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More local TV options in the Okanagan?

Monday, March 1st, 2010 | 7:43 am

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Canwest News Service

Corus Entertainment has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to operate specialty cable channels in 64 Western Canadian centres, 27 of them in British Columbia.

Corus, using the placeholder name Local1, says it wants to be in small communities like 100 Mile House as well as in major cities like Vancouver and Calgary.

B.C. communities included in the proposal are Kelowna, Victoria, Surrey, Richmond, North Shore, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Penticton, Prince George, Squamish, Whistler, Kamloops, Merritt, Dawson Creek, Williams Lake, Grand Forks, 100 Mile House, Parksville, Pender Island, East Kootenays, West Kootenays, Port Alberni, Powell River, Duncan and Elk Valley.

Corus said it was too early to speak to the media about the proposal, providing a Web link instead.

On the Web page, Corus said “the heart of the proposed service will be community-specific weather information, forecasts, news feeds, environmental features and road reports. It’s a channel you can call your own.” It was not immediately clear what kind of additional content would be provided.

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