The CRTC has approved an application from TerraTerra Communications Inc., acting as Canadian sponsor, to add Canal Q to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application. The revised list can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca.
TerraTerra described Canal Q as a 24-hour Portuguese-language niche service featuring entertainment programming. The service originates in Portugal and its target audience will be the Portuguese-speaking community in Canada.
Requests to add non-Canadian general interest third-language services to the list are generally approved, subject to any requirements the Commission deems appropriate. The Commission has stated that non-Canadian third-language services that provide narrowly targeted or “niche” programming would be subject to the same approach as non-Canadian general interest third-language services.