Application denied for new Canadian entertainment news channel

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecomminications Commission has this week denied an application for a new entertainment news channel in Canada.

Rogers had pitched an idea for a network called The Entertainment Desk but had their plans thwarted by the CRTC who deemed the service to be too similar to E!.

Rogers had stated in their pitch that the service would be different to E! but the regulator didn’t agree that it would offer something unique.

The CRTC believed that Rogers hadn’t offered enough in the way of differentiation from E! and claimed that in time The Entertainment Desk would directly compete with E!.

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