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Avis de Recherche

Avis de Recherche
Avis de Recherche logo
Launched October 21, 2004
Owned by Avis de Recherche Inc.
(Vincent Géracitano)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan ChaÎne de télévision spécialisée en prévention et en sécurité publique.
(Television channel specializing in prevention and public safety.)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Website Avis de Recherche (French)
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 187
Shaw Direct Channel 731
Cable
Cablovision Warwick Channel 46
CCAP Channel 46
CTSV Channel 77
Télé-Int-Tel Channel 77
VDN Channel 9
Vidéotron Channel 49
IPTV
Telus TV Channel 59

Avis de Recherche (AdR) is a Canadian French language Category B specialty channel devoted to crime prevention. Despite AdR's Category B licence, it is a must-carry channel in the province of Quebec on digital basic cable.

Contents

  • Programming and format 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Programming and format

AdR is a specialty service dedicated to help law enforcement authorities; where viewers are invited to communicate any clues, tips and leads which might help police find missing persons or resolve criminal acts.

Programming on AdR comes in the form of capsules or segments that vary from 30–60 seconds in length and feature bulletins from the police regarding various crimes, missing and/or wanted persons. This format repeats over a 24-hour period.

History

The idea of AdR was formed in 1999, when founder Vincent Géracitano's Montreal office was broken into. The thieves were caught on surveillance video and the tape was taken to the police. However, police did not have any way to broadcast the tape, and the case wasn't sensational enough to be carried in the mainstream news. This incident sparked the idea for Avis de Recherche.[1]

In September 2002, Géracitano was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), to operate a category 2 digital cable television channel called Avis de Recherche.[2]

Two years after being granted approval, on October 21, 2004, AdR launched exclusively on Vidéotron in Quebec. Unlike most other specialty channels that collect a subscription fee from cable companies for distribution, AdR was initially paying Vidéotron, its only distributor, $0.02 per subscriber to be distributed on its digital basic system for free. The fee charged by the distributor eventually climbed to $0.05 per subscriber per month by early 2008. With 700,000 subscribers at that time on Videotron's digital cable at 5 cents each, combined with minimal sources of revenue, AdR was facing the inevitable.[3]

In March 2007, AdR and several other current and new television licensees applied to either keep or gain mandatory digital basic cable status on all digital cable providers. In July 2007, AdR was approved as a must-carry service on digital cable in Quebec on the grounds that it is of "exceptional importance", with a subscription fee of $0.06 per subscriber and a mandate to spend 20% of its subscriber revenues on Canadian programming.[4]

Later that year, Quebecor Media, owner of Vidéotron, appealed the decision to the Privy Council mainly on the grounds that the 6 cent increase would make the basic cable package unaffordable, thus violating the Broadcasting Act. This led the CRTC to reconsider its decision. However, in January 2008, the CRTC upheld its original decision with minor adjustments, including an increase from 20% to 43% expenditure of its subscription revenues on Canadian programming. Effective January 24, 2008, the CRTC's decision meant all digital television providers in Quebec must carry AdR as part of their digital basic package.[5]

In January 2013, AdR filed a request with the CRTC to renew its mandatory carriage, whilst raising its carriage rate to $0.08 per subscriber. AdR justified its requested increase due mainly to inflation. Its rate of 6 cents was initially approved in 2007. The licence renewal would have fixed the rate until 2020. It also justified the increase due to the CRTC's demand that it Close Caption its entire schedule. At the same time, its owners also proposed mandatory carriage for a national, English-language version of Avis de Recherche known as All Points Bulletin.[6]

References

  1. ^ APB out for TV viewers; Channel seeks CRTC nod; CNews
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-267; CRTC; 2002-09-04
  3. ^ Crime-fighters in the middle of CRTC squabble; Playback Magazine; 2007-08-15
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-246; CRTC; 2007-07-24
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-12; CRTC; 2008-01-21
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-19". CRTC. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 

External links

  • Avis de Recherche (French)
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