South Asian Network International Limited (ATN)
In September 1996, South Asian Television Canada Limited received a licence for a regional specialty channel service for distribution in the province of Ontario. The applicant was a subsidiary of Asian Television Network International Limited, which was effectively controlled by Shan Chandrasekar. The applicant undertook to provide programming in 15 South Asian Languages, principally Hindi, as well as in English. The licence required that at least 17% of the total programming be Canadian in content and origin. In August 1997, South Asian Television applied for and received approval for the expansion of its service to national status, and the new service was launched in May 1998.
In subsequent years, ATN was licensed for and launched specialty channels for several other segments of the South Asian community in Canada (see separate listings), as listed below. ATN also held licenses for additional channels that had not been launched at the time of writing.
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