TV.

The applicant proposes a service devoted to people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society. The service would also offer entertainment programming on the police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, as well as disaster and relief operations.

Application by Bell Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Movies.

The applicant proposes a service devoted to action and adventure programming. Its program schedule would run the gamut from contemporary “popcorn” action and adventure films and series, to classical westerns, rodeo and western horse shows.

Application by Bell Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as SuperHero.

The applicant states that its proposed service would offer programming from international markets featuring the latest trends in non-violent action, adventure, superheroes, comedy and interactivity. The service would reach an interactive level with programs on the games associated with action series as well as magazine shows to cover current comic book trends and the classics.

Application by Bell Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, French-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking to be known as Discovery French.

 The applicant states that its proposed service would be devoted to programming exploring the areas of scientific and technological discoveries, the environment, nature and human health.

The decisions of the CRTC are expected to be announced early in 2012.