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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bell and Rogers complete purchase of MLSE

The deal, which gives the two telcos a 75% share in the company, has been cleared by all the required sports leagues.

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CRTC approves MLSE channel deal

The switch of ownership for the channels owned by the sports company to Rogers and Bell is the latest hurdle to be cleared for the buying partners.

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Telus joins Say No To Bell coalition to thwart Astral takeover

The move leverages existing opposition in eastern Canada from Cogeco Eastlink and Quebecor with a new voice from western Canada.

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CRTC approves Broadcasting Accessibility Fund

The $5.7 million fund, part of BCE’s commitment from its CTVglobemedia takeover, will support accessibility initiatives that go above and beyond the CRTC’s current regulatory obligations.