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The Big Bang Theory: CTV’s Cancon booster

As the ratings powerhouse is renewed for three more seasons, CTV programming topper Phil King discusses its power as a lead-in for original content.

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Nanci MacLean, Justin Stockman, promoted at Bell Media

The new roles fill a vacuum left when longtime exec Rick Brace left the media group at the end of 2013. (Justin Stockman pictured.)

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Rick Brace to retire from Bell Media after near 40-year career

“I’ve had the pleasure of…seeing the evolution of the broadcast industry to now what we call the media industry,” the veteran broadcaster told Playback on news of his departure at the end of 2013.

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Bell Media pre-gala party kicks off Toronto International Film Festival

The Roy Thomson Hall gathering this year was hosted by the media group after its takeover of long-time sponsor Astral Media (pictured: The Fifth Estate star Benedict Cumberbatch).

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Fall TV: Content evolution – Stealing the spotlight from network TV

With a lot of buzz-generating content coming from subscription-based and untraditional channels, conventional broadcasters have to fire back with a double-dose of content.

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Fall TV: Canadian networks talk up daytime TV

The daytime viewer demographic is expanding, and a new brand of talk TV is stepping in to create social media-friendly water-cooler fodder for the wider, changing audience.

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CTV execs on their 2013-2014 TV strategy

President of programming and sports Phil King and Bell Media president Kevin Crull discuss shuffling the primetime schedule and TV research with Twitter Canada.

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CTV launches TV Everywhere platform, sked switches and Twitter pact

The broadcaster unveils for 2013-2014 a refreshed primetime schedule with timeslot changes and a handful of new series.

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CTV adds Bethenny to daytime schedule

The syndicated talk show will also air on E! Canada, and be made available on CTV’s mobile and online apps.

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Canadians begin U.S. TV show buying spree

Broadcasters will follow the U.S. Upfronts with rotating pilot screenings in Los Angeles this week before finalizing deals for rookie and returning American series for their 2013-14 primetime campaigns.

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CTV renews Motive for second season run

The new 13-episode order comes ahead of ABC launching the Canadian drama on its summer schedule.

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TSN’s Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole headed to Los Angeles

The broadcast duo will present a sports highlight show on Fox Sports 1 after leaving the Canadian sports specialty channel’s Sportscentre show in late June (Onrait and O’Toole pictured).