Olympic coverage to bump local news: CTV

Bell Media Inc. has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for changes to its programming requirements during this summer’s Olympic Games.

Bell Media Inc. has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for changes to its programming requirements during this summer’s Olympic Games.

CTV, which is owned by Bell, has the Canadian broadcast rights to the Summer Games, which are scheduled for July 27 to Aug. 12 in London, England. Bell is asking the CRTC to temporarily relax some conditions of CTV’s broadcasting licences, including the minimum local programming requirements at a number of stations, so it can air more Olympic coverage from July 30 to Aug. 12.

Among the stations affected are CFRN Edmonton, which broadcasts in Red Deer.

The CRTC is accepting public comments on Bell’s application until March 14. These can be made through the CRTC website at www.crtc.gc.ca or by calling 1-877-249-CRTC.