OTTAWA - The CRTC has cleared the way for a 24-hour news channel focused on British Columbia.
Shaw Communications Inc. announced plans to launch the all-news channel earlier this year.
It will bear the Global BC brand and provide local, national and international headlines 24 hours a day.
The company's application to the Canadian Radio-television Communications Commission faced opposition from a number of other regional broadcasters.
They were concerned about Shaw's plan to include local advertising on the channel, which critics argued would give the new channel an unfair advantage.
The CRTC agreed, approving the channel on condition that Shaw not seek local advertising on Vancouver Island, including Victoria.