OWN Canada

Corus Entertainment has defended Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Canada network before the CRTC and argued that they will make sure it meets the terms of its license.

“You have our unequivocal commitment that with greater clarity of the parameters of Category 5(a) programming, Corus will ensure that Oprah Winfrey Network Canada is 100% compliant with its nature of service,” Corus CEO John Cassaday said a the hearing.

The CRTC had threatened to pull the license from Corus for OWN Canada due to the lack of educational TV content they were showing, with more emphasis being placed on entertainment.

Corus promised to gain a better understanding of what the CRTC considers educational content and said they would focus on two new series that show “clear learning objectives” for OWN going forward. Continue reading »

Corus Entertainment is being asked to explain to a Canadian tribunal why Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Canada has neglected its educational programming mandate.

They will face the CRTC hearing on December 11 to explain why OWN has moved away from its Canadian broadcast license that focussed on education towards more celebrity and relationship fare.

The channel risks getting shut down in Canada should Corus not adequately explain the situation.

The CRTC is looking for OWN to screen more programming based on “basic adult education, job development skills or professional development”. Continue reading »