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.
Category B channels are stations licensed by the CRTC to broadcast within defined formats but are not guaranteed cable or satellite television carriage rights.
The proposed channels include The Work TV Channel, Caribbean HDTV, and Chinese English News HDTV.
- Work TV - a national, primarily English-language specialty programming channel that would be devoted to the world of work, jobs, unions, news and career. The applicant stated that it would broadcast 90% of its programming in English and 10% in French.
- Caribbean HDTV - a national, ethnic specialty channel operating in the English language that would be devoted to programming for the Caribbean community and South Asians originating from India.
- Chinese English News HDTV – a national, ethnic specialty channel operating in the English language that would be completely devoted to news programming from mainland China to serve the Chinese community in Canada.
While the CRTC approved the applications for these new category B specialty channels, it does not mean the stations will ever make it to the airwaves. Most Category B channels that are approved never make it to air due to lack of interest from cable and satellite television distributors.
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