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Canadian Communications Foundation in funding pinch

The news came to light after the charity’s annual meeting last week when it also named former broadcaster Pip Wedge as its president.

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BCE posts lower Q3 results, despite ad bonus from London Olympics

The Bell Media division received an ad sales bonus during the latest quarter from airing the London Summer Olympic Games, even as the TV, radio and digital division continues to be impacted by a soft ad market.

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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.


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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Agency execs react to CRTC’s decision on BCE-Astral

Executives from across the Canadian media agency landscape weigh in on Thursday’s surprise ruling to deny the proposed takeover of Astral Media by BCE.


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.


“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.


BCE responds to transaction interveners

President and CEO George Cope called out the opposition to the company’s acquisition of Astral Media, while Astral president and CEO Ian Greenberg said the sale will let a Canadian media company compete on an international level.


Industry organizations tell CRTC their views on BCE/Astral deal

The WGC, DGC, ACTRA and Documentary Organization of Canada expressed concern about voice diversity and Bell’s proposed TV benefits package.


Quebecor’s Peladeau opposes BCE/Astral deal before the CRTC

Cogeco, another Quebec media player against the $3.3 billion blockbuster deal, will put its case to the regulators on Wednesday.

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BCE pitches benefits of $3.3 billion Astral Media takeover to CRTC

The phone giant offered the carrot of a homegrown competitor to Netflix Canada if the blockbuster transaction is approved by the broadcast and telecom regulator after this week’s hearings in Ottawa.