Canuck gov’t settles tussle

Cabinet upholds granting of licenses

TORONTO — The Canadian government has settled a dispute between specialty channel license applicants without stepping on anyone’s toes.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Canada’s public broadcaster, had appealed the granting of four specialty channel licenses in May by the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

“The Commission’s decisions did not comply with key provisions of the Broadcasting Act and Canadian broadcasting policy,” the CBC said, “especially the importance of expanding programming in the French-language broadcasting system in under-represented categories, particularly the arts and culture.”

The CBC’s own application for a French-language arts channel — Reseau des arts — was one of those passed over.

The federal Cabinet decided to uphold the granting of the licenses, but it did accommodate the CBC by asking that the CRTC put together a report by this fall on the possibility of establishing a French-language arts TV service.

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