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Canadian Television  
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QT's emergence paralleled the increasing visibility of the gay and lesbian (especially gay male) market as a significant demographic. Since 1992, the glbtq community has become increasingly desirable to marketers because research demonstrated that they had disposable income, were trend-setting consumers, and were more likely to try new products than the rest of the population.

Niche programming and television networks devoted to the glbtq community have developed in Canada, as they have in the United States.

PrideVision TV

PrideVision TV was launched on September 7, 2001 and is touted as the world's first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender television network to broadcast twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The network is licensed by the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to provide television service targeted to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

The network is guaranteed distribution through Cable and Direct-To-Home satellite companies that provide digital television services in Canada. Two and one-half million households are expected to have access to digital channels in Canada, though the numbers who have subscribed to PrideVision is still unknown.

PrideVision TV offers a range of programming, dealing with subjects ranging from current affairs, documentaries, health and fitness, lifestyle, and finance to relationships, music, cooking, and travel. Entertainment programming includes popular movies and comedies from around the world, Canadian drama, arts programming, biographies, and variety shows.

Among the offerings of PrideVision TV is Shout! (2001- ), a weekly current affairs program, dealing with the ongoing concerns of the glbtq community. Indeed, PrideVision TV opened its studio in the heart of Toronto's "gay ghetto" to promote the network and facilitate audience interaction on Shout!

PrideVision has also developed a travel show titled Bump! (2001- ). Its two hosts travel the world in search of fascinating glbtq human-interest stories. Bump! presents a new location each week, delving into the local social scene.

Another new program, The UnderCovers (2001- ), offers live phone-in sex advice. It takes viewer e-mails and phone calls from the glbtq community. PrideVision also airs popular glbtq dramas and comedies, such as Gimme Gimme Gimme, Undressed, So Graham Norton, and Metrosexuality.

Although an emerging network, PrideVision's mandate to air Canadian content should give cause for optimism to Canadian gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered filmmakers, producers, directors and performers.

Jennifer Burwell

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    Author: Burwell, Jennifer  
    Entry Title: Canadian Television  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2002  
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