Discovery wins five Canadian channel licenses

Discovery has the licenses, but still has to woo distribs for access
December 7, 2000

Discovery’s attempt to gain ground in the Canadian market has resulted in Category 2 approval from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission for five channels. However, under the terms of Category 2 approval, licensees are not guaranteed carriage; they must negotiate with distributors for access.

Four of the five channels – Animal Planet, Discovery Civilization, Discovery Science and People + Arts – are in partnership with Canadian company Netstar Communications (which is also its partner in Discovery Canada). Discovery Kids is a partnership with Canada’s Corus Entertainment.

The CRTC awarded 262 Category 2 licenses overall.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.