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It’s official: BCE to appeal to feds to acquire Astral Media

The formal request to the federal cabinet will be made Monday under section 7 of the Broadcasting Act, and follows the CRTC denying its $3.38 billion transaction in a shock decision on Thursday.

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CRTC chair defends shock BCE-Astral Media decision

Jean-Pierre Blais’ comments come as a federal spokesperson says Ottawa is not prepared to amend CRTC’s Thursday ruling denying the deal.

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ACTRA urges Ottawa pass tax changes to help creators

ACTRA national president Ferne Downey (pictured) says the bill would allow for multi-year “income averaging,” which would benefit self-employed creators who have wildly fluctuating incomes.

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Industry calls CRTC Bell-Astral decision “well-reasoned”, “courageous”

“This is a good day for consumers,” Rogers Communications vice chair Phil Lind said in a statement Thursday following the CRTC’s ruling.

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Five things we learned from CRTC denying BCE’s Astral takeover

The CRTC in its decision Thursday said that it is serious about undue competition in Canadian media, and hasn’t changed it’s mind that OTT services are not a threat to the Canadian broadcast system.

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“Shocked” Bell Canada slams CRTC rejection of Astral Media deal

The phone giant said it is appealing to the federal cabinet to possibly overturn the regulatory denial of its $3.4 billion takeover bid.

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CRTC announces three-year plan

The regulator has a three-prong plan for a better communications system that includes tracking content creation and ensuring availability of service providers and consumer protection from telemarketing.

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TIFF announces Asian Film Summit programming

Harvey Weinstein will MC the closing banquet of the event, which is to include discussions on film policy and financing featuring North American and Asian industry heavyweights.

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Bell unveils benefits package for $3.38 billion Astral takeover

The phone giant proposes to spend $96 million to develop and produce indie TV programming of national interest, and divest itself of radio stations, to receive regulatory approval for the blockbuster acquisition.

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Canada’s overhaul of copyright regime becomes law

Bill C-11 was granted royal assent on Tuesday, ending four attempts to get copyright modernization legislation through Parliament.