In Decision 2013-289 handed down 14 June 2013 the CRTC has approved NHK World TV for carriage in Canada. Although the application was submitted by Telus the approval is effective for all BDUs and DTH providers.
Here is an extract:
Addition of NHK WORLD TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add NHK WORLD TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list) and amends the list accordingly. The revised list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca
under “Broadcasting Sector.”
1. The Commission received an application from TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) to add NHK WORLD TV, a non-Canadian English-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
2. TELUS described NHK WORLD TV as a 24-hour 100% English-language news channel consisting of news and information reporting on Japan’s politics, business culture and entertainment, as well as world news and Asian lifestyle programming. Its target audience is the large number of Canadians of Japanese descent, with family in Japan or with work interests in Japan. The applicant stated that the programming broadcast on this service would also likely be of interest to a wide range of Canadian adults, as is the case with the other 130 countries around the world receiving NHK WORLD TV. Its programming will be sourced from Japan.
This is very different from TV Japan as the service is a 24hour English service from Tokyo much in the line of BBC World.
Come on Shaw Direct; we really need this!