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Monday, April 24, 2006

Licenses granted for more ethnic TV and radio programs in Canada

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission recently approved applications by several new ethnic broadcasters for a broadcast license.

The CRTC has licensed a half a dozen new outlets, and received several more applications for ethnic, third-language television channels, radio stations and specialty services across the country.

Arabic, German, Korean, Turkish, Romanin, Punjabi, Polish and Spanish are among the language-communities to be served by the new broadcast undertakings.

Hmm, wonder if there will be any new Ukrainian programs?

At least 90% of the channel's programming must be in the approved third language; the other ten per cent can be in either of the country's Offical Languages.

You'd think English-speaking Canadians might be interested in programming about the ethnic groups that make up our diverse society. Apparently the CRTC (still) thinks not.

Read the article here.

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