CRTC approves applications for three new Category B television channels

In a series of broadcasting decisions handed down over the last week, the CRTC has approved applications by Bhupinder Bola for three new national English language Category B specialty channels.

TSN is Canada’s most profitable Specialty Station

The Canadian Specialty Television Industry is perhaps this country’s most profitable industry. Cultural tariff barriers placed on the industry by the Federal government allowed the industry to record revenues and record profits in 2010.

Last, the Specialty television industry had profits of $877 million on $3.46 billion in revenues. The specialty station with the largest profits was Bell Media’s TSN which earned profits of $53 million on revenues of $267.6 million.

MuchMusic HD launches on Bell June 1st

Muchmusic HD, a high definition version of the English language digital specialty channel, will launch on June 1st.

On launch date, the Bell Media owned station will only be available on Bell’s Direct-to-Home satellite television service and its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service. To-date, no other cable or satellite distributors has picked up the station.

Rogers gets approval for seven new Specialty TV channels

In a series of broadcasting decisions handed down over the last week, the CRTC has approved applications by Rogers Broadcasting for seven new national English language category 2 specialty channels.

Category 2 channels are stations licensed by the CRTC to broadcast within defined formats but are not guaranteed cable or satellite television carriage rights.