July 16, 2018
The CRTC approved a five-year group licence renewal for DHX English-language specialty channels Family Channel and Family CHRGD, and French-language specialty channel Télémagino. Under the group licence policy, conditions of licence include 35% Canadian programming exhibition (CPE), at least 20% of the previous year’s gross revenues must be spent on acquisition of or investment in Canadian programming and 13% on programs of national interest (PNI). DHX may also access the Indigenous and official language minority credits as per other groups. Read the CRTC Decision, a Playback article and On Screen Manitoba’s intervention.
The CRTC approved WOW Networks’ acquisition of Bell Media Comedy Gold Channel with a plan to re-brand the network as a kid’s channel. This expands WOW Media’s efforts to develop kids offerings on a variety of platforms including YouTube, SVOD and VRV. WOW founding companies are Rainmaker/Mainframe and Frederator (Frederator’s Kenneth Ash spoke at All Access 2018). The sale includes a modest tangible benefits package that will provide about $687,000 towards independent kids production (80% through the CMF and 20% through a yet-to-be-determined means). Read the CRTC Decision and Playback articles for more information.