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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Page 8 B.C. Francophones want TV licence Monday, Feb. 24 VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia's major francophone organization wants to persuade the Canadian Radio Televi- sion Commission to reserve' channel 10 for French language broad- casting. Jean Riou, executive director of La Federation des Franco Colombians, said the federation has started a campaign of letters and petitions protesting the CRTC's English only invitation to apply for a new station licence. If the last available VHF slot on the lower mainland goes to an English language group, said Mr. Riou, the promise of a long awaited French language station for B.C. will mean little to most of the province's Fran- cophones. New CRTC hearings on Channel 10 are expected to be held in April. The CRTC deferred decision after holding hearings in 1973, and called for a new set of applications to be filed by Jan. 20. "Last year it was said Mr. Riou. "There was no mention of language by the CRTC. "This time, it was men- tioned in the advertising that the applications would be for an English language station. "I've sent a letter to the CRTC expressing surprise that they've already decid- ed on English broadcasting for Channel 10." WANTS CHANGE Mr. Riou said the federa- tion hopes to have to KWIK KOLOR In The College Mall Reminds you To Have Your CANADA WINTER GAMES FILM DEVELOPED NOW! KWIK KOLOR COLLEGE WALL PHONE 327-4884 4.000 names by the end of this month on a petition it is circulating. "I think if we put on the right political pressure, the CRTC may change its mind." This could open the door for an application from Radio Canada, the Cana- dian Broadcasting Cor- poration's French network, for a Channel 10 licence, Mr. Riou said. Mr. Riou said Radio Canada is preparing an application for a licence to operate a .Vancouver sta- tion on UHF next fall. "A couple of months ago, W. T. Armstrong, vice president of the CBC for public relations, said in a television interview here the CBC is interested in Channel 10 because UHF is no good for reception in this said Mr. Riou. "He said there was no way the CBC would think of opening a station on UHF." Mr. Riou said reception tends lo be poor on UHF, particularly where there are high buildings or moun- tainous terrain. And many people, he estimated, have television sets bought before UHF equipment became mandatory in receivers sold in Canada. Those who want to watch French television in Canada, including many Anglophones, will be penalized because they'll need special antennae and possibly a new TV set or cablevision hook-up, he said. "The Ontario French language station is on UHF, and people are not very happy with it." O Woody Q Th" Doctors 0 News B Partridge Family IB Movie: BroUier John O Movie: Call Her Mom General Hospital Q The Prix Is Right O Match Game O One Life to Live 0 The Money Maze a TaltleJales Another World ID Mike Douglas Edge of Night D Wheel ot Fortune Gambit 0 Our Town m The Big Showdown IB What's The Good Word Take 10 O Now You See It a Family Court O Jokers Wild ID He Knows She Knows IS YOUR HOME FOR SALE? More and more-people are taking advantage of our r-; We are always anxious to help you sell your home. We know the market, and can ensure you get a fair price. Consult us before you buy or sell. Free Estimates. ASTRO REALTY INSURANCE LTD. ______at 425 Plaza 328-774B i.ra. to a p.m. CtoMd on Sunday! >nd O Days of Our S. O 327-7511 Kung-Fu today lays the foundation for" the development of good citizenship and perfection of human character. There Is no secret or mystical power to this art. It is the tremendous hard work and effqrt put forth that develops the practitioner into a highly skilled Kung-Fu man. Regarding Your Interest, Phone 328-1241 KUMO-FU ;