Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-600
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Route reference: 2012-370
Ottawa, 30 October 2012
Paul Girouard, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
Across Canada
Application 2012-0523-7, received 17 April 2012
Public hearing in Montréal, Quebec
10 September 2012
Hockey TV – Specialty Category*B service
The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a new specialty Category*B service.
The application
1.*Paul Girouard, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated (OBCI), filed an application for a broadcasting licence to operate Hockey TV, a national English-language specialty Category*B service that would be devoted exclusively to all aspects of the game of hockey, including hockey news, coverage of professional and amateur games, analysis and interpretation of hockey news and events, hockey-related documentaries, the replaying of classic games, interviews, magazine shows and training and instructional programming. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
2.*Paul Girouard (OBCI) will be controlled by its sole shareholder and director Paul Girouard.
3.*The applicant proposed to draw programming from the following program categories set out in item*6 of Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations,*1990, as amended from time to time: 1, 2(a), 2(b), 3, 5(b), 6(a), 6(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 7(e), 7(f), 7(g), 9, 10, 11(a), 11(b), 12, 13 and 14.
4.*To ensure that the proposed service would not be directly competitive with existing Category*A or C services, the applicant indicated that it would accept a condition of licence requiring it to devote no more than 10% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast month to programming drawn from each of program categories 2(b) and 7, as well as a condition of licence requiring it not to broadcast any live coverage of National Hockey League games.
Commission’s analysis and decision
5.*The Commission notes that the proposed limit of 10% for program categories 2(b) and 7 is consistent with the standard limit established in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100. The Commission notes that the applicant did not propose a limit on programming drawn from category 6(a) Professional sports. However, the Commission considers that the very focused nature of the service and the proposed restriction regarding live coverage of National Hockey League games will ensure that the service will not be directly competitive with Category A or C services. As such, the Commission is of the view that a limit on category 6(a) programming is not necessary.
6.*The Commission is satisfied that the application complies with all applicable policies, terms and conditions, including those set out in Public Notice 2000-6, Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100 and Broadcasting Regulatory Policies 2010-786 and 2010-786-1. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Paul Girouard, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate the national English-language specialty Category*B service Hockey TV. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.

So here is my question. Will Rogers, Shaw or Bell every add this station to there line up. Also don't we already have lots of Hockey on tv.