MuchMusic, Canada's specialty music TV station, has been denied its request to play fewer music videos, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced Nov. 25.

The station launched in 1984 as "the nation's music station" but in recent years has been airing more youth-driven shows, such as "Gossip Girl," "The Hills," "Jackass" and "Degrassi."

Music videos must constitute 50% of its programming content; the channel sought to reduce it to 25%.

In a decision posted on the CRTC's web site, the government regulatory body said: "In regard to an application by CTV Limited to amend the broadcasting license for the national, English-language specialty service known as MuchMusic, the Commission denies requests by the licensee to amend conditions of license relating to MuchMusic's nature of service."

Among the other denied requests are those for the inclusion of lifestyle programming and the amount of programming from on-going dramatic series and animated TV and films. The CRTC also denied requests to amend the minimum level of Canadian content, abandon the airing of French-language content, and the amount the service contributed to the MuchFACT fund (which provides grants to Canadian artists to make music videos).

Among three requests approved by the Commission was the adoption of an 18-hour broadcast day, as opposed to 24-hours.

The full request and decision can be read here.