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Old 08-25-2005, 01:54 AM   #1
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[img=left:00abba80c2]http://www.siriusbackstage.com/blog/siriuscanada.jpg[/img:00abba80c2]An update to the SIRIUS Canada website yesterday confirms that the service is on schedule for a fall launch. We should have more information on which Canadian channels will debut when SIRIUS announces its new programming lineup today.
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This may be a dumb question, and will probably be answered when the new lineup is released. But, does this mean that the Canadian content (CBC, canadian artists, etc...) would be available to U.S. listeners, or is it strictly for Canadian listeners?
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Part of the CSS (the Canadian consortium that would provide service to Canadians) application for licensing indicated a benefit of the CSS service is that the Canadian produced programming would be available to US subscribers, expanding the awareness of Canadian artists and programming.
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Thanks for the explanation. I look forward to the new additions to the Sirius lineup. I've always enjoyed CBC programming.
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Why have they yet to give us the Canadian Channel lineup?
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WINNIPEG (CP) - The federal government is ready to ask the CRTC to rescind its decision to licence satellite radio, government sources have told The Canadian Press.

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"Everything suggests that the cabinet will ask the CRTC to overturn its decision," an official close to the file said in an interview on Friday.

On June 16, the broadcast regulator granted the first satellite radio licences to Sirius - a consortium of Radio-Canada and Standard Radio - and a company called Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR).

The two companies plan to offer subscribers between 60 and 100 commercial-free music channels for $15 to $20 a month. The services will be transmitted by American satellites across North America.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission also allowed CHUM and Astral to deliver pay radio. That programming would be distributed via a ground-based digital network. But the companies hope the service will migrate to satellite after 2010.

The decisions upset many in the Quebec artistic community, which complained that only 10 per cent of the future 200-channel satellite service will be Canadian, and just 2.5 per cent will be francophone.

Under the rules laid out by the CRTC, each group must provide at least eight Canadian channels, two of them in French. Both companies have decided, however, to offer three channels in French.

They could carry nine foreign channels for every Canadian one they deliver.

CHUM and Astral are also unhappy with the CRTC's initial decision. They fear the new competition from Sirius and CSR could harm their conventional radio stations.

As cabinet met in Winnipeg on Friday, Canadian Satellite Radio lobbyists tried to persuade ministers not to send the issue back to the CRTC for reconsideration.

The Canadian businessman who owns CSR, a partner of U.S.-based XM Satellite Radio, was upset by the apparent willingness of the cabinet to intervene.

"This is just absolutely shocking," John Bitove said.

If the decision is revoked, Bitove estimates it could cost the Canadian economy $2 billion over the next 10 years.

"I think if it's true, there will be huge repercussions."

Bitove said he believes the opposition stems mainly from discontent over the number of French-language stations.

"So far, from what I understand, that's really the only issue that's been brought up - that three French channels is not enough," he said.

If the ruling is rescinded, CSR will consider any legal options it may need to pursue the matter in federal court, Bitove said.

"There are hundreds of thousands of Canadian consumers who want to purchase this product - either at a retailer or in a new car - who are going to pay the price if this is the decision," he said.

Joining the voices in support of satellite radio is electronics chain store The Source - formerly Radio Shack - which purchased advertising in several newspapers. The chain hopes to sell many satellite radio receivers for Christmas, a plan that would be undermined if cabinet intervenes.

The government has until Sept. 14 to announce its decision whether it will ask that the licences be revoked.

In the weeks that followed the CRTC decision, federal observers feared the issue would prompt a battle between Quebec and Ontario. But several Liberal MPs from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes all pressured cabinet ministers to force the CRTC to rescind its decision.

The Quebec caucus won support for its position from several artistic groups, including the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada and l'Union des artistes.

The groups argue that the CRTC decision contradicts the principles and objectives of Canadian broadcasting policy.

They also want the CRTC to be forced to hold a public hearing on the issue to establish "an appropriate regulatory framework."
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Sirius Canada and Canadian Satellite Radio join with artists, automotive dealers and retailers to rally in support of CRTC Decision
Wednesday August 31, 2:00 pm ET


-- Benefits to consumers, Canadians artists and Canadian culture --
TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - A large gathering of satellite radio supporters convened in Toronto today to voice their approval of the Canadian Radio- television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Decision to grant licences to satellite radio providers in Canada. The group came together today in response to recent media coverage suggesting the federal cabinet and politicians may be reconsidering the licences in the face of appeals launched by a few competitive broadcasters and select artist groups.
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"The CRTC did the right thing in granting these licenses with specific Canadian content requirements," said Kevin Shea, president and CEO, Sirius Canada. "It is fulfilling its mandate to bring new services and new technologies to Canada and better yet Canadian artists will now get a presence on this new technology that they may not have had through the grey market."

According to John I. Bitove, chairman and CEO, Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR), "There are real and tangible benefits that Canadians will enjoy with the arrival of satellite radio, including access to a diverse range of niche programming wherever listeners work or live, in rural or urban Canada. Canadian artists will also benefit through the emergence of an additional royalty revenue stream, ongoing investment in Canadian talent development and access to more than 300 million potential subscribers in North America.

"Furthermore, there will be strong investment and employment benefits for Canadians as we begin to build new facilities and undertake other infrastructure development projects."

Satellite radio - committed to Canadian content

New and emerging Canadian artists who receive little or no airplay on conventional radio will benefit from satellite radio in Canada as they will gain broader exposure to more than 300 million potential subscribers across Canada and the U.S. The exposure gained through satellite radio can be critical to an artist's career and can help them build a larger fan base than they could with conventional radio.

"Building and growing a fan base is job No. 1 for any new artist and performer - it can make or break a career," said Gregg Terrence, president of Indie Pool Inc. "Satellite radio will help new independent artists gain critical mass by reaching a truly North American audience - an audience that conventional radio simply cannot deliver and does not have the format to support."

In addition, satellite radio in Canada will invest an unprecedented $57 million in Canadian talent development initiatives split evenly among French and English artists. Talent development activities include international talent showcases and touring support for French artists, Canadian music ambassadors and production support in the form of grants and studio time.

Equality for rural and urban Canadians

Almost one-third of the Canadian population lives in small towns or other rural areas, where they have limited access to choice in radio. Satellite radio is a proven technology that will broadcast nationwide and bring unprecedented choice in music, news and comedy to everyone.

"We believe that satellite radio has the power to bring Canadian culture and original programming in both official languages to more people than ever before, promoting regional talents within Canada as well as into the U.S.," said John Bitove.

Concerns of a Grey Market

"Canada needs a legitimate antidote to the quickly growing grey market," said Kevin Shea. "With nearly 100,000 Canadians currently subscribing to U.S. satellite radio without any guarantee of Canadian content or benefit to Canadian artists, the CRTC's initial decision was the right one.

Promotion of francophone culture outside of Quebec

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unite francophone culture continent-wide," said John Bitove. "Whether you live in French-speaking rural Manitoba, Eastern Ontario, New Brunswick or anywhere in Canada or the U.S., you will now be able to receive music, information and comedy in French."

Support from Automakers

Many of Canada's automakers are firmly behind the drive for satellite radio in Canada and see the emerging technology as a result of customer demand.

"New vehicles in the U.S. have come equipped with satellite radio for some time now," said David Paterson, vice president of General Motors of Canada Ltd. "Our Canadian customers are asking dealers for this great service. Unless we act quickly, we will miss the opportunity to outfit new models with this technology. Satellite radio is not going away."

Growing Public Support

Public support for satellite radio is growing. In fact, a recent study commissioned by Sirius Canada revealed 76 per cent of Canadians support the CRTC Decision to grant satellite radio licences to Canadian providers.

About Sirius Canada

SIRIUS Canada satellite radio service is a world-class digital audio platform that has applied to the CRTC to offer Canadians high quality digital music, information and entertainment programming, including an exclusive line- up of commercial-free Canadian content produced by SIRIUS Canada partners, CBC/Radio-Canada and Standard Radio Inc. SIRIUS Canada will reach Canadians wherever they live, from urban centres to the most remote regions of the country.

About Canadian Satellite Radio

Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR) is Canada's premier satellite radio service. It is owned and operated by Canadian John I. Bitove, and received a licence from the CRTC in June 2005 to offer the XM Satellite Radio subscription radio service in French and English to all Canadians via satellite. CSR creates unique and original music, comedy, multi-ethnic and other entertainment content to be broadcast across North America. CSR works in partnership with XM Satellite Radio of the United States, which is the leading satellite radio provider in the U.S.

For more information about CSR, visit www.cdnsatrad.com.

For further information

Sirius Canada - Kevin Shea, (416) 323-5414
Jeff Roman, jeff.roman@edelman.com or Nolan Reeds, nolan.reeds@edelman.com, (416) 979-1120
Canadian Satellite Radio - Joy Chan, jchan@wilcoxgroup.com, (416) 203-6666



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Why have they yet to give us the Canadian Channel lineup?
Because they haven't yet established a date to begin operations.
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Stupid question:

What happened to that thread with over 1,000 views in the Dogstar Cafe: "CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MAY OVERTURN SATELLITE RADIO"

It is marked as MOVED but I cant seem to find it anywhere. When you click on it, in Dogstar Cafe, the system just says that it does not exist????
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No Resolution In Canadian Satcaster Issue

September 7, 2005

A cabinet group made up of high-level federal ministers did not reach a decision in the ongoing issue of the future of Canadian satellite radio yesterday. The Globe And Mail reports that the seven member committee opted to do nothing about the appeal to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) over the granting of licenses to a pair of satcasters.

Federal sources told the Canadian newspaper that there is no clear path that the government will take to resolve the issue. The 45-day window to respond to the appeal ends on September 14. The cabinet has one more scheduled meeting before that date, but could make a decision on its own. "There was clearly no consensus coming out of that [meeting]," a senior government source told the paper. "People were all around it."

The potential issue of pushing back the debut of Canadian satellite radio began when Heritage Minister Liza Frulla raised the issue, which had been formally appealed by pay radio competitors CHUM Ltd. and Astral Media. The issue stems from complaints about the amount of Canadian content offered by the two new satcasters.
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Stupid question:

What happened to that thread with over 1,000 views in the Dogstar Cafe: "CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MAY OVERTURN SATELLITE RADIO"

It is marked as MOVED but I cant seem to find it anywhere. When you click on it, in Dogstar Cafe, the system just says that it does not exist????
I moved it to the Political Asylum, to view that forum you need to sign up here: http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum/groupcp.php?g=6307
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On Friday evening the Canadian cabinet decided not to intervene, letting the CRTC decision stand.

So now it appears it's just a matter of time until the Sirius Canada service is created, and we in the USA get to hear CBC Radio One 24/7, instead of the smattering of offerings on the PRI World channel.

Unfortunately there isn't much of Radio One to listen to right now, since much of the CBC-produced non-French programming is currently off the air due to the ongoing lockout.

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