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New CRTC application for Astral Media takeover goes public in weeks

Astral Media CEO Ian Greenberg (pictured) said the second go-around for BCE will include a “large” tangible benefits package to support Canadian content.


Producers hit back at broadcasters over calls to renegotiate terms of trade

CMPA CEO Michael Hennessy tells Playback that he takes issue with broadcasters insisting they don’t share in the international revenue for homegrown shows.


APTN asks for increased subscriber fee in licence renewal app

The network is proposing a strategic plan to pursue a multiplatform content strategy, boost budgets for new and original programming and engaging Aboriginal youth as part of its application.


Thousands gather in B.C. to boost film sector

At a crowded town hall meeting, the We Create BC plan was announced in hopes that awareness of a struggling film industry will lead to drastic changes.


Sun TV asks CRTC for mandatory carriage

The Quebecor-owned network is citing financially unstable conditions and declining distribution as reasons for its request to be carried on all analog and digital basic service, for a proposed monthly 18-cent fee.


Town Hall scheduled to discuss B.C. industry’s future

Following the release of a government jobs plan that left out hard-hit film and TV workers, members of the province’s industry have launched a campaign to argue for more competitive tax incentives.

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CRTC approves flying, boating, world sports specialties

The regulator gave applicant Paul Girouard the greenlight to operate three national specialty services, Flying Television, World Sports Network and Boating Television.

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Broadcasters under-funding western producers: Nordicity study

The commissioned report concluded Prairie producers are being short-changed by the CBC, the NFB, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund and the Canada Feature Film Fund.

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CRTC OKs new channels, Vancouver VOD service

The new channels consist of HGTV Canada spin-off Quest and Fight Media’s The League, an offering that targets die-hard fantasy sports league players.


CRTC gives OK to CJNT-TV sale to Rogers

The regulator cleared the way for Rogers to extend its Citytv network into the Montreal market for $10.6 million.


Cable, satellite TV operators prevail in battle over carriage fees

The high court on Thursday said the CRTC has no jurisdiction to impose a first-time value for signal regime, after an earlier lower court split decision that gave the regulator those powers under the Broadcasting Act.

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Corus defends OWN Canada learning mandate before the CRTC

The Canadian licensee of the American talk show queen’s network debated with the regulator what TV educational content looks like, and how it can be increased on the specialty network.