Current TV heading to Canada
CRTC OKs launch, with user-generated mandateTORONTO -- Al Gore's Current TV has received a green light to go north with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has OK'd a Canadian launch for the user-generated TV news and current affairs service in the fall.
The CRTC ordered that 35% of the user-generated content on the proposed Current Canada service, a joint venture with Canada's public broadcaster, must be Canadian-driven.
The Canadia Current TV service will feature a Web site and a domestic digital channel.
And in line with Canadian ownership rules, the CBC will hold an 80% interest in the operating company Current Media Canada, with the U.S.-based Current TV retaining a 20% voting interest.