TVA sells interest in Mystery TV and The Cave to Shaw Media

Just before Christmas, the TVA Group announced plans to sell its half interest in the “Mystery TV” specialty channel and its 51% interest in “The Cave” specialty TV channel to Shaw Media.

Financial terms of the proposed transaction, which is pending CRTC approval, were not disclosed. If the licence transfer is approved by the federal regulator, the deal could be finalized in the spring of 2012.

Bell Media gets approval for “Superhero,” a new specialty TV channel

The CRTC today approved an application by Bell Media for a new national English language Category B specialty television channel called SuperHero.

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

Bell Media gets approval for new specialty TV channel called Bella

In a broadcast decision handed down today, the CRTC has approved an application by Bell Media for a new national English language Category B specialty channels called Bella.

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

Specialty channel Travel + Escape gets a new look and new programs

Travel + Escape, an English language specialty channel devoted to travel and adventure programming will be getting a new look on November 1st along with a number of new programs.

Owners of the station, Glassbox Television, says more than 70% off the primetime schedule will be overhauled with a number of newly commissioned originals and acquired series added to the line-up.

CityNews Channel launches on Rogers digital cable today

Rogers Media today launch CityNews Channel, a 24/7 English language news station, on its Rogers Digital Cable service.

Programming for the station will consist primarily of of simulcasts from other CityTV stations along with live audio from Rogers 680News.

Rogers gets okay for French language sports station

In a broadcasting decisions handed down today by the CRTC, the federal regulator has approved an application by Rogers Broadcasting to operate a national, French-language sports channel.

Rogers had applied for the category 2 digital specialty channel last December saying the station would air competitive mainstream sports making it a direct competitor to RDS, the French sister station of TSN

Shaw gets approval for National Sports Channel

In a broadcasting decisions handed down this week by the CRTC, the federal regulator has approved an application by Shaw to operate a national, English-language sports channel.

Shaw had applied for the category 2 digital specialty channel last December saying the station would air competitive mainstream sports making it a direct competitor to Sportsnet and TSN.

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.

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